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Not a 10 Favourite Things List about the Western Cape

March 18, 2014 By: Cath Coxton

It’s difficult not to complete a list like this without it sounding like a tourist brochure. I’m sure everyone will talk about the view of Table Mountain from Sir Lowry’s pass on the N2 highway or the sense of awe you feel when faced with the Cederberg mountainside of psychedelic flowers in the spring. And who could fail to mention the copious opportunities for filling your veins with some of the best wine in the world. There are vineyards in almost everyone’s back yard.

It’s also a challenge not to think like a tourist. After all, you instinctively want to focus on the positive and the positive features of a geographical area are usually viewed from a tourist perspective. The Western Cape has more than its fair share of stunning geographical features – enough to fill a month’s worth of tourist days and more.

So in response I tried to think outside the box (or outside the vineyard). Having lived here permanently for only 2 years I am still learning about both the Western Cape and South Africa. And for me it is the people who really matter. I love the multi-ethnicity of my daily experience, made even more palatable by their warm spirits and generous smiles. The Western Cape is not a distinctly African experience – nor is it, as some people like to suggest, a European bubble lost at the end of a continent. It is an eclectic mix of cultures, ideals, expressions and dreams all tied together with an array of faces to match.

And talking about palates, the other great feature of the Western Cape is its rural heritage – and this means food. By food I don’t mean the plastic wrapped mass-produced international trade of edible produce but locally produced small-scale real food made by individuals or small companies. And it sometimes feels as though the Western Cape is at the epicenter of this flourishing trade or movement.

So rather than list my 10 favorite things, I have shared with you my current insights into what I love about the Western Cape – the small part of Africa I have chosen to call my home and the land that I am only just beginning to discover.

Cath Croxton is a freelance editor, writer and co-founder of an online local food directory www.yourfoodheroes.com. Contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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