Calling all chefs, mixologists, cooks and foodies!
In a bid to create awareness and interest in all the delicious wild flavours our indigenous edible plants have to offer, we are launching a Veld and Sea Flavour Challenge this summer.
How does it work?
Every two weeks I will be putting together a mix of indigenous edibles for participating restaurants, bars and foodies, labeled with their common and Latin names and share a brief rundown of their culinary uses. No payment is required, just a trade exchange for the photos of the food or drink they create with the plants, so we can share them on our social media platforms, giving credit to the creators and establishments and inspiring others to join in this deliciously wild challenge.
How do I get involved?
Easy – email firstname.lastname@example.org with #veldandseaflavourchallenge in the heading and let me know who you are, what you do and where you are based.
What if I have my own indigenous edibles?
Epic! And even easier – just post your food photos on Instagram, tag it with #veldandseaflavourchallenge with a description of the botanicals you used plus what your dish is called and we will include your story in this incredible edible wild flavour food journey.
I am excited to announce a new workshop hosted by Veld and Sea at Good Hope Gardens Nursery.
Immerse yourself in the blooms and blossoms, the Fynbos and foliage, the delightful and delicious – a complete floral experience.
Bringing femme power and flower power together in a beautiful botanical bunch entwined with flower crowns, floral creations, edible flower picking, champagne cocktails and the preparing and sharing of a floral food feast.
A big warm thank you to Susana from Susana Esteban Photography for these totally gorgeous photos from our first Flower Workshop.
This is a beautiful experience perfect for a private group, a bridal shower or birthday party.
If you are interested in attending our next one, please email email@example.com to join our mailing list.
My new re-branding is happening slowly with Veld + Sea branching out from Good Hope Gardens Nursery and organically taking on its own roots in a new and delicious field.
Bringing you wild food catering and pop-up events inspired by veld and sea and of course, our seasonal and sustainable foraging courses. There are even sweet whispers of a new product range at summer markets and a recipe book in the creation stages.
Here are a few beautiful images taken by the very talented Gabrielle Holmes at the last pop-up food event held at the foraging classroom at the nursery – a Spier Secret dinner.
“Building up to the Spier Secret festival, we will be hosting a series of intimate secret dinners with selected industry leaders in various locations across Cape Town. Focusing on community and sustainable and ethical food production, hosts will be creating unforgettable experiences in which they will share their knowledge, skills and ultimately, their table with you.”
For more photos from the event please have a look at our album or visit the #spiercecret dinner page
To join our mailing and be informed of any upcoming forages, feasts and events, send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Please Add To Mailing List” as the subject line.
Hope to feed you soon!
On a windless, sunny, Cape winters day last Saturday, we held our first Fynbos Foraging course of the season – Forage Harvest Feast.
We looked at some very important foraging rules, sustainability of foraging, different ways of using Fynbos for flavour, indigenous edibles for culinary use and we touched on some of the medicinal properties of these amazingly useful plants.
We foraged and harvested wild and cultivated ingredients, tasting and smelling our way through the gardens and meandering wild paths in and around the Good Hope Gardens Nursery and then together we prepped and prepared a lunch feast with a few wild botanical cocktails made with The Botanist Gin to get things going.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended – what an awesome group! Every single person was so interested and involved, what a pleasure to share plant knowledge, the whole foraging experience and enjoy such a delicious meal with you all. A special mention of thanks goes out to the very talented Sitaara Stodel who was there to capture our day on camera and to Janet Lightbody for our beautiful Janet Ceramic heart dishes and ramekins.
Take a look at what we got up to:
If you would like to join us on one of our upcoming forages, please click HERE for more details or email email@example.com to book.
Join us for a day of Indigenous plants and Indigenous edible delights.
Nestled amongst the Fynbos in Cape Point, the Good Hope Gardens Nursery is the perfect venue for family and friends to enjoy a home-made treat and a discount on plants at this unique pop-up event.
FOOD – Fresh and Botanical is the theme of the day with floral foods, organic veg and wild edible ingredients harvested in and around the nursery. Expect a mouthwatering menu like scones with wild berry jam and cream, rustic garden veg quiche with freshly harvested salad greens and edible flowers, decadent Rooibos cakes, wild flavoured cupcakes and koeksisters in Pelargonium syrup. Enjoy an array of Fynbos flavoured teas picked from the Veldkos garden as well as fresh strong coffee, Ceylon, Earl Gray and Hot Chocolate with a twist.
PLANTS – Planting season has officially begun with our first rains softly falling. The nursery specializes in Indigenous plants and has a fantastic selection of Indigenous and Fynbos plants. We grow beautiful, hardy plants and trees specifically designed by nature to flourish in local climate conditions. Have fun in your garden or balcony this winter and take advantage of the specials on offer at this event.
The tea garden will have outdoor seating, so we suggest bringing a blanket if the wind is up or get some boxed tea time treats to takeaway if it starts to rain.
There is a fun playground for kiddies to enjoy, a succulent koppie to meander up and a 30 min Fynbos walk for the adventurous. Dogs on leads please as there are free range animals around!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you might have, visit the Facebook event page for updates or go to www.goodhopegardensnursery.co.za and discover what we are all about.
Hope to see you there!