Hey there, I’m Liezel and I am a foodie. I spend shameful amounts on cookbooks and crockery, and I actually have to avoid farmer’s markets and deli stores for fear of blowing my salary completely. Sound like someone you know? Then this might be a good guide on the perfect local gifts to get them for Christmas.
Here are a few of my favourite locally produced, delectable treats that can actually be found on my kitchen shelves.
Cape Mediterranean: The Way We Love to Eat by Ilse van der Merwe
Ilse van der Merwe is a Stellenbosch-based foodie and one of my personal favourites. When she isn’t running her tempting blog, or cooking up a storm on television, she’s launching boutique online stores. Cape Mediterranean launched late last year and contains a delectable variety of treats that are perfect for summer entertaining. Think fresh bread, tapas, dips and generous salads, all packed with local flavour.
Rozendal Fynbos Vinegar
Rozendal farm in Stellenbosch is all about the art of crafting fine vinegar. Their vinegars are fermented in small oak barrels and infused with select botanicals. My personal favourite is the Fynbos variant, flavoured with two species of fynbos indigenous to the Western Cape mountains. It’s just the right balance of tangy and sweet, and will transform any simple salad to something magical. You can find it at select deli’s or from their online store.
Tip: Wrap gifts in gorgeous tea towels instead of expensive paper that gets chucked in the bin
Spaza Store Dish Covers
From R95, spazastore.com
Practical and beautiful. I instantly fell for Spaza’s fabric dish covers, eliminating the need for cling wrap, which I loathe, and giving me a gorgeous way to cover up my summer spreads on the dining table, keeping pesky pests at bay (say goodbye to grandma’s net cover). They offer a set of various sizes, which make a fantastic gift.
The Duchess Spritz
From R69,99, select retailers and yuppiechef.com
The Duchess is the brainchild of Johannes le Roux, a Cape Town-native, and Inus Smuts. It’s already well-loved for the yummy, beautifully packaged alcohol-free gin & tonic and this year they launched The Duchess Spritz, an alcohol-free wine spritzer. Aside from being particularly pretty to look at, it really hits the spot on a scorching summer day, without introducing a buzz. You can choose from two variants: Spritz Berry Rose which has a refreshing acidity and slight sweetness from the Acai Berry, or Spritz Elderflower White which has been made from premium Chardonnay, with fragrant Elderflower notes.
Goed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
From R54, goedgedachttrading.com
Goedgedacht Trading has launched their range of award-winning products to the South African public. Choose from olive oil, olives, pastes and fruit-infused salad dressings. What gets me most excited about these goodies is the heart behind the produce. The brand works hard to help local communities thrive through the Goedgedacht Trust and by purchasing their Goed products, you’re also contributing to this great cause. The Goed Extra Virgin Olive oil is made from a blend of cultivars, delivering a mild, creamy flavour.
Biting off more than you can chew? Find some more local gifts and treats in our other gift guides!