*UPDATE:   view 2011 Cape Town picnic guide*

It’s summer in the city and that means it’s time for afternoons spent lazily lunching on lawns, soaking up our bountiful Cape sunshine.

There are so many kinds of picnicking one can indulge in… and so many places to do it.  So, instead of trying to jam it all into one article, we’ve decided to split it into broad categories, such as ‘Wine Estate Picnics’, ‘Concert Picnics’ and ‘BYO’. Each has its own particular appeal, and (we think) deserves to be explored at length.

So, over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you a collation of the many picnic opportunities our city and its surrounds has to offer… everything from lavish 5-star everything-laid-on expeditions, to the budget bring-your-own version, to the various music-centred occasions where food is generally secondary to the experience.

The list will morph and grow with time, as we discover and try more picnics so if there’s something we’ve left out, please share the info by leaving a comment below, and we’ll add it forthwith!  And, please please treat this list as a guide only – ALWAYS phone the picnic organisers (where applicable) before you go, to avoid disappointment.

Right, so, first up: lazy, laid-on lunches on wine estates in and around Cape Town…

Wine Estate Picnics

buiten_picnic_main_imageBuitenverwachting Picnics.  Buitenverwachting Estate, Klein Constantia Rd,  Constantia. www.buitenverwachting.co.za

Relax under the beautiful oaks of Buitenverwachting Estate… A veritable feast!  Tables and chairs are provided (if you want them) and there’s a very strictly applied maximum number of picnics allowed (which means it doesn’t get overcrowded).  PICNIC MENU 2009/2010.

  • Cost: R105 per person.  Kid’s basket R45 (under 10).  Excludes wine and soft drinks.

Bookings:  Contact Adrienne on 021 794 1012 or 083 257 6083.  Dates: Open from beginning November to end April | Times: Mondays to Saturdays from 12h00 – 16h00 | Closed: Christmas and New Year.

simons_picnicSimon’s Terrace Picnics. Simon’s Restaurant, Groot Constantia Estate, Cape Town. website

Simon’s Terrace picnic offers a relaxed, tranquil experience on the rolling green lawns near Simon’s Restaurant. Baskets with delicious country fare can be pre-ordered and collected from the picnic kiosk.

  • Cost: R300 (for 2); R418 (family of 4)

Bookings:  Tel: 021 794 1143.  PICNIC MENU 2009/2010

nitida_picnicNitida Cafe ‘Pimp your Picnic’. Nitida Estate, Durbanville Wine Valley. www.nitida.co.za

Nitida’s new picnic baskets give you a bit of choice.

A basic picnic basket for two costs R185, but if that’s not enough for you (though it looks pretty substantial) you can then choose to add on from a selection of meze, meat and cheese and other goodies such as salads and desserts.

  • Cost: R185 for 2. Add-ons various prices. (Kids info TBC)

Bookings: Tel. 021 976 1467 | Email: info@nitida.co.za | PICNIC MENU 2009/2010

boschendal_piqueniqueBoschendal ‘Le Pique Nique’. Boschendal Estate, Stellenbosch. www.boschendal.com

  • Cost: R300 (for 2) | R59 per child (under 10).  Excludes beverages and service.

Bookings:  Tel. 021 870 4272 | Email: reservations@boschendal.com.

Baskets to be collected between 12.15pm and 1.30pm. They may be collected later – by arrangement. Season runs from 27 September 2009 – 9 May 2010 (weather permitting – cancelled if raining)

spier_picnicSpier Picnics. Spier Estate, Lynedoch, near Stellenbosch. www.spierrestaurants.co.za

Awesome picnics at Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch.  Pre-order a basket, or load up on deli goods of your own choosing before annexing some territory by the water.

Superb lakeside atmosphere (complete with plenty of ducks) and lots of gently swishing trees provide shade. Pony rides for kids.

  • Cost: R130 (for 1), R220 (for 2), R330 (for 3) | R45 per child (under 12)

Opening hours: 12h00-14h00 for collection of boxes, weather permitting. Vegetarian option available (same price).

Bookings: Tel. 021 809-1983 | email spierreservations@kristensen.co.za

zewenwachtZevenwacht Picnics.  Zewenwacht Estate, Langverwacht Road, Kuils River. www.zevenwacht.co.za

  • Estate Basket: R260 (for 2)
  • Vegetarian Basket: R270 (for 2)
  • Braai Basket: R290 (for 2) – min order of 2 baskets, 72 hrs in advance.  They will supply wood, firelighters, grid & a braai area.
  • Kids basket: R55 each.

Bookings:  September 2009 – May 2010.  Tel. 021 903 5123.

seidelberg_picnicSeidelberg Estate Picnics. De Leuwen Jagt Restaurant, Seidelberg Estate, Suider-Paarl.

De Leuwen Jagt Restaurant serves locally inspired and seasonal food.  Picnic under ancient oak trees and enjoy spectacular vineyard views.  An added bonus: all the vegetables that are used in the restaurant and kitchens are grown on the farm!

  • Cost:  R220 (for 2).  Kids (TBC)

Bookings: Picnics must be booked 48 hours in advance at the Restaurant +27 (0) 21 863 5222.

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