The Opening of Parliament in Cape Town and the State of the Nation Address will once again fill the heart of the city with the political elite.
Coinciding with the Opening of Parliament, this key event in the South African political calendar has become a tradition as the Mother City briefly transforms the Cape Town city centre into the networking capital of South Africa.
Completed in 1885, the South African Parliament building is famed for many country-changing events including, the sitting of the first truly democratic South African Parliament led by Nelson Mandela. The building itself, with its central dome and Corinthian porticos and pavilions, is opposite Taj Cape Town and lies in the uppermost corner of the Company’s Gardens, with an entrance on Parliament Street. The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces will be welcomed to the Mother City for the Opening of Parliament on the 12th of February 2015.
Along with the politically famous faces, a parade of high fashion ensembles and haute couture attire will grace the city centre. The Cape Field Artillery will also be in attendance as the Ceremonial Gun Troop, which maintains several 25 pounder guns, will fire them during the annual Opening of Parliament. Onlookers should also keep an eye out for the South African Air Force fly-over during the opening ceremonies.
A longer rush hour and added congestion is to be expected within the Cape Town CBD as several road closures and parliamentary security measures are planned. Taj Cape Town would like to extend an invitation to avoid the increase in traffic caused by the State of the Nation Address and join us for a relaxed evening at the Twankey Bar.
With the large street-side windows and plush comfortable décor, our Twankey Bar is the best vantage point from which to view the Opening of Parliament and accompanying parade. The Twankey Bar is famed for its fresh oysters (shucked to order), perfectly poured cocktails, local craft beers and tapas style small plates.
Guests can enjoy an evening of live music at the Twankey Bar or, for a more relaxed evening, join us in the hotel’s elegant Lobby Lounge for a selection of loose leaf teas, freshly brewed coffee or our biltong and brandy offer.
Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Mother City and is home to Cape Town’s premier banqueting and events venue – The Reserve at Taj Cape Town – as well as the best view of the Opening of Parliament processions – The Twankey Bar – on the corner of Wale Street and Adderley Street.
Taj Cape Town will once again host the 17th Annual TAJ Classic Wine Trophy, in association with La Revue du VIN de France, Tonnellerie Claude Gillet, DORRANCE Wines, GQ South Africa and Tonnellerie Darnajou.
Considered a unique celebration of South African wine, the TAJ Classic Wine Trophy seeks to recognise, reward and promote the elegance, balance, finesse, ageability and sense of place achieved by vignerons in South Africa.
The judging is set to take place from 2nd to 6th March 2015 where an experienced panel of French judges, committed to upholding the highest standards will preside over entrants. The esteemed panel will comprise of some of the biggest names in the industry, all under the auspices of Olivier Poels – editor and managing partner of La Revue du Vin de France.
Judges will blind-taste entrants in twenty-three categories to select a shortlist which will then again be re-tasted blindly by all judges in the Grand Finale. Of those, only twenty will be awarded a coveted Bacchus Trophy. Before the results are revealed, a panel of South African judges will select six wines from the Bacchus Trophy winners that present the best overall value for readers of GQ South Africa and patrons of Taj Cape Town. The awarded wines will then be showcased in GQ South Africa and served in Taj Cape Town over the month of June 2015.
Trophy winners, judges, media and distinguished guests will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive dinner and awards ceremony held in Taj Cape Town’s renowned five-star banqueting venue, The Reserve at Taj Cape Town on Friday, 6th March 2015. A limited number of tickets to this exclusive event will be made available for the first time to the public. The tickets are priced at R650 and include a three course dinner to be enjoyed with the award-winning wines. Those booking before Wednesday, 25 February, will stand a chance to win a complimentary stay, inclusive of breakfast, in a luxury room for 2 persons on the evening of 6 March 2015.
The 17th Annual TAJ Classic Wine Trophy perfectly expresses Taj Cape Town’s passion and support for the South African wine industry as well as its commitment to wine excellence as it strives to serve only the best.
Taj Cape Town offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Mother City and is home to Cape Town’s premier banqueting and events venue – The Reserve at Taj Cape Town. To secure your place at the 17th Annual TAJ Classic Wine Trophy contact Taj Cape Town now at 021 819 2000 or email email@example.com for reservations or for more information.