It does not take much to get the party started in Stanford. Last night Stanford tourism and business pulled the excuse of putting together a mingle. The venue was White Water Farm situated about 8 kilometres outside Stanford and neighbour to Klein River Cheese and Phillipskop Mountain Reserve where historic Overberg rock art was found.
If you are wondering about the origin of the name White Water you don’t have to dig too deep. It is said that a previous owner brewed some potent spirits on the property. Today it is a working farm as much as it is a guest farm and we were treated to country-style tomato soup made from fresh vegetables grown on the farm.
I particularly enjoyed three proudly Stanford products at White Water. They were:
- Antjie’s Handmade Naturals with owner Nicolene Gericke making all sorts of natural soaps and knitted goodies. She employs 10 women in Stanford and has 2 shops from which she sells. Nicolene also supplies Cape Town hotels and shops as well as plenty of farm stalls.
- Kudu Cosmetica is another Stanford favourite and since I started using their serum my skin has shown the benefits. Angelica Wessel is the brain behind the skin care products that have been featured in the British Vogue and Tatler.
- Welgesind Wines is the latest addition to the Stanford Wine Route and owners Amanda and Chris de Wit did not just bring their wines for tasting last night. They were there to mingle and listen to botanist Sean Privett talk about the uniqueness of our Overberg fynbos and the discoveries made on Grootbos Nature Reserve.
My country evening outing had a special ending with a hare crossing the road with flopping ears. Real country-style chic! Soulful Stanford.