Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire BBQ Garden Party

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Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire Pop-Up Garden Party 7 December 2018

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Alfresco sofas underneath the trees at Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire Pop-Up BBQ Garden Party

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Louise Gillett, chef at Bartholomeus Klip, and Gil Ferreira of Flying Pig Curesmiths during service BK Smoke and Fire BBQ Garden Party

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The long table. Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire Pop-Up BBQ Garden Party

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Menu, Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and fire Pop-Up BBQ Garden Party with Gil Ferreira Flying Pig Curesmiths, Darling Brew Craft Beer and Wine Kolletiv

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Bacon jam Prosciutto by Gil Ferreira, house-made sourdough, fermented butter at Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire Pop-Up BBQ Garden Party

Smoked salmon poké bowl

Three-hour staanribbetjie

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Bartholomeus Klip Smoke and Fire Pop-Up BBQ Garden Party





What a swell party it was…

The BK crew sure know how to lay on a good bash, and the 7th of December was no different. The perfect occasion to experience the best of Swartland country hospitality, with fine food, great wines and excellent company, in the lush gardens surrounding the main Farmhouse.

Twin sisters Louise (chef) and Lesley (manager) Gillett run a first-class establishment and their Pop-Up Events are already famous for their unique food and wine pairings. Each event sees a local chef teaming up with Louise to design a once-off menu paired with exceptional regional wines. Last night, Gil Ferreira of Flying Pig Curesmiths in Darling cooked and served Wagyu beef and smoked boar from the farm along with select Darling Brew craft beers, and Swartland wines chosen by Wine Kollektiv owner Anton Espost.

Seven courses were each introduced by Louise and Gil at the long table set in underneath the trees, followed by an introduction of the chosen paired wines by Anton Espost – a brilliant and entertaining raconteur based in the nearby town of Riebeek-Kasteel.

We were dazzled and delighted by some stunning presentations, literally incorporating the key elements of Smoke and Fire. The food is fun, inventive, hearty and delicious. In between courses and before the meal, guests could relax in a separate alfresco area where roaring open wood fires kept them warm and cosy. Service by BK staff was smooth, friendly and exceptionally professional as always, all contributing to a truly memorable night.

We stayed over in the main Farm House and after the magnificent breakfast buffet in the airy Conservatory, reluctantly headed back home to Cape town, vowing to return for future special Smoke and Fire events planned for 2019.

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Bartholomeus Klip Breakfast Buffet

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Breakfast Buffet in the Conservatory at Bartholomeus Klip

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Freshly-baked bread warm from the oven, eucalyptus honeycomb from the farm’s own hives, farm butter for breakfast at Bartholomeus Klip

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The Conservatory dining room at Bartholomeus Klip


To read more about Bartholomeus Klip and their special events, click here:
Bartholomeus Klip Eat

and Bartholomeus Klip Pop-Up

A regular event, the Smoke and Fire Pop-Up dinners offer incredible value for money at R750 pp inclusive of all drinks, brilliant food made with love and passion from seasonal local ingredients, and some of the finest company you can hope to find anywhere.

For enquiries and bookings contact or phone (022) 448 1087

This was our event’s description:


6pm till late / R750 pp includes all drinks and food

“A warm summer evening. A lush garden. Soft grass invites bare feet to meet. Stars peep through an darkened night sky. The exhilarating perfumes of food and nature mingle in the air. Welcome to another edition of the BK Smoke & Fire Food Fanfare. On the lawns behind the main house this time. An old-style garden dinner, with long tables, long stories, bold flavours. Sisters Lesley and Louise Gillett have invited charcutier Gil Ferreira from The Flying Pig Curesmiths in Darling to join the ranks and serve what you’ve come to expect from our unique pop-up affairs: sensual, unusual culinary compositions of crackling good taste, honest ingredients and startling combinations.

  • Bartholomeus Klip gladly caters for vegetarians, just remind them when you make your reservation.

Some highlights from previous Smoke and Fire Pop-Ups at Bartholomeus Klip:





Hot tip: BK also invites you to join them for Christmas Lunch at The Deckhouse overlooking the lake on Sunday 23 December for only R380 pp! (Children under 12 half price.) Check out the menu:

[ 23 DEC ] CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT THE DECKHOUSE Drink and snacks on arrival. MENU / Buffet Lunch / Pretzel Bites with bacon jam and cultured cream / AND / Wild roasted pig from the reserve with apple horseradish sauce / AND / Elandsberg lamb on the spit with herb oil and mustard / AND / Salad of prawn, grapefruit, mango, coriander, citrus vinaigrette / AND / Salad of Elandsberg fermented grain from 2018 harvest, spinach, buffalo feta, sesame seed dressing / AND / Smoked eucalyptus and truffle potatoes / AND / Whole roasted pumpkin with almond hay / AND / Fine beans with lemon and crispy onions / AND / Dessert: Epic ice cream cake with summer berries and macaroons / AND / mince pies and brandy butter / AND / Local cheese platter with preserves and homemade savoury biscuits.

Small bar list available. Vegetarians catered on request. Comes with Christmas spirit, crackers and all the trimmings! Booking essential / Limited space

R 380 pp / kids half price / starts at 12:00

Click on the link for more about Bartholomeus Klip’s Festive Season Specials in meals and accommodations:
Bartholomeus Klip Christmas Celebrations and Accommodation

We were invited by Bartholomeus Klip to attend the event.




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