Words: Jazz Kuschke
Pictures: Sue Adams and supplied
Check out these small-scale, local food producers for something different this September…
For spirits: Inverroche Distillery
Situated between Stillbay and Riversdale, Inverroche Distillery produces a wide range of small batch, hand-crafted spirits. Their gins, liqueurs and spiced rums are distilled in a custom-made copper pot known as Magnanimous Meg and all are infused with flavours from indigenous fynbos.
Their gins are undoubtedly the flagship. It’s a beautiful setting and a great place for a non gin drinker to be converted. Make an afternoon of it by taking a distillery tour and doing a tasting. Do book in advance, especially in season.
Contact: www.inverroche.co.za or 028-754-2442
For cheese: Gay’s Guernsey Dairy & Deli
Gay van Hasselt’s operation in Prince Albert grew from small-scale milk supply to making yoghurt and then on to cheese.
She (by way of her cheeses) is one of South Africa’s most renowned local food producers and her products have won international awards in London, Dublin and France.
All the farm’s products are natural, unpasteurised, and without hormones or antibiotics.
Contact: http://gaysguernseydairy.yolasite.com/ or 023 5411 274
READ MORE: Gay’s Guernsey Dairy & Deli, Prince Albert’s Big Cheese
For Mampoer: Do a ‘mapoer toer’ in Groot Marico
The land of Herman Charles Bosman and his alter ego, ‘Oom Schalk Lourens’ – Groot Marico in the North West – is also the land of mampoer.
Rumoured to be named after the Pedi chief, Mampuru (who’s tribe brewed liquor from maroela fruit), ‘mampoer’ is a kind of moonshine distilled from any wild fruit. But it’s so much more …
The Marico tourism office runs a tour of various farms in the area. Pasop, hy skop…
Contact: www.marico.co.za or 083 2722 958
For Beer: Zululand Brewery
KZN has a thriving beer route (it’s something of a hotbed of craft-brewing talent) but Zululand Brewery, on the grounds of the George Hotel in Eshowe, is the smallest and perhaps one of the quirkiest.
Zulu Blonde is their flagship beer and has received so much international acclaim that an export variety is now available at select UK pubs (and the only place you can drink it in SA is at the brewery).
For bread: The Glenwood Bakery
The man behind The Glenwood Bakery – Adam Robinson – has been a chef in France, London and, latterly, the KZN Midlands. He has had critically acclaimed restaurants in London since 1991 and they have all produced their own bread since 1994.
His restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands – The Corner Post – became known for its breads and started supplying other shops, restaurants and many retail customers.
He’s now made Durban his home and is making bread full-time. His focus is on flavour and for that the base is flour. Glenwood’s is sourced from a Swartberg produced Eureka flour, a mill near Winterton producing Highland flour and from an organic farmer who mills his own grain near Ficksburg.
Support local food producers
Here are our round-ups of the best country markets where you will find local food producers aplenty:
- Must-do markets Gauteng
- Must do markets Kwa-Zulu Natal
- Must-do markets Western Cape
- Must-do markets Mpumalanga