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    Win Tickets: Say Cheese Artisan Cheese Fair

    This premier cheese event will bring together cheesemakers and cheese lovers, bakers and brewers, and all things spicy and nice.

    A lively weekend line-up will see leading cheese experts, food bloggers, chefs and winemakers in attendance, conducting tastings, pairings, and cheese-making demonstrations.

    From the 30th September to the 1st of October, you can explore imported cheeses as well as cheese complements such as olives, wine, beer, breads, charcuterie, preserves, etc. Over 40 stands will be present including a  bar and restaurant area. Plenty of kids entertainment is provided as well as light music to add to the atmosphere.

    You can also pop by the chefs area where demonstrations by cheese-makers, well known foodies and chefs will take place.

    Tickets can be bought at the door for R90, or R55  for 12-18 year olds and pensioners. Kids under 12 can join for free.

    P.S.: The Fair will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday, and from 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday.

    Win 1 of 5 double tickets to the Say Cheese Artisan Cheese Fair

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    The Mess

    The Mess restaurant in Green Point conveniently situated a mere 5 minutes away from both the Cape Town city center and the sea. This quirkily named, newly opened bar and restaurant is everything locals and visitors could possibly wish for.

    The name references the 15th century when a group of people who ate together was known as a ‘mess’. The mess, historically, was a communal dining space; a home away from home- a place of companionship and camaraderie.  The word ‘mess’ also has its roots in the old French word mes, meaning a portion of food.

    Food is something that The Mess in Green Point takes very seriously; there is nothing careless about their approach to food. While the concept may be one of informal, unfussy eating, The Mess still offers a sophisticated night out with the sharing plates of globally-inspired dishes all packing flavour punches comparable to some of the finest dining establishments in the city.

    Chef Luke Wonnacott of Lukefoodalways consultancy was the one who made culinary magic. Luke understood exactly what owner Carlene de Gouveia wanted and was able to work alongside her to create an eclectic menu that focused on shared plates of good quality ingredients. Both Luke and Carlene believe that food should be beautiful as well as delicious and that flavours must be celebrated. The menu caters for all dietary requirements and diners can be assured that each dish is expertly prepared using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Diners will be delighted by the blackboard options to bring some new flavors to the small but varied menu.

    At The Mess there is no strict adherence to any one style of cuisine instead the dishes take their inspiration from all corners of the world. Generously-sized sharing plates such as yoghurt and thyme flatbreads with mezze of French confit duck rillettes and pickled beetroot, white bean and tahini pate with pine nut and mint vinaigrette inspired by visits to Turkey and pickled goats’ cheese with Moroccan nut dukkha set the scene for the tempting global flavours on offer.

    Those not enamoured with the idea of sharing food will be glad to know that there are main plates on offer as well.

    Accompanying the carefully considered menu is a small well-selected wine list. Cocktails such as Frozen Mojitos or Pink Grapefruit Flavoured Gin & Tonics are available as well a small range of craft gin and beers.

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    Directions to The Mess
    110, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel
    15 Napier Street
    Green Point
    8001
    021 418 3910

     

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    Heritage Day Lamb Spit Braai at Spier Wine Farm

    Celebrate Heritage Day in Stellenbosch with Spier Wine Farm as they host a memorable event at EIGHT. The first a beautiful lunch at their farm-to-table restaurant, while a braai feast is prepared at the hotel.

    Heritage Day Lunch at EIGHT 

    A feast featuring pasture-reared meats and fresh veggies from the farm at the acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, Eight. Lunch includes a Hoghouse draught beer or glass of Spier Signature wine.

    When: Sunday 24 September 2017
    Time: 12:00
    Place: Eight
    Cost: R400 per person
    Book: aldrinel@spier.co.za

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    Heritage Day at Shimmy Beach Club

    South Africa is rich with culture and Shimmy Beach Club is situated at the epicenter of Cape Town’s cultural melting pot, The V&A Waterfront. This year, Shimmy’s Restaurant will be offering a special lunch menu to celebrate our heritage.

