Food heroes of Stanford -

A few weeks ago I was honoured to visit and feast at the personal home of Innes and Brydon from Havercroft’s . The food was out of this world, as it always is, but there I met Cath who introduced me to Food heroes. Food heroes focus on creating a platform for food producers of the Overberg area, especially Stanford, to reach their full potential.

We always rely on the big supermarkets to get our necessities but why not buy directly from the producer ,save money and get everything as fresh as it possibly can be. I would especially keep this in mind if I am staying, vacationing or planning a function in the Overberg area.

Below you will find some more information provided by Cath about Food Heroes. I personally have sampled some of the food produce below as some of them are stationed at the Saturday morning market in Stanford. I can 100 % guarantee top produce and quality.

Bringing the local back into our homes

Just east from Hermanus is a rich and fertile valley nestled between the Kleinrivierberg mountain range and the sea. The Kleine River valley has long been known as the ‘pantry of the Cape’ and its fertile potential continually attracts and inspires individuals to start up food activities.

But it is often difficult for these small-scale food producers to raise awareness of what they do. You can sometimes find them at local markets but the rest of the time you are forced to buy mass-produced food products from those huge supermarkets we both love and hate.

In Stanford, a small town on the Klein River, two women have started up a campaign to bring local consumers and food producers together. By knowing who to contact to buy local cheese, eggs, breads, meats, honey and preserves, they believe it should be easier for consumers to buy locally and easier for these local food producers to make a better living.

They also believe it’s time to bring the local back into our homes. Why buy a lettuce grown just 4kms from your home but shipped across the country and back to your local supermarket. Wouldn’t you rather buy it direct from the producer? It’s not good for the producer who receives little for their product, it’s not good for the consumer who pays more for something less fresh, and it’s not good for the environment thanks to the resources used to ship it round the country.

There are already 15 local Food Heroes on the Stanford Food Hero list and this number is growing. A brochure has been distributed with photos, stories and contact details of all the Heroes and they are running a market stall to promote the campaign. And this is just the beginning.

For more information about the campaign, contact Cath Croxton on (078 254 5693) or Jenny Sauer on (076 257 9983)

Mareé Hugo :


An Unadulterated Childhood

An Unadulterated Childhood – Emile Scholtz


Thick as thieves and stepping into adolescence together, Ruby Walne and Juno Dawson have struck up a famous friendship since meeting in Stanford. The nearest mall may be miles away, but the rollicking outdoor adventure lying at their fingertips more than compensates, they happily agree. Larking in the river, capering through the streets, unsupervised trick-or –treating and the not uncommon bout of orphaned baby animal rearing are just some of the things that make Stanford a veritable playground.

Ruby and Juno tell us a little about this sheltered, inimitable country lifestyle and reveal why more and more parents are moving away from the city to provide an increasingly rare gift for their kids: a safe, carefree childhood.

The best thing about living in Stanford?

Ruby “It’s a safe place for kids of all ages; we can give our mom’s and dad’s a break from all that worry. We ride up to the shops for them and just go out for a picnic while they stay at home doing things adults do. I love it here because I felt trapped like a bird in a cage where I lived before. We couldn’t do anything without my mom with us and she was very busy, but here I feel like I have freedom.”

Juno “You can play in the road and ribstick (a shimmying offshoot of skateboarding) to each other’s houses without worrying about cars, except for Queen Victoria Street – you have to look left and right there.”

The best thing about being home schooled?

Ruby “The official answer is, well…my mom says children have to grow up too quickly in normal school and not everything you learn there is that important later on in life. We can choose what we want to study and learn about it in other ways than just books. But the unofficial answer is I can do my schoolwork in my pyjamas.”

Top spots in the Overberg

I thought ten days would be more than enough to take in a few of the towns and highlights of the Overberg, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ten days is but a dress rehearsal for the performance, and we could easily return for another two weeks and still not have captured the essence of the Overberg.




Stanford is a delicious not-so-small, but very fashionable town, and a lot of Capetonians have second homes here. A lot of the original buildings have been restored and there is an historical walk one can do (pick up a brochure at the town’s information tourism office), followed by lunch in at least three highly recommendable restaurants – Mariannas, Madré’s Kitchen and graze (make sure to book ahead, as at least two of these are only open over weekends when trade picks up).


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Local Brew Hero Part 1- Cath Croxton

No more beer anymore!

Bottles ready and waitingThe worst thing for me about discovering I have celiac disease is I can no longer drink beer. In my past I liked nothing better than savour the delights of downing a luke-warm soapy pint of old English ale, or chewing my way through a healthy Guinness. A freezing cold European pilsner was also great.

But now those days are over, Or so I thought.

But then I remembered I could brew my own beer if necessary. I searched South Africa for a beer kit to no avail (the homebrew market here has not woken up to the gluten free world). But Europe has so I then bought one in the UK and brought it here.

My poor husband was then tasked with drinking a lot of grolsch beer so I had reusable bottles to use.

3 weeks later I have 42 bottles of what I hope will be drinkable beer. And 2 more kits are on their way from the UK. Watch this space…as i share my first adventures of ‘gluten free beer making’

Bottles ready and waiting

FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers

                                    FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS


FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS downloadable document.

Mosaic Private Sanctuary - Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

Mosaic Private Sanctuary – Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:    HERMANUS  (21 and 22 February 2014)

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the Community Hall, Mollergren Park, Hermanus on 21 and 22 February 2014.

