The Cape Town Festival of Beer is back!

Because NO great Party ever started with someone eating a Salad!
Because NO great Party ever started with someone eating a Salad!

South Africa’s largest and most popular beer festival, the Cape Town Festival of Beer is back and set to rock the Mother City this November! Hosted at the Hamilton’s Rugby club from 25 to 27 November 2016, this year’s event promises to be bigger, better and even more epic!

Returning for a 7th consecutive year, the 2016 event will feature some of the most sought after local and international beer brands with over 200 beers being showcased from 60 different breweries. The festival will boast a monster entertainment line-up with the Parlotones live on stage on the Friday and will also serve as the ideal spot to watch the Springboks vs Wales game on the Saturday.

Whether you’re a beer enthusiastic, connoisseur, socialite or just keen on sharing a few cold ones with your mates, this is one event you won’t want to miss! Read more The Cape Town Festival of Beer is back!

Strawberry Festival At Stellenbosch Slow Market

Strawberry Festival At Stellenbosch Slow Market
Strawberry Festival At Stellenbosch Slow Market

On Saturday, 01 October 2016, strawberry season will officially be celebrated at the Stellenbosch Slow Market where everything from freshly plucked strawberries, strawberry sausages, to strawberry soaps and bath salts as well as strawberry plants will be on sale.
Meet South Africa’s queen of strawberries

Come and meet South Africa’s queen of strawberries – strawberry farmer, Deonette Bourbon-Leftley, who has been growing these ruby red beauties for more than 31 years on her 24 hectare farm in Paarl. She says: “Our strawberries are grown with love and delivered with pride. They are ripened by the sun, and therefore are plump and sweet and last longer.” Read more Strawberry Festival At Stellenbosch Slow Market

Vote for 2016’s South African of the Year

Vote for 2016’s South African of the Year
Vote for 2016’s South African of the Year

The National Braai Day initiative, the official custodians of the “South African of the Year” award, is excited to announce the four South African of the Year nominees for 2016. They are: Black Coffee, Caster Semenya, Pretty Yende and Wayde van Niekerk.

The South African of the Year campaign forms part of an ambition to ensure that 24 September is firmly established as South Africa’s national day of celebration. Each of these nominees has given the country cause for great celebration during the course of 2016.

Last year, through thousands of public votes, South Africa chose Trevor Noah as their South African of the Year for his achievement of becoming the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”. Read more Vote for 2016’s South African of the Year

Cape Town – Maximising public space

CAPE TOWN’S HIDDEN HOTSPOTS, SECRETS AND SERVICESWith all of the positive changes that urbanism brings, cities also face certain risk factors in this process. These include overdensity, overly high pricing, and the culture of the area changing and losing some of its charm. A city is only as strong as its residents, businesses, and community, and once these become overly exclusive due to the previously mentioned restrictions, that sense of propriety disappears and the area changes.

But a strong urban environment is not only dependent on its diversity and sense of community; actively encouraging the use of democratic public space in a city can play a huge role towards achieving a healthy balance. Read more Cape Town – Maximising public space

National Braai Tour is fired up

National Braai Tour is fired up
National Braai Tour is fired up

The third annual National Braai Tour is currently underway and, if the general participant consensus is to be believed, it’s the best one yet. Currently the Tour is in Calitzdorp, the port capital of South Africa, having already visited Cape Agulhas and the Kam’Bati River Resort just outside Swellendam. Over 200 enthusiastic braaiers will eventually finish the Tour – perhaps somewhat bleary-eyed – at Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

This year National Braai Tour started in Cape Town before heading to the southernmost tip of Africa. From Cape Agulhas it was on to Swellendam – the third oldest town in South Africa – and then to Calitzdorp. The route to Calitzdorp took Braai Tourists over the breathtakingly beautiful Tradouw Pass – one of 13 built by master builder Thomas Bain – and through Barrydale along Route 62 to the Calitzdorp Spa. Along the way there were roadside braais, giant milkshakes and new friends coming together around a fire. Read more National Braai Tour is fired up

South Africa Hosts World’s Biggest Obstacle Race

SOUTH AFRICA HOSTS WORLD’S BIGGEST OBSTACLE RACE
SOUTH AFRICA HOSTS WORLD’S BIGGEST OBSTACLE RACE

Paarl will host South Africa’s first FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun, the world’s biggest cross-country obstacle race, on Saturday 1 October 2016. This is the first time this event, known as the ‘strongest race of all time’ will be held outside of Europe.

This rapidly growing cross-country-obstacle-race set on a long distance track including swimming, climbing and crawling obstacles. Paarl Rock, the country’s largest recorded mass of granite and the picturesque Berg River are the location, and will add to the challenge and scenic beauty for this one-of-a-kind event.

Ferdinand Rabie, winner of the first Big Brother SA in 2002, has been awarded the three-year license to bring this popular event to South Africa.

“Last year, 12 FISHERMAN’S FRIEND StrongmanRun events took place throughout Europe, with over 80 000 participants and I was extremely fortunate to participate in the event in Nuremberg earlier this year,” said Rabie.

“This is known as the strongest race of all time, and after participating, I know why. I had the most fun I have had in a long time wading through mud and swimming through streams in the biggest obstacles. Read more South Africa Hosts World’s Biggest Obstacle Race