Something different for mother’s day

12 Mei 2017

Mother’s Day is the one day that you can go above and beyond to spoil the most dearest lady in your life, just to show how much you appreciate everything she so unselfishly does for you.

We are sharing some awesome and a bit different ideas to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.

 

Zip through the Skies on a NAC Cape Point Helicopter Ride

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Be the reason for your Mom’s brightest smile this Mother’s Day by treating her to a flight with NAC Helicopters. Watch the smile on her face broaden as you fly over the picturesque Mother City on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. NAC Helicopters is located at the V&A Waterfront and operates all year round. Make sure you book in advance and that you arrive 20 minutes before your flight. Rides are priced from R1080p/p to R2150p/p and the flights are 45 minutes to 60 minutes long. The journey takes you over the Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island continuing all the way to Atlantic coast, the suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, flying over the harbour town of Hout Bay and along the side of Chapman’s Peak Drive then passes over the long, white stretch of Noordhoek beach all the way to Cape Point before returning and giving you a glimpse of Table Mountain and the city bowl on the way back.

Bask in Stellar Views on a Para Taxi Paragliding Excursion

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Share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your Mom on a Para Taxi paragliding flight  and treasure the moment forever. Take a flight from Lion’s Head and enjoy the scenery of the Atlantic coast and Robben Island from the sky. A qualified tandem master will be with you every step of the way to make sure you enjoy the experience and are safe. Prices range from R1300 for a 30-minute flight, and having mom with you will only make it all the more special.

Take a Stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden welcomes visitors with its natural floral scent and unique views of Table Mountain and the surrounding flora. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway before making your way to Moyo restaurant. Celebrate and spoil your special Mom with an unforgettable buffet lunch accompanied by live entertainment. The delectable meal is priced at R315 per adult and R185 for kids between four and 12 years and free of charge for kids under the age of four. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast.

Rediscover Cape Town with a Historical Walking Tour through the CBD

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Connect with Mom as you walk through the beautiful city of Cape Town. For those on a tight budget, these free walking tours through either the city centre, Bo-Kaap or District Six is the perfect option. The guided tours start at Green Market Square and takes you passed iconic landmarks, such as St George’s Cathedral, The Parliament and the President’s House, The Castle of Good Hope and The Slave Lodge, The Company’s Gardens.You will  have a beautiful and clear view of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devils Peak as you stroll through our lovely city. Complete your tour with a lovely lunch at the Company’s Garden Restaurant, where good food is offered at an affordable cost.

Go Wine Tasting and Lunching in the Winelands

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Located in the beautiful Tygerberg Hills is De Grendel wine estate where guests are encouraged to sample different wines as they take in the breathtaking view of Table Mountain. Start your Mother’s Day with a  glass  of JC Le Roux, Brut Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, La Vallée and La Vallée Rosé and seal the day with a mixed tasting of MCC and sparkling wines. Lunch will be offered at the Le Venue restaurant and mom will have to choose between Moroccan chicken salad or refreshing salmon and leek tartlet, followed by pan-fried line fish or chargrilled sirloin steak for mains. There will be dessert selections of white chocolate and almond cheesecake, served with La Vallée Rosé pears and mixed berry compote, or the vanilla pod crème brûlée with marinated pineapple and pistachio and biscotti crumble. It’s advisable to book beforehand which means mom will receive a complimentary sweet treat.

Your options are endless, you just need to be a bit creative.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Credit: Cape Town Magizine

A guide to Mother City eateries with refreshing ocean vistas and menus to match

Sun-drenched decks, glistening crystal waves and moreish morsels to munch on are as good a summer concoction as any bright-hued cooling cocktail. In Cape Town, we are spoilt for choice with a vast array of outdoor restaurants with spectacular sea views. From those that boast sweeping panoramic vistas of our naturally beautiful coastline to those located right on the beach but metres away from lapping ocean waves, there are a whole host of seaside eateries ideal for drinking in the good life. Here’s a selection of beachside dining spots where those in the know choose to go.

Azure Restaurant
From its kingly throne on the hilly slopes of Table Mountain National Park, Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel claims a view to rule all views. The fine dining eatery boasts a vast veranda that appears to levitate above the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, and even if you’re forced to sup inside amidst the plush furnishings, you’ll enjoy a floor-to-ceiling vista of the watery depths beyond and the atomic sunsets that draw the day to a close. Not to mention, the restaurant’s chef is passionate about conjuring up creative fare that’s on par with the panorama, so you can rest assured that your meal will be as memorable as the dramatic setting. Azure is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.


