Stellenbosch – Extending its farm offerings to Stellenbosch residents, the Boschendal team recently introduced their authentic farm-to-table dining and sustainable, ethical ethos in food produce, and similar offerings, to guests at Boschendal at Oude Bank’s recent ‘Meet the Farmers’ dinner. Involving Boschendal farm’s producers, farmers, chefs, and suppliers from surrounding regions, the evening commemorated the involved community’s skills and local staff members’ endless efforts to bring the best the farm has to offer to the heart of Stellenbosch.
Boschendal at Oude Bank, a bakery, bistro and farm shop in Stellenbosch is an extension to the Boschendal farm concept, and occupies the newly transitioned space previously known as Schoon de Companje. Boschendal farm has become known in the Cape Winelands for its naturally, ethical practices in sustainable food production. Boschendal at Oude Bank, which recently opened its doors in 2017, is Boschendal's first retail outlet and restaurant to bring the farm experience directly to Stellenbosch locals.
The vibrant, centrally located farm shop, with its detailed décor, seasonal menus, and innovative offerings, provides visitors a customer experience which goes beyond that of retail. Sam Lundie, the driver behind the Oude Bank offering, and the Boschendal team are passionate about supporting sustainability-minded local farmers and producers. All employees and suppliers are either from the surrounding community or nearby the farm in Franschhoek.
With a long table dinner featuring produce straight from Boschendal's vegetable and herb gardens, cattle farms, free-range chicken egg coops, and items created at the hands of experienced producers, farmers and winemakers, the 'Meet the Farmers' evening was a full preview to current and future offerings for Boschendal at Oude Bank's visitors. “We’re excited and grateful at the favourable reactions we received from guests to our ‘Meet the Farmers’ evening”, says Lundie. “Since taking the floor at Boschendal at Oude Bank, our team has worked hard to give customers a truly transparent, ‘real’ taste of the farm's offerings, while carrying through the sustainable ethos in everything we do on a day-to-day basis. We’re excited at the prospects of our team's creative input to making the farm-to-table experience worth enjoying at the shop and to take home”.
One of the chefs who joined the dinner conversation, Allistaire xxx, adds an innovative dynamic to Boschendal at Oude Bank’s in-store and menu offerings. Also often involved in Boschendal's on-site restaurants, Rainer continues his cooking passion at the Stellenbosch farm shop, to offer locals a taste of the farm’s best seasonal cuisine. "It's immensely satisfying to introduce food lovers to dishes with menu items that were sourced through carefully curated processes," says xxxx. "I'm happy to be part of a dedicated team who all look forward to developing the farm shop as part of the Stellenbosch community, and continue supporting local suppliers”. Boschendal at Oude Bank’s kitchen, also with food scientist Claire Pauck on the floor, features a dynamic, rotating menu selection of freshly prepared dishes, and organic ingredients.
Guests to the ‘Meet the Farmers’ evening were also joined by team members, Jason Carroll (cattle manager), Rico Vergotine (chicken and egg farmer), and Jacques du Toit (general farm manager).
Boschendal at Oude Bank is located on the corner of Bird and Church Streets in Stellenbosch. The shop is open for trading Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7h00 to 17h00, and 8h00 to 15h00 on Sundays.
Head southeast on N2 and take exit 33 for Baden Powell Drive toward R310/Stellenbosch/Macassar. Turn left onto Baden Powell Drive/R310 and then turn right onto Polkadraai Rd/R310. Continue to follow R310 and use the middle lane to turn slightly left onto Adam Tas Road/R310/R44. Turn right onto Alexander Street. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Bird Street and go through the second traffic circle. Boschendal at Oude Bank will be on the left.