Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival 2014

The Elgin Valley is the place to be for food and wine enthusiasts on Saturday 3 May 2014. That’s when the annual Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival heads our way for a day of fine wines, mouth-watering luncheons and top class entertainment.

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival

The festival is divided into three sections:

  • Morning: 09h30 to 11h30 – Open format, all participating wine estates will be open for tastings and visitors are welcome to move freely from one estate to the next.
  • Lunch: 11h30 to 14h30 – Each participating wine estate will be offering a unique lunch experience. Bookings are essential via the Elgin Valley Wine Guild Website www.elginwine.co.za. Space is limited and prices will vary per estate.
  • Afternoon: 14h30 to 17h00 – Open format, all participating wine estates will be open for tastings and visitors are welcome to move freely from one estate to the next.

Live bands, amazing art collections, tractor rides and kiddies playgrounds will be some of the entertainment options at the various wineries.

For wine lovers and those in need of a rewarding day out, the Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival offers the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in a memorable day of wine, entertainment and spectacular natural beauty.

Day passes can be purchased at any participating wine farm on the day of the festival for just R50 per pass. Lunch sessions must be pre-booked in advance. Please note that the festival promotes designated drivers and the responsible use of alcohol.

The event is sponsored by Nedbank and Orchard Suppliers.

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Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition at the V&A Waterfront

Due to popular demand, the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition currently on at the V&A Waterfront has been extended until 23 March 2014. Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo’s remarkable achievements as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, mathematician, architect and all-round Renaissance thinker.

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See the works of Da Vinci

Showcasing all the different aspects of Leonardo da Vinci’s work from his conceptualised inventions as detailed in his codices, to his incredible paintings and anatomy drawings, the exhibition appeals to all audiences from ages 6 and up. Visitors can experience over 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions built using materials from Leonardo’s era and three-dimensional renderings of his most notable Renaissance works.

One of the highlights is Pascal Cotte’s detailed findings on the Mona Lisa. Pascal engineered a high definition camera and was allowed exclusive access to the iconic painting. In the process he discovered 25 secrets of the Mona Lisa which are revealed at the exhibition.

If you’re interested in art, history, engineering, mathematics, medicine or general philosophy, then Da Vinci – The Genius is definitely worth a visit.

The venue for the exhibition is Chavonnes Battery Museum at the Clock Tower in the V&A Waterfront. Doors are open daily from 09h00 to 21h00, with last admissions at 19h30. Tickets range from R90 to R140 each and are available from the venue or online from WebTickets.

For more information, visit www.davinciexhibition.co.za.

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Valentine’s Week at Nederburg 2014

It’s all about love at Nederburg from 11 to 16 February 2014. That’s when the popular Paarl wine estate is serving up Valentine’s treats for not one, but six days to mark the special occasion. The Red Table restaurant will offer special picnic baskets for couples to enjoy in style in the shade under the trees. The al fresco feast includes a selection of savoury and sweet treats, mineral water, as well as a bottle of Nederburg Première Cuvée Brut.

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Valentine’s week at Nederburg

On Friday 14 February 2014, The Red Table is planning a Valentine’s deluxe five-course menu at R280 person with light musical entertainment adding extra spice to the meal. The restaurant will be open from 18h00 and the a la carte menu will be available as well. Bookings are strongly advised.

For bookings, phone 021 877 5155 or e-mail theredtable@nederburg.co.za.

The Visitor’s Centre is also offering something special, with a sweet pairing of Rose’s Nougat with Nederburg Foundation Rosé 2013, as well as Rose’s Turkish Delight with The Beautiful Lady 2012. Try one of the pairings and you’ll stand a chance to win three bottles of each of the wines involved.

You’ll find the Nederburg Wine Estate on Sonstraal Road in Paarl.

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Cape Getaway Show 2014

Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West is the place to be for travel and outdoor enthusiasts from 14 to 16 March 2014. That’s when the annual Cape Getaway Show sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans comes our way.

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The Cape Getaway Show at Lourensford Wine Estate

Over 200 leading travel, outdoor and adventure brands will be taking part with a showcase of beautiful destinations, accommodation, the latest camping and outdoor gear, 4×4 vehicles and accessories, interactive demo areas, a tent city, outdoor accessories and of course… amazing deals and discounts.

Highlights include exciting kiddies activities, great prizes in the spin-and-win area, a delicious food deli, the Best Value Wine Tent, live music at the Sedgwick’s Original Watering Hole, scenic morning hikes, photography workshops, a 4×4 track and loads more.

