The Olive Branch
Snow, a sprinkling of rain, sunny days… we had the whole range in August and now we step into September and the daisies and fruit blossom are letting us know Spring is on the way…
Work is progressing well on the repairs to the road into the Swartberg Pass and an assessment of the re-construction area will soon be carried out to decide whether any kind of access can be allowed. Those responsible for the project understand the impact that the pass closure has had on Prince Albert and are aware of the recreational needs of cyclists and hikers. As soon as we have any news we will let you know!
Cyclists are busy preparing for events all over the country and if you haven’t already seen our video on cycling in the Prince Albert district, click here for a treat… this might convince you Prince Albert is where you want to put in some training. Visit the Prince Albert Cycle shop for spares, repairs and route advice and remember, our full moon cycle ‘tour’ takes place every month, 6 September this time, details from Arno: 083 3959 038.
Prince Albert Tourism has launched a brand new email marketing campaign to showcase our town and businesses owned by our members. Keep an eye on your inbox and let us know what you think and what you’d like to see. We’d love to receive your feedback.
We said a sad farewell to Chef Jaco Fourie of the African Relish Cookery School last month. Camilla Commin has now stepped across the garden from her kitchen to that of African Relish to offer cookery courses, you can follow all the action and relish the fun @africanrelish. Camilla’s Kitchen serves dinner in the courtyard, complete with roaring fire and a warm welcome, on Fridays and Saturdays. Booking is essential: 023 5411 381. Take-aways can be ordered before 12 noon.
We welcome Daniel and Ronel Pieterse, who recently bought the Swartberg Hotel. Their Coffee Shop operates daily for breakfast and lunch and the Victoria Room offers an a la carte menu in the evenings. Phone: 023 5411 332.
While we are talking food, let’s look at our other restaurants and coffee shops…
Thinking breakfast? On Wednesday mornings head for Hendry’s Boulangerie. He is up long before dawn to bake buttery croissants and delectable tarts and you can pick up something for lunch or a delicious dessert too. Hendry offers dinner and Sunday lunch at The Olive Branch. Booking is essential: 072 080 3619.
The Gallery Café @GalleryCafePA is open seven days a week from 6.00pm for dinner. Brent likes to change the menu daily, but keep certain dishes constant i.e. the kudu carpaccio, lamb, chicken and vegetarian cannelloni. Children are welcome. Booking is preferred. Contact Brent: 023 541 1197.
The Karoo Kombuis is an intimate bistro style eatery serving traditional Karoo food – leg of lamb, bobotie, chicken pie… from Monday to Saturday, bookings are essential since they seat only 16 guests. Contact Denise Potter and Theuns Botha 023 5411 110
Our local farms, Gay’s Dairy and Piet Pampoen’s organic vegetable garden supply many of the ingredients for the delicious meals you can enjoy at all our farm stalls, cafés and restaurants.
The Heritage Day weekend starts with the Moonlight Market on Friday 22 September. True Karoo hospitality around the camp fires at the Markie next to the Museum.
The Fransie Pienaar Museum staff have been planning their Heritage Bash festival for months. This exciting new event on 23 & 24 September is an opportunity to revive interest in our diverse cultures and celebrate our heritage which dates back some 1.6 million years. Traditional food, entertainment, including our wonderful Vastrap Rieldansers and fun is on the programme.
The Showroom host their local “The Showroom’s Got Talent” show on 28 October. Closing date for auditions is 15 September 2017.
The Leesfees 2 – 5 November will include some great entertainers: Comedian Nik Rabinowitz and Gaireyah Fredericks and her theatre group. Local authors appear on the programme too: Richard Dean interviewed by Hugh Forsyth, and Louisa Punt-Fouché. Make your accommodation bookings soon! Visit the FB page here.