Events – Weddings
Since the owners held the weddings for two of their children at African Relish, we have hosted numerous others. African Relish is available as a venue and as a full facility for catering up to 100 seated guests. We have a beautiful choice for an outside wedding ceremony in our gardens and courtyard or we can present alternative venues such as the larger Bergwater hangar. Our chef and team cater for both informal day or formal evening wedding feasts. Along with décor styling, floral arrangements, bar options we aim to make your wedding and reception wonderful, anxiety free and memorable. Prince Albert has both church and courthouse or the wedding party is able to bring their own minister or officiant. African Relish has its own accommodation and access to top end – mid range accommodation in the town, click here.
Functions and Private Events
On the same basis we cater for a number of corporate events and launches in town and arrange fine picnics in the countryside. We also cater for and hold dinners or lunches at the school for any size personal functions whether it be special birthdays; celebrations or school reunions.
Prince Albert has become home to many artists and artisans. There are a number of galleries and stores in town where collectors pieces can be found and the character of the Karoo and Prince Albert is captured on canvas or film. Browse through the wares of the local blacksmith; the Mohair shop and Karoo Loom. Visit and taste local produce at the dairy, fig farm, olive producers, or choose fresh fare from the Saturday morning market. Spend time in the museum or watch a movie at the restored Art Deco Showroom. Choose from the activities below.
African Relish Foodie Tour
Join a small group for a friendly and exclusive guided tour of the culinary food producers in the town of Prince Albert. African Relish recreational cooking school sources some of the area’s best local and seasonal produce for our classes and we are happy to introduce you to these producers and creators.
Whether it is tasty artisan breads and pastries, gingerbeer, vetkoek and roosterkoek, pickled olives and oil, figs, cheeses, wines and witblits, biltong, sausage and charcuterie you are in for a charming tour of the towns’ food and culture. Take the option of a stroll along with a drive in the African Relish Tak Tak or a leisurely cycle option; we will accompany you on this fun and tasty tour. Produce also on sale at various food suppliers at good prices. Please bring cash along.
Included: transport to and from the food suppliers, light meal, all tastings and food experiences.
What to bring: basket or bag, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes, cash.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost pp R595
Min 2, Max 6 persons.
Tours only available in the morning from 10:00 and 13:30. Important to pre-book.
Foraging excursions with African Relish
Learn to forage in the Karoo and cook with wild ingredients.
With the Swartberg Mountains, part of the Cape Fold Mountain series, and the Greater Karoo as a backdrop, we take you to get acquinted with the Karoo veld, its inhabitants, and what it has to offer on this unique outing with knowledgeable local nature lover and guide, Gita Claassen, and renowned chef, Camilla Comins.
Our foraging excursion will produce all the seasonal goodies the humble Great Karoo, as its found at the northern foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, has to offer, and we will enjoy a picnic brunch in the veld, whereafter we will return to the African Relish Cooking school where resident chef Camilla will take you under her wing to show you how to use the morning’s treasures in cooking.
Included: transport to and from the veld where we forage, picnic brunch, cooking ingredients and dinner.
What to bring: hat, sunscreen, comfortable outdoor shoes, warm jacket (Winter), love for nature and willingness to try something new.
Duration: Full day
Cost pp R1750
Min 2, Max 6 persons.
O for Olive at Swartriver Olive Farm
Join us for a tour of Swartrivier Olive Farm – home of the ‘O for Olive’ farm stall and 3000 olive trees. You will view the olive groves, the sorting and processing rooms as well as the olive press before you sit down to taste the farm produce and enjoy a scrumptious olive platter. Swartrivier has the oldest olive groves in the Prince Albert area and is known for its table olives. The farm is 5 km out of Prince Albert on the Kruidfontein road and the excursion takes 2 hours. Contact Henriette at 073 120 1243.
Explore the Museum
The Fransie Pienaar Museum offers fascinating exhibitions on fossis, the building of the Swartberg Pass, Outa Lappies and the forgotten communities off Rooikamp and Nuwerus. They also distill their own Witblits.
Entrance fee of R10. Hours 08:15 to 16:30 week days, Saturdays 09:30 to 12:00. Contact 023 5411172.
Hire a bicycle
Peddle along village streets or out on a gravel road. Bicycles range from mountain bikes, tandem bikes, BMX’s to smart “town” bikes. Hiring times are also tailored to suit your itinerary needs.
Dennehof cycle tours – 082 456 8848 & Prince Albert Cycles – 083 395 9038.
Highly recommended is the Gamkaskloof ‘Die Hel’ (translated to The Hell) which takes you to visit a lost community and although it is only 50km away, this is a full day tour where you head down the valley from the top of Swartberg Pass in a 4×4 to the valley and enjoy a historical talk on this forgotten area, meet the people and then enjoy a local lunch before heading back in the afternoon. Contact Lindsay 082 456 8848.
Handcrafting Port style wine
For the enthusiast of this aristocrat amongst traditional beverages, a visit to SoetKaroo cellar is a must. Herman and Susan Perold specialize in making small quantities of dessert wines, including traditional Portugese style fortified wines. The SoetKaroo Wine Estate consists of just one hectare of land, a ‘village farm’ in the heart of Prince Albert. Contact Susan at 023 5411768 for tastings.
Walk Gordon Koppie
Follow the footpath along the ridge behind town. This is an easy walk with spectacular views an is just the thing for early morning or late afternoon exercise. Walk is 3km and takes approximately 1 hour.
Visit Lydia Barrella’s fascinating collection of minerals, quartzes, gem stones and related collector pieces. Lydia and her late husband Zigri built this collection of interesting, rare and spectacular minerals over a period of almost four decades. The collection is housed in a large room in a beautiful 1850 homestead. Contact Lydia 023 5411350 or the Museum 023 5411172.
Parkrun is lots of fun
Join us for a free, timed 5km run and be one of more than half a million park runners worldwide. Our route offers great Karoo views. Starts at The Odendaal Sports Ground, Odendaal Street at 7am October to March, 8am April to September. Contact Zelia at 072 108 1987.
Do the Art Bin route
Prince Albert’s rubbish bins decorated with paintings showing something of the history or current way of life. The free Prince Albert app unlocks the story behind the bins between the dairy and the Swartberg Hotel.
Download free app by searching Prince Albert Great Karoo on you app store.
Olive oil tasting
Visit Prince Albert Olives for olive oil tasting and olive preserving. Fred Badenhorst and his son Hein continue the tradition of a long line of farmers in a family who have lived off the soil and its bounty for generations. They saw the unique micro climate of the Prince Albert district producing beautiful figs, grapes, pomegranates and citrus – and realised that olives would be a natural fit. Their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is blended from a seasonal selection of Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, Barnea, Dor Carlo, Koroneiki or Favolosa varieties. Contact Essie at 083 387 1199.
Wolwekraal botanical excursion
Dr Sue Milton, a lecturer in conservation ecology, arid zone vegetation dynamics and restoration at the University of Stellenbosch. Sue is the driving force behind RenuKaroo Veld Restoration, an initiative to educate and assist in the rehabilitation of wilderness areas and overgrazed pasture land. Sue guides the 2 hour early morning botanical walks. Contact Sue at 082 770 0206.
Trip to Prince Albert Valley Vineyards for wine tasting
Reiersvlei, Fernskloof and Bergwater vineyards are situated in the picturesque Prince Albert Valley in the Great Karoo. The wines on offer range from an excellent dry white to full-bodied reds and enchanting dessert wines. Contact vineyards to pre-arrange tastings.
Bergwater 023 5411703 Fernskloof 023 5411702 Reiersvlei 023 5411983
Cheese-tasting at Gay’s Guernsey Dairy
One of the best managed and most productive dairy herds in South Africa. Gay’s Dairy has won many major South African and international awards for its high quality cheeses all made from unpasteurised milk and guaranteed free from hormones, antibiotics,colouring and preservatives.
Southern end of Church Street – contact Eugene or Gay at 023 5411 274.
Ghost Walk with the Story Weaver
Join Ailsa Tudhope, our local historian and storyteller, on a 1,5 hour pre-dinner walk around the streets of the village, in the company of the Ghosts of Prince Albert. Set out at dusk and wander through the streets as darkness descends. Tales of characters who have lived in the village over the centuries – and their ghosts who don’t want to leave! Contact Ailsa at 023 5411211 – you must book.
Stargazing with Astro Tours
Astronomy is never boring, because there is a continuous supply of new information about the Universe around us through advancing technology. Let Astro Tours take you on a horizon broadening tour through the Starry Splendour over Prince Albert. After a stargazing experience, you will look at the night sky with informed insight. Astro Tours also do private star gazing sessions for special occasions.
To arrange a special tour, go to www.astrotours.co.za.
The Showroom Theatre
The Showroom Theatre boasts state-of-the-art theatre and cinema equipment, making it suitable to facilitate and attract some of the countries top performers. The Showroom has already hosted Nianell, Matthys Roets, Anna Davel, Koos Kombuis, Rocco De Villiers, Barry Hilton and a host of other performers, shows and film festivals.
Visit www.showroomtheatre.co.za to book online.