The Cape Getaway Show is open from 10h00 to 18h00 on Friday 14 March 2014, 09h00 to 18h00 on Saturday 15 March 2014 and 09h00 to 17h00 on Sunday 16 March 2014. The entry cost is R60 for adults, R35 for pensioners, R35 for students and there’s no charge for kids under 12 years old. Plenty free parking will be available at the event.

Tickets are available at the gates or online at www.getawayshow.co.za.

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The Many Delights of ‘I Love my Laundry’

Spotting the sign ‘I Love my Laundry’ from across the street in Heritage Square, it is unclear exactly what services the little place is offering. Venturing inside is likely to only confuse you further…

The interior catches that delicate balance between glamorous and quirky, and although aesthetically pleasing, it is sensually puzzling. There is a large table in the centre of the room with +- 16 or so chairs around it, where you are likely to find people munching upon various types of Dim Sum, passing round a bottle of Merlot and chatting gamely to the strangers next to them. Encouraged to take a seat yourself, you take a closer look at your surroundings and see pieces of artwork hanging from the walls off washing lines. Listening closely, under the merry hubbub and clatter of crockery, you will hear washing machines spinning the eponymous laundry.

In practice, ‘I Love my Laundry’ is a variety of things. It is a Dim Sum restaurant, offering the Asian cuisine with radish or turnip or marinated cabbage. It also a wine shop, an art studio, and hosts weekly fondue parties. Next to the wine one can also buy sheets and pillow cases. And on top of all this – indeed, the place’s principle function – ‘I Love my Laundry’ is a launderette.

The business is just one of many across the world that has adapted to the global recession through the process of what the New York Times calls the ‘cross-pollination’ of services. In arty cities such as Cape Town, where a tourist can’t blink without missing one of the many seductive eateries that the city has to offer, the weirder the business, the more success it will see. Indeed, ‘I Love my Laundry’ already has the reputation of a landmark much older than its two years.

As the place becomes more and more popular, those heading towards the city who are tempted by the combination of clean sheets and Cantonese cuisine, can check the limousine services in Cape Town offered here, to get your Dim Sum while its hot, and your laundry in before the last load.

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DHL Stormers Super Rugby Fixtures 2014

The 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season is just around the corner. With a strong squad, the DHL Stormers will once again be one of the favourites along with the Cell C Sharks, Crusaders, Chiefs and the Brumbies. The Cape Town based side travels to New Zealand and Australia early in the competition and from the fixtures below, you’ll see its not the easiest of overseas tours. After that, it’s back to DHL Newlands for a number of home games over the remaining months of the competition.

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Vodacom Super Rugby 2014

Here’s the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby fixture list for the DHL Stormers:

  • 22 February 2014: Lions vs DHL Stormers
    Ellis Park, Johannesburg – 19h10
  • 28 February 2014: DHL Stormers vs Hurricanes
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 19h10
  • 8 March 2014: Crusaders vs DHL Stormers
    AMI Stadium, Addington, Christchurch – 08h35
  • 14 March 2014: Chiefs vs DHL Stormers
    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton – 08h35
  • 22 March 2014: Brumbies vs DHL Stormers
    Canberra Stadium, Canberra – 10h40
  • 29 March 2014: Reds vs DHL Stormers
    Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane – 10h40
  • 5 April 2014: DHL Stormers vs Waratahs
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 19h10
  • 19 April 2014: DHL Stormers vs Lions
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05
  • 26 April 2014: Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers
    Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – 17h05
  • 3 May 2014: DHL Stormers vs Highlanders
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 15h00
  • 10 May 2014: Vodacom Bulls vs DHL Stormers
    Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – 19h10
  • 17 May 2014: DHL Stormers vs Force
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05
  • 24 May 2014: DHL Stormers vs Toyota Cheetahs
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05
  • 31 May 2014: Cell C Sharks vs DHL Stormers
    Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban – 19h10
  • 5 July 2014: DHL Stormers vs Vodacom Bulls
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05
  • 12 July 2014: DHL Stormers vs Cell C Sharks
    DHL Newlands, Cape Town – 19h10

Dates, times and venues subject to change. All times are SA local time.

Under the captaincy of Jean De Villiers and Schalk Burger, let’s hope the team can bring the silverware to the Cape this year!

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J&B Met 2014 | Theme: Made To Conquer

This year’s J&B Met comes our way on Saturday 1 February 2014. The event is one of the big highlights on Cape Town’s horseracing calendar, with thousands of punters and fashionistas attending every year. The action takes place at Kenilworth Racecourse, with the first races of the day starting after 11h00.

