#LastMinute: Chow your way through Garden Route

2017-11-17 13:23 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - If you're on a diet, I have some bad news for you.

Garden Route has sun, beach and parties galore, but it's also blessed with the best foodie escapes for those who live to eat.

You can dive into tasters at food markets, suit up for some fine dining or just sample the best craft beer in the region.

You won't be able to get through this list without salivating. And maybe saying goodbye to your diet.

SEE: Budget-friendly foodie escapes across Mzansi

Sedgefield Saturday Markets

The Slow Town lights up on Saturdays with three markets all in the same place. The Wild Oats Community Farmer's Market has the freshest food straight to your stomach, from artisan cheese to cups of fresh blueberries. Right next door at the Outeniqua Family Market, you have even more to choose from, and you should definitely not skip out on The Fudgemaster's divine offerings for dessert.

The third market - Scarab Village Craft Market - is less foodie, though you can buy some homemade cooking oils and grab a few bottles from the Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery to add to your foodie loot.

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Bosun's Pub & Grill

In the mood for a classic pub lunch with decor to match? Bosun's Pub & Grill has been around since forever, and you'll feel like you've been transported to the other side of the world with typical English cuisine. Overlooking the Knysna Lagoon, you can fill up with a classic fish and chips or devour a hearty homemade pie with mash.

The restaurant also has all of Mitchell's craft beer on tap, the first craft beer in South Africa. One of their beers is also called Bosun's Pale Ale, a traditionally English beer.

SEE: SA's Big Trees: In Search of the Kings of the Knysna Forest

Apparently, #beer taps used to be called "beer engines" ?? #oldisgold #pubcrawl #classic #Knysna #travel

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Zinzi Restaurant

Number one Plettenberg restuarant on TripAdvisor and a Travellers' Choice 2017 Winner, Zinzi offers a fine dining experience in a lovely garden estate. Their name means 'abundance' in Swahili and they describe their food as 'international flavours' inspired by Africa. They also have their own wine cellar filled with vintage and younger wines for the vine snobs.

Their menu changes seasonally and offer a variety of small plate dishes to share, table salads and hearty main courses including burgers, curry, fish and steak, as well as an array of vegetarian options to satisfy everyone's tastes.

ALSO SEE: Foodie Travel: How SA's unique eating habits compare to the rest of the world

Garden Route's Beer Route

Mitchell's and the Sedgfield Brewery are not the only craft beer to quench your thirst on the Garden Route. You can make a whole trip out of it - starting at Mossel Bay's South Cape Breweries all the way to Storms River's Tsitsikamma Microbrewery.

On the way you can also hit up the hops at the Roberston Brewery in George, the Misty Meadows in Sinksaburg, Red Bridge Brewing Co in Kysna, and if you feel like a detour to the Klein Karoo hit up the Karusa Craft Brewery just outside Oudtshoorn.

Nothing like a cold beer in the summer heat.

SEE: Cheers! Here's to the SA craft beer revolution

De Vette Mossel

The Garden Route meets the West Coast! If you want to get the best taste of Garden Route cuisine and ambience prepared in true West Coast style, De Vette Mossel in Groot Brak is a must-visit. Food is prepared on open fires in front of you, and you get to sit right on the beach with stunning views.

You can expect bucket loads of mussel meat, West Coast style snoek with sweet potato, a seafood pot made with four types of fish, calamari, meat potjie, catch of the day and a calamari steak, all topped off with 'joumase' koeksisters.

SEE: West Coast Seafood Indulgence: 5 foodie spots to enjoy

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