Some believe that the preparation before hand, gathering around an open fire and wonderful aromas that accompany a warm fire is the essence of why we South Africans love Heritage Day. It’s a shared passion across many languages, cultures and regions and there’s no better way to celebrate our country’s rich heritage and culture in September, than with a barbeque, braai or wood-fired meals. So, head the upcoming long weekend to Spice Route Destination for a ‘delicious’ outing in the Paarl Winelands and experience various sensory offerings from 23 to 25 September.
For one, Barley and Biltong Emporium, known for their delectable ‘larger-than-life’ burgers, home-made biltong and CBC craft beer offerings, will be making the most of the warmer spring weather, and light up the braai outdoors during the long weekend (23 to 25 September). Restaurant visitors can look forward to succulent meat straight from the open fire including boerewors, locally sourced from Spice Route Destination’s next door neighbour, Fairview, served with a traditional favourite, pap and smoor. Another Heritage Weekend menu highlight includes a good ole’ sirloin steak roll with rocket, tomato, caramelised onions and chimichurri sauce plus double-fried chips. While these limited edition, black board offerings promise to hike up any appetite, Barley and Biltong Emporium’s standard a la carté menu, kiddies’ selections and beverages will be available.
Bookings are essential and can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org and 021 863 5200.
Another great Heritage Day lunch spot at Spice Route Destination, right next door to the iconic Wilderer Distillery, is La Grapperia Pizzeria and Bistro to offer an entertainment-filled 24 September (only) and fully fledged German braai menu. Those who have a knack for traditional German food are in for a treat as the restaurant, usually known for its German/Italian bistro offerings, Wilderer gin, and panoramic views of the Drakenstein Mountains, will be preparing selected meat cuts on the fire. Added to this will be live music by the Pappa Grappa jazz band from 11h30 to 15h30 and kiddies entertainment for most of the day.
Bookings are required at a cover charge of R35 per person (no charge for kids younger than 12) at email@example.com and 021 863 4367.
For a leisurely Heritage Day lunch filled with South African favourites, look into Bertus Basson at Spice Route’s decadent four-course menu. Think vetkoek, chicken curry, Tannie Hetta’s apple pie and much more, all served in a beautiful setting. The set menu, a standard Sunday-only offering, requires a pre-booking at R310 per adult. Picnic lovers are welcome to fill a basket with wine, cured meats, fresh salads and home baked patisseries from the restaurant’s Pak-’n-Mandjie section and settle on a sunny spot on Spice Route Destination’s sprawling lawns. Reservations for the Sunday lunch menu are essential can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 863 5222.
Spice Route Destination commemorates the Cape’s diverse cultures and historical instances including spice trading that inspired today’s interesting flavour infusions. The Destination’s mix of more than 11 sensory and aesthetic experiences including décor and accesory stores, glass art, delicatessens, and various tasting offerings all within walking distance of each other, will certainly ensure a heritage rich family day-trip to one of the most beautiful and actvity-filled spots in the Western Cape.
The Destination recently took top honours at the fifth annual Mayoral Tourism Awards to receive the Tourism Business of the Year Award.
Situated on Suid-Agter Paarl Road, and a 40-minute drive from central Cape Town, Spice Route Destination is open 9h00 to 17h00 daily.
Browse a variety of ‘things to do’ and places to visit on Heritage Weekend at www.spiceroute.co.za and follow @SpiceRoutePaarl on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: