In celebration of the year Bartholomeus Klip opened its doors, we have reduced our room rates, now from R1997 per night per person sharing. An early winter special, running from 1 April to 30 June, which includes all meals and activities: brunch, high tea, dinner as well as guided drives in the Elandsberg Nature Reserve and endless hiking and cycling possibilities. SA Residents, Direct Bookings Only. Check availability and book online: https://goo.gl/PC7DFz
Beautiful Paarl Winelands Destination, the Spice Route will warm up winter appetites with its debut Brrrrew Event offering a ‘delicious’ line-up of gourmet burgers, craft beer and live entertainment on Friday 26 May.
Partnering with 2017 KLINK Awards Best Winelands Burger restaurant finalist, Barley and Biltong Emporium, and leading craft beer producer, Cape Brewing Company (CBC), the Brrrrew Event will kick off with exciting sensory experiences for food, beer and weekend lovers alike. Brrrrew Events will take place on the last Friday of every month (after payday!).
The Spice Route Destination took top honours at the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards (Mayoral Tourism Awards) that recently took place in Wellington, in the Western Cape. The Destination clinched the Tourism Business of the Year Award at the prestigious provincial event. All the more reason to experience the Destination’s warm hospitality!
Aside from prancing out of the office after a long work week, May month’s Brrrrew Event guests can look forward to a limited edition flavoured CBC beer on arrival, followed by an exclusive CBC brewery tour with masterbrewer, Wolfgang Koedel. Next, a four-course meal and CBC beer pairing are on the cards alongside live music by Richard Brokensha at Barley and Biltong Emporium. Guests will also get a chance to shake hands with Wolgang Koedel and Barley and Biltong Emporium chef, Philip Pretorius. Additional drinks and kiddies menu will be available at restaurant prices.
BRRREW EVENT DETAILS:
Venue: The Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Date: Friday 26 May
Time: 18h30 to 22:00
Tickets: R295 per person (includes welcome drink, brewery tour, four-course meal and beer pairing).
Bookings are limited and can be made at 021 863 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t miss out on sampling some of SA’s finest Shiraz wines at this year’s Shiraz & Charcuterie at Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek on Saturday, 27 May (12pm to 5pm). A selection of delicious charcuterie accompanying the Shiraz means the event is guaranteed to be a culinary match made in heaven.
This is the perfect opportunity to taste Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s range of Shiraz wines, which include the Anthonij Rupert Syrah, the Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Shiraz and Protea Shiraz. The Protea Shiraz adds that extra allure with its eye catching indigenous floral inspired bottle – ready for upcycling! Joining these wines will be a selection of our country’s finest Syrahs paired with tasty charcuterie and other delicious artisanal fare.
Ideally suited to the colder months, savour your glass of Shiraz with one of the hearty winter inspired dishes on offer. Drawing inspiration from the Rhône Valley food choices include a traditional French Onion Soup, and homemade Saucisson served with braised Cannellini Beans. The popular Olive Bar with a selection of the finest artisanal olives to choose from adds that extra touch to the quintessence of a classic food and wine pairing taste sensation.
Pre-booking is essential as tickets are limited. Your tickets, which cost R220 per person, includes entry as well as tastings of the wines on show. Book directly via www.webtickets.co.za.
For more information contact the event organisers, DnA Event Management on email@example.com or 084 207 3820.
Every Saturday in May: 6, 13, 20, 27 | Re-connect with the alluring history of the Cape this winter by joining Delheim, the renowned Stellenbosch wine estate, for its special Cape Malay lunches in May. Known for its spice and warmth, the Cape Malay dishes will be the perfect foil for the cold winter days that lie ahead.
The exclusive Cape Malay menu will spice things up every Saturday in May: the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – and bookings are now open.
“Cape Malay cuisine is such an important part of the Western Cape culture,” says Delheim chef Bruce von Pressentin. “It reaches into a history that is tied to wonderfully descriptive language, and its traditions of food, conviviality and hospitality that have been passed down for many years are often overlooked.
“Without it, we would not have the vibrant and diverse food culture that we have. Our Cape Malay menu is a celebration of these aromatic, heart-warming dishes.”
The journey along this spice route begins with crispy samosas of beef and vegetable; moreish lamb half-moons, and sumptuous curried yellow tail or as it is more affectionately known in the Cape – piekelvis. No hearty, traditional meal of this kind is complete without warm bread of course, which will be served on the side with swirls of butter.
Chicken often features in Cape Malay dishes and does so in the mains. Fragrant butter chicken is accompanied by mini homemade rotis, spicy sambals and toasted coconut. But that is not all. There is a thick, curried lamb stew, or denningsvleis, with jasmine rice, pots of delicious beef biryani, and a rich, flavoursome potato and green bean stew – gestoofde aartappel en groenboontjie-bredie.
Then, dessert: a course that as any die-hard Cape Malay food-fan knows is what you always keep space for. Von Pressentin’s menu serves up koesüster pastries and boeber, a sweet milk and sago-type pudding, and concludes with a welbeloontjie or small reward – stick bread made over the coals and served with butter and homemade jam.
Delheim’s popular Garden Restaurant has also launched their new à la carte winter menu. For enthusiasts keen to try out the menu – served up with magnificent farm views seven days a week – the offerings are just as tantalising.
Sizzling newcomers on the winter menu include squid ink spaghetti served with sautéed prawns and tempura Patagonia squid, enhanced with ginger, spring onion, chilli, lime beurre blanc and kombu.
There is also a sublime dish of sautéed venison loin rolled in special Delheim spice and served with chimichurri paint, chorizo, broccoli, crispy potato brunoise, purple carrots, pea micro sponge and deep-fried kale with a drizzle of venison jus.
The desserts have not been left untouched either. Revel in an exquisite Valrhona black forest chocolate sphere that is filled with chocolate ganache cake, sour cherry and vanilla gel, and served with macerated cherries, almond crumble and vanilla cream. The stuff dessert dreams are made of!
The Cape Malay set menu is available at only R300pp and booking is essential. Please note that the menu is only available for entire tables.
To reserve your table, contact the restaurant at email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tel: 021 8884607. Also visit www.delheim.com or find them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/delheim/) Instagram @DelheimWines and on Twitter @Delheim.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.
Discover what makes fine country food and slow-crafted wine so special when you book a seat at this year’s trio of Pop Up Lunches featuring the Stellenbosch wine route of Bottelary Hills and celebrated, Scotland-born chef George Jardine.
The must-do winery lunch series has grown to become a feature on the calendar of food and wine-lovers who can’t miss this annual taste exploration showcasing different farms and wines of the region each year. Stepping up the attraction, a headline chef is part of the mix too.
On the heels of Bertus Basson’s participation in 2016, comes celebrated chef George Jardine whose stellar career includes a string of successful restaurants and his most recent project – the fine dining eatery in the heart of Stellenbosch, Restaurant Jardine.
For the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches 2017, Jardine will present his signature foodie pizzazz at Hartenberg Wine Estate on 28 May; Kaapzicht Wine Estate on 27 August; and, Mooiplaas Wine Estate and Private Nature Reserve on 19 November. At the same time, guests will have the chance to socialise with the winemakers or owners themselves.
The theme of the menu and events will serve to highlight the deep historical roots of the region and farms of Bottelary Hills.
Known for producing champion wines, Bottelary Hills is one of five sub-routes in the Stellenbosch wine region and is situated to the northwest of South Africa’s famous wine capital.
“Bottelary Hills is home to some of the oldest wine farms in the country and many of them have been nurtured over generations by the same families. As a result, they have an incomparable understanding of the terroir, which shows in the wines the region produces,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes manager Elmarie Rabe.
“Then pairing these wines with the cooking of one of South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs is an opportunity no epicurean dare miss.”
For the lunch at Hartenberg Estate (www.hartenbergestate.com) on 28 May, guests will get insight to heritage stretching back to 1692. Hartenberg lies in a valley on the free-draining, north-eastern slopes of the Bottelary Hills where its vineyards were planted to take most advantage of either morning or afternoon sun. There is a difference in altitude of some 250m between the vineyards, providing sought-after diversity to its portfolio. At the hand of renowned cellar master Carl Schultz, the estate has become known especially for is outstanding Shiraz wine.
On 27 August, it’s the turn of Kaapzicht Wine Estate (www.kaapzicht.co.za). The name is derived from Dutch and refers to the sweeping views of hills and Table Mountain the estate enjoys. The Steytler family has farmed the 190ha property since 1946 and specialises predominantly in red cultivars. Kaapzicht’s unirrigated vineyards thrive in ancient, weathered granite soils and are cooled by breezes from the Atlantic Ocean just 30km away – ideal conditions that produce full bodied, fruity and award-winning wines.
The final Pop Up Lunch on 19 November features Mooiplaas (www.mooiplaas.co.za), which has a reputation for spectacular scenery almost equal to the elegance of its wines. Here too, is a farm built on heritage, care for the land and topographical contrast that results in diverse microclimates. Cape Granite is the foundation material of the soils on the estate, which comprises some 100ha of vineyard and 70ha reserved for its nature reserve.
Tickets to the Bottelary Hills Pop Up Lunches cost R550 per person and include a wine tasting prior to lunch and the ensuing three-course feast, served generously with glasses of estate wine paired with each course. Each guest also gets a bottle Bottelary Hills wine to enjoy at home too.
Booking for every one of the popular events is required as the tickets are limited. To make a reservation or see a map of Bottelary Hills, visit the Stellenbosch Wine Routes website at www.wineroute.co.za. For more information phone (021) 886 8275.
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Relax with premier wines and servings of light Mediterranean bites
Picture a sunny hilltop winery surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. This might be magnificent Tuscany or much closer to home, just minutes from Cape Town: Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate. It’s this idyllic setting that Gabriëlskloof invites you now to enjoy with the launch of its fine Mediterranean taster platters.
Situated in the Overberg between Bot River and Caledon, in an area very Mediterranean in look, feel and climate, Gabriëlskloof has teamed up with resident chef Frans Groenewald to offer something reflective of their wine cousins across the oceans.
These new Mediterranean tapas-style tasters are best enjoyed on the winery’s broad veranda that overlooks the tapestry landscape or in the shaded courtyard with its soothing trees and water features. The occasion is informal and allows you to taste and enjoy, uninterrupted and at your leisure.
Each taster comprises four wines and five small snack-dishes, as well as a Schiacciata Coll’uva – a traditional Tuscan focaccia made with grapes. Bites include chorizo and calamari, pan-fried with red wine; mini-lamb kofta on tzatziki; hummus with fried chickpeas; dolmades; and, a fresh Caprese salad with fior di latte mozzarella, tomatoes and basil pesto.
“Now is the time to take a drive in the countryside,” says Nicolene Finlayson, tasting room manager and wife of the Gabriëlskloof cellar master. “The cellar has awakened with the promise of another bountiful harvest and visitors might get a sneak peek of the winemaker and his team at work and even taste the season’s grapes, fresh off the vine.”
Visitors can expect to see a working wine farm in operation; experience the cellar at the height of its activity; and, even join in the harvest.
Making the most of the splendid late summer weather, the Mediterranean tasters are available daily, bar Tuesdays and Sundays, until the end of May and the cost is only R250 per couple sharing. Gabriëlskloof’s normal trading hours at the tasting room are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and between 11am and 3pm on a Saturday.
For more information, contact Nicolene Finlayson or Grant Baxter on 028 284 9865 or on email@example.com.
Gabriëlskloof Estate is situated just outside Bot River, on the Swartrivier Road, off the N2.
Winter is on its way and it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a cosy fireplace whilst tucking into a hearty bowl of soup and home baked bread. This winter Lanzerac Wine Estate, home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage, invites you to join them during May, June, July and August for a series of after-work winter inspired tastings. The tastings will be presented in the comfort of the Tasting Room and the inviting fireplace is guaranteed to add extra warmth from the cold weather. Look forward to sampling some of Lanzerac’s new release wines as well as a few favourites such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and iconic Pinotage. Before making your way back home after the tasting enjoy a hearty bowl of delicious soup and home baked breads on offer. This will also be the perfect opportunity to stock up on wines which will be on sale at cellar door prices.
The tastings, which will start at 5:30pm, are scheduled for 31 May, 29 June, 26 July and 31 August. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited to 30 guests per evening to ensure an intimate wine tasting experience. The cost of R95 per person includes a welcome drink, the wine tasting and a light dinner of soup and bread afterwards. Your winter warmer evening will conclude by 8pm, allowing some extra time at home to unwind before calling it a day.
Contact Zelda Furstenburg at Lanzerac Wine Estate on 021 886 5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org for queries or to book your seat.
With big and boutique wine estates and tourism establishments from Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor showcasing their wines and wares, visitors can expect loads of festivity and celebration! And with a myriad of key attractions, both old favourites and novel delights, this well-loved event is a ‘must-do’ on the annual social calendar. So, join the Robertson Wine Valley clan for an indulgently Wacky Weekend …
Whether you are a fun-seeker, novice or a wine connoisseur, there is something for everyone, promising to inspire wine aficionados with a range of tailor-made activities, like master wine-tastings, exquisite wine- and food-pairings, educational wine presentations and private tastings with the Valley’s most esteemed winemakers.
The Wacky Wine Weekend embraces the usual line-up of fun-filled activities, like creating your own picnic basket by choosing local olives, cheese, charcuterie and
preserves from the delis. Warm up with hearty soups, roosterkoeke and vetkoeke. Enjoy freshly baked bread with home-made jams. Indulge in farm style breakfasts, fresh
produce and family recipe dishes. From canapés, gourmet platters to locally made
treats, there will be something to enjoy for everyone.
Each of the wineries will have a feast of special activities planned. Expect a line-up of
unique events and activities to suit the fun-seeker, novice or wine connoisseur. Most
are included in your weekend pass; others work as a pay as you go.
For music enthusiasts enjoy live music such as Afrikaans, blues, folk, country and
classic and featuring well-known as well as local artists and more. Multiple outdoor adventures such as golf, horseshoe throw, vineyard trail run, colour run, MTB rides, shot for shot chip challenges to name a few. For the romantic at heart go for a massage, seal your love at the love lock wall, dance the night away or enjoy wine in front of a fireplace.
We cater for the whole family from jungle gyms, ball sports, jumping castles and giant chess to face painting, petting zoo, tractor rides and even non-alcoholic food and wine
1 JUN – 31 AUG 2017 / Wine & Brandy tasting @ R100 per person / Sweet Temptation tasting @ R60 per person
The Soup, Sip and Bread festival includes the participation of 12 prestigious wine farms that make up the Durbanville Wine Valley. Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will each be celebrating the start of winter with a unique offering of wines, soups, artisan breads, winter inspired culinary treats, live music and special dining experiences. Each winery has its own charm with superb entertainment for adults and children alike.
Festival goers can look out for the barrel special at each participating farm which will include great wine deals and specials – the perfect opportunity to stock up on Valley favourites.
The Goatshed restaurant at Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl is hosting another annual series of its famous winter evenings. After last year’s sold-out events, the hearty food-and-wine dinners are back by demand. From the beginning of June to the end of September 2017, the Goatshed – which is usually a day venue – will be open on seven selected evenings and will serve a three-course paired menu.
Co-owner of the country-style eatery, Shannon Riley plays host while resident chef, SJ Nel serves up well-loved Fairview classics alongside themed dinners that are inspired by a world of cultures and tastes. Fairview is renowned for its award-winning selection of artisanal cheeses and a broad range of handcrafted, star-quality wines, and these will once again be a staple feature of the winter evenings.
Under floor heating, wood fires and soul-warming wines will melt the cold Cape Town winter, allowing guests to fully enjoy the exceptional quality of Fairview’s fresh farm produce. In addition to cheese and wine, Fairview produces its own free-range lamb, beef and pork, farm butter, fresh artisanal loaves and pastries that are baked daily, a range of olives, preserves, relishes, spreads and cordials.
Each winter evening comes with a different theme and presents dishes inspired by international destinations. As these evenings sell-out in advance, pre-booking is essential. The evenings take place on the following dates:
9 June: Italian Feast
23 June: Cape Malay Tribute
14 July: Fairview Free-range Lamb Shank & Shiraz
28 July: Greek Celebration
25 August: Fairview Free-range Lamb Shank & Shiraz
8 September: Italian Feast
29 September: Moroccan
Tickets are R395 per person and include a 3-course meal and wine. Each course is paired with award-winning Fairview wines.
To book your seats for this delectable food experience please go to www.fairview.co.za and book online via the events page.
Fairview recommends the following neighbouring farms for overnight accommodation:
Diamant Estate: http://www.diamantestate.com/
Contact Andre on 079 954 9660 or email@example.com
For more information, please visit Fairview on http://www.fairview.co.za/.
Meet the Winemakers and gain rare behind-the-scenes Access to this mysterious Stellenbosch Valley
Set in the lush folds of one of South Africa’s best-kept-secret valleys, the vintners of three Stellenbosch wine farms – Kleinood, Keermont and De Trafford – are collaborating to host their second annual wine tasting experience with an array of gourmet delights on Saturday, 10 June 2017 from 11h00 to 16h00.
With its heady combo of valleys, mountain ranges, wine estates and fine wine, the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley is the perfect setting for wine fans to explore and taste wines from all three stellar wine farms. Each of the Upper Blaauwklippen vintners produce the highest quality terroir specific and hand-crafted wines which convey the personality, humble distinction and uniqueness of the Helderberg area to the full.
This year, each farm will showcase their current release wines, as well as rare and special vinoteque wines, including the De Trafford Chenin blanc, Keermont Estate blend and Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah. Winemakers and owners will offer guests more in-depth insight of this prime Stellenbosch winemaking area, its philosophy and its people.
Meet the Winemakers and gain rare behind-the-scenes access to this mysterious Stellenbosch Valley.
Tickets to this exclusive event are limited, secure your spot at R400 per person on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Jessica at Kleinood wines on 021 880 2527
What the experts say:
“The Upper Blaauwklippen Valley could just be Stellenbosch’s new trump card. Here, a vein of fine Syrah runs from Kleinood through Keermont and De Trafford at the top of the valley,” says Roland Peens, Director of Wine Cellar Fine Wine Merchants.
“We look forward to welcoming wine lovers to our farms, getting to know our guests, spending quality time explaining the stories behind our wines, showcasing fine wines and offering a charming and informative tasting amidst the untouched mountain slopes of the Upper Blaauwklippen valley,” says David Trafford, owner and vintner at De Trafford wines.
Get the inside track on the best of Helderberg wines 15 June 2017.
It’s time to shun the cold of winter and light up at Taste the Helderberg – the sophisticated annual sip-and-snack institution of warm company, levity and gastronomic delight.
For one night only, wine farms and restaurants in the desirable Helderberg region spread their rainbow colours in a showcase of fine local fare that takes place in Somerset West on Thursday, June 15. This year, you’re invited to shed the winter blues by donning something red – the theme colour that makes an eye-catching statement.
“Taste the Helderberg rapidly became one of the mainstays on the calendar of Western Cape wine events,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes Manager Elmarie Rabe. “Memorable social gatherings are rarely as good without great food and wine, and Taste the Helderberg has it all.”
Taste the Helderberg’s flavour smorgasbord will once again be served up from 17h00 to 21h00 at the landmark NH The Lord Charles Hotel – an arrangement that’s proven ideal for many visitors who traditionally make a weekend of it in the light of the public holiday the following day, Friday June 16.
A highlight at Taste the Helderberg 2017 for wine-lovers in particular will be the opportunity to get an early-bird view and sampling of the famed region’s latest wines as well as tasters of icons that have put this Stellenbosch Wine Route sub-region on the map of international connoisseurs. Many of these show-stopper wines will be available for purchase at special promotional rates that are also applicable on delivery through logistics and transport solutions company Aramex, proud partner of Stellenbosch Wine Routes.
Also on offer will be foodie pop-ups by the Helderberg’s well-known eateries and the chance to learn more about winemaking specifics from the winemakers and viticulturists themselves.
The master classes on grape varieties have been laid on by demand to emphasize the climatic and geographic reasons behind the exceptional quality that hails from this coastal area just minutes from the centre of Cape Town.
Expect an evening of conviviality, further spruced up with a backdrop of live music.
Tickets to the event are R100pp and should advisably be booked online at www.wineroute.co.za. If any tickets remain, they’ll be sold at the door.
For more information on Taste the Helderberg 2017 visit www.wineroute.co.za or call 021 886 8275.
