On a fine Sunday a few weeks ago I sat down with Frederika Fourie to find out more about Sunday Pop Up Eatery’s Farewell Summer event for this Sunday Times Neighbourhood article I wrote. Frederika is part of the team behind Sunday Pop Up Eatery. Chef Linde Watson, fashion designer Sheila-Madge Bakker and copywriter, strategist and foodie extroadinaire Frederika are bringing back Sunday lunch culture to Pretoria. Every time I think of Sunday Pop Up Eatery I find myself chanting ‘Sunday Funday’ from You’re the Worst (our current obsession). (Read more on the online publication)
Sundays are for lounging, drinking wine and perhaps indulging enough to warrant a pop of the old jean button. On a relaxed Sunday Frederika and her flatmate Gert had the exact same problem as I guess most of us have in Pretoria on a Sunday. There are few to no restaurants open on a Sunday that’ll make you want to grab your car keys and sprint for the door for a good old Sunday lunch. With this in mind they started playing with the idea of opening a restaurant that only opens on Sundays.
We had the immense pleasure of attending their latest installment of Sunday Pop Up Eatery called Farewell Summer. André, myself and our dear friend Lezaan have a monthly Sunday lunch club and for February André and I decided to put our aprons in the drawer and take Zaan for lunch at Sunday Pop Up Eatery. It was everything I expected and more. At the National Zoological Gardens we took a somewhat nerve wrecking but equally thrilling cable car trip up to the venue, a lookout point where you can see all of Pretoria. We met some awesome new people like the ever so lovely Khanya (Yulu Ishii), bonded with some old friends and hung out with Anna, the amazing lady responsible for all the gorgeous pictures in this post. Whilst stuffing our faces with Linde’s amazing creations we also had the pleasure of enjoying Pretoria stretching as far as we could see.
The sight, sound and taste compilation was spot on and our hosts ever so gracious. The menu consisted of an array of wholesome homemade breads paired with incredible flavours and a breathtaking dessert. My favourite flavours were most definitely the smoked terrine, the pineapple chutney and the coconut and coriander chutney. The dessert was incredible! Pannacotta has never tasted so good, the rooibos syrup and stewed stone fruit was a killer addition to this well known dessert and the touch of mint added a nice freshness to it.
If you’re feeling like you missed out, I’m sorry to tell you you’re right. But lucky for you the next Sunday Pop Up event is fast approaching. You can book a ticket for Equinox by clicking on the image below. Also make sure to sign up for their newsletter for a head start on event tickets. Artwork for Equinox by Nina Torr.
All images in this post are copyright of Anna Pepper Photography, Sunday Pop Up Eatery and Nina Torr.