Time for annual mushroom immersion on Delheim Wine Estate

Wednesday, 3 April, 2024
Delheim Wine Estate
Experience a weekend dedicated to foraging for wild mushrooms in the forests of Delheim Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.

Mushroom-lovers and nature enthusiasts will this year once again have the opportunity to experience a weekend dedicated to foraging for wild mushrooms in the forests of the renowned Delheim Wine Estate in Stellenbosch with an expert guide, as well as experiencing various culinary delights accompanied by the estate’s award winning wines. Delheim’s mountain pine forests are home to over 20 species of wild mushrooms and on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June this well-known wine farm on Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg will be welcoming new and experienced mushroom foragers to get out and collect their own mushrooms. Afterwards, a delicious lunch with Delheim wines will be offered in the restaurant.

Each of the two days’ Delheim Magical Mushroom Days programme comprises a practical guide to mushroom identification followed by a foraging session in the Delheim woods. The day ends with a three-course lunch at the Delheim Garden Restaurant which includes tasty mushroom-related options, with plenty of opportunities for tasting and enjoying the estate’s range of exceptional wines.

The daily mushroom immersion will begin with an introduction by mushroom specialist Gary Goldman while guests enjoy coffee, gluhwein, muffins and rusks. After an informative guide to mushroom identification a mushroom soup will be served to muster the senses in the right direction before Goldman leads the popular foraging voyage in the Delheim forest on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s majestic Simonsberg. A regular on the estate and well-known in mushrooming circles, Gary will show patrons the way with his expert knowledge and practical insight.

Note that we cannot guarantee the discovery of any specific mushrooms. For the forage, dress for possible chilly weather – rain jacket and good walking/hiking boots or shoes. Bring a basket and a small pocket-knife for collecting.

The foraging session is to be followed by lunch in the Delheim Restaurant where the kitchen team will be offering dishes based on the textures and flavours of the magic that is the mushroom. Guests will also receive copies of some of Delheim’s family recipes offering a variety of methods for the preparing and cooking of mushrooms.

Upon departure after lunch each guest will also receive a bottle of Delheim wine.

Magical Mushroom Days schedule

The schedule for both mushroom days – 14 and 15 June – on Delheim is as follows:

09h00 - 09h30 - Arrival with coffee, gluhwein, muffins and rusks.
09h30 - 11h15 - Mushroom identification by Gary Goldman.
11h15 - 11h30 - Mushroom soup served after introduction.
11h15 - 13h00 - Walk and foraging
13h00 - 15h00 - Three-course lunch at Delheim Restaurant, wine-tasting included.

Tickets for each of the two days’ programme are R1 000. These are available on Quicket and are not refundable. Please note that spaces are limited to 40 persons per day.