While the vineyards are still decked out in the last vestiges of orange and yellow and late autumn starts to tickle its cold fingers down your spine, it is time for our farms to throw open the barn doors and invite the world to come and celebrate at the annual Wacky Wine Weekend from the 4th to 7th June 2015.
Time has been the winemaker’s assistant and the first of the crop is ready to drink. Tents are up and tables and chairs dusted off. Musicians come from far and wide and a buzz of excitement vibrates through the air. We rejoice in the product of last year’s labour and the rest that is to come and in life itself.
This much-loved event, with its family-friendly collection of old traditions and novel attractions, has firmly secured its reputation as a “must-do” on the Cape’s annual social calendar. This de-centralised affair boasts a line-up of unique events and activities to suit the fun-seeker, novice or a wine connoisseur. ‘Seriously Wine Thursday’ promises to inspire wine aficionados with a range of tailor-made activities, for instance: master wine-tastings, exquisite wine- and food-pairings, educational wine presentations and private tastings with the Valley’s most esteemed winemakers.
The Wacky Wine Weekend will embrace the usual line-up of fun-filled activities, for example: ‘meet-the-winemaker’ tastings, brandy tours and tastings, river cruises, barrel tastings, cheese- and olive tastings, a simulated rodeo bull, a mountain bike challenge and local performing artists. The Valley will also be presenting a gastronomic extravaganza, with visitors spoilt for a choice of delish delights.
The Robertson Wine Valley has offered a number of transport packages because there is a strong no drinking and driving policy. Please have a look below for the package that best suits you so we can keep our Cape Town roads safe.
So head out to the Robertson Wine Valley for a winter getaway at the Wacky Wine Weekend – don’t forget to use the #CPTBucketList and the #WackyWineWeekend hashtag.
A R120 weekend passport, must be purchased at one’s first port-of-call, ie at any of the participating wineries. The passport includes: a stylish tasting glass, free 25mℓ wine-tasting samples, and a ‘goodie’ bag with some great surprises, as well as the programme highlighting some special offers. All other activities during the Wacky Wine Weekend will be ‘pay-as-you-go’, with many of the activities free of charge. Visitors will also be able to purchase wine-by-the-glass or a bottle of wine to share amongst friends.
Book Day Packages with A2B Charters. Group bookings of between 7 and 60 passengers for day-trips cost R550 per person and include ‘Buddy Bus’ transport between the participating wineries. Bookings close 29 May! Contact Jacques on 083 258 4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cape Town Carnival is set to dazzle and sparkle its way down the Green Point Fan Walk on Saturday, 14 March 2015. This fabulous carnival is all about celebrating our unique African identity and diverse cultures bringing Ubuntu meet Mardi Gras to the streets of our Mother City. The theme for this vibrant extravaganza is ELEMENTAL: Celebrating Fire, Water, Air and Earth – the unstoppable forces that shape us and our beautiful city.
The party starts from 4pm at the Gallows Hill Traffic Department parking lot with the procession commencing with an electrifying explosion of fireworks at 7pm. This colourful parade will have up to 20 astounding giant floats with over 2000 talented performers that will parade down the 1.2 km Fan Walk.
Get involved Cape Town! Organisers are encouraging Carnival-goers to shine bright, dive into the sea, take to the skies and come back to earth – and celebrate what the ELEMENTAL theme means to you. Dress up and show the Mother City your sparkle!
These spectacular celebrations lead to the Cape Town Carnival After Party, brought to you by Redd’s, taking place at the Green Point Stadium Forecourt from 9pm until midnight. Beatenberg, Riky Rick and Cassper Nyovest are going to get the eager party-goers dancing. Entry is free and no under 18’s will be allowed.
Pull intoThe Night Harvestthis Friday, 6 March, for the best Freeride MTB & BMX the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. 2015 is already framing up to be one of the biggest, most badass years for two-wheeled, pedal-powered action with Africa’s largest dirt jump competition growing into the Monster it is today. A number of local and international pro’s will be wall-riding, tail-whipping and back-flipping their way through the freshly rebuilt Potato Trails in Hout Bay.(more…)
This is a call for all Adrenaline Junkies, Extreme Stunt Enthusiasts and Action Sports Fanatics. Ultimate X 2015 is set to take the backflips, tail whips and superman seat grabs to a whole new level as it lifts the roof off their new playground at the Grand Arena (GrandWest Casino) this weekend – 27th and 28th February. Cape Town, are you ready for South Africa’s Premiere Action Sport Festival to blow your mind?(more…)
I have the privilege of co-hosting #TravelChatSAevery Wednesday evening from 7pm – 8pm on the Twittersphere where 4 questions are posted every 15 minutes with a bonus question. I was lucky enough to have #CPTBucketListas the topic, enthusiasts all over South Africa took part in the conversation with fantastic suggestions with what they would like to tick off their #CPTBucketList.