    Join Shimmy Beach Club for a family #MondayFunday lunch on Monday 25th September, in celebration of the Heritage Day off!

    Enjoy the panoramic ocean views while tucking into one of the delectable menu options, glass of wine in hand, while the kids are looked after and entertained with face-painters, jumping castles, a kiddies play area, a ball pit and as well as a special kiddies menu for them to enjoy.

    Book your table by calling 021 200 7778 or email info@shimmybeachclub.co.za.

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    Specials at Liberty’s Restaurant at Double Tree

    Liberty’s Restaurant is a chic restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu and all-day dining in a discreetly glamorous atmosphere. Having spent 15 years honing his culinary talents across Europe and South Africa, executive chef Simon Kemp has made the DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town – Upper Eastside kitchen his creative home. Every week, he invites you to try a new summer special menu. The one displayed below is available until the 27th of August 2017.

    P.S.: This menu is available every day from 11am – 6pm.

    Liberty’s Restaurant

    18 – 24 September

    45 | Soup of the Week

    Butternut and orange soup

    With crème fraiche and toasted coconut

    55 | Boerie roll

    Spiced beef boerewors sausage with artisan hot dog roll, tomato smoortjie and slap chips

    85 | Tomato lamb bredie

    Delicately spiced with sambal, roti and sultana yellow rice

    65 | “Amagwinya”

    Fried dough filled with curried mince and served with chutney and a tomato salsa

    65 | Vegetarian

    “Salomi”

    Vegetable and bean curry inside a pan-fried roti with spiced yogurt, sambal and chutney

    Dessert

    55 | Dessert

    Peppermint crisp tart

    With caramel, coconut biscuits and cream

    Directions to Double Tree by Hilton

    31 Brickfield Road
    Woodstock
    021 404 0570

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    Scooping two global accolades, Spier garners international acclaim for its wines

    The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2017 awarded the Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2014 with a “Gold Outstanding” medal score of 93+ at the 48th annual IWSC awards ceremony, which was held in London in September 2017. In addition, Spier proudly walked away with awards for seven other wines in the 2017 IWSC. Spier’s wines were judged against those from nearly 90 countries, with more than 400 international experts evaluating the wines over a period of seven months, making Spier’s achievement in the IWSC extremely significant.

    The Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2014 is richly textured, tannic and brooding, its palate exuding black fruits, dark chocolate, baked herbs and meaty spice. Tautly strung yet fine tannins are evident, offering a luxurious and velvety texture. Expect this wine to peak around 2022 with the ability to keep longer.

    The Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2014 also won Double Gold at the 2017 Top 100 SA Wines, Double Gold at the 2016 Veritas Awards and earned 4.5 stars in the 2017 edition of Platter’s Wine Guide.

    Again on the international front, renowned journalist and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin, has released his much-anticipated fifth annual South African 2017 Special Report, and has rated Spier highly. A total of ten high-ranking Spier wines are included in the report, all of which received scores of 90+. Most notably, Atkins awarded the Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 with a score of 95 points, making it one of the top wines of the year.

    Picked on five different dates to maximize complexity, Spier’s top Chenin is wild fermented in 70% new wood. It has a little sweetness, but not botrytis, and a very complex, concentrated palate. Peach, patisserie and cinnamon spice are supported by vivid, mouth-watering acidity – Atkins comments.

    The wooded 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2015 is rich and complex, with aromas of dried apricots, ripe tropical fruit, and oaky vanilla undertones on the nose. With the intense richness of flavour and good acidity, this Chenin Blanc will age very well. It recently ranked as one of the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc wines in South Africa.

    Together, the award-winning Chenin Blanc and Pinotage form the cornerstone of the 21 Gables range. Barrel-fermented and matured, both are central to South Africa’s vinous history. The acclaim that Spier’s wines have received is a testament to the passion, dedication and experience of cellar master Frans Smit. A member of the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild, Frans has worked at Spier since 1996, helping to transform the estate into the internationally recognised label that it is today.