Opening Times:
Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30am (breakfast); 12:30pm – 3:30pm (lunch); 6pm – 10pm (dinner)
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 9029

Blowfish Restaurant
Perched above the dunes just beyond the kitesurf mecca of Dolphin Beach, Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg treats diners to a vista that stretches from the shimmering Atlantic’s shoreline on the West Coast all the way to the rounded hump of Lion’s Head and the plateau of Table Mountain. From nearly any seat in the laidback, family-friendly eatery, guests can gaze out over the bay and drink in the stunning scenery while tucking into fresh seafood, sushi or rustic bistro fare. The food, like the ambience, puts on no airs and graces and, rather, is dependent on generous portions and good produce that’s been prepared well. So, whether you park at the sushi conveyor belt, settle in for shellfish on the covered outdoor deck or chill out with a cocktail or cold beer in the loungy section of the restaurant, you’ll find something to suit your palate and style. And as the longtime eatery’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can accompany your meal with occasional ocean glimpses at any time of day.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 10pm
1 Marine Drive | Blouberg | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 556 5464

Strolla Restaurant and Bar
This seaside eatery is seasoned restaurateur Brendon Woods’ third establishment on Sea Point’s Platinum Mile. The 140-seater venue boasts a classic menu that features items like pizzas, burgers, steak, chicken, soups and more. One of the restaurant’s most impressive feats is its ability to cater for any kind of dining arrangements. There’s a sun deck for those wanting to enjoy cocktails while soaking in views of the cool Atlantic, a kitted-out kids’ room for parents who want to grab something to eat while their little ones have a good time too, and there’s even a section with plug points where patrons wanting to catch up on emails (there’s free Wi-Fi too) can do so with ease. In addition, there’s the outdoor Strolla Kiosk which features specialty coffee from the folks at Bootleggers for a quick caffeine fix on the go. All this adds up beautifully to make it a prime one-stop shop for any kind of foodie experience.
strolla restaurant and bar
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 430 7778

Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Cape Town
Enjoy world-class cuisine with an ocean view to match at this relaxed fine dining eatery. Situated in key position at Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, five-star hotel Radisson Blu’s flagship restaurant, Tobago’s, is well worth the visit. Settle in on the expansive terrace right at the water’s edge and enjoy the slight tingle of salty sea breezes dancing across your skin, or tuck in indoors on cooler days with the splendid  vista beautifully framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu’s array of delicious seasonal dishes is as fresh as the surrounding ocean and can be washed down with a number of refreshing cocktails (the Sweet Melon Margarita and Tanqueray Mojito are popular favourites).


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday:  Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am; Lunch: 12:30am – 3:30pm; Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel | V&A Waterfront | Beach Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 441 3414

Restaurants at the V&A Waterfront
One of Cape Town’s most popular tourist destinations, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the ideal setting for water-edge dining. Breathtaking views of the harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and, of course, Cape Town’s landmark Table Mountain complement varied first-class menus from numerous restaurants looking to take full advantage of the incredible panoramas. Here is a choice selection:

  • Sevruga for half-price sushi, dim sum and cocktails (Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 7pm | Sunday: 11:30am – close)
  • Karibu for authentic South African cuisine
  • Quay Four for fresh seafood
  • Den Anker for international delicacies with a South African twist

The Grand Café and Beach (Granger Bay)
Is there anything more alluring than the thought of wiggling your toes in the white sand of your own pristine private beach with cooling cocktail in hand? Though a sensation normally destined only for the rich and famous, and a fantasy usually confined to the realm of doe-eyed daydreamers, the Grand Café in Granger Bay (just adjacent to the V&A Waterfront) has made this a reality for locals and foreigners alike. The shabby-chic restaurant is housed inside an old converted warehouse and, in summer, picnic tables and dining chairs spill out onto its very own strip of sand only metres away from the cool Atlantic waters. Unrivalled panoramic sea vistas are the perfect complement to a delectable dining experience, with the menu featuring anything from fresh salads to mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – late (Dec – Feb);Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm ­- late; Sunday: 12pm – 4pm (March – November)
Granger Bay Road | Granger Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0551