To take advantage of the long weekend and book accommodation at NH The Lord Charles hotel, visit http://nh-hotels.co.za/.
It’s mushroom time again! Soon, wild mushroom foragers will head into the forests in search of these delicious delicacies that only pop out for a short time in the year and you’ve got the chance to join them too. Delheim Estate’s popular Mushroom Forage on 15, 16, 30 June and 1 July will open up the mesmerising world of the fascinating fungi and teach you how to identify, forage and clean your very own, hand-picked mushrooms.
Participants are limited to 40 people per day, which allows Delheim to maintain the delicate balance between sharing a family passion and protecting the environment where the mushrooms appear.
Delheim’s Mushroom Forage was awarded “Highly Commended” in the Best Wine Event category in the Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge 2017.
It is a phenomenal achievement to be recognized amongst top international wineries so you can be sure you’ll enjoy a high calibre, memorable experience!
These fun(gi) excursions have run annually over a number of years and become hugely popular due to the magical experience as well as the hosts themselves – Delheim’s Nora Sperling-Thiel and Gary “The Mushroom Fundi” Goldman. Both are experienced foragers and talented educators, who lead these ‘silent hunts’ along with the family’s inimitable Jack Russells.
Nora learned the art of seasonal foraging from her mother and has been collecting mushrooms on their wine farm since she was a child. “Foraging is searching for a little magic,” she says. “You never know if you will find some mushrooms but when you do, it makes you feel as excited as a child.”
The day begins with an enlightening workshop on mushroom identification in the farm’s vat cellar, followed by a short walk to the mushroom hunt in Delheim’s lush pine forest. Foragers will then head for the estate’s Garden Restaurant where Chef Bruce von Pressentin lays on a three-course meal that showcases these flavoursome marvels. Lunch starts with a trio of starters where various mushrooms are perfectly paired with Delheim wines that your taste buds will relish. The dishes range from sautéed oysters, pickled shiitake, foie gras parfait with wild mushroom bon bons to baked Valrhona chocolate and porcini teacups.
“It’s an incredible privilege to be able to pick such a delicious ingredient only a short walk from the kitchen to produce stunning, inspired meals. I can’t wait to go out early on a misty morning to forage for mushrooms,” says Bruce.
This unique gourmet food and wine experience is for adults only and costs R695 per person. It includes the informative workshop, mushroom hunt, a tantalising mushroom-themed food and wine experience and a complimentary bottle of wine to enjoy at home. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket and should bring their own pocket knife and baskets for the hunt. The events will still take place even if it rains and all the fun starts at 09:30 until 14:30 but book off the rest of your day to make the most of the beautiful, serene surroundings.
Bookings open on 30 April only and all tickets should be booked via Computicket. For more information visit www.delheim.com
IMPORTANT: The appearance of wild mushrooms depends completely on natural phenomena that are impossible to forecast with absolute accuracy, particularly after long periods of drought. Although the Delheim events take place during the high season for wild mushrooms, the estate cannot guarantee the appearance of mushrooms on the day.
Delheim Estate is located in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.
Joёlle Sleebos and adidas South Africa have joined forces to present International Day of Yoga at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Saturday 17 June 2017, uniting 2 000 yogis for two remarkable causes.
Entries are free but securing a ticket is essential. Participants can choose from either a morning session that will run from 08h30 to 13h30; or an afternoon session that will run from 14h00 to 19h00. Both sessions will have yoga workshops and a yoga market with great prizes to be won.
Participants are being encouraged to donate to two charities close to Joëlle’s heart – Earthchild Project and mothers2mothers. The Earthchild Project goes into underprivileged schools and teaches yoga and life skills to children of all ages, which resonates strongly with adidas South Africa because sport has the power to change lives. The Earthchild Project is already working with over 2 000 children in Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill.
The aim of mothers2mothers is to eliminate paediatric AIDS by training, employing and empowering local mothers living with HIV to go into their local communities and be mentors to other mothers who are pregnant with HIV/AIDS, teaching them how to care for their baby to ensure the prevention of HIV/Aids.
To secure a spot at the International Day of Yoga, powered by Joëlle Sleebos and adidas South Africa, visit http://joellesleebos.com/international-day-yoga/.