    Through its premium multi-award-winning 21 Gables wine range, named after the 21 historic Cape Dutch gables that feature on the estate, Spier celebrates 325 years of contribution to South Africa’s rich winemaking history, as well as its own architectural history. The range boasts individual varietals, each one representing a specific terroir which offers a unique characteristic in terms of flavour.

    For more information about Spier’s 21 Gables wine range, visit their website!

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    The Kitchen at Maison to host the first of the Four Coursemen Collaboration Series

    On Thursday 28 September, The Kitchen at Maison, the Eat Out 2016 top ten restaurant at Maison Estate in the Franschhoek Valley, will host the first of The Four Coursemen Collaboration series, where four renowned chefs will be showcasing their culinary skills, to celebrate Spring in the Cape Winelands.

    Eric Bulpitt from Faber restaurant at Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl, Chris Erasmus from Foliage in Franschhoek, and Michelle Theron from Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, also in Franschhoek, will join chef Arno Janse van Rensburg at The Kitchen at Maison, to provide an evening of food and wine to remember.

    Each event will see the chefs delighting palates with canapes and four courses paired with wines, and the host chef will prepare the main course. Chef Arno was unable to give us even a hint of what he will be preparing.

    I will be using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and we will have to see what our gardens at Maison have on offer.

    It will be interesting to see how the four of us work together in each other’s kitchens, and to see how each of our dishes complement the others. Chef collaborations are an excellent way for us to share and experience other ways of doing things in the kitchen.

    Each event will be limited to 40 guests, and the cost is R 720 per person. This includes four canapes, four courses paired with wine, and gratuity.

    Directions to The Kitchen at Maison
    R45
    Franschhoek
    7690
    021 876 2116

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    Fuego

    Opening its doors in January 2017, Fuego is situated in Sea Point. This one of a kind Taqueria (taco joint) and cocktail bar serves a selection of Latin dishes, along with delectable cocktails. Owned by Dominican New Yorker turned Capetonian, Jennifer Fernandez, Fuego brings the flavours of Latin American cuisine to the Mother City.

    Fuego offers home-style cooking set against an upmarket, modern, clean design. This trend has become popular in New York, resulting in a dining experience that is up-scale while still being laid-back and familiar.

    As for its name, Fuego means fire in Spanish. This name was chosen as it is a descriptor for something cool, as in, “that’s hot,” but it also hints at the rich, often spicy flavours used in Latin American cuisine.

    The restaurant offers authentic Latin cuisine that fuses traditional family recipes with contemporary twists. Unique flavours are added to create unusual dishes that combine traditional staples with exotic flavours. The result is a truly unforgettable menu that is inspiring and imaginative. Tacos – a Latin American cuisine staple enjoyed all over the world – play an important role in Fuego’s menu offering. Many of the recipes come from Jennifer’s mother, aunt and grandmother.

    Menu highlights include the popular taco bowls, which feature seasoned rice or quinoa with corn, beans, mixed greens, tomatoes, and chipotle sauce, and a choice of meat, fish or veggies; a wide variety of tacos, including the popular drunken chicken taco along with vegetable, fish, steak, pulled pork and regular chicken tacos; starters; salads; sides and desserts such as churros served with chocolate or caramel.

    The new tapas menu will be available during happy hour 16h00-18h30 every day. Happy hour will offer half price on classic cocktails and occasional different specials the day of.

    Fuego is open from 11h00 until 22h00.

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    Fuego
    77 Regent Road
    Sea Point
    8060
    072 233 8486

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    Sugarbird Fynbos Gin – get it funded on Thundafund!

    Need a shot of inspiration? Discover how a new affordable and accessible gin aimed at creative go-getters is hoping to give flight to the entrepreneurial spirit in others by tapping into the collective support of inspired and proud South Africans.

