The fiancé and I visited the Van Gaalen Dutch Cheese Farm over the weekend (as I’ve mentioned before, the fiancé is a bit obsessed with cheese…) and being under an hour’s drive and close to Hartebeespoort Dam, it’s the ideal daytrip.
You can do a tour on the farm where they tell you a bit about the cheese making process, show you where they do it and allow you to taste some of the different flavours (like 'Stinging Nettle') they produce. It could have been a bit longer, but Louis (the cheese maker) was very eager to answer all the extra questions we had once the tour had wrapped.
We had a picnic by the river after the tour – a great selection of goodies with loads of cheese (from their farm) and some artisan beer that we bought from their shop. It was a fantastic way to spend a lazy afternoon – but be sure to book ahead. Alternatively you can have lunch on the terrace at their restaurant.
Needless to say, the cheese-making hobby got reignited, and we currently have two perfect cheeses maturing in the fridge and one very messy kitchen J
For more info on Van Gaalen, click here.