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Stellenbosch Street Soirees

16 Feb

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Wine, dine and soak up the summertime vibes with an impromptu food and vino festival in this quaint Boland town

Enjoy grapes and gourmet during the languid summer months in the Cape Winelands when the Stellenbosch Street Soirees splash onto the calendar once a month on Wednesday evenings from December 2013 until March 2014. The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, 12 February 2014.

Presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, this regular pop-up wine and food tasting event transforms the lower part of the historic town’s Church Street (between Bird and Andringa streets) into a culinary haven for connoisseurs and students alike.

Participating restaurants beckon visitors to sample their unique dishes at the street stalls, while representatives from wine farms along the country’s oldest and foremost wine route offer delicious vintages to wash away those weekday blues. What’s more, live music and entertainment is scheduled to get those feet tapping as the sun settles over the town’s oak-lined roads and ways.

Events Coordinator for the Stellenbosch Wine Routes Elmarie Rabe reveals that the layout and lifestyle of the “quaint town really lends itself to street ‘kuiers’” and allows visitors to “forget about the day’s hassles and hullabaloos.”

Plus, since Stellenbosch has unseated Franschhoek as the “Gourmet Capital of South Africa” (four of the Top 10 Restaurants in the 2013 Eat Out Awards are from Stellies), the evening soirees offer food and wine lovers a top-notch epicurean experience – and one that’s as affordable as it is fun.


Each week the culinary fair features a different selection of cellars and caterers, and entry to this street party is absolutely gratis, mahala… FREE. For a mere R30p/p, revelers can get a wine glass and a ticket to taste as many wines as there are on offer on that evening. Food dishes are priced individually by vendors.

The event starts at 6pm and runs until 8pm

Stellenbosch on foot

22 Aug

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Explore the “Village of the Oaks” with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream.  Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colourful inhabitants of three centuries.

Discover where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste River and why it is called the Eerste River.  Perhaps you will meet an angel at the “Angel Factory” or a ghost in the graveyard of the “Moederkerk”

Three fires destroyed the village.  Where did the fire of 1710 start and who started it? The first Christian Church building in South Africa was in Stellenbosch not in Cape Town. Today it is the site of the oldest hotel in South Africa,  d’Ouwe Werf, and not all the graves have been moved. Why did Stellenbosch’s first minister, Hercules van Loon, commit suicide?

Dorp Street, ‘the wagon way to Cape Town’ is the oldest residential street in South Africa today. It is still the wagon way to Cape Town, only the wagons have changed somewhat!

Historical buildings surround three sides of The Braak (village green). During the 1809 earth tremor people rushed out of their houses onto the Braak. It was later decided that the Braak would always remain an open area. Stellenbosch has produced many famous South Africans – Prime Ministers and Sportsmen. Rugby and Cricket was played on the Braak.  How did the Springboks get their name in 1906?  Stellenbosch, synonymous with rugby, but the first Stellenbosch Springbok – Nico Theunissen – was a cricketer.

In 1602 the VOC was established by the Here Sewentien. Four hundred years later the “Kruithuis” on the Braak proudly flies the flag of the VOC.

Rhenish Institute, the oldest girl’s boarding school in South Africa, celebrated 150 years in 2010. Rhenish was the first school to teach Domestic Science and Needlework.

I invite you to join me to hear many more interesting facts and fables about the past while experiencing the present in “The Eikestad”

Tours from 36 Market Steet:

Monday to Friday 11:00 & 15:00

By appointment 09:30

Weekends by appointment

R90 per person

For more info visit: http://www.stellenbosch.travel/what-to-do/attractions-activities/stellenbosch-on-foot

All you can eat buffet joints in Cape Town

22 Aug

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As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life” and this is never more apparent that when choosing what to eat,especially in winter.

As a Capetonian with a healthy appetite, though, I say why choose at all? This is why my favourite culinary establishments in Cape Town are restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffet options.

