20 October 2010 by Robyn Campbell

Invite yourself to a family braai

South Africans are forever blathering on about braaing, going to braais, or thinking about lighting a braai.

Truth be told, if you’re a visitor to this country, unless a friendly local has invited you round to their house to experience this culinary ritual, your chances can be a bit skraal (thin/slim).

Which is a pity, because if you want to watch South Africans unplugged a braai is the place to do it.

So, here’s your solution. Middlevlei Wine Estate in Stellenbosch hosts a traditional Boerebraai lunch every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the year. All you need to do is book (very important), pitch up, and prepare to pig-out on traditional Cape Afrikaans food.

Middlevlei Wine Estate in Stellenbosch hosts a traditional Boerebraai lunch every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the year. All you need to do is book (very important), pitch up, and prepare to pig-out on traditional Cape Afrikaans food.

The occasion feels just like a big informal family gathering. While you tuck into starters of homemade snoek and chicken liver pâté, a green salad, and fresh-baked roosterkoek, Jakoba’s in the kitchen getting the pap-en-sous and braaibroodjies ready; braai meister Elliot is grilling your sosaties and boerewors to perfection, and the Momberg family are waiting on you, hand and foot. Did I mention you’re entitled to a free wine tasting too?

Assuming you can still stand after consuming your own body weight in pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters), Malva pudding and custard, make your way over to the fire for a cup of Boeretroos (camp coffee). Alternately, join the communal post-lunch siesta on the lawn.

Middelvlei’s setting is idyllic. Sit under umbrellas overlooking the vineyards, and watch the kids play sport, or gambol on the lawns with the estates’ menagerie, as you take in the flavours of traditional Cape Boerekos and hospitality.

Category: Food & Wine

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