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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: December 12, 2014

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The historic site at the Wale and Adderley Street junction has been witness to the Mother City’s most notable celebrations over the last 350 years and Taj Cape Town is set to continue this fine tradition this festive season.

Taj Cape Town has the festive season gift-wrapped with a range of seasonal luxury hotel offerings and a rare vantage point to enjoy the end of year festivities in the heart of the City. With “A Local Production” as the over-arching theme in all of our special events this festive season guests can look forward to the best in local culinary masterpieces.

Starting from December 2014 and continuing until February 2015 is a selection delectable offerings at the hotel. Start winding down the old year with a Cape Craft Beer, Charcuterie and Cheese Tasting including a selection of three craft beer tasters, three artisan cheeses and three cured meats; all from the finest local producers.

Visitors to the hotel can also enjoy a delectable spread full of colour and culinary delights with our Summer Afternoon Tea in the grand Lobby Lounge of Taj Cape Town. Bowls of summer berries, macaroons in an assortment of flavours and a variety of freshly baked tarts and scones will sooth any sweet tooth, while those with a savoury palette will be pleased with the likes of tandoori chicken fold-over pies and gourmet quiches.

For those looking for a taste of something local we have a Cape Brandy and Biltong Duo in the Lobby Lounge. Biltong, a local word for cured South African meat, is especially popular throughout the Country. The Sommeliers’ selection of fine Cape Brandy is on an easy par with the world’s best, and there’s a special place in many South African’s hearts for marbled quality Beef and Game biltong expertly cured.

Renowned wine scribe Neil Pendock also proudly presents his Best Value Festive Selection and offers guests and visitors to Taj Cape Town an opportunity to taste and purchase the six wines being showcased at the locally renowned Pendock Wine Gallery over the festive season.

Christmas Eve Festivities at the hotel  will include a pianist on hand in the Lobby lounge to play season classics on our Baby Grand while a local choir will enchant guests with joyful renditions of Christmas Carol favourites.

Guests may choose to reserve their Christmas Eve dinners at either of our award winning restaurants; Mint, the Local Grill Restaurant or Bombay Brasserie.  Our respective Executive Chefs have created an array of festive delights, with our signature nod to the exotic flavours of the East.

A complimentary festive cocktail will welcome Christmas lunch and dinner patrons and there will be a supervised indoor play area for children. The glamorous Lobby Lounge will even play host to Santa’s first stop in Cape Town where he will entertain children with giggles and gifts.

With the bustle of the cosmopolitan St Georges Mall as a view and the soft soothing notes from a live jazz duo, a Christmas day luncheon at Mint, the Local Grill Restaurant promises to make this years’ celebration an unforgettable affair. The buffet spread includes a Seafood and Salad Bar in addition to all the traditional favourites, and is a feast for both the eyes and the body.

Bombay Brasserie – Cape Town’s premier Indian fine dining restaurant – will also offer a colourful selection of delicacies presented as a multi-course meal as part of a signature Christmas Day dinner.

The Cape Minstrel’s Midnight March over New Year’s Eve is a spectacle to behold, and there’s no better vantage point than Taj Cape Town. Dating back over 200 years, this is the Mother City’s oldest street party and sees thousands of minstrels in their colourful troupe costumes celebrate freedom through dance and music as they march through the streets.

On New Year’s Eve, Mint, the Local Grill is set to lay out a carnival-inspired buffet, featuring a wide array of Mezze options, a number of succulent roasts, traditional Cape Malay dishes, fresh seafood and indulgent desserts. A jazz trio will provide the live background music during the meal and guests are invited to enjoy complimentary access to the Twankey Bar street party to ring in the New Year with style.

With an elegant atmosphere and a panoramic view of the passing Cape Minstrels’ parade, guests of Bombay Brasserie have the best ticket for a New Year’s Eve celebration. A gourmet six course Chefs tasting menu includes rare delights. Post dinner Bombay Brasserie patrons who are in the mood to celebrate will have the option of complimentary access to the festive Twankey Bar Minstrel’s Carnival Party.

Of course, there’s no better location than Twankey Bar to join in the celebration of the Cape Minstrels’ Carnival parade that starts at the stroke of midnight. The Twankey Bar is perfectly positioned in the centre of this city wide party, and will have a la carte items such as oysters, Jalapeno poppers, crispy calamari to name a few, and will be accompanied by a complimentary glass of bubbles offered at midnight.

