Winter in the winelands is a time of crisp air, golden hues, and the zesty joy of fresh citrus. At Boschendal Farm, the cold winter months herald a farm-wide celebration of its famed citrus fruits with a series of special events for the entire family.
“Winter is a time when our orchards deliver their juicy citrus fruits, and this year we are inviting families and friends to celebrate the harvest with us,” says Tamara Bright-Patel, Chief Marketing Officer at Boschendal. “Our farm-wide celebrations bring the quintessential taste of citrus to a range of experiences, from our picnics to our lunch menus, and to our Farm Shop and Homeware Shop, which have a variety of citrus goodies on offer.”
The Boschendal Citrus Festival will take place in July, and will include citrus-inspired decorations, menus incorporating the crisp flavours of oranges, lemons and mandarins, and a series of Winelands experiences designed to inspire a love for authentic winter citrus flavours.
“We’re building on our regenerative farming practices and are in our final year of the transition process to have all our orchards certified organic ” says Charles Edwards, the General Manager of Farming. “Guests will also have the opportunity to take part in a citrus picking experience where our farm team will demonstrate the best way to pick fruit without harming the tree. By bringing guests closer to the way our farming practices guide the flavours and quality of the produce that ends up on their plates, we hope to inspire a new love for all things sustainable and citrus.”
In addition to a series of specially tailored events, Boschendal will also bring the joy of citrus to every aspect of the guest experience. Wine tastings will feature special citrus and chocolate pairings for a limited time, with locally produced chocolate incorporating citrus picked from Boschendal’s orchards.
Every Saturday in July, guests can enjoy an Orchard Citrus Experience experience. A tractor ride into Boschendal’s orchards will be followed by a demonstration on how to pick citrus safely to maintain the health of the orchard before guests try their hand at citrus picking. Each guest will receive a 1kg bag of citrus to take home with them. Book a winter picnic to enjoy afterwards as a perfect family affair to enjoy on a sunny winter day.
The Wreath Making Workshop on Saturday, 23 July will give guests an opportunity to explore their creative side. Using fresh fynbos and citrus elements from our farm, guests will create a centrepiece worthy of any table. Presented by fynbos fundi Nicky from Fabulous Fynbos, guests will have the pleasure of creating a masterpiece to take home with the workshop including all flowers and citrus, wreath materials, and a welcome drink and pastry.
Guests are invited to join Boschendal’s experts on Saturday, 30 July for a morning learning the tips and tricks of working with zesty fruits. The Squeeze, Zest and Preserve Workshop will teach guests how to work these juicy gems to bring out their unique flavours, and includes all materials and spices, a welcome drink, snack and take home gift bag all curated and presented by Brenda from Brenda’s Preserves.
“We invite everyone to experience the crisp cool days in our beautiful orchard and enjoy a taste of the best winter has to offer during Boschendal’s Citrus Festival this June and July,” says Tamara. “Spend the day with us on the farm, explore the flavours of winter, and take a taste of citrus home with you.”
More information on the events below:
Orchard Citrus Experience This winter, enjoy a true citrus picking experience in our orchards. Join our farming team and experience the zest of the best citrus. Pick and pluck away for only R60 per person and take home a 1kg of citrus for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays commencing 2,3 and 9,10 and 16,17 and 23,24 July Times: 11h00 and 13h00 Duration: 1 hour each Price:R60 per person for picking (same rate for children) Pax: 30 people for each session
Wreath making Nicky Michell from Fabulous Fynbos will take guests on a creative journey of crafting your very own wreath with citrus from Boschendal and fynbos from the Cape floral kingdom.
Date: Saturday 23 July Time: 10:00 Venue: Olive press Max: 30 pax Price: R 850 per person including all flowers and citrus, wreath materials, and a welcome drink and pastry
Squeeze, Zest and Preserve Workshop Join Brenda de Jager from Brenda’s preserves and learnt the best tips on how to work with zesty fruits. From citrus infused salts to Gluwhenin and more surprises in store, this culinary creative workshop is definitely not one to be missed.
Date: Saturday 30 July Time: 10:00 Venue: Olive Press Max: 30 pax Price: R820 per person including all materials, spices, a take home gift bag, a welcome drink and snack