Heritage day has to be one of my favourite days of the year. A day where all South Africans get together to celebrate our rich heritage and the diversity of our rainbow nation. Most of us celebrate this through uniting around a fire and having a good ‘ol braai with family and friends. This #HeritageDay, Durbanville Hills Wines is having a relaxed Braai Day on their estate. They welcome all Proudly South African souls to come enjoy the live music, breathtaking views, award-winning wine and of course, the delicious aroma of meat on the braai.
Durbanville Hills restaurant will be preparing a variety of gourmet boerewors rolls fresh from the braai at R35, each served with some creative, interesting toppings. They will also be open for breakfast and lunch offering an la carte menu. The tasting room will be open from 10.00 until 15.00 and live music will be available from 11.00 until 14.00.
Bring your family and friends and come enjoy this momentous day stretched-out under the olive grove with a glass of wine enjoying the panoramic vista of Table Mountain, the vineyards and rolling hills.
This weekend, 20-21 September, the Cape Town Trance Community welcomes the first official festival of the season: #Earthdance. This music festival has moved venues and will now take place at the good ol’ Nekkies-Resort in Worcester, only an hour drive from the Mother City. Every year Earthdance holds over 500 events in 80 different countries worldwide and shares a vision between like-minded people to come together and celebrate life through the non-stop doof-doof beating of trance whilst stomping away with flowers in their hair and the earth below their feet.
This trance party is enjoyed by all – newbies are welcome, as long as they show peace, love unity and respect to fellow stompers. This is a good jol for first timers because the Earthdance followers are known to be a great bunch. This year the legendary festival’s theme is ‘Transformation’ which is being embraced in many ways. Earthdance has reason to boast, with the incredible line-up they have in store for the Cape psy-fanatics: 2 days and 1 night with 3 stages, playing trance, techno or mellow vibes. The incredible PsyMedia Crew has put together a banger of a set – just under 17 hours long. This SoundCloud playlist features old and new music from internationals Lost & Found, Audioform and Tristan, as well as locals Prefix, D-Sciple, Chabunk, Silo & Humerous, Kalahari Kris, Zezia and Disco Volante.
Since its inception in 1997, Earthdance events all over the world simultaneously join together in the Prayer for Peace – a powerful moment of coherent intention. At 1am on Sunday morning all parties link via the “Prayer for Peace” meditation, a song that is played at all events at exactly the same time, connecting all party-goers at every Earthdance in solidarity for Peace. How cool?
This is a trance party so don’t forget to be organised, a sleeping bag and tent is an absolute must or a friend with those items would come in handy! There will be clean ablution facilities and a strong security presence but all valuables need to be locked away at all times. There are many craft and food stores. No glass is allowed, so decantering of beverages is necessary before entry. There will be a fully-stocked cash bar to keep the masses hydrated!
Pre-sale tickets are R320 at selected retail outlets or R330 through Quicket.co.za. Tickets will also be available at the gate at R350 for the full weekend pass or R200 for some Sunday Funday from 8am on Sunday. 50% of profits sold at the door are donated to charities addressing peace, sustainability, and social justice. Earthdance Cape Town has donated close to 1.5 Million Rand over it’s existence, lets join together and show the rest of the world what our community is capable of,
So whether you are a newbie or a regular stomper, checking out #Earthdance 2014 is an absolute must. Grab a couple of friends and take a spontaneous road trip to the beautiful green lands of Worcester for some fun in the sun. Checking out the vibe amongst the Cape Town Trance Community is a must for your #CPTBucketList.
#Moonlightmass has made riding bikes in Cape Town cool since 2012. Starting out as a social experiment, creators Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum had no idea that their initial tweet proposing the idea, would lead to up to a thousand Capetonians gathering at the Green Point Circle every full moon, for a night bike ride through the streets of the Mother City.
What is something that all Capetonians have in common? The love of food! This Sunday, 27 July, Cape Town’s first street food festival is taking the love of food to a whole new level at Sidestreet Studios in Woodstock. The festival starts at 9am with a street food market running throughout the day until 3pm.