Experience Nature on a Plate at Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans

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Forage:(of a person or animal) search widely for food or provisions. “the birds forage for aquatic invertebrates, insects, and seeds”

For the chefs at Forage Restaurant at Wildekrans Wine Estate just outside Elgin, over 1000 hectares of diverse and unique landscape is their playground. Every day the weather and season determine what they will find and these unique ingredients are showcased through an ‘indigenous dining’ experience at Forage. The intent is to preserve South African culinary heritage and culture by creating an exceptional dining experience that beautifully reflects the terroir and culture of the Cape.

Food is prepared using old world techniques with modern inspiration and follows the ethos of promoting a sustainable and unique dining experience. The menu evolves as does the season and what nature allows the chefs to harvest is what inspires the dishes. They only take what they need to ensure a prolonged harvest of wild edibles throughout the year.

In the 1800s the Khoisan foraged the lands for their daily food and the Forage team have applied this idea to the menu, bringing in unique wild weeds and indigenous edibles. The menu offers a variety of flavours both unusual and delicious and one can expect to find botanicals to the likes of Wild Garlic, Buchu, Geranium, Wild Turnips, Kapokbos and Wood Sorrel, all of which are found on Wildekrans Wine Estate. Pair your meal with exceptional estate wines and beautiful country surroundings and you have the makings of a wonderful, local experience.

2-courses R250
3-courses R350
4-courses R435
6-course tasting menu R650
Pairing menu R995 for 6 courses paired with award-winning Wildekrans Estate wines.

Regular Foraging Tours are hosted and guests are invited to join the kitchen team on a foraging excursion and enjoy their findings in a light tasting menu afterwards.

Wildekrans Wine Estate
Off the N2 (towards Hermanus) on the R43, Botrivier, 7185 | +27 28 284 9488 | wilderkrans.com

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