Christmas once again comes early this year as Tulbagh dons its winter cape in the month of June and welcomes the rest of the country to join them for a weekend extravaganza of wonderful winter warmers.
Marvel at the array of Christmas trimmings and glittering lights, take a trip with Father Christmas down historic Church Street and help him hand out treats to the many bright-eyed children, browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops. You’re bound to find something to start filling the Christmas stockings with. Enjoy cheese, Belgian chocolate and olive tastings or join in the chilli eating and various other competitions happening. Jumping castles, pony rides, face painting are just some of the activities that will keep the little ones entertained.
A trip to the Tulbagh valley would be incomplete without a visit to our stunning wine estates. Join the winemakers and their staff for wine tastings, cellar tours and a variety of activities which will be on offer. Along the way you may even discover the age old art of sabrage …
Enticing aromas will send you in search of our gastronomic wonders. Join us for a cup of eggnog or a glass of gluhwein to warm the cockles, enjoy roaring log fires, glittering Christmas trees, winter warmer lunches and traditional Christmas fare and dinners at our world-class restaurants and coffee shops. If you need to catch up on that all important sports score, don’t fear, our Sports Bars are quite near!
The “Rock with Santa Party” on Saturday evening is not to be missed. Jive to the sounds of live music, enjoy much merriment and of course good company!
Come rain, shine or (hopefully) snow, the secluded valley of Tulbagh promises you a festive celebration of Christmas in Winter … [source:tulbaghtourism.org.za]
Every year, in July, Franschhoek celebrates Bastille Day with wine and food tastings, music and markets. “Bastille Day” is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French “Fête Nationale” – commemorating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison during the French Revolution. With its centuries old French-Huguenot roots, Franschhoek colours red, white and blue while showcasing the best the valley has to offer.
Year after year, this has been a very popular (and crowded) gathering of locals and visitors, who try their hands at the Franschhoek wines and food, jeu de boules and local produce and products, while wearing Paris-style berets for the occasion.
The Food & Wine Marquee, set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, is the place to be. As winter sets in the marquee is guaranteed to keep out the cold yet still offering exquisite views of the mountain. Ample parking on the grounds allow for comfortable walking distance to and from the village. Sample the superb Franschhoek wines on offer or tickle your taste buds with the selection of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of Franschhoek’s well-known eateries.
Tickets to the Food & Wine Marquee include entry, a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of five wine tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be redeemed at the festival. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day.
Adding that extra pizzazz the village, a hive of festival activities, will be kitted out in its finest French flare, as you take in the sights and sounds of all that’s on offer. Boules, markets, fine food and so much more.
For more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.
Time will go by exceptionally slowly in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley when Robertson Slow takes place. Wineries and guest houses from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will welcome visitors into their homes, to their dining tables and onto their farms for a food & wine experience – enjoyed SLOWLY. Dine at the homes of our winemaking families, cook traditional Robertson Country Fare such as Waterblommetjie Bredie, “melktert”, venison and Karoo Lamb and meet our winemakers to taste and discuss their wines.
Experience the charm of country life in an intimate setting characterised by each farm’s unique personal touch. One can sample honest, old-fashioned and rural hospitality, while enjoying time-honoured activities, interact with wine-makers and wine-farmers in an informal ambience, getting to know them and their respective families. Indulge in traditional cuisine, using local ingredients, learning more about wine in masterclasses and various food and wine pairings. Relish the slow food and wine that will satiate your senses and revel in the relaxed pace that will rejuvenate your soul.
The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival is a gateway for visitors into the award winning wines of the Overberg. The Overberg wine region produces some of the most sought after wines in the country and you are invited to browse through the wine show, appreciate, delight in and sense the fruit of the vines, and discover your own favourites.
The Hermanus Wine & Food Festival was nominated as one of the 10 best wine festivals in South Africa! Local wineries from Elgin to Elim will present their wines and delectable fares for tasting, not forgetting delectable fares from various food and snack vendors. All the wines on tasting will be available for purchasing during the festival at cellar door prices.
Classical Music, Wine, Food and Art – If art and music are to bring a message, it should be the mirror of gifted personalities who, by virtue of their originality of vision and style, show us how much richer life is than it seems to the ordinary citizen.
