During the second half of 2017, Slow Food conducted a number of informative and thoroughly enjoyable outings.

On Saturday, 29 July, we visited the District Six Museum, where we met former District Six residents who were part of the District Six Huis Kombuis: Food & Memory Cookbook project. This project took the form of weekly workshops where participants could share stories, memories and recipes, resulting in the publication of a magnificent book. There was a demonstration of the making of the traditional koesisters, followed by a lunch featuring dishes from the book. This took place at a long table in the museum, where Slow members were entertained by the former residents with stories and songs.

The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) has been much in the news over the last couple of years, with the sale to developers of prime agricultural land, and a proposed Consol Glass silica mining project. A large proportion of Cape Town’s vegetables are grown here. On Saturday 2 September Slow Food arranged a visit to the area to see for ourselves the extent of the proposed development. The issues are complicated. Would the mining and development erode the historical vegetable basket Cape Town has on its doorstep? Is the wetland important and will it too be lost in the process with repercussions to the aquifer? Should what the Cape Town City Council claim is the ‘More economic use of the property’ be the way to go?

Farming in the PHA has always been a battle against wind and sand. It also faces an added struggle with tools and equipment that steal away in the night, crippling production in the same way theft of infrastructure cripples our local train service.

The visit began with a vivid illustration of the difficulties: a power failure, apparently not unusual in the area. This was followed by a brief talk by Nazeer Sonday of the Food and Farming Campaign. Members were then taken on a tour through the farmlands to see the mining site and the proposed development sites. Back at the Campaign Centre, we were treated to a vegetarian lunch, a stir fry sourced from the farm produce. This proved to be a triumph over the regularly experienced difficulties: since the electricity was still off, the lunch was cooked over a gas braai.

On 7 October Slow Food visited fellow-member Gerald Tanesse, known as Pépé Charlot at his fromagerie at Imhoff Farm, to see the milking of the goat herd This was followed by a demonstration of the cheese making process, showing the draining of the curd, the rolling of the buches, and moulding of the cheeses.

Pépé has been making cheese at Imhoff Farm for just over a year, and his produce has been widely praised and enjoyed. He was a recipient of one of our Slow Food cheese awards this year.

He explained that it’s a very careful maturation process that gives rise to the variety of cheeses he produces, including Chevre Frais, crotin and his signature cheese, the 'Pepe'. After the demonstration, members were able to taste and buy the cheeses.

The Slow activities culminated on 26 November in the end of year fundraising lunch in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Scheme. This was held at the award-winning Table at De Meye, owned and run by chef Jessica Shepherd and her husband, Luke Grant. Seated at a long table under the trees, members were treated to a delicious lunch of locally-sourced ingredients, much of which came from Luke’s kitchen garden. The menu is worth recording:

The starter was an organic beetroot tarte tatin with Imhoff goats chevre frais, baby leaf salad, accompanied by woodfired bread and natural farm butter and chrisnas marinated olives.

This was followed by slow cooked shoulder of karoo lamb, with baby leeks gratin, roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad with harissa, and zucchini with lemon and mint. There was a vegetarian option of mushroom ragout on ‘Lowerland’ mielie meal.

For dessert there was elderflower jelly, with strawberry sorbet.

Thanks to the generosity of our members we were able to donate R9,000.00 to the PSFA. Below is the letter of thanks we received from the scheme’s administrator, Tarsia Fortune:

Dear Stephen
Thank you for your donation
On behalf of the school children we serve and the board, management and staff at the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), I hereby wish to take this opportunity to thank Slow Food Cape Town for your generous donation of R9,000.00.
This amount will enable PSFA to provide 20 underprivileged children, on our feeding programme, with a nutritious breakfast and lunch while at school, for an entire year.
Your company’s financial support will positively affect these children in the following important ways:
• Reduce their short term hunger
• Increase their attendance and performance at school
• Enhance their ability to learn
• Build their immune systems and
• Increase their energy resulting in improved concentration in the classroom
Please note the following:
1. Over 75% of all the beneficiaries on the PSFA feeding programme are classified as ‘black’ in line with the BBBEE Code of Good Practice
2. 100% of your donation will go towards feeding these hungry school children
3. Your tax certificate will be issued at the end of the financial year

Once again a big thank you for supporting our feeding programme.
Kind regards
Donor administrator



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