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Life’s a Picnic

Life’s a Picnic

Autumn is a showstopper of a season. There is some warmth in the sun still, and it's a perfect time of year for a picnic, a lovely, long walk in the park, or a drive out of town to see the autumn colours. The beautiful sight of changing leaf colours, with trees and shrubs taking on shades of yellow, orange, red, purple and brown, is phenomenal. If you haven't spoilt yourself in this way before, now is the time to pack your picnic basket filled with Château Gâteaux goodies and go in search of those beautiful autumnal colours.


We delved into where to visit to enjoy an autumn spectacle and have answers about what treats to pack to make the most of your day.


Let's start with the amazing Freedom Park in Pretoria. This stunning site celebrates our heritage and our country's freedom since 1994. The grounds of Freedom Park are made up of magnificent indigenous bush, a great picnic area and a beautiful commemorative amphitheatre which the whole family will love. Freedom Day takes place on April 27, and maybe this is an ideal day (but any day is good, dear peeps) on which to tumble the kids into the car and head off for your adventure. Stop off at a Château Gâteaux store to pick up a selection of our Mini Creations on the way. Our range is so deliciously tasty that something will suit each family member – Apple Crumble Tart, Cookies & Cream, Boston Brownie, Double Decker (and plenty more to choose from). There is a fabulous museum at the entrance to the park, but you need to make your way up the hill afterwards to see the breathtaking autumn colours and views over Pretoria.

Chocolate Volcano


Do you know why leaves change colour when the weather starts cooling down? It's a fascinating story. All leaves are green, and this is a pigment known as chlorophyll which enables plants to use sunlight to produce nutrients in the form of sugars. Two other pigments exist in leaves masked by the chlorophyll – carotenoids that produce yellow, orange and brown colours and anthocyanin that produces purple and gives colour to wonderful things like grapes, blueberries, cherries, strawberries and plums. You can heap all these beautiful fruits onto our gorgeous Chocolate Nostalgia Cake to give it your own twist and flavour, or try them on our Red Velvet Baked Cheesecake for a special occasion. Yummmm.


Back to changing colours. As daylight hours shorten and temperatures drop in autumn, leaf veins are gradually closed off by a layer of developing cork cells. During this time, the amount of chlorophyll (green) in the leaf decreases, unmasking the beautiful yellows and reds hidden during the summer months.


We know you are a picnic expert and that you've made use of ordering from our online store to keep your favourite Daily Delights and Celebration Creations from Château Gâteaux frozen and ready for your next outing. Remember that if you're planning a romantic picnic for two, you can indulge in a 4 Chocolate Variety Pack, remove the slices you want, and off you go.


Explore the beautiful Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens outside Johannesburg for unforgettable foliage, keeping an eye out for the spectacular show put on by the city's pin oaks. The vineyards of the Cape Winelands show off rows and rows of gorgeous autumn shades, not to mention a visit to Kirstenbosch and Groot Constantia.


Our cake lovers in KwaZulu-Natal are lucky enough to picnic in their short-sleeves during the autumn months, as their warm weather continues day after warm and lovely day. No wonder so many who live on the highveld make their way down to Durbs by the Sea for their last taste of summer. On the way, however, autumn shows its beauty in stretches of pink and mauve cosmos, and the autumn colours of the Valley of 1000 Hills shift and sway in the wind as you drive by. Pop into our newly revamped Liberty Midlands Mall store to tuck a Caramel Mozart into your cooler bag for a gorgeous picnic in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. Majestic all round!!


Keep warm and cosy this autumn dear reader, enjoy your picnics, but if you choose to rather curl up on the couch with a good book, make a frothy coffee using our Café LoMar Coffee Beans, warm up a Chocolate Volcano, and add a dollop of cream on the side. Delish!

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