Franschhoek Artisan Food Route

Franschhoek Artisan Food Route

Regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital visitors to the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be spoilt for choice as they can now include in their trip a sampling of the Valley’s finest artisanal and fresh produce. The Franschhoek Artisan Food Route affords visitors to this internationally acclaimed wine and food producing region the opportunity to treat their taste buds to some of the finest olives, cheeses, charcuterie and artisanal breads our country has to offer.

The term artisanal refers to anything that is hand-made or handcrafted in the style of an artisan, or skilled craftsman. Artisanal foods are made in small quantities and typically adhere to traditional methods and recipes, using high-quality and unprocessed ingredients. They are allied to the slow and local food movements, and are usually produced in a sustainable manner.

Artisanal foods provide a great way to know where your food is coming from. Artisanal sausages are most likely made from meat raised compassionately or organically; artisanal cheeses from cows milked by hand, not machine; artisanal jams and preserves from fruit grown on small farms without hormones or dangerous pesticides.

From Drew Warner, Co-Founder at Just Good Chocolate – “Artisan food is unique; it’s defined by the fact that nothing else on earth exists that is exactly the same. Artisan food is created with love, with attention to detail, not mass produced on factory lines with only quantity in mind rather than quality.”

Artisan producers understand and respect the raw materials with which they work, they should know where these materials come from and what is particularly good about them. They should have mastered the craft of their particular production and have a historical, experiential, intuitive and scientific understanding of what makes the process that they are engaged in successful. They should know what tastes good and be sensitive to the impact of their production on people and the environment.

Franschhoek is proud to fall within these categories with several local artisanal food producers in the Valley making bread, cheese, olives and olive oil, charcuterie, salmon trout and chocolates, to mention a few. Should you be pressed for time the Franschhoek Village Market on Saturdays has proven to be extremely popular and showcases many of these fine foods.

Below is a list of members currently on the route. We are however adding new members on a regular basis so please check back regularly.

AFRICAN CHOCOLATE DREAMS
handmade chocolates – bookings essential R35pp
Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 876 4599 · shaft17@telkomsa.net

ALLÉE BLEUE ESTATE & WINES
olives, olive oil, herbs, pestos
Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00 Sat 10:00-17:00 Sun 10:00-16:00
+27 (0)21 874 1021 · www.alleebleue.com

BABYLONSTOREN
deli, farm shop, bread, fruit and vegetable garden
Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00 restaurant closed Mon & Tue
+27 (0)21 863 3852 · www.babylonstoren.com

BREAD & WINE
farm shop, charcuterie, bread
Mon-Sun 10:00-15:00 (shop) 12:00-15:00 (restaurant)
+27 (0)21 876 4004 · www.moreson.co.za

CAFÉ BONBON
olives, preserves, bread – Mon-Sun 08:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 876 3936 · www.lapetite.co.za

COTAGE FROMAGE
deli shop, cheese, preserves, patés, terrines
Mon-Sun 08:00-17:00 (summer) 08:00-16:00 (winter)
+27 (0)21 874 3991 · www.vnl.co.za

DALEWOOD FROMAGE
artisan cheese – Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00
+27 (0)21 875 5725 · www.dalewood.co.za

DUTCH EAST
coffee, Beans about Coffee
Mon-Sun (Oct-Mar) 08:30-21:00 (Apr-Sep) 09:00-21:00
+27 (0)21 876 3547 · www.dutcheast.co.za

FRANSCHHOEK MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
fresh medicinal herbs – Mon-Sun 09:00-18:30
+27 (0)72 469 2240 · info@franschhoek.org.za

FRANSCHHOEK VILLAGE MARKET
quality fresh produce, delicious deli items, indigenous artwork, craft items – Sat 09:00-14:00 +27 (0)21 876 2431

GOODING’S GROVES
olives, olive oil – Mon-Sun 10:00-15:00
+27 (0)21 876 2158 · www.goodingsgroves.co.za

HUGUENOT FINE CHOCOLATES
handmade Belgian chocolates – tours 11:00 & 15:00
bookings essential R35pp, Mon-Sun 08:00 & 17:30 (shop)
+27 (0)21 876 4096 · www.huguenotchocolates.com

THE JAM JAR
jam, preserves, fruit cordial – Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 874 1637 · jamjar@wol.co.za

LA BOURGOGNE
olives, olive oil – Mon-Sun 11:00-16:00
bookings preferred
+27 (0)21 876 3245 · www.labourgogne.co.za

LA COTTE INN/FROMAGES DE FRANCE
French artisan cheese (informal)
Mon-Fri 08:30-18:00 Sat 08:30-13:00
+27 (0)21 876 3775 · www.lacotte.co.za

LA MOTTE WINE ESTATE & HISTORIC WALK
historic water mill (part of historic walk), bread, farm shop, lavender and flowers available when in season, open Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00
Historic Walk (including bread tasting) 10:00-11:00 Wed only, bookings essential 1 or 2 days in advance R50pp
+27 (0)21 876 8000 · www.la-motte.com

MAISON
handmade deli items, chorizo, pickled Shiitake mushrooms, preserves, olives, prosciutto, ciabatta
Wed-Sun 10:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 876 2116 · www.maisonestate.co.za

NOBLE HILL
olives, olive oil, chilli garden Mon-Sun 10:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 874 3844 · www.noblehill.com

THE REALLY INTERESTING FOOD COMPANY
delicious food gifts and imported ingredients
Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00 · +27 (0) 21 876 3568
www.thereallyinterestingfoodcompany.com

SACRED GROUND
deli: artisan breads, sandwiches, cakes, coffee
Mon-Sun 07:00-18:00 · +27 (0)21 876 2759
www.facebook.com/sacredgroundbakery

SALMONBAR
Franschhoek trout, salmon, fresh, smoked, terrines
Mon-Sun 08:00-17:00 bookings essential
+27 (0)21 876 4591 · www.salmonbar.com

SOLMS-DELTA
Dik-Delta fynbos culinary gardens, indigenous produce
Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00
+27 (0)21 874 3937 · www.solms-delta.co.za

For more information on this route, please download the Franschhoek Artisan Food Route Map (PDF)

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