Top quality artisanal produce can be found all over South Africa – from sensuous cheeses to decadent chocolate and irresistible handmade ice cream – made in small batches by people who source ingredients locally and from sustainable sources. Here are some our favourite South African artisanal food producers:
Saszali Chocolates is co-owned by Capsicum graduate, Jane Jager, who together with her sister Sarah, started this artisanal chocolate business in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Saszali Chocolates are delicately handmade and individually created. Each chocolate truffle has a unique flavour and its own beautiful story to tell. By taking time to consider detail and the care to produce consistently high quality, Saszali Chocolates will always be something to savour. Their chocolate truffles are created by combining and infusing the freshest and finest ingredients such as cream, herbs and spices, fruits and teas with the most excellent Belgian chocolate.
Patisserie de Paris is a genuine Patisserie and Boulangerie – pastry shop and bakery – based in Johannesburg. It utilises traditional French baking techniques and chic continental style, all produced by a French-trained Pastry Chef.
Their baguettes are produced according to the strict French rules of manufacture and use four ingredients – flour, water, salt and fresh yeast. They specialise in sourdough bread, made the way it was 6000 years ago – using only 3 basic ingredients to raise the crusty baker’s loaf – flour, salt and water. They offer an impressive range of artisan bread products, from baguettes to a variety of sourdough and ciabattas, to rustic bread rolls and more.
Swissland farm is set in the rolling hills of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. Now an institution, Swissland Farm was established in 1992 by farmer Fran Isaac and now with a herd of 70 goats the farm provides a goat and cheese experience that has become extremely popular.
The award winning cheeses produced at the farm includes a soft Chevre and a firm, mature Pecorino. The full range of goats cheeses produced at Swissland are the Chevre, St. Maure, Chevin, Isinyani, Drakensberg, Cream Cheese, Brie, Feta and the Pecorino.
The Creamery makes and sells natural handmade ice cream, made from ingredients bought from local Cape Town family farms, as far as possible. They pride themselves on offering honest-to-goodness, made-from-scratch, not-your-average ice cream.
The Creamery has two dessert cafés, one in Salt River and the other in Newlands, and also have weekly scoop stalls at some of Cape Town’s most popular foodie markets.
They endeavour to always have stock of their Big Five: 65% chocolate, peanut butter, sea salt caramel, Rosetta Roastery coffee and sweet cream ice creams. At any given time, they also have between five and fifteen additional flavours available. These are seasonal and constantly changing.