Sotano by Caveau
With a sweeping view of the Mouille Point promenade as one of its main drawcards and the iconic candy stripe lighthouse as its beacon, Sotano is the ideal spot to drop anchor and disembark for a culinary adventure through the tantalising tastes of the Mediterranean. Let your taste buds explore a delicious selection of starters and mains (think fresh flatbreads, grilled calamari and beef tartare), while your eyes traverse the beautiful sea view before you. The name ‘Sotano’ means ‘cellar’ in Spanish and this theme is pulled through in the wood-dominated décor and neutral colour palette of the casual and comfortable eatery as well as in the extensive wine list. Pop in for a quick bite to eat with friends and let the mouth-watering food do the talking while you take in the dazzling sunset, glass of red or white in hand.


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10:30pm
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | City Bowl | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 433 1757

Thorfynn’s Restaurant
Nestled in a Milkwood forest and part of Noordhoek’s Monkey Valley Nature Resort, Thorfynn’s boasts an upstairs deck that skims the tree tops and offers a sweeping vista of unspoilt coastline from Chapman’s Peak to Kommetjie. The relaxed venue is steeped in country-style charm and serves up a tantalising assortment of homecooked meals, such as wood-fired pizzas and burgers, as well as a number of vegetarian options and a regular weekend brunch buffet. A welcome retreat from the buzz of the city, Thorfynn’s is the ideal nook for friends and families (there’s also a kiddies’ menu) alike.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 7am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 11pm
Mountain Road | Monkey Valley Beach Resort | Noordhoek | Cape Town| +27 (0) 21 789 1391

Café Caprice
Perched on Camps Bay’s famous seaside strip, this trendy Cape Town institution flaunts views of the glittering Atlantic Ocean and the butter-yellow beach sand that runs up to it, and as it features an outdoor sidewalk seating zone, it’s possible to enjoy this vista while sitting under open skies. Though most well-known for its award-winning cocktails, Café Caprice also puts ample effort into its fare, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and winning flavour combinations. The eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and must-try items include the roast butternut and beetroot salad with feta and toasted pumpkin seeds; the deboned, free-range chicken espetada, which is coated in a chilli, garlic and rosemary marinade; and the succulent Royal Burger, which is stacked with streaky bacon, cheese, fresh chilli and beer-battered onion rings. In essence, there are few sexier places to dine when you’re craving the scent of the sea and the feel of the sun on your skin.


Opening Times:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 2am
37 Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 438 8315

Mezepoli
Transport yourself to a sun soaked Greek Island, the Mediterranean waves seductively lapping at your feet as the sand caresses the soft skin between your toes. The view from this international tapas bar may be of the Atlantic Ocean and the atmosphere the hustle and bustle of Camps Bay’s buzzing seaside strip but close your eyes and take a bite of its fresh Mediterranean fare and you’ll immediately be transported to a sun-soaked Greek island. Mezepoli is a swanky and sophisticated meze and wine bar, inspired by but not limited to Greek-style food. The emphasis is on serving Hellenic classics such as dolmades, hummus and spanikopita with a modern flair. Meze is all about sharing so grab a friend (or five) and sink into the lounge style seating to savour a Mediterranean feel against a truly unique local seaside backdrop.


Opening Times: Monday –Sunday: 12pm – midnight
The Promenade | Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 438 1915

Wharfside Grill Restaurant at Mariner’s Wharf
Rub shoulders with gung-ho fishermen at Africa’s first harbourfront emporium, Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay. Situated upstairs is the celebrated Wharfside Grill Restaurant offering a wide selection of seafood options, including, amongst others, calamari, prawns, kingklip and sole. Sit outside on the deck to take in the expansive view overlooking Hout Bay’s harbour, or for a more intimate dining experience, choose one of the private dining cabins named after famous ships that once frequented the Cape. For those wanting an authentic seaside experience, the Wharfette Bistro downstairs offers tasty takeaway finger fare pulled fresh from the surrounding ocean  that can be eaten right on the beach while watching the fishermen bring in their catch and seals playfully duck in and out of the tranquil waters.
Opening Times: Wharfside Grill: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 9:15pm; Wharfette Bistro: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5:30pm
Mariner’s Wharf |Hout Bay Harbour | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 790 1100

