Anachronistically, beer is a fantastic companion to the winter chills, and this year (for the 3rd year running) the Woodstock Winter Beer Festival is set to impress.
You will have opportunity to taste the latest offerings from some of the most celebrated breweries in the country such as Drifter Brewing Company (The Cape Town Blonde and The Stranded Coconut), Woodstock Brewery, RIOT Beer, Lakeside Beerworks, Afro-Caribbean Brewing Co and more.
These microbreweries have more awards between them than you can shake a stick at, and we’re anticipating a fine crop of brews to taste, sip and quaff, several of which will be specially created one-off winter beers. Beer needs company, of both the human and the edible variety, and once again, the food will be local, seasonal and savoury to complement the unique dark brews of winter.
This festival is very well attended, with something for everyone, live music, great beer, tasty snacks and an ongoing donation drive for NOAH, a local non-profit that provides assistance to old age homes.
The 25th of February brings us the 8th installation of the Constantia Fresh Festival, a brilliant blend of wine and food that takes place annually at the Buitenverwachting (Beyond Expectations) Wine Farm.
With a huge selection of exhibitors that bring their best wares for sampling and to delight visitors, you can sip fine wines and craft beers, nibble on delicatessen and organic fare prepared to perfection by 7 top local chefs. This is a four way pairing of venue, food, music and wine and the result is an amazing day out.
Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs in Cape Town, with its own wine route through vineyards that were originally laid down in the late 17###sup/sup### century. Wine has been at the epicentre of this region since its inception, and there is no better way to appreciate it than with the surrounding estates’ chefs complementing every delicious sip with a tailor-made bite.
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).
To take advantage of the gorgeous weather this time of year offers isn't only about beach and water, grab your cocktail dress and finery, there are some brilliant events in and around Cape Town to take in.
This week we focus on a few select upcoming prestigious events, specifically because tickets need to be secured as soon as possible, they are that popular.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Our annual jazz spectacular that is approaching its 20th year is here again! Cape town International Jazz Festival of 2017 will open its doors on the 31st of April/1st of March and let the music flood out. From The Rudimentals to En Vogue, Skyjack, The Soweto String Quartet, Laura Mvula, Escalandrum and Dope Saint Jude, this stellar line up is bound to entertain with the finest Jazz the world has to offer.
An international ensemble of the finest established and cutting edge syncopation experts for you to enjoy, in great venues, with amazing sound. With 5 stages hosting more than 40 artists performing over 2 nights, 37000 people are expected to stream through this fantastic event.
We recommend you book now, there are only weekend passes left. Also, don’t forget that in order to properly enjoy this elevated musical experience to the fullest you’ll want the finest accommodation the mother city has to offer. Chat to us and we’ll arrange something for you.
Listed as one the most stylish events on the Cape Town social calendar and sponsored by Mastercard® the Magic of Bubbles celebrates all things decadent, delicious and desirable in the realm of bubbly. Over the 3rd and 4th of December at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek you are invited to explore this year's theme of “Black and White with a Floral Flair” according to your own sense of fashion. Showing that our MCC (Methode Cap Classique) are fierce international contenders is the epic line up of Pierre Jourdan, La Motte, Boschendal, Morena, Môreson, Colmant, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle,JC le Roux, Pongracz, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Simonsig, Steenberg and Villiera. France’s Champagne Houses will be represented by Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut and Veuve Clicquot. Food will be prepared by the best of local fine dining eateries including Le Franschhoek, Bread & Wine, Haute Cabrière, L'Ermitage and from the restaurants at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle. The event will be open daily from 12:00 - 5:00 PM, tickets are R350.- pp and include a tasting glass and coupons. Children under 18 are allowed free entry. Book your tickets at www.webtickets.co.za
It’s here once again, and with the ongoing juggernaut that is the local micro-brewing ecosystem, it will be a treat. It’s on from the 25th to the 27th of November 2016 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, Cape Town (next to the V&A Waterfront) and showcases the best of the barrel from local brewmasters. Over 60 local and international breweries are exhibiting their goods this year, with specific brews created specially for the festival, and guided beer tours with experts to bring out your inner beer connoisseur. There are over 200 beers to enjoy so make sure you have your Uber planned for the way home :-)