08 March 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Get out there and smell (and eat) the fynbos…

The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town is offering walking/foodie tours on which you head into the Cape Floral Kingdom to discover a world of edible fynbos, and more.

Cooking with fynbos – a new way of celebrating the unique flora of the Western Cape. Image courtesy of Sun International

Having met with success last year with the launch of a fynbos (shrub-like vegetation) cooking tour, Sun International’s Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town is now offering two new packages: a five-course fynbos tasting menu (with welcome drink and short talk); and a fynbos walking tour followed by the tasting menu, welcome drink and talk.

The walking-trail package involves two options. The first is a relaxed stroll from Lion's Head to Signal Hill enjoying expansive views of the Atlantic coastline, Robben Island, the city bowl and Table Mountain. Fynbos en-route includes proteas, wild sage, tall watsonia and the renowned pelargonium. Walkers will also stumble across a little piece of history at the Karamat (Muslim shrine) of Sheikh Mohammed Hassen Ghaibie Shah.

Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams prepares delicious fare with fynbos

The alternative route is a more challenging hike up to Cecilia Waterfall on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. You’ll get to see vistas of False Bay through to the winelands and Hottentots Holland Mountains. You’ll discover large tree-proteas like the silvertree, the pincushion protea and the waboom. In February and March you may also spot the elusive red disa, a member of the orchid family.

After a break at the waterfall, the hike takes you into the glorious Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, where you learn more about the uses of fynbos and their unique qualities.

Half- and full-day packages are on offer. The former includes canapés and a welcome drink infused with fynbos (buchu lemonade, lemon pelargonium iced tea and a rooibos mojito are some of the exotic choices). A short introduction to fynbos is given by chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams, followed by a five-course tasting menu. Each guest also receives a fynbos gift.

A short introduction to fynbos is given by chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams, followed by a five-course tasting menu.

The full-day package includes one of the walking trails ahead of the meal.

Five tasting menus have been compiled, featuring enticing dishes such as ceviche-style sea bass with a buchu and lime dressing; pea and geranium risotto with vanilla mascarpone cheese; grilled springbok loin with butternut puree and sautéed bok choy; and baked sour figs with juniper jus.

To book call the Table Bay Hotel directly on +27 (0)21 406 5918; or call Sun International Dreams on +27 (0)11 217 5555 to book a flights-and-accommodation package.

Fynbos cooking safaris – only on offer in South Africa. All images courtesy of Sun International

Category: Food & Wine

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