National Braai Day is not something I normally mark on a calendar.  Don’t get me wrong, I like braais, and like most South Africans the mere smell of one getting started (no matter how far away) always reminds me of long summer holidays and makes me a little goofy as a result.

But I can’t seem to get excited about Braai Day at all.  I preferred it when it was just good ol’ National Heritage Day, even if we weren’t exactly sure how best to celebrate it.  I get that braais are a big tradition, and everyone loves them, but a national heritage?  I’m not so sure!

Anyway, I was going to ignore it completely until I heard about Asara Estate’s take on the occasion:  a braai market.  Asara is a wine estate (and hotel) in Stellenbosch and they do food markets very well, in my opinion.  They happen only about once a quarter or so, and the venue and ambience is just right for something like this.

And it’s not just meat and potatoes, neither – this market will feature all kinds of braais, and a selection of locally sourced goodies to boot:

“In honour of National Heritage Day, or “National Braai Day” as it is affectionately known, Asara Wine Estate and Hotel will be holding another one of its wildly popular Pure Food Markets- this time with a real African twist. Join Asara on the Public Holiday 24 September for its Pure Food Braai Market. There will be several barbeques on the go simultaneously, including a traditional South African braai, a Spitbraai, a fish braai, a Wine barrel braai and a wine barrel smoker. On offer will be an array of locally sourced, fresh meats including duck, chicken, game, lamb, beef and fish, in addition to other delicious gourmet foods such as artisanal cheeses, freshly baked breads and organic produce. Relax to live music while you enjoy a great day out with the whole family. “

Now that definitely sounds much more like my cup of tea.

The Pure Food Braai Market will take place at Asara on Monday 24 September 2012 (10am-3pm).  Entry is free, but get there early, as the parking gets very congested as the day progresses, and you might have trouble getting in.

Visit or  call 021 888 8000 to find out more.

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