An Honest Food Feast with The Farmers Table
I was lucky enough to attend The Farmers Table Feast, set in the cosy venue of Reverie Social Table in Observatory, a unique social dining experience that brings foodies together. For those of you who don’t know, The Farmers Table is an online supermarket that curates artisanal brands and fresh food farms. So, basically, it is your one-stop-shop for good, honest, local food that is sourced with passion.
As we walked in, I was overwhelmed by the cosy atmosphere. Everyone mingled around the magnificent spread of products on the table, showcasing all the lovely produce available on their online store.
An Innovative Vision for Good Food
Hosts and founders of The Farmers Table, Marieke and Villem, warmly welcomed us and gave us an insight into the history of the brand. Villem grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape where he enjoyed untampered good food and lots of homemade recipes that had been passed down through his family for generations. He said once you’ve tasted a real Karoo farm lamb chop, no meat you eat again would quite compare. This resonated with me deeply, having spent many holidays on our family farm near Beaufort West. I knew exactly what he meant; that flavour is unforgettable.
The Farmers Table was born out of his desire to bring farm products to the everyday dinner table. Organic has become a health buzzword but Villem hopes it won’t just be a passing trend and that good, honest food will become the new normal. The Farmers Table also believes in seasonal, handcrafted, small-batch, ethical produce and aims to support farms that do good through social upliftment programmes. This is a truly inspiring vision and I can’t wait to see what’s next from this progressive brand.
Wine Pairings and Craft Beers
The evening was an opportunity to sample The Farmers Table’s range of locally sourced produce, and we started by sipping on Foothills Vineyards wine from the Klein Welmoed farm in Stellenbosch. The 2016 Syrah Red was paired with Honest Artisan Chocolate Spread, and the 2016 Dry Rose went down a treat with Roses Handmade heart-shaped Turkish Delights.
I also had the chance to sample Saggy Stone Craft Beer, which is sourced from a small micro-brewery just outside Robertson. My favourites were their low alcohol 4% Desert Lager and The Gin and Tonic Lite with Hibiscus and Stevia by Amandalia Craft Spirits. So if you’re after wine, craft beers or a Gin & Tonic that tastes like summer in a can, all of these delightful alcoholic beverages are also available on The Farmers Table website.
Raw Honey is the Bees-Knees
Not only was the evening a chance to learn more about The Farmers Table delectable range of products, but it was also a huge milestone for the brand, as they have just launched their first product – Raw honey in a tube. This locally sourced raw honey from Hermanus not only has gorgeous packaging, but also supports a farm that gives back. Let’s talk about the most important part, the taste. I love the simplicity of this raw honey. It has a stunning aroma, is not overly sweet, and the flavour is divine. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what other products The Farmers Table brand comes up with in the near future.
The beautifully laid long wooden table really brought their online shop to life and there were helpful cue cards with information about the products and their producers, which was such a thoughtful touch. Staring at a cheese board adorned with fresh grapes and local preserves, I couldn’t wait to dig in to the delicacies in front of me.
I started with a savoury plate of farm fresh bread with creamy Mooivallei Rigg’s salted butter, Soefija’s Smokey Tomato Jam, and an array of Klein River cheeses. I then paired my top pick, the Raclette cheese, with the Olive Boutique Blueberry Dressing and a handful of more-ish Biltong and Droerwors. My next helping was to try the gorgeous Willow Creek Olive Oil with Soefija’s Biltong Dukkah and Fruit Lips Green Figs – what a winning combination.
My sweet tooth was calling, so for my dessert I had some fresh strawberries and a buttery croissant with Buttanut Rooibos Coconut Macadamia Spread on one side and the incredible new Raw Honey on the other side. I was really spoilt for choice. The danger with this kind of set-up is that I inevitably ended up grazing and eating far too much. But I say, ‘Life is for living!’
The real treat for the evening was the gorgeous wooden box I got to take home, complete with a head of cauliflower, a bouquet of fresh flowers, Soefija’s Braai Salt, Fruit Lips Blueberry & Marula Jam, Run Rabbit Run Coffee, Klein River Gruberg Cheese, Roses Handmade Chocolate, Saggy Stone beer, and, of course, a tube of The Farmers Table Raw Honey.
What a lovely gift to take away and remember this memorable evening. It truly was an absolute feast. And it’s incredible to think all these products are available at the click of a button. I was impressed to see you can also order Farm Fare Subscription Boxes. These have been carefully curated for several occasions including picnics, braais, or a touch of romance. So whether you’re looking for fresh flowers, wine, or sweets and snacks, The Farmers Table delivers good, honest food direct to your door.
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Article Date: June 2018
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