Summer’s very definitely arrived, and so it’s time to update last year’s list of picnic options in Cape Town, with fresh information and prices for the 2012/2013 summer season.
As before, we’ll be splitting this in to groups, the first of which is this one: Picnic Baskets (the kind you order in advance, usually on wine farms). Still to come, revised versions of last year’s Picnic Concerts (picnics at concerts) and we also hope to put together a Picnic BYO list (great places for picnics, and some ideas on where to find awesome goodies to fill your own basket).
In this post, it’s all about wine farms and other picturesque locations offering picnic basket options. If there are any we’ve missed, please let us know!
Overview: Picnics in Cape Town
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|Buitenverwachting ‘The Picnic Basket’ (Constantia)||R260 for two. R45 per child.|
|Cape Point Vineyards Picnics (Noordhoek)||From R280 for two. R55 per child.|
|Casa Labia Picnics (Muizenberg)||R285 for two.|
|Roundhouse Rumbullion Picnics (Kloof Nek)||Various prices – order what you want.|
|Steenberg Winery picnics (Steenberg)||R300 for two (including wine)|
Overview: Picnics in the Cape Winelands
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|Allée Bleue Picnics (Groot Drakenstein)||R300 for two. R45 per child.|
|Boschendal’s ‘Le Pique-Nique’ (Groot Drakenstein)||R300 for two. R59 per child.|
|Delheim Riverside Picnics (Stellenbosch)||R260 for two. R65 per child.|
|Hartenberg Estate Picnics (Stellenbosch)||R290 for two (includes wine or grape juice)|
|Holden Manz Picnics (Franschhoek)||R320 for two. R45 for children|
|Solms-Delta Picnics (Franschhoek Valley)||R290 for two. R75 per child.|
|Spier Lakeside Picnics (Lynedoch, near Stellenbosch)||From R220 for two. R75 per child.|
|Warwick Gourmet Picnics (R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts)||R299 for two. R49 per child.|
|Zewenwacht Picnics (Kuilsriver)||TBC|
Details: Picnics in Cape Town
Buitenverwachting ‘The Picnic Basket’
Buitenverwachting Estate, Klein Constantia Rd, Constantia.
Relax under the beautiful oaks of Buitenverwachting Estate… Tables and chairs are provided (if you want them) and there’s a very strictly applied maximum number of picnics allowed (which means it doesn’t get overcrowded). The menu looks like it hasn’t changed much at all since last year. [2012/2013 menu]
|Cost:||R130 per person. R45.00 per child (u/10yo). No credit cards accepted.|
|Dates & Times:||Open November to April; Monday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. Closed over Christmas and the New Year. Picnics served from 12 midday to 4pm (closing at 4pm)|
|Bookings:||Adrienne (021) 794-1012 Cell: 083 257 6083|
Cape Point Vineyards Picnics
Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek, Cape Town
Enjoy the estate’s lovely lawns with their spectacular view over Noordhoek Beach and choose from one of several food options. Cape Point Vineyards will provide picnic blankets, cushions and umbrellas wherever possible.
|Cost:||A variety of baskets and other options to choose from. Farmer’s Basket R280 for two. Winemaker’s Basket R380 for two. Vegetarian Basket R320 for two. Platters also available.|
|Dates & Times:||TBC|
|Bookings:||Booking is essential and required 24 hours in advance; please contact [email protected]|
Casa Labia Picnics
Casa Labia, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Lounge on the lawns of Casa Labia, and gaze out to sea – it’s a beautiful view and the menu looks very tasty.
|Cost:||Picnic hampers cost R285 per couple. Cash bar available on the terrace.
[> 2012/2013 menu]
|Dates & Times:||Tuesday to Sunday from 12noon to 3pm from 1 November 2012 to 30 April 2013.|
|Bookings:||Picnics work on reservations only. Bookings for the baskets would need to be made and confirmed 24 hours in advance with a 50% deposit. Contact the cafe on 021 788 6062 or at [email protected]|
Roundhouse Rumbullion Picnics
The Roundhouse, Kloof Nek, Cape Town
The Roundhouse Rumbullion offers ‘tapas picnics’, where you select what you’d like from a list of possible options (varying from jars of pickled olives to cheese burgers with wedges).
The views from the Roundhouse lawns are spectacular – go early to secure a good table (and book for more than two, if you want a table to yourselves).
|Cost:||Variable, depending on what you order (view Menu)|
|Dates & Times:||The Rumbillion Lawns (Summer Season only from 1 October 2012 – 30 April 2013. Tuesday – Sunday 12noon – 4pm)|
|Bookings:||Tel. 021 438 4347 / Email [email protected]|
Steenberg Vineyards, Steenberg, Cape Town
Steenberg Vineyards now offers gourmet picnics for visitors. The menu looks fantastic! It’s put together by Food Fanatics, with ingredients sourced locally from fantastic ethical producers like Cure Deli (charcuterie) and Dalewood Fromage (cheeses, yum).
And, I’m happy to report that everything in the picnic hamper is biodegradable: from the recycled wine cartons to food containers and cutlery. I’ll be going along soon to try it out myself and will report back on the experience!
|Cost:||R300 for a basket for two, including a bottle of Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot (vegetarian option available at same price).
