It’s braai day!

Celebrate South African culture at a selection of Braai Day events this Heritage Day

Get those tongs ready people, Heritage Day, the public holiday that celebrates South Africa’s cultural diversity, is on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, and that means firing up the braai. Luckily, to help you celebrate in style, we’ve got the lowdown on how to braai like a boss courtesy of BraaiBoy as well as the skinny on the best places to buy meat in Cape Town from the king of braai himself, Jan Braai. And for those tired of charring chops and boerewors, we’ve collected a few more eclectic recipe suggestions:

  • Celebrate Cape Malay heritage with Jan Braai's delicious snoek braai recipe or use ostrich and game instead of the usual beef and chicken.
  • Ever had potjiekos? It’s a delicious ‘stew’ slow cooked over hot coals in a traditional cast iron pot. No recipe’s needed, so get creative; ingredients can include anything from vegetables to ostrich neck.
  • Alternatively, try our gourmet braaibroodjie recipe followed by our Amarula Melktert for a truly South African treat.

Otherwise, if you’d rather not do any of the dirty work yourself, what follows is a list of braais happening in Cape Town this Heritage Day.

2013 HERITAGE DAY BRAAIS IN CAPE TOWN

Heritage Day Potjiekos Challenge at Noordhoek Farm Village
After successful runs in 2011 and 2012, the Noordhoek Farm Village is once again preparing to host its third annual Heritage Day Potjiekos Challenge, a cook-off that pits local restaurants – The Toad, The Foodbarn and Café Roux – against master potjiekos chefs from the general public. After competitors finish their dishes, visitors are invited to sample whichever potjie catches their eye (at R20p/p per plate). Entry to the competition (and the village area) is free; click through to the event above for more information on how to enter. The afternoon of culinary warfare takes place on Tuesday, 24 September 2013.
Cnr Main Road and Village Lane | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 789 1317

Braai Day Menu at Dornier Bodega
For an elegant National Braai Day, indulge in lavish dining and fine wine at Dornier Bodega restaurant in Stellenbosch. On Tuesday, 24 September 2013, the charming eatery will be offering a special Braai Day menu, and guests can look forward to an upscaled version of the traditional South African barbeque: beef fillet, lamb chops and boerewors grilled on the fire. A pescetarian option of linefish, also done on the braai, is on offer too. The cost is R250p/p for a three-course meal (it also includes a mezze platter for starters and delicious local desserts), and the experience comes complete with views of scenic fynbos-clad hills and manicured vines.
Dornier Wine Estate | Blaauwklippen Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 880 0557

The Backyard Grill Lounge
Looking for a chilled vibe with your mates this braai day? Pop in at the Backyard Grill Lounge in Sea Point for some steaks and beers. Although the barbeque-focused eatery will not be hosting an actual event, there will be a steak special running on Tuesday, 24 September, that treats patrons to 300g of rump or rib-eye (including a side) for a mere R99. The succulent meat is smothered in Jason’s (the owner) signature “everything but the kitchen sink” basting sauce and expertly grilled by a seasoned braai master. If you haven’t come across this young and bustling restaurant just yet, don’t be fooled by the narrow, unassuming entrance. Walk through to the warm, rustic interior and on to the large outside (‘backyard’) barbeque area and make yourself at home. If you’re looking for something a bit less meaty, the menu offers alternative seafood and vegetarian options too. On Heritage Day the restaurant opens at 12pm.
72 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1296

Longest Braai Marathon: Guinness World Record Attempt (22 – 27 September 2013)
Join Kidz Adventure Camp NPC at the Jan Burger Sports Complex in Parow North as John Hamman attempts to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest braai marathon with a five-day barbeque (clocking up to 120 hours). The festivities start on Sunday, 22 September 2013, with loads of family- and kid-friendly activities and live Xtreme Wrestling Entertainment. On National Braai Day, moms and dads can keep the kiddies entertained with jumping castles, and everyone is invited to bring along their Weber and enjoy some live music and braai day fun. Those who can’t make it to the venue can sponsor a braai pack, and all food braaied during the five-day challenge will be donated to orphanages around Cape Town. Entry to this event is free.
Jan Burger Sports Complex | De Grendel Road | Parow North | +27 (0) 76 323 5057

