Heritage Day Potjie Challenge

Noordhoek Farm Village is celebrating Heritage Day (which has unofficiallly become National Braai Day or (Braai-4-Heritage Day) with a Potjie challenge at the Village on Saturday 24 September 2011.

Heritage Day, 24 September, is a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

Potjiekos  (Pronounced poy-kee- kawse) directly translated “pot food” or food prepared in a pot. In South African this means one thing – food prepared outdoors in a cast iron, round, three legged pot over an open fire (wood coals or charcoal). Preparing a potjiekos meal is very much an individual thing and aspiring cooks have experimented for years to come up with the “perfect” potjie.

Noordhoek Farm Village has 3 excellent  restaurants (the FoodbarnThe Toad and Café Roux) and there is an open but limited challenge to enter the competition against the 3 restaurants.  So if you think you have the spirit and the skill to make the perfect potjie and beat the Noordhoek Farm Village restaurants in a potjie cook- off, then enter the competition as entries close on 4 September.  The challenge is to make a truly South African potjie over an open fire at Noordhoek Farm Village on Saturday 24 September 2011. Entries are limited so apply now with your motivation by emailing: marketing@noordhoekvillage.co.zawith your application. Entries are free.

Visitors to Noordhoek Farm Village will be able to sample the potjies: eco-friendly containers will be sold at R20 each and you can choose which potjie you would like to sample (and maybe influence the judges). Proceeds from the sales will go to our local rugby club: Masiphumelele Rugby Club to raise funds for another proudly South African sport! We encourage lots of Proudly South African Dress up!


  • No entry fee
  • No  limit on number of people in a team
  • Contestants must be completely self sufficient and bring their own pots, own cooking utensils and own ingredients for their potjie.
  • No electrical points available.
  • Each Potjie should be Size 4 or up.
  • Fires will be provided by Noordhoek Farm Village and will be ready for cooking from 10h00.
  • Dress up in your proudly South African team gear as there are prizes for best dressed! (We do have a Rugby World Cup on the Go!)
  • Potjies need to be ready for eating and judging at 15h00
  • Rice will be provided, containers and utensils for eating will be provided.
  • Final judging at 16h30 followed by prize-giving.
  • Applications to enter. Email: marketing@noordhoekvillage.co.za with your contact details and motivation! Entries are limited.
  • Great prizes to be won (and possibly the honour of beating our restaurants?!)


  • 10h30 – 12h30: Heritage Day Delights for Kids – Free Children’s Activities will take place on the bandstand and will involve hearing the story of the South African Flag, play the flag game and make a flag to take home.
  • 13h00- 17h00: We welcome eMzantzi Carnival who will be performing on the bandstand
  • 15h00 – 17h00: Sampling and tasting of any or all the potjies available for R20.
  • All proceeds from potjie sales to Masiphumelele Rugby Club

Noordhoek Farm Village looks forward to welcoming the entrants, tasting the potjiekos recipes and celebrating 2 proudly South African Days in 1 – Heritage Day and Braai Day. Bring on the perfect potjie! Can you beat our restaurants? Contact them on 021 789 2812

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