Chef Frans Groenewald flexes his braai-ceps for a fire-‘n- smoke inspired buffet lunch to celebrate the communal spirit of the season. His griddle will be filled with fresh takes on family favourites such as Sunday roast, snoek, mussels, spicy chicken, roosterkoek and pap-en- sous. The dessert table will brim with South-African all-stars like melktert spring rolls, malva pud and so much more.
Gabriëlskloof, a wine and olive jewel of the Overberg, will don a festive halo this season with a host of indulgent moments to savour with family and friends, including a Celebration Braai on Sunday, 17 December.
This family braai feast offers a marvellous excuse to swap the crazy shopping malls and end-of- year worries for a carefree day in the countryside. The scenic setting atop a hill outside Bot River will be delightfully decked out with sumptuous fare on the grill, impeccable wines and lush lawns to laze or run around on.
Wine fans also have the first opportunity to taste the all-new Gabriëlskloof Chenin Blanc, the latest addition to the Estate Range, which will be unveiled at the event to toast sunny days and happy yet quality imbibing during the festive season.
For the kids:
The children will have a jumping castle, face painting and plenty of space to frolic and be free, while local muso Gian Groen provides live music entertainment with his upbeat tunes.
Other festive offerings at Gabriëlskloof
During the month of December, passersby can pull up for a trio of cheerful Wine Tasting Platters, ideal for those not-so- hungry, yet feeling-peckish, lazy, summer days. The platters are on offer in the estate’s tasting lounge, and focus on provenance through a fusion of innovative bites for two people sharing. They include a sample of five Estate Range wines.
Snack on the Mzanzi Platter, complete with pickled fish taco, bobotie jalapeno poppers, snoek-and-patat croquettes, red wine biltong, biltong dukkah, vetkoek and roosterkoek as a light lunch for two, at R250. For something simple, a meat & cheese platter is available for R200.
The Deli Platter costs R400 and is a shared meal on its own. It beckons with all kinds of deliciousness from Gabriëlskloof’s deli with items including rillettes, focaccia, marinated olives, labne, pickled mushroom, frikadelle, and fig-and- cheese crackers.
Tell me more:
The Gabrielskloof Celebration Braai: The cost is R350 per adult and R100 per child. Book your spot via the website www.gabrielskloof.co.za or call 028 284 9865.
Wine Tasting Platters: To book, call 028 284 9865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabriëlskloof Estate – a mere 80-minute drive from Cape Town – is situated just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.