Our world is changing so quickly and what often looks like for the worse. Climate change and the ever-expanding gap between the have and have not are pertinent topics we are all faced with in our daily lives. So what are some of the ways we can consciously consume in a sustainable and altruistic manner? A way that leaves not only our bellies, curiosity, and yearnings for the new satisfied but that can inspire our growing mindfulness too? Stellenbosch is of course just as famous as a foodie destination as it is for wine but where can you go that’ll allow you to keep your commitments to say #veganuary, supporting sustainable growing and business practices and giving back to communities in need? We asked Trudy van Rooy what her top 5 picks on where you can eat out while giving back in growing Stellenbosch.
Kayamandi Township Tour and Xhosa Lunch
Join Thembi Koli and family on a deep dive into local Stellenbosch culture. Kayamandi is a historical Township full of rich history, character and traditions which Thembi joyfully and sincerely shares with her guests. Listen carefully to the founding story of this area, see how people are living on the ground and sit down to an abundant traditional Xhosa lunch loving prepared by a local and set in their home.
Book a tour with Thembi’ via Stellenbsoch Township and Village
Sit down to one of the first farm to table experiences crafted in Stellenbosch. This family-owned restaurant business has always had sustainability at the forefront of what they do. Menus are crafted around the availability of seasonal produce and they have since expanded to growing more their own produce on the farm. Every element on the plate mindfully put together, each one purposeful to the overall refinement of the dish. You’ll have to consider booking in advance during the summer as space is limited.
Recently named Global restaurant of the year for 2019 by World luxury restaurant awards, it’s no surprise that their intoxicating passion for the coming together of fine dining, art, science and passion has brought them numerous guests both locally and abroad. And if you’re looking to uphold your #veganuary challenge Gåte at Quin Rock has got you covered. Their renowned 6-course menu is adapted to cater to vegan’s too and they don’t even break a sweat about it.
Spier wine farm has continued to make a consistent effort in becoming more sustainable over the last decade, from their incredible tree growing programs, waste reducing water works and saving mechanisms and of course their consciousness concerning their growing practices around their food. The Spier Farm Café stand firm in their farm to table philosophy serving up innovative dishes and down to earth food with produce solely grown or raised on their farm. “These are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced either from our farm, or local producers who share our ethical approach. Our meat comes from pasture-reared animals raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones. This includes beef and pork from Spier’s Farmer Angus, who also supplies eggs, laid by happy, outdoor-roaming hens.” You can eat with a clean conscious here.
We all can scream for ice cream especially now that the world’s best ice cream brand (as voted by @big7travel) has finally landed in Stellenbosch. The only brand that serves up an incredible and unique array of vegan ice cream that tastes even better than the traditional dairy made variety. The cute pop up will be serving up the good stuff till the end summer on the stunning Delaire Graff estate, so do not hesitate to get your mindful sweet tooth fix.