The word braaivleis (English /ˈbraɪfleɪs/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbrɑːifləis]) is Afrikaans for grilled meat. The word braai (plural braais) is Afrikaans for barbecue or grill and is a social custom in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi.
Get a bunch of Cruisers in the same anchorage and you know what happens? Someone organizes a gathering. Some call it a Potluck, some call it a Bar-B-Q, someone from South Africa called it a Braai (pronounced “Bry”).
Word spreads quickly. The standard is to bring a meat to cook on the grille and a dish to share, along with your own drinks. We always bring a collapsible table that is always popular to put side dishes on. Others have grilles they set up for all to use.
You can meet new Cruisers. Hook up with those you’ve met once or twice before. Enjoy old friends. Talk with Cruisers from all over the world. Hear about where they come from and where they’ve travelled. Sometimes there’s music.
Enjoy the dish you brought. Try new dishes others have made. There’s always a variety of foods to try. Some dishes are exotic, others simple. One time someone brought popcorn (must have been time to go shopping.)
It’s never quite the same, but it’s always enjoyable. It’s one of our favorite passtimes.