I love living in Stellenbosch. There is always a buzz of activity and so many vibey places to visit. However, as a Stellenbosch local, I feel as if I have taken this all for granted. Now that my student days are over and I spend (slightly) less time at the usual student haunts, I find myself looking for something different to do on weekends. Don’t get me wrong, I also love wine tasting and eating out, but I was keen for a new experience.

Think like a tourist…

This was something that was on my mind as I was walking into town one bright and shining Saturday morning. As I walked past the Stellenbosch Information Centre, it suddenly clicked. What would a tourist do in Stellenbosch? Yes, there are the obvious attractions in town and the wine routes of course. They would also want to make the most of their visit to Stellenbosch and find out what our beautiful town has to offer. So what did I do? I embraced the tourist mentality and took a sharp swerve right into the info centre. This was my first time visiting I might add (which is crazy since I walk past it everyday).

While the lady behind the desk was on the phone, I casually picked up a Stellenbosch Visio magazine and flicked through it in a somewhat blasé fashion. What caught my eye in particular, was a feature on Dine with the Locals. Now, this sounded super cool. I was intrigued to find out what it was all about.

This is why I love living in South Africa; you can warm your belly with the vibrant, diverse melting pot of people and cultures, by simply stepping outside the comfort of your own home.

Let’s share a memorable meal

Where locals and tourists alike can experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Stellenbosch, Dining with Locals is about sharing either a traditional African or Cape Malay meal, with a family in Kayamandi or Cloetesville respectively. With a glass of local wine (or ginger beer) in hand, we can enjoy a full-on set three-course meal, while the lovely host weaves a rich story of her culture, customs, and way of life, echoed by the sound of beating drums.

How about samp and beans, locally sourced fresh vegetables and flavourful meat-stew, or free-range chicken, served with “amagwinya” (vetkoek)? Pretty darn delicious. I certainly think it’s time we tickle our taste buds to this new taste experience!

Why not get a group together (minimum group size of four persons) for a proper Dining with the Locals experience, available any day of the week: Monday to Saturday 19h00-21h30 for R480 per person; or Sunday 13h00 to 15h30 for R520 per person. The price is all-inclusive, and best of all, you do not have to worry about transport. You can book transport at least one day in advance and make arrangements to meet anywhere in central Stellenbosch. So let’s enjoy the ride and keep that wine flowing!

For more, visit stellenbosch.travel


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