African Cooking Experience

Foodie Tours, Camps Bay

You will be collected from your hotel at 9am and will return after lunch.

We start the day with a visit to the District 6 Museum in Cape Town. This is Cape Town's apartheid museum. This museum represents the memories of a community on the outskirts of Cape Town where over 60 000 people were forcefully removed from the mid 1960's to the mid 1980's. This visit allows us the opportunity to discuss what led to apartheid in this country and to discuss how it was implemented. From here we travel to Langa Township to cook at a small cookery school that provides the local residents with the skills needed to get jobs in the kitchens of the top hotels in Cape Town.

This is one of only a handful of full time cooking schools based in a Cape Township. The students are not from privileged homes and as such the fees charged cannot be very high. Money needs to be raised in order to provide these kids with tuition, which is done through a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. They have created a restaurant out of shipping containers and here they serve traditional African cuisine to the local community and to visitors. This facility is also used to cater for functions in the local area, as well as for the cooking classes and brings much needed revenue into the school. A visit to the school and restaurant is a unique opportunity for you to interact with a community initiative that is really working. Here you learn about African and Xhosa culture and cuisine; have the opportunity to interact with the locals and for you to also leave your mark on your journey to Cape Town. Your visit means that you are contributing in a small way to this project. 90% of the graduates secure a job (incredible in a country with an approximate 40% unemployment rate).

Highlights on your half day tour include a welcome drink of ginger beer while you listen to a talk on African cuisine and culture; a hands-on cooking lesson where you learn to cook dishes like pap (similar to polenta), chakalaka, samp and a typical meat stew before settling down to enjoy your dishes at the restaurant.

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