    There’s a new gin perched on the craft beverage tree. Sugarbird Gin is the manifestation of a few passionate entrepreneurs and spirit lovers. But she isn’t claiming to be the premium gin. No, she’s
    about capturing the essence of South Africa and inspiring and empowering creative pursuits.

    Sugarbird believe in the creative innovation of humanity, the incredible ventures that are born when people connect on common ground (often over an easy drink) and in the rewards of hustling to make your dreams come to life. But making dreams come to life is no easy feat as any entrepreneur will tell you, and so with the gin movement on the rise and desire to empower entrepreneurs in SA (especially the underrepresented women and previously disadvantaged), Sugarbird poured their passions together and crafted the vision for Sugarbird Fynbos Gin, a great SA gin with true entrepreneurial spirit.

    Affordable and Accessible

    This gin was created with hard working hustlers in mind. Sugarbird want her unpretentious, great
    tasting quality to be enjoyed by the masses, fuelling as many creative ambitions as possible and making the craft gin trend accessible to a wider audience. By partnering with larger distilleries, this gin is moderately priced.. She is an everyday gin, not an elite, premium gin.

    Proudly South African and always improving.

    Sugarbird Gin includes extracts of juniper berries, rose geranium, orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, honey bush, Angelica root, rooibos, cardamom, Cape May (which is sourced by botanists of the slopes of Table Mountain), coriander and a tiny dash of cinnamon. – Rob Heyns.

    What Can You Get Through This Campaign

    By helping fund this project on Thundafund, it’s your unique opportunity to purchase some of the following exciting rewards:

    • A bottle of Sugarbird Fynbos Gin at a discounted price.
    • A bottle of Sugarbird Fynbos Gin at a discounted price, and some delicious
      Barker & Quin tonic.
    • A bottle of Sugarbird Fynbos Gin at a discounted price and two Riedel to Go
      Stemless Glasses.
    • A KOI Bootcamp Access Pass.
    • A Sugarbird Gin Infused Dinner.

    Fund this project now!

     

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    Boschendal’s Elgin Chardonnay 2015 gets further Accolades

    South Africa’s Best White Wine is garnering even further accolades this year. Boschendal’s superlative Elgin Chardonnay 2015 has received 95 points in the prestigious Tim Atkin Report. This comprehensive guide to South African wine ranks 1400 wines from across the country, with nine of Boschendal’s wines scoring 90 points or more.

    The ideal vintage to celebrate spring sunshine, the Elgin Chardonnay is part of Boschendal’s premium Appellation Series, and was hailed as South Africa’s Best White Wine in the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC). Additionally, it was awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy and Best South African Chardonnay Trophy, sealing its domination in the South African Chardonnay category.

    As well as the Elgin Chardonnay, Boschendal additionally received 94 for its Appellation Series Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, 94 for the Jean Le Long Prestige Cuvee 2007 Blanc de Blancs, 93 for its ‘Play Pen’ Riesling, and 92 for its Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Grand Cuvee Brut 2012.

    Shirley van Wyk, marketing manager at Boschendal, says the estate was particularly proud of these awards as they are judged amongst the finest wines in the world.

    In his report, Atkin calls South Africa the world’s most dynamic wine producing country, in part due to the emergence of young winemaking talent. This is a view echoed by Boschendal, which firmly supports the nurturing of up-and-coming winemakers as imperative to continuing the estate’s wine producing legacy.

    Additionally, Atkin calls for the protection of South Africa’s old vines, which he names a ‘dwindling resource.’ This again, is very much in line with Boschendal’s own mission to protect diminishing varietals through on-going commitment to its vineyards.

    As one of South Africa’s first and most prominent Chardonnay producers, we made the decision to purchase Highfield Farms in the Elgin Valley in 2017. We’ve been sourcing our grapes from the farm for over ten years so we wanted to conserve the land for winemaking, especially as many other farms in the region are reverting to apple crops. We have a rich heritage in Chardonnay – it’s a varietal we’re proud of and hope to make for generations to come.