J&B Met: 1 February 2014

J&B Met: 1 February 2014

The fashion theme for the 2014 J&B Met is ‘Made To Conquer’, inspired by victory and determination. SABC 3 breakfast show ‘Expresso’ will be on board to cover the fashion on the big day, so make the effort and you might just be featured on TV. Big prizes will be up for grabs for the most elegantly dressed couple and the best themed couple.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket, with prices ranging from R195 each for the main event and R150 each for the after-party. You can also pre-book a parking ticket through Computicket for R60.

It’s always a big day out for the Mother City. Enjoy!

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See Electric Light Orchestra live in Cape Town: 15 February 2014

Fans of Electric Light Orchestra are in for a treat this February. The legendary band will be touring South Africa, with frontman Phil Bates on lead vocals duty. Cape Town fans can look forward to seeing the band in concert at the Liquifruit Ampitheatre in Paarl on Saturday 15 February 2014. The band will also perform at the ICC Durban Arena on Wednesday 12 February 2014 and at Emporers Palace in JHB on 13 and 14 February 2014.

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ELO live in concert in the Mother City

Electric Light Orchestra is one of the most well-known bands of the 70s, 80 and 90s. With a unique sound that fused classical and rock music, they dominated charts all over the world. Songs like ‘Livin’ Thing’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, ‘All Over The World’, ‘Shine A Little Love’, ‘Turn To Stone’ and ‘Evil Woman’ were huge back in the day and you can look forward to hearing them, along with the other classics. The band will be fronted by Phil Bates, hailed by Classic Rock Magazine as among the UK’s best vocalists. South African electro string group, The Muses will be the supporting act on the SA tour.

Tickets are available from Computicket and prices range from R290 to R495 each for the Cape Town show. If you’re a fan, then don’t miss out!

COMPETITION: I have a double ticket to give away for the ELO concert in Paarl on 15 February 2014. Email me at adrian@keenoncapetown.com with your details and include the name of your favourite ELO song. First person to email me with the name of an ELO song will win.

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The Lindt Christmas Advent Calendar Competition

If you’re a chocolate lover, then here’s your chance to win! It’s day 20 of the Lindt Christmas Advent Calendar Competition and that means KeenOnCapeTown.com has a fantastic hamper of Lindt goodies to give away.

UPDATE: Competition is closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. There were some fantastic suggestions. The winner will be notified later today…

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Competition Day 20

I’m keeping things simple (and easy), so get your thinking caps on and get creative. Here goes: What flavour of Lindt chocolate would you like to see next (that doesn’t exist yet)? Send your entry to adrian@keenoncapetown.com with your name, cell number and address.

Please note: The competition is only open to Capetonians (this is KeenOnCapeTown.com after all!). The winner will have their prize delivered to them in the second week of January 2014.

And if you’re wondering what the hamper up for grabs looks like, here it is…

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The prize…

Terms and conditions:

1. This competition is only open to Cape Town people. Please supply all contact details – if you fail to do so your entry will be disqualified. 2. The competition closes at midnight on Friday 20 December 2013. Winner will be notified by Monday 23 December 2013 by email. If the winner cannot be reached, another winner will be selected. 3. The winner of the competition will be chosen at the discretion of KeenOnCapeTown.com – most innovative and creative answer. This is not a lucky draw. 4. The Lindt hamper (worth R600) is not transferable for cash. 5. The winner will receive the Lindt hamper in the second week of January 2014.

Good luck!

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Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014 Line-Up

The 15th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival comes our way on 28 and 29 March 2014. The event has become one of the prime attractions on the city’s music calendar, attracting top local and international performers and thousands of festival-goers each year.

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Top local and international artists will be rocking the Mother City.

There are already some exciting artists on the 2014 line-up which looks like this so far:

  • Jonas Gwangwa (SA)
  • The Soil (SA)
  • Jimmy Nevis  (SA)
  • Shane Cooper (SA)
  • Carmen Lundy (USA)
  • Reason (SA)
  • Ological Studies (SA)
  • Jaco Maria – the Storyteller (MOZ)
  • Erykah Badu (USA)
  • Soul Housing Project (SA)
  • Hiatus Kaiyote (Aus)
  • Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet (USA)
  • The Foreign Exchange (USA)
  • Kenny Garrett Quintet(USA)
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (US)
  • Rakesh Chaurasia and Friends (India)
  • Snarky Puppy (USA)
  • Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo (SA)
  • The Muffinz (SA)

Tickets will be on sale at Computicket leading up to the event and prices are still to be confirmed. Look out for more info in the weeks ahead.

The festival will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). It’s going to be massive!

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