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Hilary Biller succeeds in her quest to find proper, additive-free yoghurt

It all started when I was 12. I spent a year on my aunt’s dairy farm in Montagu in the Western Cape. I knew, then, that one day I would love to make cheese,” said Hester Hoogendijk.

We were standing in the small Hijke Cheese factory on the family’s Doornkraal farm, 20km from OR Tambo International Airport.

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Great feedback

Hi there

I don’t think I have ever written to a food manufacturer before, but after tasting your yoghurt, I couldn’t not get in touch. I hadn’t seen the Hijke brand before I went into the Spar near my office in Greenpoint, Cape Town on Tuesday. I was attracted first by the packaging, and then converted by the philosophy and ingredients. Being low fat was an added bonus. I bought Vanilla, Raspberry and Strawberry.

I had Vanilla yesterday and, without sounding too dramatic, I almost wept. It is without doubt the best yoghurt I have ever tasted. I knew I was in for something special when I saw the beautiful flecks of vanilla seeds in the pot, but the taste far exceeded expectation. After finishing the yoghurt, I proceeded to walk around my office with the empty tub telling anyone who would listen that I had indeed tasted the best yoghurt ever. Raspberry has been this morning’s breakfast, which was just as good, and I’m looking forward to having Strawberry tomorow morning (or maybe even this afternoon).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what an incredible thing you have produced - you have a lifetime fan.

Kind regards,



The SA Cheese Festival which has become synonymous with superb and daring culinary experiences is once again scheduled to provide foodies from all over with a respite from the rush of life in the city from 24 to 27 April 2009.

Cheese lovers will be able to enjoy old favourites, while being wooed by adventurously new dairy and related products in the rustic setting provided by the shady quarters of Bien Donné farm between Paarl and Franschhoek. The festival once again promises to provide exceptional entertainment for the whole family with a variety of cooking demonstrations, tastings and leisurely hours spent shopping in a market atmosphere.

To ensure your entry to this favourite event, tickets will have to be purchased beforehand at Computicket and Checkers stores. NO TICKETS AT THE GATES! Tickets for adults on Friday or Monday cost R85 per person and on Saturday or Sunday R110. Children 12 years and younger enter for free and senior citizens pay R65 for entry on any day of the festival.