Image courtesy of Swartland Wine Route
As we approach the festive season, our exploration of the Western Cape’s beautiful Winelands takes us to Swartland and Darling for a selection of great wines and delicious dinner pairings.
On the menu from local restaurant, Bar Bar Black Sheep – pallets can expect the best in organic and home-grown ingredients that the Swartland can offer, all seasonally fresh and locally sourced. Their delicious menu consists of rustic, slow-cooked country fare and pairs delightfully with excellent boutique and garasiste wines from the area supplied by the Wine Kollective.
The Expressions of Swartland and Darling launch evening commences at 18h00 on the 1st of November 2012 with a complimentary wine tasting which all are welcome to join. A 4-course dinner with paired wines priced at R350 per person and including mineral water will follow at 19h00 for 19h30. Guests are also invited to make an evening of it and enjoy the elegant luxury of the Taj Cape Town at a special rate of only R1750 per room, breakfast included.
Wines featured on the night, will be available for off-consumption purchase at Cellar Door prices through our wine kiosk. During the month of November, Mint Restaurant will offer two of the courses for R175 (excluding a glass of wine) or three courses including a glass of wine for only R210.
Join us at the Earth Fair Market on Thursdays between 12h00 and 15h00 and enjoy a tasting of some of our wines from our current Expressions series, along with some of the people who created them.
Those dining from the Expressions menu or purchasing wine at Cellar Door prices at our Thursday Tastings, stand the chance of winning one of many prizes, including an evening stay for two people in a luxury room at Taj Cape Town.
Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in Cape Town. Secure complimentary parking is available in Mandela Rhodes Place adjacent to the hotel with the parking entrance located in Burg Street, off Wale Street.
Image courtesy of the Cape Town Oriental Dance Festival.
The most beautiful type of dance is set to enchant the Mother City, as international and local dance schools join for the 7th International Oriental Dance Festival in aid of charity.
Visitors are invited to take part in belly dancing workshops, browse the bazaar for dancing accessories, jewellery, costumes and food or simply enjoy the performances by over 500 dancers.
Dance performances include; Oriental, Belly, Tribal fusion, Gypsy, Flamenco and fantasy dances with international performers hailing from Germany, Israel, Iraq, Spain, Indonesia, Argentina and Belgium.
The objective of the International Oriental Dance Festival is to encourage cultural diversity and tolerance as well as to introduce and educate South African communities on diverse cultures. The festival also doubles as a charity event in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.
The festival will take place at the V&A Waterfront from Thursday 25 October until Sunday 28 October. Tickets for the opening Gala Evening are available now at Computicket.
The program for the festival is as follows:
Thursday, 25th October 2012 will be the official start of the festival with the opening Gala Evening. Visitors can enjoy performances by professional International and South African Oriental Dancers at the Nedbank BOE Auditorium at the V&A Waterfront.
Friday 26th 9.30am – 9.30pm and Saturday 27th, 9.00am – 13.00am October 2012 will consist of workshop days. Visitors can learn from the world’s best oriental dance teachers and performers at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower.
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012, the Fringe Program at the V&A Waterfront takes place in the Moroccan Tent next to the Craft Market. The Blue Shed and Amphitheatre will see hundreds of belly dancers, of all dance levels, from beginners to professionals performing for all to see.