Heritage Day: Braai Heaven at Gabrielskloof 

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It’s time for heritage high jinks at Gabriëlskloof, as this wine and olive estate invites you to savour ubuntu spirit in true Overberg style, with its month-long offering of proudly South African treats. It all culminates with a Long Table Heritage Braai Feast on Sunday 24 September.

For the entire month of September, the Gabriëlskloof Tasting Lounge will showcase homegrown flavours with a truly unique Mzansi Tapas Taster, featuring familiar snack bites with a local twist all paired with four estate wines.

Think: Snoek ‘n Patat croquettes with amasi foam and chakalaka, Bobotie poppers, Tangy Pickled Fish Tacos and Biltong in Red Wine. (Yowzer that sounds good!)

Gabrielskloof’s Mzansi Tapas Taster will also be available as small plate starters, or as sides to a main meal at their restaurant during Heritage Month.

The month-long food and wine celebration will build up to a memorable braai feast on National Heritage Day (24 September). Set inside the winery complex, a single, continuous table of unity will line the shaded veranda that surrounds the lush courtyard – the day’s grassy theatre of braai, starring Executive Chef Frans Groenewald.

Here the family-friendly Long Table Heritage Braai Feast will put Chef Frans centre stage, as he applies his gourmet touch to the grill.

Expect braai heaven as seasonal fare is served up with genuine Gabriëlskloof hospitality – meat on the spit, snoek and mussels on the coals, garlic rolls, roosterkoek, pap-en-sous and of course, all the tasty trimmings that go with a good old South African braai. And, as tradition demands, such a fantastic meal would be incomplete without a delectable sweet note brought by beloved South African all-stars such as melktert and malva pudding.

“Gabrielskloof is proudly South African, which is why we’re excited to share our passion and pleasures with fellow South Africans around the fire as we celebrate our cultural heritage and diversity. We’ve laid on some brilliant food and wine for the occasion and have made it absolutely family friendly,” shares an all fired-up Frans.

“What better day than National Braai Day to revel in the ultimate South African pastime!”

Add to the occasion the foot-stomping tunes of local muso Gian Groen performing live at the event, the opportunity for young and old to frolic on the lawns, and any reason to stay away simply goes up in smoke!

This is the opportunity to savour impeccable estate wines, soak up country air and to make new friends through inimitable South African hospitality – over a plate of great food.

Reservations for the both the Mzansi Tapas Tasters and the Long Table Heritage Braai Feast are now open and booking is essential.

The details:

· Braai Feast – The cost is R350 per adult and R100 per child. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email restaurant@gabrielskloof.co.za;

· Tapas Tasters: R250 per couple, including four wines per tasting. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email info@gabrielskloof.co.za.

From its hilltop location outside Bot River – a mere 80 minute drive from Cape Town – Gabriëlskloof enjoys sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and surrounding wheat fields. Its stylish visitor centre is a landmark destination that offers tastings of wine, chocolates and its olive oil, and is home to an attractive country-style restaurant where slow-cooked, shared meals are served with authentic platteland passion and a generous hand.

Gabriëlskloof Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, except on Tuesdays. The truly South African Tapas Tasters are available daily, except Tuesdays and Sundays.

Gabriëlskloof’s normal trading hours at the tasting lounge are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and between 11am and 3pm on a Saturday.

Learn more about Gabriëlskloof, home to wines of the Overberg, on www.gabrielskloof.co.za. Interact with Gabriëlskloof on Facebook and Twitter @Gabrielskloof.

Gabriëlskloof Estate is situated just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.


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