ANNABEL HUGHES ASTON IN HER VEGETABLE GARDEN copyright, Annabel Hughes Aston, 2022.
SAVANNABEL - BUSH GOURMET
LUNCH AND A TOUR OF THE ORGANIC GARDEN from USD110 per person min 4/maximum 12
SavannaBel – Bush Gourmet by Chef Annabel Hughes Aston
Situated in the middle of an indigenous woodland overlooking the Zambezi River, upstream from Victoria Falls, is one of Livingstone’s most exclusive – and remote – food experiences. SavannaBel - Bush Gourmet offers a bespoke, all-inclusive, five-course dining experience for a maximum of twelve people. It has been created by Annabel Hughes Aston, an award-winning chef, organic gardener, forager and writer, who lives with her husband on their working farm in the Zambezi Valley, upstream from Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia. Chef Annabel is an advocate for hyperlocal, plant-forward, sustainable dining. She has spent the past nine years, since moving to Livingstone, developing an organic garden and experimenting with, and fusing, wild and indigenous ingredients with what she grows. She uses locally-produced dairy, meat and fish, while the garden, the market, the village and the wilderness make up the mainstay of her pantry: fresh organic garden produce, indigenous heirloom grains, beans and seeds, bush fruits, wild tree nuts, wild mushrooms, legumes, roots, leaves and more, which she crafts into an ever-changing menu according to the seasons. While continually training Zambian chefs, together they bake, ferment, pickle and cook every dish from scratch, as well as create a range of bush gourmet products for retail. There is a large focus on community empowerment and sustainable harvest practice in Chef Annabel’s ethos. Poverty alleviation through fundraising for accessible water and solar irrigation for small-scale gardens; collaborating with neighbouring villagers on sustainability and best practice methods for the utilisation of wild edibles; information and knowledge sharing, discussion and partnership opportunities. It is Chef Annabel’s sincere hope that by promoting the use of these inimitable, and largely unexplored, natural resources—this wild and indigenous food—the local economy will also be enriched. An all-inclusive bush gourmet food experience in a contemporary farm homestead, set in a Kalahari woodland overlooking the Zambezi River, offering any of the below:
A high-end five-course pre-fixe menu involving wild and indigenous flavours diners will not have tasted before. *Drinks included, excl. luxury brands. USD$125.00 PP
A guided tour of an indigenous market in Livingstone before driving out to the farm, followed by a walk-through of Annabel’s organic garden, followed by an all-inclusive five-course lunch at the homestead. ($150.00 PP - TRANSPORT NOT INCLUDED)
A guided tour of Annabel’s organic garden, followed by a cooking demonstration, finished off with an all-inclusive five-course lunch at the homestead. USD$175.00 PP
A bush gourmet cooking demonstration at the homestead, overseen by Chef Annabel and/or her senior staff, followed by an all-inclusive five-course lunch, which will include what had been cooked in the demonstration. $150.00 PP
A foraging tour (seasonal) in the homestead’s surrounding Kalahari woodlands, followed by a cooking demonstration, followed by an all-inclusive five-course lunch at the homestead. USD$175.00 PP
A tour of the organic garden, the preschool and the farm, which can also include the neighbouring state-of-the-art fish farm, followed by an all-inclusive five-course lunch at the homestead. $150.00 PP
*Minimum number of guests: 4
*Booking in advance is essential; I will need at least 48 hours because we make everything from scratch. *Dietary requirements in advance are essential.