Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: July 28, 2011

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Cape Town’s Killarney Race track has long been the home of motorsport fans and motoring enthusiasts with a love of live high-speed racing. With Cape Town quickly becoming the events capital of South Africa, and following the success of the 2010 World Cup, high-speed adrenalin-fuelled action may be moving closer to the city bowl.

Killarney itself is a classic motor race track in Cape Town. Situated in Tableview, about 30km from the city centre, the track boasts magnificent views of Table Mountain.

The track was first used for racing in 1947 and rebuilt between 1959 and 1960 to conform to the standard required for the 1500cc Formula One cars of the time. It was this upgrade to the track that allowed Cape Town to host its first international Formula One Grand Prix racing event when the Cape Grand Prix was run at Killarney on 17 December 1960.

Now, more than half a century later, South Africa is currently bidding to host a Formula One Grand Prix in Cape Town from 2013 with some pretty big ideas.

The proposed plans are for a Monaco-style race through the streets of Cape Town that pass along the Atlantic Ocean coast with Table Mountain and Lion’s Head as backdrops.

The inclusion of the World Cup Stadium in the race is one of Cape Town Grand Prix  ideas for the 2013 event, with a proposed a 5,7 km street circuit through the Green Point suburb of Cape Town.

Spectators would be able to watch the action up close as the track makes use of the exit and entry points of the stadium at street level.

One of the biggest adjustments would be lifting the pitch and laying tar in line with International Automobile Federation standards. Once the three-day Formula One event ended, the tar would then be re-covered with the playing pitch.

It’s an ambitious project and would be a large boon to Cape Town should the plan see fruition. This would also herald the first international Grand Prix in South Africa in nearly twenty years.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in the historic heart of Cape Town’s city centre, a short distance from the World Cup Stadium and other Cape Town attractions.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Cape Town,Events | on: July 25, 2011

With such a strong beer culture in South Africa, it’s not surprising that a number of excellent micro breweries have arisen to produce some very fine craft beer.

The term microbrewery originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s to describe the new generation of small breweries which focused on producing traditional cask ale.

Although originally “microbrewery” was used in relation to the size of breweries, it gradually came to reflect an alternative attitude and approach to brewing flexibility, adaptability, experimentation and customer service.

With South Africans currently consuming just over 2.6-billion litres of beer a year, it’s easy to see the allure of the unique taste and refreshing variety of craft beer.

The Taj Cape Town is pleased to join Brewers & Union, Camel Thorn, Jack Black Beer, Darling Brew and Napier Brewery on 29 July as the combined front of independent brewing in South Africa for the We Love Real Beer and Curry Evening.

Brewers & Union have found some of Europe’s oldest family-run breweries in search of artisan-produced beers. Working hand-in-hand with different brew masters, they develop the finest, authentic lagers and ales.

Mitchell’s Brewery’s range of four draught beers are produced using the finest available ingredients and a carefully selected amalgam of British mashing and German lagering techniques. Each uniquely suited to South African conditions.

Camelthorn is Namibia’s only craft microbrew. It’s the brainchild of Jörg Finkeldey, who was born in Namibia, but was one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement twenty years ago in the United States.

Jack Black Beer is inspired by the legend of an American maverick brew-master from the 1920s. It’s an all natural premium lager, free from artificial additives and preservatives, brewed at their Western Cape microbrewery.

Darling Brew is inspired by the extremely rare geometric tortoise which captures the uniqueness and the unhurried character of their craft beer. They focus on supplying draught and bottled beers according to their slow beer philosophy.

Napier Brewery specialises in English-style malts which are brewed naturally on the outskirts of the village of Napier. This beer has become firmly established as a favourite of Napier locals and visitors alike.

These unique craft beers will be partnering with the finest curries in the land. This promises to be a night to remember as the country’s best craft beers are paired with 10 different dishes from the Taj Cape Town’s Bombay Brasserie.  There will also be an opportunity to try these beers at the Twankey Bar and meet the brewers behind each craft beer brand.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and is home to the luxurious Bombay Brasserie, famous for fine dining and contemporary Indian cuisine.




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