On the Cape Peninsula, not far from the entrance to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, is the Good Hope Nursery, the headquarters of Veld & Sea. Lead by Roushana Grey, a passionate and knowledgeable local, her and her team arrange fully immersive foodie experiences involving the unique local fauna and flora. Add this unique dining experience to our Best of The Cape Peninsula Tour for an authentic outdoor learning experience (and a delicious lunch too!).
The Cape Peninsula has an abundance of indigenous wildlife and is covered in fynbos, one of the seven plant kingdoms found only in the Western Cape of South Africa. Along with Roushana’s deep knowledge of the plants and vegetation of the area, it’s the fynbos that makes these foodie experiences so unique.
Depending on the time of year (summer, winter or spring), guests will forage edible plants from either the rockpools on the coastline or from the open veld behind Roushana’s HQ. Guests are briefed on what to look out for and how to pick them, all the while keeping in mind that everything is foraged sustainably and will be used in the lunch prepared in Roushana’s beautiful kitchen and garden. After guests have foraged what they need and enjoyed the fresh air and the breathtaking natural beauty of the area, return to HQ to prep and cook for the impending fully-foraged feast.
After snacks and a short tour of the property, guests are then encouraged to get creative in the kitchen classroom. Learn how to prepare, preserve and serve your collective edible bounty and then sit down to enjoy a shared banquet. According to Roushana, the course is aimed at adults but suitable for kids too, and appeals to anyone that has an interest in ‘wild food, healthy living, coastal living, sustainable living, the Slow Food Movement or those that just want to have a delicious experience in the beautiful outdoors.’
As far as a unique dining experience goes, this cannot be beaten for its authenticity and charm. Roushana and her team are knowledgeable, helpful and a delight to spend the day with. Spending time in nature, learning from the locals and eating delicious food prepared by one’s own hands…what could be better?
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