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    Barry Hilton Live at The Franschhoek Cellar

    Barry Hilton has a delightful knack of finding the ludicrous and the humorous in daily situations to make us laugh at life. He is enormously funny, and his global track record highlights a unique ability to cut through all boundaries and appeal to any nationality, race or age.

    On the 15th October, he will be performing at The Franschhoek Cellar in the Cape Winelands with tickets costing only R165 per person.

    Book your tickets here!

    Directions to The Franschhoek Cellar
    R45, Franschhoek Main Road,
    Franschhoek Valley
    021 876 2086

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    The Franschhoek Cellar Wedding Journey

    The Franschhoek Cellar #WeddingJourney is a one-day event that will have you, your partner and your family feeling a lot more relaxed about planning your special day.

    On the 28th of October, start the day with a glass of bubbles and walk your own wedding journey route with Franschhoek Cellar, from your arrival in a vintage car through to a fashion show of some of the latest bridal looks.

    Entrance fee: R80.00 per person. To book your ticket please contact chanels@dgb.co.za and stand a chance to win a wedding to the value of R80 000!!!

    Directions to The Franschhoek Cellar
    R45, Franschhoek Main Road,
    Franschhoek Valley
    021 876 2086

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    Function Hire at Rhebokskloof

    The Rhebok Venue lends itself to any type of function with a maximum capacity of 350 guests.

    It includes tables, tiffany chairs, table cloths, napkins, cutlery, crockery and glassware as well as the use of a spacious reception building. You can also enquire about the delicious braai and buffet menus that are available when hosting your end of year function at Rhebokskloof.

    You can also hire the Cape Dutch Venue as well as the Rhebokskloof Restaurant for your function. These two venues both have a capacity for 30 – 80 guests. All the details can be found in the flyer below. Give Rhebokskloof a call today to receive more information on how they can cater for your company.

    Directions to Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
    Wine Route Number 8
    Windmeul
    Agter Paarl
    7623
    Western Cape
    SOUTH AFRICA
    Tel +27 (0)21 869 8386

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    Heritage Celebrations at Tobago’s Restaurant

    Tobago’s Restaurant are inviting you to join their Heritage Day celebrations!

    On the 24th of September, you can join the restaurant from 12h30 until 15h30 for a traditional South African Braai to celebrate Heritage Day. The lunch buffet menu is available for R395 per person and the entire family is welcome to join.

    Booking for the lunch is essential.

    Directions to Tabago’s Restaurant
    Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
    Beach Road
    Granger Bay
    8002
    021 441 3000

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    Win: Tapas Special for Two at Bukhara

    Join one of the finest Indian restaurants in Cape Town for this incredible tapas special for two!

    Bukhara specializes in various methods of Indian cooking, all with a slant to north Indian origins. Succulent meats cooked in the charcoal tandoor and aromatic curries continue to delight palates.

    The restaurant has a big tapas selection with popular Indian dishes such as lamb kababs, chicken tikka kati, tandoori salmon, chicken chaat, daily chef’s specialties and much more. If you aren’t sure what to order, you can also try the tapas special for two which is available until the 28th of July. R295 gets you a selection of the chef’s favourite tapas dishes on the menu so that you can try the best of Indian cuisine.

    Remember to book your seats to avoid disappointment!

    Win a Tapas Platter for 2 + a bottle of wine!

    P.S.: They are currently running a great new competition where you can win the tapas for two as well as a bottle of wine. All you have to do is head to their Facebook page and write on their timeline to tag the person you would share this prize with. Easy!

    This special is only available at the Church Street Restaurant!

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    Iceland’s Award Winning Reyka Vodka Now Available in South Africa

    Living in a place like Iceland, gives one an interesting view of the world. It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also rugged and provocative. It requires its people to live creatively and take an inventive approach. And so when it comes to making vodka, Reyka followed this path. You can see it in their unique distillation method and innovative process. And you can surely taste it in the distinctive flavour of Reyka’s award-winning vodka.