Blue Water Café
Looking for a great outing the whole family will enjoy with a beautiful sea view to boot? Then look no further: Blue Water Café on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the perfect answer. A back veranda (or ‘stoep’ as South Africans say) opens onto a lush green lawn that leads the eye to a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a jungle gym on-site and kiddies’ parties can also be booked in advance, leaving grown-ups free to relax and dine while the little ones are entertained. Other activities on offer in the complex include camel rides and a visit to the neighbouring Higgeldy Piggeldy Animal Farm or the Snake Park for the more daring.
Opening Times:Tuesday:  9am – 5pm; Wednesday – Saturday:  9am – 10pm; Sunday:  9am – 8pm
Imhoff Farm| Kommetjie Road |Kommetjie | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 783 2007

Two Oceans Restaurant
Situated at Cape Point, the narrow stretch of land that marks the most southwesterly tip of Africa, the Two Oceans Restaurant sits amidst a flurry of  fynbos crowning the  sheer cliffs of what has been known by sailors for centuries as the Cape of Storms. Owing to extensive renovations made in July 2012, the ‘storm’ has been brought into the kitchen with Head Chef Phil Alcock and Thai Sushi Chef Sarawut Sukkowplang cooking up a mouth-watering selection of fresh fare. Indulge in an assortment of inventive individual rolls from the chic new sushi bar or treat yourself to the signature seafood platter or ostrich burger and savour it alongside one of the Cape’s most exquisite, edge-of-the-world views of the ocean. The eatery’s innovative new design has created a stylish space as inspired by the expansive South African sea view as the menu is.


Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Cape Point Peninsula | +27 (0) 21 780 9200

The Salty Sea Dog
Established in 1925 as a fish market, this popular Simon’s Town fish and chips joint has stayed true to its original purpose by serving up simple and honest seafood caught fresh from the adjacent ocean. Located at the harbour, the laidback eatery is a model spot to enjoy the accompanying taste of tomato sauce and tingle of vinegar while watching the boats come and go. On clear summer days when the weather is fine and the food even finer, take your meal outside on the protected patio and languish in the sun, or when the sea breeze is chilly, keep warm inside the rustic but endearing restaurant. With cold beer on tap and only the freshest seafood on offer, The Salty Sea Dog promises an authentic seaside experience.
Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday: 8:30am – 9pm; Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
2 Wharf St  
| Simon’s Town  | Cape Town  | +27 (0) 21 786 1918

Harbour House Restaurant and The Polana
Built right on the breakwater of Kalk Bay’s picturesque working harbour, Harbour House Restaurant not only boasts unparalleled ocean views as an  accompaniment to excellent meals but also regularly flaunts the spectacular sights and sounds of waves crashing against its large wall-length windows. This stylish upstairs establishment offers fine dining in a relaxed environment with a focus on international cuisine with prominent Mediterranean and French influences. Fresh line fish is brought in daily by their own fishing boat, Live Bait. Those who prefer meatier meals and the comforting feel of terra firma can also head downstairs to The Polana to recline on leather sofas while enjoying a selection of tasty tapas and refreshing cocktails.


Opening Times:Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 4pm; 6pm – 10pm
Kalk Bay Harbour | Main Road | Kalk Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 788 4133

Octopus’ Garden
This quirky, colourful False Bay eatery near Muizenberg draws its name from the popular Beatles song with the well-known lyrics: “I’d like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden with you”. While it may not be under the sea, the charming café is a mere pebble’s throw away from it and features splendid views of the iconic St James bathing huts punctuating an endless blue backdrop with spots of bright colour. Love is a central theme pulled throughout both the restaurant’s design and its delicacies; thus, while taking in the eatery’s eclectic décor and assortment of odds and ends, you can choose from a selection of erotically-named menu items, such as the Organic Orgy Wrap and the Orgasmic Brownies.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 9:30am – late
The Old Post Office Building
| Main Road | St James | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 788 5646 

Maestro’s on the Beach
Feel the fresh sea breeze on your skin and the sun on your face as you dine on the large deck of this beachside restaurant in Woodbridge Island, Milnerton. Traditional Italian cuisine with a South African twist is the order of the day, and can be enjoyed alongside scintillating 180-degree views of Cape Town’s unravelling coastline. In cooler weather, there is also ample seating indoors where floor-to-ceiling windows help to maximise the incredible vistas. Whether you choose to sit indoors or out, this eatery prides itself on providing a splendid sea view from every seat.
Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 11pm; Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 11pm
Bridge Road | Woodbridge Island | Milnerton | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 551 4992

