The Edge Mountain Retreat, Lowestoffe Country Lodge and Hogsback Events present “A weekend in the Hogsback mountains” Horse Riding Trout fishing Clay Pigeon shooting Whiskey tasting 26 – 28 October 2012. For the first time in the Eastern Cape, The Edge Mountain Retreat and Lowestoffe Country Lodge will be hosting a trout fishing, clay pigeon shooting and whiskey tasting weekend in and around the beautiful Hogsback. The trout fishing, clay pigeon shooting and horse riding will take place on Lowestoffe farm, which is approximately 20kms from Hogsback. This is surely one of the most beautiful farms in South Africa and offers the perfect setting for the weekend’s activities. For those who do not wish to participate in the trout fishing and clay-pigeon shooting, there is the option to go horse riding on this majestic farm. All the superb meals at The Edge Mountain Retreat will be prepared by our professional chef and will be influenced by the trout, whiskey and Scottish Highlands theme. Excellent wines to match will be on offer. Everyone needs to bring their own rods and fly-fishing equipment, but all gear for the clay pigeon shooting will be provided. Please bring clothing for all weather conditions, and just in case, pack your rain coats! For obvious reasons, no alcohol will be allowed on the farm until after everyone has had their turn at the clay pigeon shooting. FRIDAY Friday 7 pm. Welcome presentation. At the welcome presentation we will run through the weekend’s program and guests will be divided into two groups. The one group will fly fish on Saturday morning and shoot on Saturday afternoon. The other group will shoot in the morning and fly fish in the afternoon. Friday 8pm. Dinner. Starter: Cold smoked trout and fennel tart with a horseradish sauce. Main: Sous Vide rib eye beef steak with a wild mushroom and whiskey cream sauce served with fresh asparagus and a truffle potato puree. Dessert: Whiskey, mint and Lindt chocolate terrine served with strawberries and a raspberry coulis. Retire to your cottage or have a drink at our cosy bar, and then prepare for an early morning! SATURDAY 7am. Breakfast. Fresh fruit salad, home-made breads, pastries and muesli, Hogsback trout and spring onion scrambled eggs on a potato rosti served with a hollandaise sauce. Tea and coffee. 8.30am. Drive to Lowestoffe. Follow our group leaders and self-drive to Lowestoffe farm. One group will head to the dams, and the other to the clay pigeon shooting area. Instructors will be on hand for both groups. 10am. to ± 12pm. Fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting. Mid-morning refreshments of iced tea, homemade ginger-beer and lemonade with homemade shortbread will be available for both groups. 12.30pm. Picnic Lunch. We all meet at a central location on the farm for a delicious picnic lunch. Home-made seed bread and ciabatta, Smoked trout pâté, trout gravlax, cheese and preserves, aioli chicken, cold meats and salad and a soft drink. 2pm. to ± 4pm. Fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting. The morning fishers go shooting in the afternoon and the morning shooters go fly-fishing. Afternoon refreshments of iced tea, homemade ginger-beer and lemonade with homemade shortbread will be available for both groups. 4.30pm. Drive to the Edge. We leave the farms to drive back to The Edge where you have some time to rest and refresh before the evening’s entertainment. 7pm. Whiskey tasting. A quick snack of a Yorkshire pudding with trout and a home-made mustard mayonnaise to line your tummy before we attempt a formal tasting of 6 whiskeys, both international and South African, conducted by Gregg Thompson from Distell. 8pm. Dinner. Starter: Guinea fowl with Gruyere gnocchi and micro greens. Main: Sesame crusted trout fillet marinated in whiskey served with a lemon buerre blanc and pancetta lentils. Dessert: Hogsback berries flambéed in whiskey served with a panna cotta and an almond crisp with thick jersey cream. 10pm. Retire to your cottage or enjoy a few drinks at our cosy bar. SUNDAY 8.30am. to 9.30am. Breakfast. Fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, muesli, pastries, homemade breads, cheeses. Poaches eggs with bacon, trout and creamed spinach served on French toast. Tea and coffee. 10.30am. for 11am. Farewell presentation. This will include a slide show of the weekend’s activities, a brief feedback chat, and an introduction of an upcoming event. A DVD with pictures of the weekend will also be on sale. Before leaving each guest will be given a token goodie bag to take home. 12pm. Depart. Before making their way home, guests are welcome to spend the rest of the day: exploring Hogsback’s walks, waterfalls, art and crafts horse-riding on Lowestoffe visiting a few of the beautiful Hogsback gardens and nurseries. Price: R1800.00 per person (excluding accommodation) A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking for the weekend. Please book on 082 6035 246 or 045-9621159, or e-mail [email protected] Please use these details for any queries you may have. The weekend package will include: A tasting of 6 South African and International whiskeys. Friday evening 3 course dinner Saturday morning breakfast. 2 hours of trout fishing on a catch and release basis, and clay pigeon shooting (6 per person), OR horse riding. Morning and afternoon refreshments Packed Picnic lunch. A tasting of 6 South African and International whiskeys. Saturday evening 4 course dinner. Sunday morning breakfast Farewell goodie bag. Not included in the package: Accommodation Bar beverages. To be a part of the weekend’s activities all guests must stay at The Edge Mountain Retreat or Lowestoffe Country Lodge. Accommodation in various cottages on the farm is between 10 and 20 kms from Hogsback. Please remember that all meals are at The Edge in Hogsback. For accommodation reservations please contact the establishments directly: The Edge Mountain Retreat www.theedge-hogsback.co.za [email protected] 082 5545 337 045-9621159 Lowestoffe Country Lodge www.lowestoffecountrylodge.co.za [email protected] 083 651 9224 045-843 2357 There are various accommodation options at The Edge and Lowestoffe. At Lowestoffe: Self-catering cottages from R500 per couple per night sharing. At The Edge: Self-catering cottages. Prices per couple per night: R500, R600, R700, R800, R1000, R1400 Non self-catering, en-suite garden rooms with own entrance. Price per couple per night R550. Single R300. Welcome to a novel weekend of fun and adventure! Terms and Conditions apply.