Off the back of the successful 2016 iteration of this event The Grand White is back this year to bedeck, bedazzle and wow. As the name implies, the theme and dress code is white (with a touch of green), which leads to a very visually pleasing luxury picnic at a secret location in the Mother City that’s only revealed to ticket holders on the day via sms.
This is yet another amazing and inventive way in which we Capetonians find our day in the sun. Once at the venue you will have the option of renting some of those picnic essentials such as picnic baskets, tables and chairs; unless you have your own, which you are more than welcome to bring along. The entertainment will be a selection of local acts (music and comedy) and the food promises to be delicious.
As difficult as it may be to describe an event that is still shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain. As a concept event, where the goal is to have an inspired and unencumbered day of frivolity and togetherness, The Grand White consistently delivers an experience that is unforgettable. Tickets are limited, get them here.
Dates:Cape Town – 4th of March 2017
Time: On the day, 2pm – 10pm (with the opening ceremony and champagne pop at 4pm).
“The Globe” of Cape Town, which has been serving up Shakespearean theatre under starlit heavens since the first showing of The Taming of the Shrew (29 January 1956), is another one of those local things you do not want to neglect. Set inside a lush park in Wynberg, the annual "Shakespeare-in-the-Park" is a whole new way to experience theatre, without air-conditioning, house lights, or an auditorium.
The venue seats 720 people and we would advise that you take a blanket, it does get a bit chilly towards the end of the evening. There is a small kiosk where you can pick up snacks, hot chocolate and coffee/tea and it’s run by the local Rotary club.
In terms of local attractions “Some are born great, others achieve greatness” and this one has done both. The venue has been amazing from the beginning, and the unrelenting passion of the theatre practitioners that perform and direct here, have made it fantastic. This year they are putting on “Twelfth Night”, one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, from the 17th January until Saturday, 25 February 2017.
Short Synopsis: In Twelfth Night Orsino courts the Countess Olivia. Shipwrecked Viola disguises herself and takes on the name Cesario, and enters the Duke’s service. By the end, Viola and the Duke are married, and Olivia weds a man named Sebastian.
Having worked up quite an appetite during the tour and wine tasting we were welcomed to the Red Table by Roy the friendly day manager, who promptly brought us the head chef Edmore Ruzoza for an introduction and a run through of the menu. Chef Edmore has that glint in his eye that true foodies have, people that can talk excitedly about something like mushrooms for hours. He crafts his meals with joy and honesty, bringing the best out of fresh seasonal ingredients. We listened to all his recommendations and had the following:
For starters, we had the Harrisa Prawn Salad with Avo and mixed greens, the prawns were infused and cooked perfectly, and the portioning was ideal. We also had the Pumpkin & Parmesan Fritters with crispy bacon and brown butter, an item that feels like a bit of dessert, and a lot of delicious.
Mains were the braised pork belly, with a deliciously smooth celeriac puree, caramelised red cabbage and sweet roasted pear. Also, we had the line fish (kingklip on the day) which was succulent and fresh, with greens and roast new potatoes.
The view from the front of the manor house is incomparable and we wouldn’t trade that moment in the sun, with a full belly, wine in hand, for anything in the world.
Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience.
Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end.
The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction.
One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces.
Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations
We were greeted at the visitor centre with a glass of chilled bubbly (Cuvee Brut) and browsed along the beautifully laid out information area and thoroughly enjoyed the air conditioning, a welcome respite from the 37 degree heat. Shortly we were introduced to Annetjie Hopkins, our guide for the tour and the tasting. Annetjie is amazing, so knowledgeable, warm, funny and welcoming, she took us and 5 others in tow and off we were.
We will highlight a couple of key points that we found fascinating, and leave the rest up to you to go and explore. Every part of the process of wine making is represented and actively engaged in on this fully working winery, from seed to vine to barrel to bottle. The entire process spins off other industries from grape seed oil manufacture, composting of plant waste and repurposing of barrels to be used for brandy ageing, that there is virtually no waste. Generations upon generations of wine masters and their families have thrown themselves passionately into crafting beautiful wines here, and it shows.
The smell in the main cellar is something magical, almost church like, with all the natural wood and history ingrained in the structure itself. Annetjie explained the differences between all the types of barrels (German, French, Romanian and much more) and we had a peek in the wine masters “playground” where new methods and varietals are blended and perfected.
*Sidenote, take time to admire the craftsmanship in the elaborate carvings on selected wine barrels on display.
If you are in need of a relax and refresh, an un-knotting of your muscles and a re-invigorating of your skin, here is a selection of spa experiences that are top notch wellness extravaganzas.
12 Apostles Spa
This award-winning family-run hotel and spa is tucked between our iconic Table Mountain and the azure Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by a national park. This last fact is what makes the location so tranquil, its isolated, yet central nature. The treatments are a combination of ancient practices and modern therapeutic methods. For an out-of-body sensation, try their signature “Sunset Mountain Serenade”, a 90 minute partner therapy with hot stone or aromatherapy treatments in their outdoor gazebo, with breath-taking views. This includes oysters, strawberries dipped in chocolate and sparkling wine to be enjoyed in the Spa.
On its own private island, surrounded by water and lush vegetation, this beautifully crafted spa shows its African roots with pride, whilst still being distinctly modern and simply beautiful. The treatments zone in on body parts and body states, from facial to pre-natal, general wellness to gender specific options. This oasis is located in the heart of the One & Only in the V&A Waterfront.
Cayenne Spa is The Pepper Club’s top-of-the-line 8th floor private spa offers a fantastically eclectic mix of treatments from a range of well trained and professional therapists. You must try the African Indulgence Signature Package, which includes the famous Intonga Stick Massage, a unique full body experience. Performed with both the hands and African Bamboo wooden sticks, this treatment provides a deep tissue and stress relieving massage.
Smooth Jazz, Soul and Blues, a hint of bohemian flair, a taste of the old and some of the new, wrapped in a fantastic experience and accompanied by great food. Sound good? Oh it certainly does, and sound is a key word here. Whether you are sitting in the bar room with the fireplace, in the cosy dining room watching the musos or up on the balcony, enjoying the Waterkant views, the music is everywhere, and it’s wonderful. The entire venue is kitted out with a state of the art Rotel sound system and a wildly talented roster of artists (http://thepianobar.co.za/musicians/). The menu and cocktail list is seasonal, so there is always something new to nibble on, something exotic to indulge in (their vegetarian burger is delicious). The area has been a focus of city gentrification and its’ cobbled streets and artisan eateries exude an old world/new world feel.
Minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, sheltered from the South Easter and with quick access to some of the most prime real estate in the city, Fresnaye commands views of the Atlantic, Table Bay and the historically iconic Robben Island. The highly fashionable area hosts the peninsulas legendary sunsets from the slopes of a mountain over the sea