Valentine’s Day – A Family Affair


Valentine’s Day is traditionally a candlelight celebration for couples, but Chef James Diack is trying to change that with his family and friends’ farm picnic taking place this Valentine’s Day.

Diack’s family’s Magaliesburg farm, and supplier to his restaurants, will be opening up its park-like gardens to the public for a Valentine’s Picnic on Saturday 15 February 2020.

For R800 per head, guests can spend the day at Brightside Farm in the country munching their way through a farm-fresh three-course picnic lunch and sipping on premium wines on offer by the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio.


Brightside Farm

Situated a mere hour and 15 minutes outside Johannesburg, Brightside Farm is a haven of sustainable beauty.

Gardens abound with vegetables, herbs, fruit orchards; and fat ducks waddle under the trees.

The farm supplies Diack’s restaurants with 95% of their produce, including meat and cheese, pork and vegetables. All grown without the interference of pesticides and poison.

“It means we cook what we get from the farm, and our menus are dictated by the season,” James explains.

“It also means our dishes are bursting with flavor and colour – they’re delicious – and we want people to be able to experience something authentic this Valentine’s Day. It’s a beautiful place to spend time and very special to my family. We look forward to having everyone there.” 


The Picnic

Picnic spots are available throughout the farm and guests can choose to dine either on a blanket or at one of the beautifully set tables depending on party size.

All guests will enjoy privacy at a secluded shady spot. The food will be reminiscent of what customers have grown to know and love at James’ four restaurants – Coobs, Il Contadino, La Stalla and Douglas + Hale.

For the per-head cost of R800, guests will receive picnic baskets to share and complimentary bottle of L’Ormarins Cap Classique.

Starters will include a selection of breads, cheeses, charcuterie, preserves and a few other farm specialties. The rotisserie will offer wild boar on the spit and roasted organic farm chickens. Vegetarian guests can select from the abundant harvest table. Dessert will be creamy traditional soft serve with fantastic toppings to choose from.

Guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of the L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rose NV in a chiller bag with every picnic basket.

L’Ormarins, the main estate in the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, is situated in the Franschhoek area. The farm has a combination of both low-lying land and moderate-to-steep slopes, it is home to the Brut Classique. Certainly, the ultimate in premium Méthode Cap Classique.

Transport to and from Brightside Farm is also included. Buses will depart from Coobs in Parkhurst at 09h45 on the Saturday morning, and there will be two scheduled return times from Brightside Farm: 17:00 and 18h15.





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