Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Events in August

6–9 August
Did you know? A determined snail can easily travel one metre in five minutes. Take it easy at this year’s Robertson Slow Festival and enjoy the country life while chowing down on delicious, heart-warming food and wines. Meet the winemakers, savour
traditional family recipes, make your own salami or cheese, shop at the market and much more. For the
full programme of events and booking details, visit www.robertsonslow.com or contact 023-626-3167.

6–8 August
Did you know? There are approximately 1  180 glasses of wine in one barrel. Nominated as one of the 10 best wine festivals in South Africa, the Hermanus Wine & Food Fair showcases 60 Overberg wineries, from Elgin to Elim, as well as various cheese and olive producers. There are also sushi, deli delights, a coffee and brandy tasting lounge and live music. Entry R95. Call 028-316-3988 or visit www.hermanuswineandfood.co.za.

7 August
Did you know? The most money paid for a PEZ candy dispenser was R54  200 for a Mickey Mouse prototype softhead. Formerly known as Pezz, Canadian band BILLY TALENT – Juno Award winners for 2010 Best Rock Album of the Year – perform at the Three Arts Theatre on their tour of SA. Or catch them at Oppikoppi in Limpopo (8 August) and in Durbs at the Wave House (10 August). Tickets from R100, www.ticketbreak.co.za. Visit www.billytalent.com/tour/ for more info.

19–22 August
Did you know? If you yelled for eight years, seven months and six days, you would only produce enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee. Need to de-stress? Visit the Destinations Expo (CTICC) and plan a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Get ideas and advice on a variety of destinations, family vacations, romantic getaways, cruises, special offers plus a chance to win fantastic prizes. There will also be food and wine pairings. Tickets R50 (free for under-18s). www.destinationsexpo.co.za, 021-855-4750.

3–28 August
Did you know? 40 jumbo jets could be parked in the Sarawak Chamber in Borneo, the biggest underground cave in the world. Defending the Caveman (Theatre on the Bay), everyone’s favourite ‘date
comedy’ and starring Alan Committie, explores the reasons why okes don’t like to ask for directions and why chicks need so much cupboard space. From R135 at Computicket.

29 August
Did you know? Plant growers mark their plant labels in pencil because it won’t fade in sunlight. Why not head out into the sun (or outdoors at least) to stretch your winter legs at the first Oude Molen Mountain Bike Challenge. It starts and ends at the distillery in Grabouw, and covers the scenic area around Elgin. Enter the ‘fun-for-the-whole family’ 10km, ‘challenging’ 35km or ‘adrenaline pumping’ 60km race. Entrance fees from R45 (entries close 22 August). 021-883-2413, www.oudemolen.co.za. The race route will be open to the public in future.

Bastille Festival

I love to going to wine festivals! Not only because I love wine, but I love learning about wine and of course people watching (this is particularly funnier the drunker they get… and less funny the drunker I get).

I recently went to a more sophisticated wine festival: The Bastille festival. And I only say more sophisticated because it was a bit pricier than the other annual festivals in the wine region and therefore not bombarded with young thirsty student. But if you do have the moolah – it’s really worth attending next year. It’s a wonderful way to get to know the small beautiful town of Franschhoek, taste delicious food from the top restaurants in the country and fulfil your inner desire to don a beret and say ‘Parlez vous francais’ to every passing person. (I only did this twice).

If you do want to go next year, book accommodation way in advance as it is very popular and believe me, you won’t want to trek back to town when The Station pub is calling…

PS - Do try the 2010 sauvignon blanc by Porcupine Ridge (affordable and great for hot summer days - which are coming soon thanks goodness!!)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fun stuff in July

16-17 July

Did you know? Elizabeth Taylor was sent to ballet lessons at the age of three. The Artscape will once again play host to SA’s premier ballet event, the Cape Town International Ballet Competition, with a panel of international judges such as Eduard Greyling and the President of the World Dance Alliance, Hae Shik Kim as well as the star competitors themselves. Tickets from R65 at Computicket. More info at www.ctibc.com

13 July
Did you know? It takes about 20 seconds for a red-blood cell to circle the entire body. For other things Straight from the Heart, like hearing the Summer of ’69 in the middle of winter, don’t miss Canada’s biggest-selling artist, Bryan Adams (GrandWest Arena). He’ll also be in Durban (16 July, ICC Arena) and Jo’burg (18 July, Coca-Cola Dome). Tickets from R220 at Computicket.

14–31 July
Did you know? Hypnosis comes from the Greek word meaning sleep. Watch AndrĂ© the Hilarious Hypnotist put your friends to ‘sleep’ at the Theatre on the Bay, and expect to see them speak moon language or act like a sprinkler systems. Tickets R100, call 021-438-3301 or www.theatreonthebay.co.za

23 & 24 July
Did you know? A chameleon can rotate and its eyes separately, giving it a full 360˚ view around its body. See Chris Chameleon and other musos and artists at the Breedekloof Soetes & Soup
Weekend. Then sip on hearty homemade country soups and award-winning red wines, ports and sweet muscadels. Tickets R150, call 021-790-9911 or www.breedekloof.com

30 & 31 July
Did you know? There are only four words in the English language that end in ‘dous’: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. Fans of the written word will flock to the Cape Town Book Fair (Cape Town ICC), to be opened by Desmond Tutu. Other guests include bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. Tickets R60 (kids under 13 free). It’s on until 2 August. www.capetownbookfair.com

lindt chocolate studio desert courses

I recently went to Cape Town’s very own Lindt Chocolate Studio to do a desert-making course. It was fabulous.

For R500 you (and a small group of other people) get to learn all about chocolate, how it’s made, where it’s from etc… and do a tasting appreciation! My personal favourites: the almond orange dark, the dark chilli and the dark sea salt chocolates.

Then we embarked on a culinary adventure… we made chocolate rustic tart, raspberry macaroons, caramel deserts, dark orange cheese cake and these fried pastry things (from Spain – as common as koeksisters in SA) dipped in a dark choc sauce.


A dinner of sweetness… and it was marvellous.

The bonus is you get to keep all the detailed recipes!