Steenberg-Picnic Menu (subject to change)
|Dates & Times:||Picnics served
|Bookings:||Tel. Lida - (021 713 2211)|
Details: Picnics in the Cape Winelands
Shaded by an historic oak tree, freshly made picnic baskets are served to you from the picnic gazebo and an ice bucket to keep your drinks chilled. Chicnic menus are priced at R150.00 per person, which includes 2 x 330ml mineral water, coffee or tea and a seasonal gift from the Allée Bleue Estate. Children are well catered for with a menu priced at R45.00 per child with activities included.
|Cost:||R 150.00 per person, R 45.00 for children under 10 years|
|Dates & Times:||Available every day of the week, weather dependent. 11.30am – 3pm.|
|Bookings:||[email protected] / Tel. +27 (0) 21 874 1021/2/3|
Boschendal’s ‘Le Pique-Nique’
Boschendal Estate, Stellenbosch
During the summer months Boschendal’s Le Pique-Nique provides the ideal setting for simple French-Style country meals. Picnic hampers filled with simple country fare are served from a gazebo, relax and enjoy the fare at tables and chairs set in the shade of fragrant pine trees.
|Cost:||R150.00 per adult excluding beverages and service R59.00 per child (under 10) excluding beverages and service.|
|Dates & Times:||1 October 2012 – mid May 2013 (weather permitting – cancelled if raining). Collect your picnic basket between 12.15pm and 1.30pm. They may be collected later – by arrangement.|
|Bookings:||Tel.: +27 (0) 21 870 4272/3/4/5 | Email: [email protected]|
Delheim Riverside Picnics
Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
Enjoy a gourmet picnic on the scenic lawn at the riverside behind the cellar. No BYO – the full range of Delheim wines is available at cellar door prices.
|Cost:||R130 per adult (excl additional beverages). Children under 12 @ R65. Vegetarian option available on request (same price).|
|Dates & Times:||Available every day, Monday to Sunday until end April 2013. Baskets available from midday.|
|Bookings:||[email protected] or (021) 888-4607 (book by latest 10h30 on the day)|
Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
|Cost:||R290 for two (including wine or grape juice)|
|Dates & Times:||TBC|
|Bookings:||Essential – call 021 865 2541 or email [email protected]|
Holden Manz Picnics
Relax in an idyllic spot under ancient oaks, enjoying a basket filled with fresh local produce.
|Cost:||R320 for two (includes bottle of water). R45 per child.|
|Dates & Times:||Daily from Tuesdays to Sundays (bookings essential)|
|Bookings:||Call 021-8762729, email [email protected]|
Delta Road, Off the R45, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek Valley
Solms-Delta has ‘winefarm’ picnics available, made by Fyndraai chef Shaun Schoeman and his team. A personal guide will carry your basket and blanket and assist in selecting a quiet spot on the forested banks of the Dwars River or overlooking the private Solms lake.
Pre-booking is essential. The baskets are freshly packed upon your arrival, so please expect a short wait (maximum 15 minutes) before being escorted to the river. Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn 2010, soft drinks or Solms-Delta Vogelvrij Spring Water bottled at source on the estate, is also included in each basket for two.
|Cost:||R145 per adult (view menu). R75 per child. (View kiddies menu)|
|Dates & Times:||Picnic season starts 1 September 2012. Fyndraai is open seven days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm|
|Bookings:||+ 27 (0)21- 874-3937|
Spier Estate, Lynedoch, near Stellenbosch.
Awesome picnics at Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch. Superb lakeside atmosphere (complete with plenty of ducks) and lots of gently swishing trees provide shade. Pony rides for kids. This year Spier has a wide variety of picnic basket options, all of which look absolutely delicious.
Vegetarian and vegan options available, and dietary requirements (diabetic, wheat-intolerant etc) are catered for by request.
|Cost:||Gourmet Picnic – R298 for two
Relaxed Picnic – R220 for two
Raw Vegetarian Picnic – R320 for two
Summer Roast Picnic – R250 for two
Christmas Picnic – R320 for two
Children’s Christmas Picnic – R75 per child under 12
Children’s Picnic – R75 per child under 12
|Dates & Times:||Available every day of the week from 12 midday onwards.|
|Bookings:||Tel. 021 809 1100 (online bookings available from 1 December 2011)|
Warwick Gourmet Picnics
On the R44 between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts.
“At Warwick we strive for simplicity but this doesn’t mean that you should compromise on flavour. Our Gourmet Picnic experience was designed to provide a balance between the freshest seasoned ingredients and a flavour profile that will satisfy the most sophisticated Gourmand.”
|Cost:||Gourmet Picnic basket: R299.00 serving two guests
Vegetarian Picnic basket: R299.00 serving two guests
Kids Basket: R49.00 per child under 12 years of age
|Dates & Times:||Guests can collect and pay for their picnics upon arrival at the Bistro counter. 11:30 – 12:30, 12:30 – 13:30, 13:30 -14:30 7 Days a week – 365 days per year|
|Bookings:||Call 021 884 3144 or email [email protected]|
Zewenwacht Estate, Langverwacht Rd, Kuils River
Zewenwacht offers a variety of picnic options: the Estate basket, Vegetarian basket, as well as the kiddies hamper as well as two braai basket options (they provide the meat, wood etc – you braai it). Other snacks, beverages and the estate’s wines can be purchased at the picnic kiosk. (View Picnic Menu 2011/2012)
|Cost:||Pricing TBC – these are last year’s prices
Estate Basket – R280 per basket for 2 people.
Vegetarian Basket – R280 per basket for 2 people.
Kids Basket – R60 per child.
Braai Basket Option 1 – R280 per basket for 2 people
Braai Basket Option 2 – R360 per basket for 2 people.
|Dates & Times:||September 2012 to May 2013|
|Bookings:||Tel: (021) 903 5123 / email: [email protected]|
The list above is likely to change, as I discover and try more picnics – so if there’s something I’ve left out, please share the info by leaving a comment below, and I’ll see about adding it to the list! Please please treat this list as a guide only – ALWAYS phone the picnic organisers (most require bookings anyway) before you go, to avoid disappointment.