The best way to get beneath the skin of a place and it’s culture is through it’s food, from the iconic to the offbeat, from the delicious to the downright bizarre. So, when I got to Stellenbosch I wanted nothing more than to eat my way through the town – and thankfully Hanli Fourie from Bites and Sites Cultural Food Tours was there to help. After all they do say ” To understand a place, you have to eat it.”
Our first stop was Schoon which is owned by a lovely couple . They specialise in producing freshly baked breads, delicate pastries, artisan Ice Cream, Organic produce & Dairy and coffee.
Schoon also has Boutique Wine section upstairs where the offer a unique variety of less known wine brands which the new partner of the business, John (I think) personally selects and stocks for the shop.
While strolling down Church Street you can’t help but be tempted by Le Chocolatier. You can’t go wrong with anything in this shop (despite the banting chocolate which has a really unique taste.)
They specialise in something different so look through the window and don’t even try to resist temptation. We got a few chocolates and headed next door for a wine and chocolate pairing.
Brampton Wine Studio was our next stop. This is a stylish, chic and intimate venue that attracts people of all ages.
They produce a range of fruit-driven wines with a strong, colourful personality, reflected in the modern and stylish packaging.
We had Lemon Sorbet Truffle paired with Unoaked Chardonnay, Strawberry Dark chocolate paired with Rosé and Chocolate Truffle paired with Old Vine Red. My favourite combination was the Lemon Sorbet and Unoaked Chardonnay as I am a white chocolate lover and I find dark chocolate quite bitter.
Hanli then led us into Schoon again and suddenly I was hungry. They make unique and delicious flavoured Ice Creams like berry cheesecake and salted caramel. I had the White Chocolate Brownie Ice cream known to locals as the “Blondie” and as a gelato lover I give Schoon my seal of approval!
Behind all the amazing food is hard working families, fascinating stories and age-old traditions. Hanli Fourie is an accredited tour guide whose passionate about sharing Stellies incredible cuisines with hungry and curious locals and travellers.
For more information on her tours visit www.bitesandsites.co.za or contact firstname.lastname@example.org / +27 76 032 8234
* I was welcomed as a guest of Stellenbosch Wine Routes, but all opinions are honest and my own. ?