Boschendal Farm to Table Festival

Words: Jess Spiro

Boschendal, the vibrant Franschhoek farm, is hosting a Farm to Table Festival, set to become a regular attraction on the annual Foodie Calendar. Celebrate natural produce and artisan food, share in the passion of natural food farmers, winemakers and farm to table chefs and sample local, seasonal, ethically-sourced ingredients at the festival on the weekend of 23 and 24 April 2016. A choice of fresh naturally produced ingredients will be for sale at food stalls on the farm.

Foodies can participate in an informative, inspirational and entertaining weekend on the farm with like-minded ethical and health conscious gourmets and wine lovers, fans of artisan produce and urban farmers. Farm food lovers of all ages are welcome, the Farm Barbecue Picnic and additional kids’ activities on the Sunday also make this a great day out for families. A variety of workshops starting at 9am on Saturday and Sunday include compost creation and sausage-making, talks and demos comprise urban food growing, biological agriculture and many more. Visitors can take part in guided tastings of premium Boschendal wines and Méthode Cap Classique, coffee and craft beer and are invited to explore the farm on informative tours. These include food garden tours and expeditions to visit the farmers and learn about biological farming with pasture raised beef and chicken. The workshops cost R250 per person and pre-booking is advised. 

Saturday Farm Feast Dinner – 23 April 2016

On Saturday, the open air Farm Feast Dinner will commence with wines and drinks being served at a long communal table with a festive, harvest style atmosphere from 4pm.  Enjoy dishes with seasonal farm produce, wine – including new Boschendal releases and entertainment. The food will be prepared on open fires by the Boschendal chefs with the centre piece being a naturally raised, pasture fed Angus ox that will be put on a spit and slowly roasted over a bed of coals throughout the day.

The Boschendal farm fundi’s and friends of the farm who participated in the informative festival sessions will join the evening, making this a great opportunity to chat. A separate kids table will be set up adjacent to the shared long table. In the event of rain, the feast will be moved into the new Boschendal event barn. Tickets for the 3-course feast are R450 for adults and R200 for children under 12. 

Sunday Family Fun BBQ Picnic – 24 April 2016

On Sunday, enjoy a farm BBQ picnic, live music and fun family activities on the Boschendal lawns. Collect your gourmet picnic hamper from 12pm to 3pm, made with fresh local produce from Boschendal or from our local suppliers and settle in for a great Sunday afternoon. Fun-filled kids activities include a farm adventure including an informative food garden, cow and chicken tour and making own pizzas using ingredients collected on the tour. During this time, parents can join a workshop or listen to a talk while all 5-12 year old children enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, straw castles and water slides under supervision of farm hosts. The Farm to Table hamper includes patés, breads, spreads, cold meat, salads, dressings, cheeses and dessert. Our chefs will be preparing meat and veg cooked on open fires for picnic-goers to enjoy with the contents of the picnic hamper. Activities for kids include pony rides, farm games, a puppet show, face painting, tractor rides, and slack lining. Boschendal wines will be available at cellar door prices with the craft beer selection and artisan gin bar providing additional temptation. Book your picnic hamper in advance, then choose your spot, relax and enjoy the natural farm surroundings.  The picnic baskets with self-help dishes at the spit cost R295 for adults and for children 12 and below, the baskets are R100 and include farm made burgers and chips. The picnic price includes entertainment and kids activities.

Tickets are limited for all events and pre-booking is recommended. Pre-purchase of tickets for both events is essential, please visit


Fritz Schoon (De Oude Bank Bakkerij) on bread baking. Read more about Fritz here.
Frik Oosthuizen (Santa Anna) on good BBQ cooking. Read more about Frik here.
Neil Jewell (Moreson) on charcuterie.
Karen Parkin – composting workshop.
Christiaan Campbell (Boschendal) on fermented foods. Get a glimpse of Christiaan’s food here
Mark Muncer (Boschendal) on sausage making.
Kids – food garden and egg tour and pizza making.

Talks (R50 p.p.)
Jean Kuiper on Biological Agriculture using biopesticides.
Megan McCarthy (Boschendal Food Garden) on urban food growing. Read more about Megan’s work here.
Nico Uys (Probio) on bacteria in agriculture and soil health.
Karen Parkin –Seed security.  How to ensure you stay sustainable by saving seeds. Tricks and tips on harvesting seeds.
Wayne Rademeyer (Buffalo Ridge) on mozzarella making.
James Moffat (Grain farmer) on heirloom wheat.

 Informative Tastings
Jake Easton (Tribe Coffee) on coffee.
Lizelle Gerber (Boschendal) on MCC.
Richard Duckitt (Boschendal) on red wine.
Darling Brewerys on craft beer.

 Tours (R25-R125 p.p)
Food Garden – Megan.
Chicken & Eggs – Farmer Rico.
Cattle – Mark Muncer.
Agri-Landscaping – Jan Blok.
Vineyard and Winery Tour.

Book tickets now
Tickets are now on sale for these workshops, talks, tastings and tours. Tickets will be sold on the day at the venue but festival guests are strongly advised to pre-book as seats are limited. To book visit | Facebook | Twitter

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