Half-day Karoo Classic cooking experience and cottage stay with African Relish in Prince Albert

Heard about Karoo flavours, but haven’t had the chance to experience it for yourself? Get yourself over to this legendary foodie hub for a delicious Karoo cooking experience and let the local pros acquaint you with the taste and cooking secrets of free-range lamb, fresh figs, and top-notch cheese during a fun day filled with small-town hospitality. Highlights […]

Heard about Karoo flavours, but haven’t had the chance to experience it for yourself? Get yourself over to this legendary foodie hub for a delicious Karoo cooking experience and let the local pros acquaint you with the taste and cooking secrets of free-range lamb, fresh figs, and top-notch cheese during a fun day filled with small-town hospitality.

Highlights

  • Luxury sharing accommodation in a charming Karoo cottage
  • Half-day cooking course with resident chef Jaco Fourie
  • Inclusive of a meal
  • Cook with local produce like Karoo lamb, venison, olives, figs and award-winning local cheeses and olive oil
  • Hands-on cooking session

Duration

One night stay and half day cooking class.

Schedule

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

Price

R3 100 per couple sharing

Minimum 2 people (max 16) including a half day cooking class, a three-course meal and one night accommodation in a typical Karoo cottage (extended stay possible on request).

Overview

Prince Albert really is the little village that could: drop-dead gorgeous scenery, serenity aplenty, and a foodie community that knows how to make the most of the fantastic produce around them. African Relish Cooking school is at the core of this culinary ’hood. Opened by Lisa and Philip Key over 10 years ago, the school has become a famous retreat for folks wanting to get a break away from it all and get down to the fun and therapeutic business of cooking and eating.

Under the guidance of resident chef Jaco Fourie, the school offers a host of courses, but one of the undisputed favourites is its Karoo Classics half-day class – perfect for those who want enough time left to explore, or should we say eatsplore, Prince Albert at their own pace.

Taking 3 hours, the class introduces you to the flavours and ingredients that make Karoo cuisine so special, and guides you to transform some of this amazing local produce – think Karoo lamb, venison, fresh figs, raw-milk cheese and cold-pressed olive oil – into the most epic feast.

While you’ll always make a starter, veggie dish, meaty main and dessert, the line-up of dishes changes frequently, so during one class you might make traditional roosterkoek, slow-roast Karoo lamb and melktert, while at another you could try your hand at olive and rosemary focaccia, braised venison and a panna cotta with fresh figs. Plus a side starring whichever locally grown organic heirloom vegetables happen to be in season. All in a day’s work, with plenty time to discover the rest of the town’s hidden gems for yourself.

What’s included

  • 1 night shared self-catering accommodation for 2 people
  • half-day cooking course with resident chef for 2 people, plus meal

What’s not included

  • All drinks
  • Gratuity
  • Transfers

Important Information

  • Morning classes start promptly at 09:00 and include lunch
  • Afternoon classes start at 14:00 and includes dinner
  • Food preferences or allergies need to be sent in advance to the office
  • School 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 to do an afternoon or morning class at least a week in advance

Itinerary

Day 1

12:00 – Arrive in Prince Albert and check into self-catering accommodation

14:00 – Karoo Classics cooking course with resident chef Jaco Fourie

17:00 – Short break to freshen up in your cottage before dinner.

19:00 – Dinner served at African Relish cooking school.

Day 2

Departure

(there is also the option for the cooking class to be scheduled in the morning of day 2 or to book extended accommodation)

 

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Photography: Kleinjan Groenewald and Liezel Norval-Kruger