As the weather warms, Cape Town and surrounds offers us a seemingly endless opportunity to explore and celebrate life. One way in which to do this, is to gather friends and family for a picnic. Here is our list of 6 picnic offerings to enjoy this Spring and Summer season.
PICNICS AT ZORGVLIET WINE ESTATE
The Zorgvliet picnic area and restaurant are situated in the most picturesque setting. You and your family can enjoy a piece of heaven fallen from the sky where you can be lost in your dreams, inhale the fresh air of the Banghoek Valley and bask in the warm sunshine. The Zorgvliet vineyards, with their cultivar-dependent shades of green, are a perfect backdrop to the historic white-washed Cape Dutch architecture of Zorgvliet Wine Estate’s buildings.
Bring a blanket and choose your spot under the shade of the Oak trees and let the greenery of the Zorgvliet picnic area envelope you, or select a table with a view. Pick a basket from their picnic basket menu or sit down and choose a dish from their gourmet lunch menu and experience a culinary journey that will excite your taste buds.
ROMANTIC PICNICS AT THE 12 APOSTLES
Spring and Summer are about enjoying Cape Town’s beautiful natural surroundings, and what better place to do this than with a delicious and decadent picnic in the stunning surroundings of the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s picnic offering, Picnic Pleasures, includes a picnic basket of decadent treats and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne. If you would like to use this beautiful location between mountain and sea, to pop the question or celebrate an extra special occasion, a bunch of roses can be included.
Whether you are toasting to romance, planning the perfect proposal or celebrating life, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has something for everyone. And whilst you feast your eyes on the stunning natural environment, know that you’re giving back to society, as all picnic hampers have been purchased from the Cape Town Society for the Blind.
LA BRI PICNICS
Welcome in Spring and Summer with a picnic in the private gardens of La Bri Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Their vineyard picnic baskets can be ordered on request and enjoyed whilst taking in the view of the vineyards and majestic Franschhoek mountains.
Their picnic menu includes a selection of local cheeses, freshly baked bread, char-grilled chicken strips and the salad of the day. For dessert you can expect seasonal fruit and a sweet treat. Wine is not included, however it can be ordered from their tasting room.
La Bri will begin offering picnics from October 2020. Picnics are weather permitting and bookings are essential. In the meantime, try their popular pairings: wine and lokum, wine and chocolate or wine and biltong.
La Bri also offers kiddies picnics baskets as well as kiddies pairing for their younger guests. For more details and cost see contact details below.
DIAL A PICNIC DURBANVILLE
Dial a Picnic Durbanville offers you a space in which to create memories. They create bespoke and personal picnic experiences for any occasion.
From over-the-top gourmet feasts to simple snacks, picnics offer the perfect excuse to head outdoors. As a result, Dial a Picnic has created picnic events for proposals, anniversaries, birthdays as well as long-overdue family and friend get-togethers. They also offer picnic experiences, which include horse riding, picnics in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve as well as arts and crafts picnics.
Andrea from Dial a Picnic Durbanville believes that whether or not a picnic is elaborate or casual, it offers us a much-needed escape from our day-to-day stress. From intimate moonlight affairs, to family gatherings and theme-based picnics, her team is on hand to ensure you have a memorable experience.
PICNICS AT QUOIN ROCK
With its extraordinary cuisine, much has been said about this Knorhoek Valley Estate’s, Gåte Restaurant. As such, Gåte’s outdoor Picnic Experience marries together a gourmet meal of the highest standard with private settings located away from the restaurant area.
Their custom-made picnic pergola’s feature comfortable seating spaced more than 10 meters apart for privacy. Only 8 Pergola’s are available, making this casual fresh air picnic option an excellent choice during the cautionary period of COVID-19.
Each picnic basket includes freshly baked French baguette with chef choice artisanal butters, various pâtés and a local cheese and charcuterie selection. Each basket also features fresh salads, a poke bowl, smoked salmon wrap and delicious roasted lamb on Moroccan couscous. All of this can be enjoyed with Pina Colada, coconut panna cotta and unlimited still and sparkling water. Children’s baskets, as well as delectable vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free versions of the menu, are also available on request.
Picnics are available from Thursday to Sunday, from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021. Booking is essential, with a deposit payable to secure the booking.
PICNICS IN THE NORVAL FOUNDATION SCULPTURE GARDEN
Situated among vineyards and mountain views, Norval Foundation is more than a museum and art gallery. Their beautiful manicured gardens is a tranquil setting in which to enjoy prepacked picnic hampers from The Skotnes Restaurant.
Their family-friendly picnic hampers are ordered ahead of time, and the price includes admission to Norval Foundation’s museum and gallery spaces. Expect to find baskets brimming with fresh, local and seasonal produce, all in keeping with the Skotnes’ philosophy of supporting local, small-batch food suppliers. Baskets also include a range of desserts made by their in-house pastry chef.
Norval Foundation only takes 5 picnic bookings a day, so expect an intimate, curated offering with lots of privacy, overlooking the museum and sculpture garden. No crowds and no deli fridges – everything is prepared in advance.