We worked with our favourite gin, The Botanist, on a unique pop up concept, THE FORAGER. Over the course of the year a limited number of pop up evening events took place in unconventional, secret urban spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Each event was an intimate hosting just 40 guests, who enjoyed unique gin serves and a selection of food experiences inspired by the local environment.
In the lead up to each event at THE FORAGER, three of Cape Town and Johannesburg’s finest bartenders attended bespoke foraging experiences led by local foraging experts, Roushanna Gray and Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk. During veld, forest and sea forages in Cape Town, and highveld, lowveld and bushveld forage experiences in Johannesburg, the bartenders personally hand foraged indigenous and seasonal ingredients to create a unique serve of The Botanist Gin with a local twist.
Then, on each night at THE FORAGER, the bartenders competed in a challenge to craft the most interesting foraged serves using The Botanist Gin and their own locally hand foraged botanicals. These were presented to guests who will then cast their vote for the cocktail they felt was the most inspired.
At the end of THE FORAGER series, the bartender with the most votes and highest score won an all-expense paid trip to the home of The Botanist Gin in Islay to experience first-hand the philosophy behind The Botanist and foraging in the Hebrides.