Sewing, a skill passed from mother to daughter for decades, has become a dying art in today’s throw-away culture, but a handful of Garden Route women are very successfully expressing their creativity in fabric and thread.
A lonely sentinel that has witnessed life pass by for over a Century, plans are finally afoot to restore the Toll House to its former glory, allowing it to shine as a beacon of hope in South Africa’s heritage.
There’s some new flavours in Plett, much to the excitement of the former polo capital’s mink and manure set. Up to 20 farms are now planted with vineyards and a number of intimate tasting rooms have opened on for intrepid wine lovers.
The Japanese have long been known for their calm, minimalist style and sushi, which means “sour tasting”. While daring new flavours will tantalize the palette, the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Resort’s sushi menu will leave food enthusiasts with a sweet taste in their mouth.
More and more Garden Route residents are discovering the boundless rewards of permaculture – on farms, in guest house gardens and in small vegetable patches.
The age-old art of charcuterie has taken hold on the Garden Route – there is a growing number of fleischmeisters and foodies making ethically produced cured meats using traditional methods.
Drawing inspiration from the biodiversity around them, two young Garden Route artists are producing sculptural work placing them in the vanguard of the region’s burgeoning creative talent.
The Garden Route has traditionally sustained itself mainly through tourism, but this is no longer enough, says a George academic who believes a ‘knowledge economy’ could reverse the area’s economic slump.
Previously disadvantaged youth are being offered new opportunities through live theatrical performance at the Lunchbox Theatre in Plettenberg Bay, which seeks to entertain, educate and motivate.
Think port and two things come to mind: cold winter nights and Calitzdorp, where cousins Boets and Carel Nel have reaped enough awards to put the charming Klein Karoo town firmly on the map as the port capital of South Africa.