Renowned La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek has launched #FestiveFriday in the spirit of making the most the end-of-year festivities each Friday. For memorable sundowners, enjoy a selection of hand-crafted cocktails with the majestic, mountainous views around the Franschhoek valley.
Alongside elegant cocktails, the farm’s own produce will be showcased with executive chef Neethling du Toit heading the La Petite Ferme kitchen for eight years at the helm.
“Some of our dishes are so popular and ‘set in the history’ of the estate that we’ll always look to retain them in some shape or form,” he says. “The smoked trout and the aubergine-wrapped lamb are perennial favourites, for example, and we’ll never disappoint those customers who’ve come to savour these signature dishes,” Du Toit shared.
The famed wine estate has undergone some changes, including a newly revamped restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Lebanese interior designer Claudia Chahine oversaw décor and design. Talented Cape Town ceramicist Mervyn Gers handcrafted a collection of unique dinnerware, specifically for the restaurant, that reflects attributes of the farm and its location, and special recycled glassware was made especially for the restaurant by Ngwenya Glass. Still on offer is the tranquil deli in the thick of the trees, The Delicatess.
The menu of vibrant #FestiveFriday cocktails includes:
The Pretty Lisa
Inspired by a La Petit Ferme legend, it’s made with vodka and, among others, strawberries, lime juice, lemonade and fresh basil. The Pretty Lisa is as vibrant and welcoming as the real Mona Lisa’s smile.
This is La Petite Ferme’s very own exotic cocktail with Latin pizzazz. A vodka-spangled blitz of berries adorns this drink, along with mango and lime juice and fresh mint.
Perfect to slow-sip while taking in nature’s most magical spectacle and named for the restorative fresh cucumber juice that is its main ingredient, The Spa uses a base of gin along with lime juice, fresh mint and a just a touch of sugar for balance.
This breaks the cocktail mould. In addition to grapefruit, lime juice and mixed peppers, this beverage extravaganza includes coriander – fresh from the farm’s new herb garden. All you need to decide is: vodka or gin?
La Petite Ferme is well-known for its premium boutique range of reds and whites that express their unique Franschhoek terroir. End it all off with a stay at one of the La Petite Ferme vineyard suites or luxuriously appointed rooms in its grand Manor House, perfect for weddings, events and functions.
#FestiveFriday dates to diarise are 9, 16 and 30 December and 6 and 13 January. For restaurant reservations, send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +27 (0)21 876 3016.