3-day cooking experience with African Relish Cooking School in Prince Albert

Small-town serenity? Check. Gorgeous Karoo sunsets? Check. Meet and greet local Prince Albert food producers plus hands-on cooking classes with amazing local produce under the guidance of a seasoned chef? Check-check. The only problem? You might never want to leave this quaint dorpie (town) on the southern edge of the Groot Karoo by the end of it all. […]

Small-town serenity? Check. Gorgeous Karoo sunsets? Check. Meet and greet local Prince Albert food producers plus hands-on cooking classes with amazing local produce under the guidance of a seasoned chef? Check-check. The only problem? You might never want to leave this quaint dorpie (town) on the southern edge of the Groot Karoo by the end of it all.

Highlights

  • Luxury shared accommodation in an authentic Karoo cottage
  • Excursions such as ghost walk and village ramble with local historian and a botanical walk to learn about the wonders of the Karoo veld and ancient geology.
  • 2 half day hands-on cooking classes with resident chef Camilla Comins
  • Includes all meals
  • Meet and greet local food producers and use Karoo produce such as lamb, venison, olives, figs and award winning local cheese and olive oil in cooking classes.

Duration

3 days (not including travel to and from Prince Albert)

Schedule

Monday to Saturday: This course and accommodation can be booked any date.

Price

R5 175 per person

Minimum booking of 2 people (max 16). Includes 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 cooking courses, all meals, listed excursions, a special African Relish apron and recipe booklet to take home.

 

Overview

If you’re a foodie and you’ve never experienced the beautiful Karoo village of Prince Albert before, what have you been doing with your long weekends all these years? It’s seriously one of the coolest breakaway spots in the Western Cape, not only for its natural beauty and laid-back vibe, but for its established food scene.

At the heart of it all lies African Relish Cooking School, where stressed out city slickers and keen cooks alike have been honing their kitchen skills and getting to know the unique flavours of the Karoo for over ten years. While the school offers day and a half long cooking experiences, the immersive 3-day eatsploration allows you to get fully engrossed in the tiny town’s culture and eat like a king in the process.

In between resident chef Camilla Comins showing you how to make the most of the amazing local produce – fresh figs, heirloom organic veggies, Karoo lamb, cold-pressed olive oil and artisanal cheeses – you’ll enjoy a guided botanical walk, visit an olive farm for a tasting, see what happens behind the scenes at a working dairy (think lots of yummy cheese tasting) and even get to run into a few of the village’s friendly ghosts on a twilight ghost walk, if you’re lucky.

Oh, and did we mention that you’ll get to feast on the fruits of your labour? Think slow-roast lamb with seasonal veggies picked from Doc Reinders’ impressive vegetable garden, hot-off-the-coals roosterkoek stuffed with boerewors you made yourself, and panna cotta starring cream from Gay’s Guernsey Dairy.

Add to that accommodation in an authentic Karoo cottage from which you can explore the many other hidden gems of the village in your own time, and it’s really a no-brainer that you need to make this experience happen for you, and fast.

What’s included

  • 2 nights’ shared self-catering accommodation
  • 2 half-day cooking classes from African Relish’s Anytime cooking class list
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 excursions
  • Meet and greet local food producers
  • Cook with resident chef
  • Special African Relish apron
  • Recipe booklet

What’s not included

  • All drinks
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers

Important Information

  • Day 1 arrival should be at 12:00
  • Food preferences or allergies need to be sent in advance to the office
  • School is closed on Sundays
  • The accommodation is not on the same premises as the cooking school
  • The office needs to be informed in advance if you would prefer a specific themed course

Itinerary 

Day 1

12:00 – Arrive at African Relish and settle into accommodation. Explore the village and visit the local art gallery, antique shops and museum at your leisure, or just relax and take in the peace and quiet.

13:00 – Light lunch at African Relish.

14:00 – Cooking session 1: Knife skills demonstration by resident chef Camilla Comins, kitchen orientation and short background introduction to South Africa’s culinary culture. Hands-on cooking demonstration and preparation of some classic Karoo dishes.

18:30 – Ghost walk and village ramble with local historian and story-teller Ailsa Tudhope, who’ll regale you with tales of ghosts and village rogues from the past.

20:00 – Welcome dinner at African Relish.

Day 2

06:30 – Meet at African Relish for coffee and rusks, followed by a botanical walk with Dr Sue Milton to learn about the wonders of the Karoo veld and ancient geology.

09:30 – Breakfast at African Relish.

11:00 – Olive oil tasting and lunch served at a local olive farm.

14:00 – Cooking session 2: Preparation and hands-on cooking of more Karoo classics and an introduction to some unusual and mostly forgotten ingredients and cooking methods including open fire cooking.

17:00 – Gather at African Relish for dinner, enjoying the day’s culinary endeavours.

Day 3

 09:00 –  Breakfast demo at African Relish with chef Camilla making the perfect eggs benedict – poach eggs, wilt spinach and learn to make a nifty quick hollandaise sauce.

11:00 – Departure

 

 

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Photography: Kleinjan Groenewald, African Relish, Russel Wasserfall