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Sidwell Yarrow: New La Petite Ferme chef

New La Petite Ferme Chef, Sidwell Yarrow

La Petite Ferme is a Cape Winelands tourism institution. With accommodation, a restaurant and boutique winery it has been offering many a seasoned traveller the complete winelands experience. The secret behind La Petite Ferme’s many successful years is the ability to re-invent itself and keep delivering a relevant and high quality product to each visitor while still keeping its welcoming and heart-warming hospitality at the core.

North Indian delight

Marigold cuisine

Marigold, Franschhoek’s first authentic Indian cuisine restaurant, opened its doors on 8 December 2016.  The opening coincided with the launch of Heritage Square, a proud new addition to the Leeu Collection portfolio.

The brand new restaurant offers a feast of exotic flavours that will delight any gourmand. Marigold’s small-plates menu is inspired by the aromatic and spicy North Indian cuisine. Look forward to rich, fragrant curries and flavourful biryanis with succulent meat dishes that are cooked in a charcoal tandoor.

Seasoned chef Vanie Padayachee hails from Durban and was most recently a part of the Le Quartier Français culinary team. She has been integral in the opening of various restaurants as well as a cooking school in South Africa.

“My style of cooking is influenced by the rich diversity of South African culture and I have experience at tempering and blending spices,” says Vanie. “My recent visits to India to experience the culture and cuisine first-hand has broadened my knowledge-base and brings an authenticity and tangible reference of its origins to Marigold’s menu.”

To begin your meal consider a selection of Indian savoury appetisers before enjoying one of the restaurant’s signature main dishes. The layered rice Biryanis offer a delicious and complex level of flavour, while the curries offer something for everyone – delicious vegetarian options, tender chicken and slow-cooked lamb. Enjoy succulent prawns, line fish, chicken or beef kebabs cooked to perfection in the charcoal tandoor. Each dish is accompanied by a variety of traditional Indian bread, rice, salad and raita.

The interior, with its exposed brickwork, timber flooring, bold geometric wallpaper and African inspired fabrics offers banquette-style seating for 60 guests. Slatted dividers offer privacy, yet maintain the feel of a magnificent feast.

The restaurant also has seating outside in the Heritage Sqaure courtyard for a further 20 guests. Leeu Collections’ iconic signature statue of a lion by acclaimed sculptor Jop Kunneke is the focal point of the courtyard. The lion is a reference to Leeu Collection’s founder, Analjit Singh, as “Singh” means lion in Sanskrit (“leeu” in Afrikaans).

Marigold, located on Heritage Square, 9 Huguenot Street, will be open seven days a week for lunch from 12h00 to 15h00 and dinner will be served between 18h00 and 22h00 (although times might change during the quieter season).

Petite and Pretty

Sarah Eichler, Miss Petite South Africa 2018

Sarah Ruth Eichler (8) who lives outside Franschhoek on the R301 was recently crowned Miss Petite South Africa 2018 in Pretoria. In May next year she is invited to attend the Little Miss Universe pageant in Turkey.

This is how it happened. Last year Sarah was selected to represent the Western Cape as a Mr & Miss Junior South Africa 2018 finalist. She was one of nine 7 to 8 year olds from around the country in the Miss Petite age group. At the pageant the contestants were judged in different categories: casual wear, evening wear and interviews, and for fun there was also a themed wear round for which the organisers chose ‘Futuristic Sci-Fi’ as a theme this year. Sarah went as a futuristic ballerina.

Seasonal Harvest Highlights Shared With Visitors To Allée Bleue

Roasted plum and smoked chicken salad.

Family-owned Allée Bleue Estate is primarily a working farm with nearly 80 hectares planted to fruit and olive trees adding to the tranquillity of the setting. The estate wines are justly famous, having won scores of awards over the years and the Allée Bleue fresh herb range is available from most large retailers in the Western Cape.

The farm produces peaches, nectarines, a variety of different plums, pears and most of the persimmons grown in South Africa. Much of the produce is exported, but locals can enjoy the fruit at selected retailers country-wide as well.

In 2019 Allée Bleue is inviting visitors to experience the seasons with them and share in the farm’s bounty as it is harvested.  Try out specially created dishes in the Bistro, buy fresh fruit at their public outlets and collect the monthly free recipe cards as they are released.

R210 000 raised at Rock in White Party

Guests, attired in white, mingled before the start of the 'Rock in White' party.

On Friday, 27 July, friends and supporters of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy came together for a sensational evening at the academy’s ‘Rock in White’ fundraiser held at ROCA Restaurant.

ROCA’s team were phenomenal from the start, working closely with To-Netts Décor to add beautiful touches to the venue, which only enhanced its already eye-catching ambiance. Guests arrived in white and were ready to dance the night away with the Uncorked Band, who stole the show and put on an exceptional performance which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

Festival of Arts 2018

The Festival of Art will be hosting their first art extravaganza on 17 & 18 March at three venues in Franschhoek.

The unique ethos of this festival makes it stand out. When asked, the organizers had this to say: “Our goal is to provide a platform for undiscovered local artists where they can exhibit their work in a creative, relaxed and beautiful environment. We have received an incredible variety of work from all sorts of artists – the only prerequisite was that they live in SA. Amongst those, sixteen underprivileged artists were sponsored by Festival of Art with stands and supplies to assist them in exposing their talent. They teamed up with a community outreach programme Outliers (outliers.org.za) that assists more than eighty volunteer-driven initiatives in townships where adults help children after school assisting with homework and teaching them therapeutic coping skills such as creating artwork”.

The venues hosting the Festival of Art each have their own style and character. Each picturesque location will feature a celebrated South African artist – Selwyn Pekeur at Bridge House School, Nanette Ranger at Eikehof and Ronald West at La Bri.

A look at the Festival of Art’s website (www.festivalofart.co.za) will get you picturing the festive scene; an art in the park extravaganza set in and amongst shady trees and rows of vines.

For entertainment there will be street performers, buskers and musicians constantly delighting all and sundry. One of the highlights for visitors will be that many artists exhibiting their artwork will be working on pieces during the festival. Who doesn’t love watching an artist’s process and connecting with where the artwork comes from?

With everything set for what promises to be two wonderful art-filled days, art cognoscenti and novices alike should not miss this!

Book your ticket at: www.qkt.io/foa

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