U moet asseblief ons natuurskoon bewonder en geniet. Ons mense sal u baie tuis laat voel. Hulle is ons grootste bate. Wamkelekile e Klein Karoo. Yiza uzonkonwabela ubuncwane bokuzibuka kwethu. From music and wine, what sudden friendships spring.
BIGGER MUSIC PROGRAM AT THE 9TH KLEIN KAROO
Ticket prices set to remain the same as 2016
A greater number of shows spliced with more variety guarantee your money’s worth at the 9th edition of the Klein Karoo Klassique, which will take place from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August,” says Rhodé Snyman, CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, the host of the festival in Oudtshoorn.
“Owing to financial support from the Rupert music establishment, it is possible for the ticket prices to stay the same as last year and to present 8 shows instead of 7,” says Snyman.
“Tickets are available from Friday 5 May and festival goers need to act fast to get their hands on a special bargain deal which typically sells out in no time. The deal in question offers access to all 8 shows for only R700, at R87.50 a show. If tickets are purchased separately, attendance adds up to R1000. The deal lets you save a hefty R300,” says Snyman.
The 9th Klassique opens with a double SAMA-winner guitar duo, CH2 (Corneille Hutten en Dirkie van Staden). They play classical masterpieces from Tárrega, Rodrigo, Bach, their own flamenco-style compositions as well as arrangements of Afrikaans hits like Tussen treine en Vyfster.
Saturday’s program starts with a revisit of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Petrus de Beer (violin), Stanislav Angelov (accordion) and Schalk Joubert (bass guitar and presentation) arrange the timeless masterpiece of Vivaldi without the support of the string orchestra for which it was originally composed. The sonnets have been translated from Italian into Afrikaans by Dr. Dawid de De Villiers.
The Camerata Tinta Barocca ensemble features Bridget Rennie-Salonen (traverso), Jesse Groenewald (Baroque violin), Uwe Grosser (teorbe and baroque guitar), Cheryl de Havilland (baroque cello) and Erik Dippenaar (spinet) in a program of baroque music. Folk Baroque will be performed on authentic baroque instruments and includes the music of Barsanti, Geminiani, Scarlatti and Gow.
Saturday’s programme ends with Carmen – in die kleine, a concert version of one of the most famous operas in the classical canon. The opera has been reduced to an hour especially for Klassique, without inhibiting the integrity of the original piece. All the highlights will be performed chronologically, featuring singers performing more than just one role. On stage, expect to see Jolene McCleland (mezzo-soprano), Lauren Dasappa (soprano), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo-soprano), Chris Mostert (tenor), Niël Rademan (baritone) and Raimondo van Staden (baritone). José Dias manages the piano accompaniment.
In Spieël-dans in die maanlig on Sunday morning, Jana van der Walt (harp) and Rina Schutte (cello) combine two favourite instruments for a program featuring a wide variety of music. They play Pärt’s Spiegel in Spiegel, Piazzolla’s Oblivion, Clair de Lune by Debussy, Bach’s Arioso and the Ave Maria by Gounod.
Beethoven Tango speaks to a curious musical palette and combines the finer quality of Zanta Hofmeyr’s classical technique (violin), with the improvisational skills of Charl du Plessis (piano). Their programme brings the fire of tango-rhythms, worldly music, jazz and Beethoven together and includes tango arrangements from the famous Für Elize.
The ATKV finale concert is, as ever, a showcase of South Africa’s best young musicians and features Megan Geoffrey Prins (piano), 2016 winner of ATKV-Muziq, Tatiana Thaele (flute), runner up of the competition and Palesa Malieloa (soprano), 2016 winner of the ATKV-Muziqanto. Thaele and Malieloa will be accompanied by Philippus Hugo on the piano.
“All eight performances will be held in the NG Moederkerk in Oudtshoorn. The area around the church will be equipped with a restaurant, CD shop and tasting experiences from the surrounding district. More information will soon be released,” says Snyman.
Tickets to individual shows are a R125 each and are available at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers and House & Home. More information about the Karoo Klassique will soon be available on the festival’s new website at www.klassique.co.za. For more information follow Klassique on Facebook (@KleinKarooKlassique) or Twitter (@kkarooklassique).