Slow Food Snail Trail No.129 March 2016

By , March 14, 2016 7:23 pm


A relaxing day on Rio Largo Olive Estate, with a picnic lunch served by The Oldfield Kitchen

Saturday, 16th April 2016 : 10h00 – 10h30

This award winning estate is situated in the Scherpenheuwel valley between Worcester and Robertson on the southern banks of the Breede River. Owned by Nick and Brenda Wilkinson, it comprises olive orchards, vines, an olive specific nursery, and a state of the art OLIOMIO olive processing and bottling plant.

Rio Largo Olive Estate adopts biological farming methods for sustainable agriculture by “putting more back then you take out”, together with overall concern for protecting the environment for future generations.
We’ll be able to pick olives, and follow them through the cold-pressing and filtering process, as Nick takes us through the extraction plant.
Various cultivars are grown on the farm: Frantoio, Leccino, FS-17 and Coratina. All cultivars originate from Italy and are known to complement each other in making up a well-balanced extra virgin Olive Oil.
Children are most welcome, and there is plenty of space for bicycles and ball games. They may also enjoy picking their own bucket of olives to press.
NB. There is no swimming pool on the farm.

The Oldfield Kitchen will serve an alfresco lunch. If the weather is fine we’ll eat outside, so do bring your own chairs and blankets. We’ll take shelter in the shed if the rain comes down.

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Arrival: Between 10h00- 10h30: Brenda and her staff will serve a welcoming cup of tea or coffee.

After this we’ll go into the field to pick olives to take to the processing plant, where Nick will tell us about the cold-pressing process, and we’ll be able to taste some of the various blends of oil. You could also just wander around the farm if you’d rather not pick olives.

Brenda will then show us the many products that they have available for sale on the farm, and describe the processes attached to their production.

Approx.13h00: Picnic lunch to be served.



Coronation chicken salad
Gammon, Emmental cheese, rocket and homemade sweet mustard

Sicilian Caponata
Mediterranean Cous-Cous
Chargrilled zucchini, halloumi, oven dried tomato salad with basil oil
Long stemmed broccoli, green bean and petit pois salad withcitrus and toasted almonds

Selection of freshly baked bread from The Woodstock bakery

Lemon and lime cheesecake with fresh berries, served in a jar
Ice cream cones for children

Cost: R255 per person for members and R275 for guests. The cost for children will be R140 per child.

You may also bring your own packed lunch for small children who do not eat this sort of food.
A complimentary glass of wine from the Aan de Doorns Cellar will be served
– any additional wine ordered during the meal will be for the members’ own account.

Do go to the website for details of the wines available :
The special cellar door price for white wine is R28, and the red is R32 per bottle.There will be stocks available for you to buy to take home as well.
Also, please bring your own cool drinks and beer if you’d like these. There will be water available.

NNB: Please bring cash along to buy olive oil or wine, or you could pay via EFT. There are no credit card facilities available on the farm.

Please let Lorna ) know the number of members and guests attending the lunch, with the names of your guests, by Saturday 9th April.

To book your places, please transfer payment to Cape Town Slow Food at FNB, Grassy Park, code 203109, account number . When doing this please put your name as a reference on the transfer. Payment will confirm your booking.

Directions to Rio Largo
From Cape Town

• Travel in Worcester direction on N1.
• As you exit the Du ToitsKloof Pass turn right on R101 to Rawsonville.
• After 6km turn right towards Rawsonville.
• At stop after the police station, turn right into Van Riebeeck Street and drive through Rawsonville and cross over
Smalblaar River.
• Continue for about 11km turn sharp left at Nekkies Resort over the Breede River to Worcester.
• After approx 2.5km turn right on R43 to Villiersdorp.
• This road takes you past Aan De DoornsCo – Op on right hand side.
• Approx 1km on from Co-Op turn left atthe sign “Eilandia, Scherpenheuwel”.
• Continue on this road for 8km and cross over the Breede River.( short gravel road here)
• Turn left at T-junction to Scherpenheuwel.
• Continue straight on this road for 8km to the orange wall and RIO LARGO OLIVE ESTATE.

If the Breede River is flooded we’ll send the alternative route.

Click for an online map and more directions.

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