In 2014 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa: the course is being adapted with this particular aim in mind. Parts of the proceeds will be donated to Black Harrier conservation.


#discoveroverberg sets the trend

Stanford Tourism ‘@visitstanford’ and Skye Leask ‘@intheOverberg’ together with their co hosts,

  • Mariette dT-Helmbold ‘@MariettedTH ‘
  • and Thaya Bedford ‘@beatnikloves’,

launched the very first Overberg twitter collaboration in the form of #discoverOverberg, bringing together anything and everything to do with the scenic, and entrepreneurial, #Overberg region of the Western Cape.

Over an hour the online conversation yielded some impressive results, and even had the #discoverOverberg hashtag trending twice in South Africa:




A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
STANFORD 27 and 28 March 2014

The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the NG Church Hall, Stanford on 27 and 28 March 2014.

The contents of the course have been changed dramatically at the end of 2013: In 2014  we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the course and we will now be celebrating our country’s birds with photographs of some of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa. Much stronger emphasis is also being placed on conservation issues, in line with the MOU signed between the Overberg division of CapeNature and BirdLife Overberg. New additions to the course are sections focusing on the differences between the various families of LBJ’s and other confusing species, as well as Birds of Prey, and how this applies to the region where the course is being presented.


Viva Arts Festival is Back!

The Viva Arts Festival will be back in Stanford on April 26th!

When, what and where?
Food stalls, kids activities and local music entertainment
Contact: Regina (076) 3757 116; Wilhelm, CPF, (076) 8108 908
Viva Foundation on Facebook

Place: Die Skema, Stanford, Rugby Field and around (walls to be painted nearby)
Entrance: Free
You are most welcome to join as an artist creating an artwork (we sponsor materials), as a volunteer assisting the artists and with kids activities, or just spread the word and come with all friends and family.


Stanford Winter Specials Winter 2014


B’s Cottage, Bugler’s Cottage, & Dove Cottage
Midweek break at R250p/p. Min 2 nights. Free bottle wine for in front of the fireplace.

Beloftebos Cottages
– 3rd night free till mid September.

Blue Gum Country Estate
Blue Gum Country Estate is running a fantastic winter special. Come and cuddle with the family around a blazing fire and enjoy luxury family accommodation and good food and wine this winter. Family Break R995 per person sharing including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
Children U12 Stay & Eat Free.

Izandla Self Catering
Stay two nights and pay R800 for two people
Single rate: R700 for two nights

Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Lagoon Lodge Indulgence
R1 500 per person per night, PLUS get a free Deep Tissue Massage **2 night minimum.

Lagoon Lodge Last Minute Special
Stay for 3, pay for 2 nights. Booked within 7 days of arrival.

Mosaic Cottages Midweek Special
Book a cottage at our Winter Rates and get a free quad bike activity & bottle of house wine for 2 people.

Valid: Until September 20th 2014. Subject to availability. Direct Bookings Only. T&Cs Apply. Res: +27 76 313 2814.

Springfontein Sleeps
Winter accommodation charged at R 1000 per night, 2 people sharing including breakfast. Note: Restaurant is closed for the months of July & August.

Stanford Country Cottages
Low season rates till 30 September 2014, depending on availability – not applicable for one night bookings. Limited availability on weekend of 26 – 28 September 2014.

Stanford Hills Estate
Winter Specials – book 2 nights, stay one night free except over public holiday weekends and school holidays.
Manor House winter tariff is R2600.00 per night from 1 May to 31 August 2014.
The Tasting Room will be open for Mezze Board Menu only (Tapas), wine tasting and other refreshments from 8th May to 4th June (reopens with full menu on 5th June), Thursday to Monday from 11h00 to 17h00.
Essential to book.  Full chalkboard menu will be available again from 5th June.

Stanford Holiday House
Winter special……stay for 3 nights pay for 2.

Stanford Nestle-In
Book for three nights and pay for two!
Rates: R500 per night. An extra R100 is charged for a single night stay.

Stanford Valley Guest House
WINTER SPECIAL (valid until  31/08/2015): R450 per cottage per night, or R850 per family cottage per night

Sunbird Cottage
Sunbird Cottage is running a special for the next 3 months:
Rate @ R450pn for 2 people plus kids @ R250pp

Villa di Baia
* Villa on the Bay offers a Luxury Suite for 2 self-catering at R900 a night from May- October.
* Villa di Baia: WINTER SPECIAL including School Holidays: June & July
2 people sharing PROVENCE apartment . Unit R850 per night
4/6 people sharing EZE apartment : Unit: R1800 per night
ALL self-catering.


** Kindly Note that Specials are dependent on Terms & Conditions, and subject to availability. Please confirm these with the establishments when booking.

Pedal Power in Stanford

PedalPowerThe idea of a ‘sleepy’ village sounds so quaint and wholesome. But don’t let that fool you – Stanford has a lot going on, especially for those who love exploring. It  is idyllic, charming and amongst other things, a sweet spot for a bicycle ride.

1. Architecture Buff?
Stop by the Tourism Office, pick up a copy of “Historical Stanford on Foot” – ignore the foot part –and pedal your way around, admiring the rich architecture that adds to the town’s heritage clout. Gables, popular in the 1920s, will greet you as you pedal past (the Stanford Table in Queen Victoria Street HW1, is a lovely example), and the ‘stoeps’ – some whimsically decorated – might make you daydream about giving up city living, for a slice of country style.