Hazendal Wine Estate’s Bring & Braai Day Celebration
For those who insist on holding fast to their braai master status, but who don’t have space at home to fire up the grill, Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch is offering the perfect solution. The farm, with its sprawling lawns, mountain vistas and charming Cape Dutch architecture, is hosting a family-friendly Bring and Braai celebration for Heritage Day from 11am to 5pm on Tuesday, 24 September. So, pack your meat, drinks, glasses, blankets and portable braais with grids and enjoy a picnic on the estate’s gorgeous greens. A jumping castle and jungle gym will be set up for the little ones, and Hazendal wine can be purchased from the restaurant. Don’t forget the wood and ice! The entrance fee is R30 per adult, and kids enter for free.
Bottelary Road | Koelenhof | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 903 5034

Heritage Day Lunch at The Clubhouse
The Clubhouse restaurant at the Claremont Cricket Club in Constantia is hosting its very first annual Heritage Day braai-inspired lunch on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. The family-style eatery is a great place for a traditional Braai Day celebration, and patrons can enjoy breathtaking scenery and views of Table Mountain across the cricket fields. The menu for the day includes dishes like Coconut and Coriander-Infused Chicken Skewers, Homemade Clubhouse Boerewors and Crispy Bacon, Caper, Red Onion, Pickle and Herb Potato Salad, to name just a few. Overall, you can expect a casual atmosphere, excellent food and great service, all at a cost of R115 for adults and R55 for children (drinks for patrons’ own account). The lunch starts at 12:30pm.
Claremont Cricket Club | Constantia Sports Complex | Constantia | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 794 6314

Snoek Braai at Delheim Estate
Celebrate Heritage Day with a laidback snoek braai at the legendary Delheim wine farm, which rests just outside of Stellenbosch. From 12pm on the public holiday, the estate’s proprietors, the Sperling family, will light the fires in celebration of South African cultural diversity. The fresh snoek will be accompanied by traditional roosterkoek, mielies (sweet corn), sweet potatoes and braai salads; plus, the children can enjoy a special sausage-on-a-skewer alongside fresh fruit. Then, for dessert, adults can indulge in Delheim’s popular mascarpone cheesecake with berry coulis while kiddies tuck into a passion fruit sorbet cone. The cost to join in on the festivities is R145p/pfor adults and R65p/p for children under the age of 12. Seating is limited, so booking is essential.
Knorhoek Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 888 4607 

DIY Braai at Nederburg’s The Red Table
Book a braai barrel at The Red Table restaurant at Nederburg wine estate in celebration of Heritage Day on Tuesday, 24 September. The eatery will provide meat and seafood, as well as side dishes like salads, vegetables, traditional pap and sheba (tomato and onion relish), and guests are encouraged to fire up their own flames. If a DIY braai is not your thing though, the restaurant’s chefs are kind enough to man the grid on your behalf (just indicate this request when you make the booking). A tasty starter of home-baked flatbread with hummus, basil pesto and baba ghanoush will be served before the actual braai commences. And, of course, a wide array of reasonably priced fine wines from the Nederburg range will also be on offer. The cost of reserving a braai barrel is R220p/p for adults and R95p/p for kids, and the best braaier of the day will win a great wine prize. The braai starts at 12pm, and booking well in advance is essential.
Sonstraal Road | Daljosafat | Paarl | +27 (0) 21 877 5155

Braai Day Treats at Durbanville Hills Wines
Looking to do something a bit less formal on Braai Day? Durbanville Hills is offering a great option. At the estate on 24 September, you can enjoy live music and an assortment of gourmet boerewors rolls and chicken sosaties fresh off the braai at only R35 a serving. Alternatively, you can relax while being served lunch from the restaurant’s a la carte menu. There’s no need to braai yourself, so you’ll be free to spread out on the lawns and soak up the spectacular view of the vineyards and Table Mountain’s silhouette.
Tygerberg Road | Durbanville | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 558 1300

By Erin Hendricks

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