On the Rocks
Whether it’s your big day, Christmas lunch with the family or a brunch with friends after a morning of running and cycling along Blouberg’s picturesque coastline, On the Rocks has much to offer in the way of delectable seafood and other fine cuisine, including the authentic Cape Malay Curry (with seafood or chicken) the Open Saffron Crayfish and Prawn Ravioli and Patagonis calamari tubes. Its terraced seating area with a view of Table Mountain and Robben Island is an added bonus and great for summer sundowners.  The Venetian fire place is also a warm accompaniment to fine dining during the Cape winter. On the Rocks is sure to live up to its reputation of providing a pleasant dining experience.Opening Times: Mon – Sun: 09am – 10pm
45 Stadler Road |Bloubergstrand |Cape Town | + 27 (0) 21 554 1988    

Café Orca
This beachfront cottage-styled restaurant situated on Cape Town’s West Coast area of Melkbosstrand is an all-time favourite among Capetonians and visitors alike. Café Orca has been in existence for 18 years and offers a very wide variety of locally sourced food. Its menu offers a vast array of seafood, in addition to meat and salads. Why not try the creamy garlic mussel starter with the beef medallion as a main. The Moroccan line fish is also a very tasty option; you are guaranteed to enjoy whatever you choose from Café Orca’s extensive menu while enjoying a panoramic view of Melkbosstrand’s Atlantic coast.


Opening Times: Mon: Closed | Tues: 12pm – 15:30pm & 6pm – 9pm | Wed – Sat: 11:30am – 3:30pm | Sun: 11am – 3:30pm
88 Beach Road | Melkbosstrand | Cape Town | + 27 (0)21 553 4120

Gaaitjie
Do not be deceived by this very unassuming 70-year-old fisherman’s cottage. Its rustic appeal and Asian-infused menu provide its patrons with the idyllic escape from the mundane hum-drum of city dining. All of its produce is locally sourced to provide diners with a fresh and delectable meal, rendering this an unforgettable dining experience. Reservations are essential to have a meal at Paternoster’s hidden gem.

Opening Times: Mon: 1pm – 3:30pm | Tues & Wed: Closed | Thurs: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm | Sat: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm | Sun: 1pm – 3:30pm/6pm – 9pm
Off Sampson Street | Paternoster | Western Cape | + 27 (0)22 752 2242 | reservations@gaaitjie.co.za

Harbour Rock
Known to regulars simply as “The Rock”, Harbour Rock is a very popular dining spot among local and foreign tourists in the Western Cape’s bustling seaside town of Hermanus. Situated atop a cliff that spoils diners with a splendid view of the Hermanus harbour “The Rock” is the perfect venue for your dining experience. Try one of its many succulent dishes, such as the line fish with tomato dressing, gremolata, tapenade and baby marrow. There is plenty from which to choose.

Opening Times: 09am – 11am (breakfast) | 12:30pm – 3:00pm (lunch)| 6:30pm – 10:30pm (dinner)New Harbour | Hermanus | +27 (0)28 312 2920 | harbourrock@hermanus.co.za | www.harbourrock.co.za

We had a great training day with old and new staff.

Everyone learned more about cooking and kitchen hygiene and safety.

Getting ready for our Summer season!

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What have we learned?

Food hygiene is the action taken to ensure that food is handled, stored, prepared and served in such a way, and under such conditions, as to prevent – as far as possible – the contamination of food. Food hygiene means keeping premises, staff and equipment clean and handling and storing food safely.

Personal hygiene: food safety tips. It is vital that good standards of personal hygiene are maintained by food handlers. Contaminated hands will spread bacteria around a kitchen very quickly. To prevent cross contamination of food it is essential to wash your hands frequently.

Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 7 to Sunday, 9 October 2016.

#Pickoftheweek: A Steady Rain: 4 – 29 October

Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain is taking the stage at The Fugard Theatre this week. The gripping drama, starring Fleur du Cap nominees Brent Palmer (The Kingmakers) and Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park), follows the tale of two Chicago police officers with dark secrets and destructive habits.