    A product of Borganes, a small village steeped in Viking history, Reyka Vodka is hand crafted in preciously small batches in Iceland’s first vodka distillery.  Hailing from a land of fire and ice, Reyka makes the most of Iceland’s resources – using nearby glacier spring water and lava rocks as a natural filtration system.   On top of that, the distillery is also powered by geo-thermal energy from nearby hot springs. This gives every drop of Reyka its smooth taste and silky finish.

    Fuelled by living on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Icelanders come from a tradition of self sufficiency and making many things by hand, infusing nature and our own unique perspective in virtually everything we do. From the resourceful use of lava rock and glacier spring water, to being the only vodka in the world that uses a Carter-Head Still in distillation, Reyka Vodka is able to bring you the essence of Iceland by producing a smooth tasting vodka unlike any other. – Shaun Stemmett, Brand Manager for Reyka.

    Reyka’s hand crafted process takes about 6 hours to produce a small batch of only 1,000 litres of vodka, using one of the only Carter-Head Stills in the world – and the only one that is used to make vodka. This precious spirit is then analyzed by the Master Distiller to ensure each and every bottle retains the highest of high quality.

    Reyka made its debut in Iceland in 2005, when William Grant and Sons set out to make the cleanest and smoothest vodka in the world.  It has developed an exceptional taste reputation internationally; in 2011 Reyka was awarded the Vodka Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and in 2013, the Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and ‘Very good—Strong recommendation’ at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

    With a taste described as exceptionally smooth and rounded with a soft natural sweetness and a slight hint of wild fruits, Reyka Vodka is now available at leading liquor stores. Bottled at 43% ABV, RRSP R299.95.

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    The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort

    Set amidst nine acres of renowned gardens and flanked by views of Table Mountain and neighbouring Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, you’ll find The Conservatory.
    Situated in the Cellars-Hohenort hotel in the verdant Constantia Valley, the restaurant itself is located around a 300-year old oak tree and boasts a lovely fresh look and old historic feel.

    Dishes are classic with a modern twist and a focus on local produce, integrated perfectly with a chosen wine from the award winning wine list. Guests may choose from three special Conservatory sections – the main dining section, with stunning views of the gardens with their ancient Camphor trees; the ‘breakfast room’; and the terrace overlooking the garden.

    Together with Head Chef Paul Nash, Group Chef Peter Tempelhoff has created a classic menu with a focus on firm favourites,  From Cape Malay rubbed line fish, Boland cheese soufflé and wild herb encrusted springbok loin –  the menu has something for everyone.

    The Conservatory is also the perfect place to enjoy a special Low-Carb High Tea with friends and loved ones.

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    Directions to The Conservatory
    Cellars Hohenort Hotel
    93 Brommersvlei Road
    Constantia
    021 794 2137

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    Join Simonsig for a Night of Food, Wine & Opera

    Join Cuvee Restaurant for a wonderful evening of food & music on the 22nd of September!

    Together with Africa’s premiere opera company, Cape Town Opera, Simonsig would like to invite you to an evening of fine wine, good food, and world-class entertainment.

    An annual highlight in our event calendar, the concert consists of arias and ensembles from well-known operas and operettas by composers such as Mozart, Bellini, Weber and Lehár, as well as a few lighter items from musicals.

    PERFORMERS
    Frances du Plessis   (soprano)
    Nkululeko Masuku   (tenor)
    Martin Mkhize   (baritone)
    Thomas Mohlamme  (bass)
    Cecilia Rangwanasha   (soprano)
    Nonhlanhla Yende   (mezzo)
    Abongile Fumba   (mezzo)
    Johannes Slabbert   (tenor)

    The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets cost R550 per person (incl. 2-course dinner and MCC on arrival).

    Bookings are essential. 

    Directions to Cuvée at Simonsig

    Simonsig Wine Estate
    Kromme Rhee Road
    Koelenhof
    7605

    Tel: +27 (0) 21 888 4932
    Fax: +27 (0) 21 888 4909
    E-mail: cuvee@simonsig.co.za

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