The Mint Restaurant will be hosting a family day jazz luncheon to celebrate the start of the New Year with soothing sounds from a live jazz busker as background music. Guests can ease into 2015 over a delectable buffet including Chef’s New Year’s Day roast and a cornucopia of puddings options.

“Tweede Nuwe Jaar”, which translates as ‘Second New Year’, is a uniquely South African celebration which takes place every year on the 2nd January with a festive parade that winds its way through the City.  Also known as the Minstrel carnival, this celebration has its roots in the 19th Century as the only day where slaves were freed of their obligations and allowed to celebrate the New Year with music, dance and colourful costumes. There continues to be no better vantage point than Taj Cape Town to witness and partake in the festivity while enjoying an a la carte menu and a wide variety of wines and local craft beer at The Twankey Bar or the Mint, The Local Grill.

Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in Cape Town in the heart of a jubilant Mother City and are preparing a range of very special offers for our readers in upcoming blog posts this festive season.  Reservations are essential for securing your place a one of the most sought after hotels located within one of the top destinations in the world. Do not hesitate to contact us at: sales.capetown@tajhotels.com as limited rooms are available.

 
 
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Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Uncategorized | on: December 2, 2014

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Christmas is a time for giving and this year, Taj Cape Town and Guests will once again be accumulating gifts for the Amy Biehl Foundation.

The Amy Biehl Stationery Drive at Taj Cape Town was a great success last festive season and it is with great pride that we will once more be collecting stationery from guests, staff and the public which will be donated to school starters aged 5-8.

For those discovering this wonderful organization for the first time, the Amy Biehl Foundation has empowered 5-18 year old youth in the impoverished townships of Cape Town for over 20 years. Reaching over 1,500 youngsters every day, the foundation works tirelessly to give hope and a brighter future with healthy alternatives to the negative influences of poverty, substance abuse, gangsterism, violence and crime.

These educational and cultural activities have afforded many students the opportunity to unlock their creative talent and take their first steps towards becoming future leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa. To this end any stationery and educational items such as colouring books, flash cards, crayons, colour pencils, chair bags, dictionaries, calculators, branded corporate stationery etc., which we can collect over the holiday season will go a long way to improving many lives in the new year to come.

To all who wish to contribute to the stationery drive for the Amy Biehl Foundation, we have a dedicated box in the Lobby Lounge to fill with stationery. A selection of stationery items will also be available for purchase at the Hotel Kiosk.

In the spirit of giving to receive, the Amy Biehl Foundation is offering an array of spectacular prizes to be won via a raffle and a grand prize worth over R70 000 that promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

The grand prize winner and their partner will be chauffeur driven from the airport or train station in either a Jaguar or Range Rover to Taj Cape Town for a two night stay in a luxurious one bedroom suite.

The following day they are invited to go on the popular ‘Footsteps to Freedom’, a Guided City Walking Tour around Cape Town where they will visit historic Cape Town sites such as, the Grand Parade, City Hall, Castle of Good Hope and the Company’s Garden, while tracing the history of South Africa and footsteps of Mandela on his remarkable journey to freedom.

But the grand prize does not stop there; the lucky couple will be spoiled with an all-inclusive trip on the world-renowned The Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria. Replete with five star accommodation, fine cuisine, personalised butler service and a route that offers breath-taking views of the South African countryside, The Blue Train is considered as one of the world’s most luxurious rail experiences.

On arrival in Pretoria, the winning couple will receive a one night’s stay in the exclusive Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Sandton, Johannesburg. Voted as the World’s leading Boutique Hotel for the last six consecutive years, the Saxon Hotel is widely-regarded as the epitome of luxury and impeccable service.

Tying a neat bow on this once in a lifetime prize, the winners will also receive a one night all inclusive stay at Shambala Zulu Camp, in the picturesque Waterberg Mountains where they will be able experience the magic of the African bushveld while keeping an eye open and camera ready for the resident Big Five.

The trip can be reversed from Pretoria to Cape Town, however flights and other expenses not stated are not included with the prize. Raffle tickets are priced at R100 each and are available in the Hotel’s Lobby Lounge or email restaurants.capetown@tajhotels.com. The competition runs from December 2014 until 31 March 2015 and the winner of the grand prize will need to claim and use the prize before 31 August 2015.

We would like to encourage all to help in this great cause and for those seeking more information about these wonderful initiatives or to purchase a Raffle ticket please contact us at restaurants.capetown@tajhotels.com / michelle@amybiehl.co.za or phone us at 021 819 2000.

 
 
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