Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Culinary Tours in Cape Town

For travelers who are looking to experience Cape Town's culture and communities in a unique way, a culinary tour may be just the thing to offer! New Frontiers Tours offers several unique cooking experiences that offer travelers the opportunity to meet and interact with local communities that are often more difficult to connect with in the Cape Town area. These are so much more than just cooking experiences!

Local African Cooking in a Township

Travel to Langa, a Cape Flats township, to cook at a small cookery school that provides the local residents with the skills needed to get jobs in the kitchens of the top hotels in Cape Town. This is the only full time cooking school based in a Cape Township and the students are not from privileged homes. Schools fees are therefore kept low and funds are raised through the on-site restaurant. 90% of the graduates secure a job - this is incredible in a country with 40% unemployment. Traditional African cuisine is served to the local communities and visitors alike and the facilities are used for local events where the students cater. A visit to the school and restaurant is a unique opportunity to interact with a community initiative that is really working. Learn about African and Xhosa culture and cuisine, drink local ginger beer, participate in a hands-on cooking lesson and enjoy the dishes you prepare!

Cape Malay Cooking Class with Cass Abrahams
The Cape Malay cuisine is the oldest cuisine of the Cape people. It emerged from the Malay slaves who worked in the kitchens of their Dutch masters - they could not resist adding some spice to the food!

Join local "foodie", Cass Abrahams - the renowned authority on Cape Malay cuisine, for a talk and cooking demonstration (or hands on cooking) in her home in the Southern suburbs o Cape Town. Cass will give an introduction on the background and history of the Cape Malay people and the recipes that emerged from the blend of eastern spices and Dutch cuisine. After the cooking, relax and enjoy lunch (or dinner) with Cass in her home. This tour is perfectly combined with an afternoon wine tour to the Constantia wine region.

Bo-Kaap and City Tour with Cape Malay Cooking

Start the day with a tour of the District 6 Museum and a short ramble through the city before heading to the colorful Bo-Kaap area. The Bo-Kaap represents the only area in the city where the Cape Malay community was not forcefully removed. It is a bright and colorful area with traditional homes and cobblestone streets. Enjoy a walk around the area and visit the Atlas spice shop, as well as two community projects, before heading into a home of one of a local Cape Malay woman. Usually travelers come to the Bo-Kaap to quickly take photos on their way through the city, but this is an unusual opportunity to spend some time with two of the ladies in the community. You can elect to have them cook a delicious lunch or you can participate (which we highly recommend!) in the preparation of the lunch. This is a great way to learn about the culture chatting with the ladies as you cook!

New Frontiers does also offer a course cooking at Home with Chef Sophia - preparing modern South African dishes or enjoying a braai. This is ideal for larger groups of 10 or more. Another option for groups of 15 (minimum) is cooking at home with chef Nikki in her beautiful home in the Cape Town suburb of Bishop's Court.

Contact us for more information on any of these tours.

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