In the Mother City, we’re blessed with a smorgasbord oftraditional and unconventional cuisine, so be sure to try the following buffet joints this winter:


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with the multitude of mouth-watering delicious choices (including sushi and oysters) Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront has on offer, you’re sure to get more than your fill. The delicious buffet is both halaal and vegetarian friendly.

Location: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27(0)21 406 5988
Website: www.tablebay.suninternational.com


If you have more of a sweet tooth and the idea of indulging in decadent caramel and gold leaf éclairs, cream-topped scones and macaroons gets you salivating, pop into the One&Only Cape Town’s Vista Bar&Lounge for afternoon tea.

Location: Vista Bar & Lounge, One&Only Cape Town
Contact: + 27 (0)21 431 5800
Website: www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com


If you like your brunch with a side of jazz music, you simply cannot miss Harvey’s Jazz Brunch each Sunday at  theWinchester Mansions Hotel in Sea Point.

Feast away on eggs  cooked just the way you like it,  fresh sushi, decadent desserts and a glass of complimentary bubbly.

Location: Harvey’s, Winchester Mansions Hotel, Sea Point

Contact:+27(0) 21 434 2351



A firm family favourite, this is the lunch and dinner stop for flavoursome Eastern, Indian and Malay cuisine. Dish as much as you want of their divine curries, seafood, breyanis, roasts and pasta dishes at any of their six locations in Cape Town and pay for your food according to weight.

Location: Crawford, Epping, Mitchell’s Plain, Observatory and Zevenwacht
Contact: +27 (0)21 534 1105
Website: www.ladybee.co.za


Gorge yourself on a variety of dishes, including irresistible home-made chicken curry, paella and more at the trendy Kaprinos franchise around the Mother City.

Location: Athlone, Northgate and Mitchell’s Plain
Contact: +27 (0)78 868 8703/+27 (0)21 534 1105
Website: www.kaprinosbuffet.co.za


Take a break between all of the entertainment at the Grand West Casino and fill up on some tasty dishes at the Quarterdeck Restaurant. Whether it’s soup, roasted meat or sweet desserts you’re after, you’ll find it all and more at this fabulous eatery.

Location: Quarterdeck Restuarant, Grand West Casino & Entertainment World, Goodwood
Contact: +27 (0)21 505 7220
Website: www.suninternational.com


The Durbanville Winelands are alive with the smell of great food as Bloemendal restaurants lay out their best gourmet food, featuring crowd pleasers like ostrich neck potjie, chicken pie, trifle and more.

Location: Bloemendal Restaurant and Conference Centre, Durbanville
Contact: +27 (0)21 975 7575
Website: www.bloemendal.co.za

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11 Jun

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Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved ‘werfs’ (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, leaving guests free to do as theyfounding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.

or vines being pruned – depending on the season. Enjoy a walk in the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden (guided if you feel like learning, or unguided for relaxation). Pick your own salad or enjoy a meal in the superb restaurant. Perhaps a massage in the spa after lunch? Or a stroll along a clivia lined stream? Then a swim in the farm dam or a

bout in the gym, before sundowners at a picnic spot? Or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg, possibly the finest terroir for wine in Africa? You please. Stroll out onto the farm of 200 hectares and see fruit being picked in the orchards
Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl. Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. It is some 60km from the city of Cape Town and an easy 45 min drive from Cape Town International Airport. can choose. Or simply lounge and read, in summer in a hammock strung among tree trunks, in winter curled up before a fire.


Oude Libertas Teater

11 Jun

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You are invited to join the summer audiences who relish in the delights of a unique season of top local and international performers under the stars in the Stellenbosch original theatre of the Winelands.

Music, theatre and dance once again find the perfect setting under the southern sky of Stellenbosch. Set among tall rustling trees, the famous open-air Oude Libertas Amphitheatre this summer hosts a top line-up of entertainment in a variety of presentations. Book your seat at the theatre (021 809 7380/ 021 809 7473) or at Computicket and share in the pleasure of this summer tradition.