Get your dose of drama at The Fugard Theatre.

 

2. HogtoberFest: 8 October
It’s the month of beer fests all over the world and HogtoberFest is the best place to start the season in Cape Town. The Hoghouse Brewing Company is setting up a sensational street food fest with tons of booze, smoky pork dishes and lawn games for the more competitive beer-lovers.

Drink, be merry and pig out at Spier Wine Farm.

3. Hobby-X Craft Expo: 7 – 9 October
Do you love DIY crafts and artsy activities? Get your fix at this creative craft expo and learn all about knitting, glass art, jewellery-making and more! Sign up for some of the interesting workshops that cover a multitude of crafting techniques and discover new hobbies that suit your fancy.

Get crafty at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

4. Unplugged62 Festival: 7 – 9 October
Spend your weekend in the wilderness at this relaxing music festival and camping experience in Barrydale. Unplugged62 has got a killer line-up this year that includes Manouche, Nomadic Orchestra, Majozi and plenty of the country’s finest musicians. Foodies can also enjoy a traditional Karoo feast paired with wine on the stunning Joubert-Tradauw farm.

Unplug yourself from the stress of the city and spend a weekend at the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards.

5. Smile Day at Ratanga Junction: 8 October
Operation Smile is hosting its annual smile day fundraiser at Ratanga Junction this year and everyone is invited to join the fun. The organisation aims to raise funds to provide cleft lip or pallet surgery to children who suffer from this affliction, so bring along everyone you know for a thrilling day at the wildest place in Africa.

Change a child’s life at Ratanga Junction this weekend.

6. Pinotage Celebration at Wellington Wines: 8 October
International Pinotage Day is upon us and Wellington Wines is celebrating it in the best possible way. Vino-lovers will be treated to a day of wine tasting, gourmet treats and an eclectic market that sells a variety of Pinotage-inspired products. If you’re a fitness nut who loves a glass of red after a workout, sign up for the Pinotage pilates class and swap your dumbbells for a bottle of wine.

Have a luxurious day of Pinotage and pampering at the Wellington Wines Tasting Room.

7. Matchem Stakes at Durbanville Racecourse: 9 October
Get your bookie on the phone – it’s horse racing season in the Western Cape and this equine extravaganza promises a day of nail biting races. When you’re not viewing the intense races, enjoy a delicious meal and a cool craft beer at the food stalls while the kids run about in the play area.

Head down to the Durbanville Racecourse for a display of equestrian excellence.

 

kirstenbosch

The only place to be on Sunday evening…

Great news! The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2016/17 lineup has just been announced, with concerts kicking off in November. As usual, the magnificent gardens provide the backdrop for these open-air gigs – the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s also a fantastic picnic location, so bring along a blanket and a hamper of goodies.

THE LINE-UP

Artist Date Price
Jimmy Nevis 20 November 2016 R165
Jah Prayzah and the 3rd Generation Band 27 November 2016 R165
Beatenberg / Opposite The Other 4 December 2016 R165
The Parlotones / Richard Stirton 11 December 2016 R190
Christmas Carols 15,16,17,18 December 2016
Prime Circle 26 December 2016 R165
Johnny Clegg / Slow Jack 31 December 2016 R375
Mango Groove 1 January 2017 R165
Zonke 8 January 2017 R190
Matthew Mole / Jesse Clegg 15 January 2017 R165
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra 22 January 2017 R165
Lira 29 January 2017 R165
Jeremy Loops 5 February 2017 R165
Dan Patlansky 12 February 2017 R125
Goldfish 19 February 2017 R190
The Soil 26 February 2017 R165
Karen Zoid & Francois van Coke 5 March 2017 R165
Cape Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival 12 March 2017 R165
Mi Casa 19 March 2017 R165
Just Jinger 21 March 2017 R165
Bobby & Karlien van Jaarsveld 26 March 2017 R165
Shortstraw / Al Bairre 2 April 2017 R125

Gates normally open at 4pm, and concerts start from 5.30pm to 7pm.

As always, tickets for all the concerts will be available online and at the gate on the day, depending on availability. Physical tickets will be on sale from the Tuesday before the concert at the Kirstenbosch Box Office. Come rain or shine, the concerts will go ahead.

 

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