Festivals

Cape Town Diwali Festival 2012

Festival of lights Cape Town 2012

The festival of Diwali is celebrated by Hindus all over the world, you might recognise the more common phrase the Festival of lights. The festival of Diwali is an age old tradition of the lighting of clay lamps known as diyas which signify the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. Diwali is also a joyous time of year, a time to celebrate with family and friends by lighting clay lamps around your house as aromas of freshly baked biscuits and sweetmeats wander through neighbourhoods and the night skies burst alive with a colourful display of fireworks. Diwali in Cape Town is a hit every year, this year the festival is taking place at Ratanga Junction on the 27th of October 2012. Organisers                  

Out of Town

Redelinghuys – Lavender Festival

Redelinghuys Lavender Festival 1 September 2012

For those that have travelled up the N7 towards Piketberg and swung a sho’t left on the R366 you would know exactly where this quaint little Sandveld town lies. Redelinghuys was originally part of the farm Wittedrift.  Sir George Napier handed it over on 31 December 1841 to a Mr. Hendrik Koetzee, who passed away in 1848. Thereafter a Mr. J.N.L. Redelinghuys bought the farm and offered the Church a piece of the land on the farm as a gift. Redelinghuys is a small dorpie and is most commonly known for their ground roots – Yup Folks, it is potato paradise! Some of the Cape’s best root veg are sourced right there and celebrated annually with a potato festival! The next “BIG” thing to popping out of the Redelinghuys soil is the                  

Festivals

Kommetjie Festival – 19 November.

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    Kommetjie Festival – Sat 19 November from 08:00 til late Get out and enjoy an all day family fun in Cape Town's picturesque Kommetjie. There's something for everyone - a fun run and family walk, craft market, Ms Kommetjie competition, crayfish derby, surfing competition, Stand Up Paddle surfing academy, braai competition, dog show, and the Mnanzi carnival procession.  Live music at Fishermans Restaurant and Helmsman Pub from 14:30 till late - tickets cost R50 for entry to both music venues.  Venue:  The Kom, Beach Road, Kommetjie. For more info - click here or contact Gary on 021 783 5046 or 079 615 1707. Taxi Radio Cover Festival Live from the Kom Taxi Radio (Soli Philander)                  

Wine & Wineries

DO MALE WHALES FLIRT?

Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc

      Did you know that male whales flirt when they sing to their female counterparts? Songs can last as long as 30 minutes, usually split up into small parts of two to four minutes each, called themes. Find out more fascinating facts about whales at this year’s Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival that runs from Friday, September 30 to Tuesday, October 4. Now in its 20th year, this is the first time the festival has a headline sponsor, in popular wine brand, Two Oceans. It’s a boost that gives the festival organisers the opportunity to offer the most exciting and varied range of events and activities to date, including great wine and food pairings. The marine-themed and specialty dishes                  

Reading

Greyton Book Club Festival.

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  Don't miss out on Greyton's first ever Book Club Festival, taking place over the weekend of 5 - 7 August. Varied readings from renowned local authors. These include Lauren Beukes; Margie Orford; and Sarah Lotz. For a full festival programme, click here                  

Eating Out

The Waterfront Wine Affair

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Cape Town's been very quiet this week - we've been nursing our once-flourishing social calendars and wishing for sunburn. But what we have fast forgotten is that winter brings wine, fireplaces and excuses for shared body-heat...  Until Friday, The V&A spends the week swaying with the inebriated influence of dozens of boutique and reserve wines. With curling leaves and early evenings comes the annual V&A Wine Affair. The backdrop of a Table Mountain-marked cityscape makes The Waterfront's look out a perfect rooftop for some indulgent-out-of-doorsness.    This well-loved tasting/sipping soiree is a palate party.  Think sushi, oysters, imported cheeses and charcuterie... the menu boasts the                  

Festivals

SA cheese festival

SA Cheese festival 2010

Next weekend, the South African Cheese festival returns to us in all it's stinky goodness! In truth, I'm still not convinced that Cheese festival is a and adequate name. While I dare not blaspheme against the quality and variety of cheeses at the SA Cheese festival, the name shneakily hides the incredible array of other appetizers and palate-pamperers on show.  In the sanctuary of Simondium, somewhere between Paarl and Franschhoek, the SA Cheese festival returns to Bien Donné farm from the 24th until the 27th of April. The Cooking Pot is the cheese festival's cookery corner. By now a renowned space for innovative cheese use (no, really), The Cooking Pot is great place for gourmet gurus and closet chefs to                  

Out of Town

Afrika Burns

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22nd-27th of April, Afrika Burns is up next on the South African social calendar. And for those of you thinking trance, dance and liquored prance, you should know what sets Afrika Burns apart: Founded on the principles of the United States Burning Man Festival, Afrika Burns is all about the gift economy and the freely expressed community. To quote their mission statement: “This “gift economy” means that there is no commercial exchange at the event – no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products – the aim being real social interaction. It is an exercise in total self-reliance: participants camp for four days and provide entirely for themselves, including all their water,                  

Music

Cape Town Jazz Festival

The Mother City is set to be buzzing this weekend with visitors pouring in for the Two Oceans Marathon and the Cape Town Jazz Festival. If you prefer to work up a sweat to some soulful sax, then the CT Jazz Festival is where you'll want to be. Taking place on 3rd and 4th April across five different stages throughout the city, the renowned festival boasts a line-up that would make the Montreux Jazz Festival blush! To the more savvy Jazz-lovers out there, artists to tempt you include Jonathan Butler, George Benson, Judith Sephuma and Brooklyn Funk Essentials (to name a few). For those who are a little green on their Jazz greats, but are keen to party, Lira and TKZee are sure to get you jammin'.  Just so you're                  

Festivals

Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town Carnival 2010

For those of us who may have gone underground, and have missed the memo, this weekend brings the inaugural Cape Town Carnival. In South African sidewalk-style, performers and performance artists flood into the citybowl to celebrate Cape Town in carnival fashion. Thursday kicks off festivities with fashion shows at The Lookout - the V&A Waterfront. The catwalk will boast celebrity models and big-name South African designers - think the likes of hip-hop, Carducci, Kobus Dippenaar and Rosenwerth, all staged under the glass marquee of the Aston Martin rooftop. Then in the heart of the city - our own Greenmarket Square - live local acts throw down this Saturday the 20th. As of 6pm, local loves Locnville, Loyiso and Emo