This Saturday 14 February is Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady.Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
In South Africa ‘lovers’ like to eat out during Valentine’s Day. And yes, Stanford Harvest has a surprise Valentine Menu (next to a la carte). This 3 course menu has an Asian theme and cost R 150.00 pp. And as usual: fresh from the land on the table. You are Welcome!
Booking is advised (083-4098126).