Day trippers and weekend explorers looking for laid back country food,
home produce and farm stall fare will find it all on The Cape Country
The touring route that was launched over a year ago is gaining momentum as a family-friendly, value for money destination with an outdoor focus. The Cape Country Meander journeys through eight towns and their surrounding regions. Elgin, Botrivier, Villiersdorp, Caledon, Greyton, Genadendal, Tesselaarsdal, Riviersonderend are all part of the adventure that is as beautiful as it is interesting.
Traditionally these regions have been rural food producers and are still a major source of wheat, grapes and deciduous fruits, but today many small producers are putting love, energy and time into creating noteworthy wines, breads and pastries, jams and spreads, smoked meats, speciality cheeses, handmade chocolates and more.
The presence of many famous farm stalls along the route is testament to the abundance of the region. Visitors to the area often plan a stop at their favourite farm stalls as part of the route so they can again taste the heavenly pie or the out-of-this world brownies they have heard so much about.
Most of the towns in the region are particularly family-friendly, more so as many young families chose to live their lives in these rural areas, giving their children a down-to-earth childhood. Restaurants and deli’s along the way provide for kids with special menus, playgrounds and playrooms or proximity to animals or herb gardens.
Food production and sales also provide many with employment or some means. In Greyton, a Wednesday morning community market – the Greyton Kitchen Farmers Market (not to be confused with the Greyton Saturday Morning Market) sees anyone, from a home gardener to a small-scale farmer, bringing in their vegetable produce to sell in the town.
Across The Cape Country Meander, small producers employ staff and pass on the tools of the trade. Restaurants, guest houses and hotels give local people the chance to learn about the hospitality business, growing vital skills in the economically promising tourism sector.
As the world moves to a greater consciousness about where the food we eat has come from, it is good to know that the food on the Cape Country Meander is grown by nature and made with love.