Father’s Day Gift Ideas (Plus Recipe)

It is Father’s Day this coming Sunday!  You often hear people complain about their dead beat fathers.  In Xhosa we have an idiom that perfectly describes those, we say “ufe ethwele umnqwazi”.  On the other hand, there are some pretty amazing dad’s out there!  A friend of mine always gushes about how wonderful her father is, how he takes care of the whole family.   If you happen to have one of those amazing dads, appreciate his efforts!  Here is list of gift ideas for you to choose from.  He might like one of them …..


Biltong and Wine Pairing at Durbanville Hills Wines

Durbanville Hills Wines is offering all dads visiting on 15 June, a free biltong and wine tasting.  They’ll get to taste from the diverse range of biltong, from the intense to the subtle.   Durbanville Hills’ red and white wines will be served to compliment the taste profiles of the various styles of venison and beef biltong.  In addition to that, if you are looking for a wine to gift dad with, a bottle of wine, 2011 Rhinofields Chardonnay will be available from the cellar at R100.  If you buy two bottles you receive a complimentary slab of artisanal chocolate.

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Cost: Tasting is free for all dads but costs R80 per person joining.

Note:  The offer is valid for 15 June only.

To book contact:021 558 1300


Braai Feast at Nederburg Wines

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The Red Table restaurant is putting on a man feast with a Father’s Day gourmet braai on the lawns surrounding Nederburg’s manor house.

The menu consists of a heartwarming butternut soup, a selection of delectable salads, AAA-grade Sirloin Steak, Asian-glazed Pork Belly and Boerewors.  A delectable selection of South African desserts such as Malva Pudding, Milk Tart, Peppermint Crisp Mousse and Koeksisters, will be on offer.  A wide selection of Nederburg wines is offered by the glass, and the entire rage is available by bottle.

Cost: R220 per head

Note: Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2011, a supremely elegant and full-bodied blend of Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo, will be on offer at R280 per bottle.  Purchase one and receive a complimentary cheese and wine pairing at the Nederburg Visitors’ Centre for two.

To book contact: 021 877 5155 or send an email to theredtable@nederburg.co.za


Brandy Sampling at Van Ryn’s Distillery

Van Ryns Distillery near Stellenbosch has just the gift for Father’s Day, a limited edition ensemble of the entire award-winning Collection Reserve range, presented in a luxurious wooden box.  The gift pack contains 200ml bottles of each of the 10 -, 12 -, 15 – and 20 – year-old prestige brandies. (see feature image)

Cost: R1 110 and is available during June only, as long as stock lasts.

Note:  The gift pack is available only from the distillery.

Distillery’s winter (May to September) opening hours are:

Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 – 17:00

Saturdays and public holidays: 09:00 – 16:00

For more info, visit www.vanryns.co.za or contact 021 881 38 75


Bisquit Cognac

Spoil the most important man in your life with a gift that exudes effortless luxury and the refinement of time.  For Father’s Day, The House of Bisquit offers two gift options: The Bisquit Cognac CS gift pack which comes with a single cognac glass or the Bisquit Cognac VSOP gift pack which is accompanied by two cognac snfters.

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Cost: Bisquit VS R299,

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Bisquit VSOP R499 at selected chain stores.

For more info, visit www.bisquit.com


Three Ships Whisky

The award winning Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old is recommended as a gift for Father’s Day.  Master Distiller, Andy Watts recommends enjoying this full bodied whisky neat with a dash of water and pairing it with blue cheese, chicken liver pate, smoked chicken or Pancetta.

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Cost: The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old is available from leading liquor outlets and retails for about R125.


One & Only 

Spoil your dad to a buffet or afternoon tea ……

Gastronomic Feast:

Treat dad to a decadent Father’s Day Buffet Lunch at Nobu and Reuben’s featuring Reuben Riffel’s wintry food favourites including succulent meat roasts.

Cost: R295 pp. R150 for 4-12 years and complimentary for children 0 – 3 years. Buffet lunch served from 12:30pm to 3pm

Afternoon Tea:

Afternoon Tea just for Dads – Mini burgers, boerewors rolls, sausage rolls as well as delicious sweet treats specifically designed to complement Glenmorangie’s range of imported Whisk’s.  Whisky Ambassadors will be on hand to assist with creating the ultimate pairings.

Aside from the culinary and whisky spoils for dad, one of South Africa’s most loved soccer stars will be welcoming soccer mad dads and will mingle with guests, sharing anecdotes and stories of life on and off the pitch.

Cost: R195 per person.  Afternoon tea will be served from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

For reservations contact: 021 431 4511 or email: Reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com


Amarula Father’s Day Gift Packs

Amarula is offering three gift packs for Father’s Day:


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Lantern pack that comes with a 750ml bottle of Amarula,selling for around R150.  The cylindrical lantern is designed to house a candle to cast a warm glow.


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Amarula is also presented in a beautiful tin for R120,



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Or boxed with two premium glasses, available for around R140.


In addition to buying him a gift, you might want to spoil him with the mouthwatering recipe below, courtesy of Amarula.  After all, they say a way to a man’s heart is through the stomach.

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Grilled Venison or Beef with Amarula Hollandaise

Serves: 4


3 eggs

45ml Amarula Cream

Juice of one lemon

250g butter, cubed

salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

800g beef fillet or venison loin, (cleaned of its sinew)

steamed seasonal vegetables, to serve




  1. Preheat the oven to 250˚C.  Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a heavy-based griddle or frying pan on the stove until piping hot, oil the pan and wait until it begins to smoke.
  3. Add the meat to the pan and grill on all sides until it takes on a nice colour.
  4. Transfer the meat to an oven tray and place it in the preheated oven for around 4 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and let it rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Sauce Hollandaise: Whisk the egg yolks, lemon juice, Amarula Cream, salt and pepper together with a wire whisk in a medium-sized saucepan over high heat.
  7. Add the cubed butter and turn down the heat to medium. As the butter melts into the egg yolk mixture, whisk continuously.
  8. Once the butter has melted, continue to whisk the mixture until all the ingredients have been incorporated and the sauce begins to thicken.
  9. Serve immediately with slices of grilled beef fillet or venison and some steamed seasonal vegetables.



About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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