Updated: Jun 14, 2019
We've all heard of musicians, bands or comedians going on tour but what happens when food goes on tour? What you get is Cape Town Culinary Tours, the brainchild of Elsje Erasmus. Culinary tourism or food tourism is the exploration of food as the purpose of tourism. It is now considered a vital component of the tourism experience.Dining out is common among tourists and food is believed to rank alongside climate, accommodation, and scenery in importance to tourists.
Although the concept of Culinary Tours isn't new you could almost say Elsje reinvented the wheel. The Cape Town Culinary Tour is unlike any other culinary tour you'll ever embark on, it is an expedition that appeals to both your taste buds and your historical knowledge of the Mother City. The idiosyncratic mini tour is 3 kilometers long (roughly 4 hours). There are no less than six food stops along the way and throughout tourists are entertained, educated and catered for.
The founder and director of CPT Culinary Tours, Elsjie Erasmus has travelled to over forty countries and gathered the knowledge behind what is now one's the Western Cape's captivating tourist experiences. Food tourism has four general types, cooking classes, food tours, wine, beer and food festivals, specialty dining experiences. The Cape Town Culinary experience begins at the aptly named Meeting Point, a restaurant of Tanzanian origin along Strand Street in the CBD. Tourists are treated to a sumptuous Tanzanian banquet. The next stop is an Ethiopian treat courtesy of Madam Taitou, a food joint along Long Street that offers the best of Ethiopian cuisine in a tranquil and relaxing environment. Oh and did we mention that Madam Taitou is in a tree house?
Next the culinary excursion will take you to Senegal in the form of Khadim’s Coffee Shop, where you get to taste Senegal's somewhat mystical and unique blend of coffee, a mixture of ground dark roast coffee and Touba. While you enjoy the coffee, the owner of the venue teaches you on exactly how it's made, which means you get to take back home an ancient coffee recipe. What makes South Africa great is that we have embraced people from all land even outside Africa and the food expedition carries on to Eastern Food Bazaar, an Indian/Asian culinary establishment. There you get to encounter what is considered one of South Africa's darling foods which originates from Durban, the Bunny Chow. Anecdotes of how it was invented are told while you enjoy it.
The rest of the nourishment trek takes you through the city's diverse cultural heritage as guided and taught by none other than Elsjie. By the end of the tour not only will you appreciate African foods more but the Mother's City's history as well. Book your spot in the next epic culinary voyage right here.