Specialised food producers, organic farmers, world-class chefs and award-winning farmers’ markets have raised the region’s foodie profile significantly over the past decade. South asked two chefs to pack picnic baskets with the best of what the Garden Route and Karoo have to offer.

 PHOTOGRAPHS Lisa Leslie, Louis botha

THE GARDEN ROUTE BASKET
Packed by Sedgefield-based chef Alma Oosthuizen, the Garden Route basket was selected from choice suppliers, many of which have stalls at the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market outside Sedgefield and the Outeniqua Farmers’ Market outside George.

Start with cold meats and biltong from Greeffs Butchery, pickled curry fish from Fiela Vis and venison pies from Hetta’s Home Foods. Add some flavour with tangy p-dews from John’s Food Market and bacon chutney, onion and olive marmalade and mustard Piccalilly from Little Herb Garden.

The cheese board includes the best of Ganzvlei outside Sedgefield: Blue Moon, Vastrap Mature Cheddar and Goukambert and Lancewood: cream cheese wedges with chives, Jalapeno chutney dip and top, and balsamic and onion dip and top. Bread from Ciabattini and Banting seed loaf from ChefAlma Country Foods.

Ice cold craft beer from Robertson Brewing Company in George will quench your thirst and keep you cool. The Classic Weissbier, Reggae India Pale Ale, Celtic Scottish Ale, Gaelic Irish Stout and Soul Witbier are all great choices.

Choose Aiden Pomario’s famous cheese cake, strawberries from Redberry Farm and choc chip cookies from ChefAlma’s cut and bake cookie logs for something sweet.

About the chef
The talent behind the increasingly well-known ChefAlma Cut & Bake cookie logs, Trail Mix bars and Banting pre-mix ranges, Alma Oosthuizen is an award-winning chef and part time lecturer at the Francois Ferreira Academy. She also caters and gives private cooking classes.

ChefAlma has a stall at the Outeniqua Farmers Market every Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
083 630 3333 [email protected]

WHERE TO FIND IT
Greeffs: 45 Waterfront Drive, Knysna 044 382 2607
Lancewood: Shops countrywide and factory shop in Ironside Street, George www.lancewood.co.za
Little Herb Garden: Deli shops across the region 082 3726723 www.littleherbgarden.co.za
Robertson Brewing Company: 1 Memorium Street 082 659 2650 www.robertsonbrewery.com
Fiela Vis: Deli shops across the region and 14 Trein Street, George 071 597 2589

Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market (www.wildoatsmarket.co.za)
Ganzvlei: www.ganzvlei.co.za
Ciabattini: 2 Ironside Street, George 044 873 3499
Aiden Pomario: 044 850 1000 www.thegardenofaidan.co.za
Redberry Farm: Geelhoutboom Road, George 044 870 7123 www.redberryfarm.co.za

Outeniqua Farmers’ Market (www.outeniquafarmersmarket.co.za)
Hetta’s Home Foods: 082 859 5579 www.hettasfoods.co.za
John’s Food Market: Also Milkwood Village Night Market, Wilderness 076 270 4280

 

THE KAROO BASKET
Packed by Gavin Memper, chef at African Relish recreational cooking school in Prince Albert, the Karoo basket showcases extraordinary produce in and around Prince Albert.

Salty snacks include biltong and droëwors from Chic Karoo with table olives, olive tapenade and olive chutney from O for Olive. The cheeseboard boasts award-winning cheese including mozzarella, Gouda, cheddar and feta from Gay’s Guernsey Dairy and Deli – her yogurt and drinking yogurt is delicious. The seeded loaf and rusks are from Lazy Lizard. They also make a delicious carrot cake. Fresh and dried figs and jams from Weltevrede Fig Farm offer another sweet option.

A Fernskloof Organic Wines 2013 Chardonnay brings out the flavours best.

WHERE TO FIND IT
Fernskloof Organic Wine: R407 outside town 023 541 1702 www.fernskloof.co.za
Lazy Lizard: 9 Church Street 023 541 1379 www.lazylizardprincealbert.co.za
Chic Karoo: Church Street 082 878 0240
O for Olive: Swartrivier Olive Farm, Kruidfontein Road outside town. 023 541 1917
Prince Albert Olives: Hope Street 023 541 1687 www.princealbertolives.co.za
Gay’s Guernsey Dairy and Deli: Christina de Wit Street, Bo-Dorp 023 541 1274
Weltevrede Fig Farm: Weltevrede Road outside Prince Albert 023 541 1229 www.figfarm.co.za

Picnic basket and linen provided by Cinnamon & Grace, 32 Church Street 072 320 8421
Painted plates and mugs provided by Prince Albert artist Amanda Cliengen 084 452 7906

About the chef and African Relish
A passionate and adventurous chef, Gavin Memper’s cooking reflects his many travels – from the French Alps to the Serengeti, where lions lived in his herb garden, to yachts in the Mediterranean, adventures in New Zealand and villages in Thailand. Visitors to African Relish can learn from Gavin and guest chefs in recreational cooking courses and master classes. 34 Church Street 023 541 1381 www.africanrelish.com