Sizzling sunflower celebration at Vergelegen

The glorious fields of sunflowers against the backdrop of the mountains.

Waitress Nuhraan Samuels poses with the sunflower-bedecked wooden horse at the Stables restaurant.
A serving of sunflower petal ice cream.

Bright yellow sunflowers are synonymous with summer, positivity and happy times – and there’s no better place to celebrate sunflower season than at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West.

A vast tract of sunflowers is in full bloom near the Stables family restaurant, which currently offers sunflower-themed items on the menu, and visitors are snapping selfies against the sunflower backgrounds and buying bunches of sunflowers to take home.

“We first sowed a large packet of sunflower seeds last year, to brighten up the garden area at the entrance to the new arboretum,” says managing director Wayne Coetzer.

“We were overwhelmed at the response. People travelled long distances to take selfies in the sunflowers and we sold hundreds of flowers.

“This inspired us to take it to the next level and to organise a proper sunflower celebration this year.”

The Stables restaurant is decorated with freshly cut flowers – even the life-size wooden horse at the entrance has sunflowers decorating his mane, and the wait staff are sporting new outfits with “Vergelegen is blooming amazing” and guests are snapping photographs against the background of bright yellow flowers.

Says Stables sous chef Roger Hindley: “We’ve incorporated sunflowers and their seeds into several dishes, and it’s the visual effect of the petals that makes an impact.”

The menu includes scones served with sunflower petal jam and sunflower seed butter; farm pears poached in Vergelegen chardonnay, served with blue cheese and toasted sunflower seeds; free range chicken breast with sunflower and cumin crust; sunflower petal ice cream; and sunflower-decorated cupcakes.

For more information, call 021 847 2111.