Tag: Food & Wine

National Heritage Day / National Braai Day: Fire, Chops, and Chums

South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation for its rich diversity of ancestry, cuisine, landscape and even languages. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, September 24th is set aside annually to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live.

National Heritage Day

National Heritage Day

The Parliament of South Africa allocated September 24th as National Heritage Day after the 1994 democratic election. An official public holiday, National Heritage Day was first celebrated throughout the country in 1995. In Kwazulu-Natal, the date was already known as Shaka Day in commemoration of Shaka Zulu, the legendary Zulu King who united the various Zulu clans.

IN TOUCH: Interview with Lucia Barnard

Lucia BarnardMeet Lucia Barnard, African Travel Specialist based in Sarasota.  Lucia was born in South Africa and moved with her husband and two kids to the USA in 2009. After living in Atlanta for a year, they settled in Sarasota, Florida. This well-traveled and energetic Travel Professional has been in the Travel Industry since 1992.

Q: In your opinion, what are some of the must-sees on a first-time South African Tour?

Lucia: Nothing beats the African bush surrounded by an African sunset; however the Cape Town experience is filled with everything I want in a vacation… amazing food, culture, shopping, and exploring eco wildlife is a must-do.

Happily Ever After

Two glasses of red wine with flowers

 

A crazy combo turns out to be the perfect pair. Who knew? It all started with an unlikely hook up, resulting in a one-of-a-kind wine called Pinotage. Back in 1925, Stellenbosch University Professor A.I. Perold performed a gutsy marriage of Pinot Noir and Cinsault (also known as Heritage) grapes, resulting in this versatile and food-friendly varietal. The new red wine was not only a blend of the grapes, but also combined their names.

South Africa’s Holiday Season

Christmas Tree

While children in the northern hemisphere dream of a snowy white Christmas, in South Africa, it’s time for sun, sand and sea. Since it is summer in South Africa, the kids are out of school and families often flock to the beach or to peaceful nature reserves such as Kruger National Park.

Glazed What?

Gammon with pineapple and cherries

Nothing says Christmas in South Africa like glazed gammon.

Since Christmas is a summertime holiday in the Southern Hemisphere, some South Africans prefer to braai (barbeque) steaks and sausages for Christmas. But many go the British colonial heritage route with glazed gammon, roast beef, turkey, lamb and even chicken, served with roasted potatoes, veggies and salad.

For the uninitiated, gammon is a British name for a ham cured in the same way as bacon, versus dry-cured or cooked. In South Africa it is generally not served any other time of year.

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“A kiss on the cheek may be quite continental…” Most of us remember this song from the movie classic, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. Truth is, our fascination with the allure of diamonds began long before these lyrics were penned.

Over the centuries, diamonds have been associated with romance, and have developed unique status as the ultimate gift of love. It was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with magic diamonds. The Greeks believed the fire in the diamond reflected the constant flame of love.

South Africa’s Holiday Season

Christmas Tree

While children in the northern hemisphere dream of a snowy white Christmas, in South Africa, it’s time for sun, sand and sea. Since it is summer in South Africa, the kids are out of school and families often flock to the beach or to peaceful nature reserves such as Kruger National Park.