Walking into the country restaurant at Van Gaalen's Kaasmakerij, you'll immediately notice the large fridges that store row upon row of homemade cheeses. There are over 30 different varieties, all produced by the Van Gaalen family who have developed the farm over the last 21 years.
The décor, complete with clogs and milk pales, makes you feel as though you're visiting a Dutch-styled country home. Of course, the menu focuses around cheese dishes and preserves. Fresh produce like leafy greens, nuts or herbs and spices accompany each plate, which is beautifully presented. I tasted the three cheese platter with preserves and crackers, which was served with the most amazing cream cheese and chives topping. Try a variety of wines with your cheese platter - just ask your waiter to recommend which one will work best with your meal.
On a Wednesday or Saturday at 10:00, the Van Gaalens invite the public to the farm to see how their cheese is made. Not only do you get to watch, you also get to taste their trademark Dutch apple crumble at the end of the demonstration.
The farm has that relaxing laid back country charm to it. It's also geared for families who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city, here you can slow down to enjoy farm living. They are open six days a week and will also arrange a picnic basket filled with a variety of cheeses and preserves for you to enjoy while you unwind and relax on their charming farm grounds. Just remember to book in advance.
Where? R560, Skeerpoort (near Hartbeesport), Magaliesber
When? Mondays: 08:00 - 17:00. Tuesdays: Closed. Wednesdays to Sundays: 08:00 - 17:00.
Tel: 012 207 1289
by Lucille Divine