Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: December 26, 2012


It’s been another fantastic year for the Mother City and a great year for Taj Cape Town. From hosting delegates from New7Wonders and World of First growths to bringing the tastes and expressions of the Winelands into the heart of Cape Town, we have been blessed with the very best of friends, family and fans of the hotel.

As we bid 2012 a fond farewell, we have a wonderful New Years line up sure to kick off 2013 in elegance and style.

Join us at our Mint Restaurant which will be serving a carnival buffet, roasts, traditional Cap Malay dishes, fresh seafood and delectable puddings and at midnight, you will be treated to a complimentary glass of Cap Classique. A live jazz trio will be entertaining guests from 20h00 onwards and Mint guests are all granted complimentary access to the Twankey Bar Street Party.

Guests of the Bombay Brasserie can enjoy our celebrated, seven-course “Chef’s Tasting” menu including a glass Methode Cap Classique at Midnight.

For light entertainment, a pianist will be in the hotel lounge from 18h00 and at 22h00 a Malay choir will perform a repertoire of traditional songs for guests. A selection of Methode Cap Classique and Champagne will be available at our festive Champagne Bar and complimentary access to the Twankey Bar Street Party will be sure to see the New Year in, in style.

The Twankey Bar Minstrel Carnival Street Party, located on the corner of Wale and Adderley Streets, offers the best vantage point to view the annual Cape Minstrel March at midnight. Guests can enjoy a variety of party plates, featuring Cape Malay and local delicacies before capping of the New Year with Cap Classique.

Once again we would like to thank all of the friends and fans of the hotel for all their support over the last year and we are looking forward to providing many more luxury Cape Town experiences for you all in 2013.

Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in Cape Town this festive season. Ample secure parking for any of our New Year Events is available in Mandela Rhodes Place adjacent to the hotel with the parking entrance located in Burg Street, off Wale Street.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: December 13, 2012

Image courtesy of Cape Town Minstrels Carnival Association

Dating back almost 200 years, The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party. While the New Year always arrives with a big bang in the Mother City, it’s the Cape Minstrel Carnival, which gives the celebration its local colour.

The origin of the carnival stretches back to the 19th century and has its origins in the time of slavery in Cape Town, when the original citizens of District Six were allowed their one day off on January 1st.

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival takes place every year at New Year, when thousands of musicians, singers, dancers and tailors connected to them; gear themselves for a celebration of life and a new year, rather than a reflection on the days of slavery.

Performers from local communities dressed as minstrels and waving parasols, dance and sing their way from Zonnebloem, formerly District Six, through the city centre. Most involved are third or fourth generation participants and the more garish the costume, and the more the banjo tunes can make your feet tap – the better.

This year The Twankey Bar invites one and all to join us in celebrating the wonderful local tradition of the Cape Minstrel Carnival parade. At the stroke of midnight on 31 January, we will see in the new year together with good cheer, fine bubbly and delicious foods.

The Twankey Bar Minstrel Carnival Street Party has two street part packages available on 31 December 2012. Priced at R150, this option grants entrance fee including Cap Classique at midnight. or for R350 entrance fee and tickets for a variety of party plates, featuring Cape Malay and local delicacies and Cap Classique at midnight. For R350, you get your entrance covered as well as tickets to enjoy a variety of party plates featuring Cape Malay and other local delicacies, all to be capped off at midnight with Cap Classique.

Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in Cape Town, conveniently located in the heart of the Mother City and is home to the Twankey champagne and oyster bar, the best vantage point for the Minstrels’ Carnival.




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