Camphors at Vergelegen takes two top Eat Out awards

Camphors Executive Chef Michael Cooke with Feroz Koor, Woolworths Group Head of Sustainability (credit Eat Out)

Camphors, the signature restaurant at 317-year-old Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West, has scooped not only sixth place in the prestigious Eat Out Mercedes Benz Restaurant Awards, but has also won the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award.

These accolades were announced at the Grand Arena, Grand West in Cape Town on Sunday 19 November.

Camphors was opened five years ago (November 2012) as part of a larger investment in Vergelegen’s hospitality offerings. Named after five giant camphor trees on the estate, it is located among beautiful gardens on the banks of the Lourens River, against a landscape of dramatic mountain scenery.

Vergelegen was the first Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Champion (2005) and its award-winning wine is the starting point when creating the menus. Executive Chef Michael Cooke’s superb cuisine reflects the wide variety of produce sourced from the farm gardens, orchards and pastures, as well as specialist suppliers. Read more Camphors at Vergelegen takes two top Eat Out awards

New to Stellenbosch Hills…yadda yadda…bacon!

SH Biltong & Wine pairing

Winery deploys the ultimate ‘fan magnet’ for Biltong & Wine Tasting

Stellenbosch Hills set tongues a-wagging in 2005 when it paired wines with that quintessential South African snack, biltong and droëwors. Now, it takes that lead to a whole new and irresistible flavour level with the undisputed champion of foods: bacon, beautiful bacon.

Yes. Of course, it’s unfair. We’re all rendered completely powerless in the hypnotic tractor beam of deliciousness that emanates from a slow-fried slice of crispy smoked pork meat. The same might be said of Stellenbosch Hills’ delectable selection of quality wines. Putting them together as a food and wine pairing is a match made in heaven. Read more New to Stellenbosch Hills…yadda yadda…bacon!

THE RCS GUGS RACE IS BACK BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE

RCS Gugs Race 2016

With RCS on board as the title sponsor for the 8th consecutive year, the popular Gugulethu Reconciliation Race is back this year, bigger and better than before. The 17th RCS Gugs Race, as it is fondly referred to, takes place in the vibrant township of Gugulethu on the outskirts of Cape Town, on Saturday 16 December – South Africa’s annual Day of Reconciliation. RCS is owned by BNP Paribas, one of the largest banks in Europe.

This race, which is fast becoming one of the most anticipated events on the Western Cape’s annual sporting calendar, saw the number of entrants rise steeply to just over 2000 last year.

“This truly is a-one-of-a-kind experience,” says RCS CEO Regan Adams. “We encourage runners from all areas of the Western Cape and across the country to participate, and friends and families are invited to come along and soak up the experience, along with a taste of township life, in the spirit of reconciliation.” Read more THE RCS GUGS RACE IS BACK BIGGER AND BETTER THAN BEFORE

L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE FESTIVAL 2018 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

LQP Moments 2017, image by Martin van Staden

Cape Town, November 16th, 2017 – Tickets for South Africa’s most elegant horseracing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival – to take place at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town, from Friday to Saturday, 5-6 January, 2018 – go on sale at Computicket, today from 12pm.

This will be the second year that the event takes place over two days. On Friday, a limited number of guests will be able to experience the LQP Garden Party (R 500 per person) complete with bottomless L’Ormarins MCC, Heineken-on-tap, a harvest table, live jazz and access to the racing. This is probably the best value ticket of the weekend as it also entitles guests to access the famous Style Lounge Village on the second day of the festival. Read more L’ORMARINS QUEEN’S PLATE FESTIVAL 2018 TICKETS NOW ON SALE

TRIBUTE FEST at Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville on 26 December

Elvis – Jimmy Hendrix – Neil Diamond – Guns `n Roses – Bob Marley -Tina Turner – ZZTop – Depeche Mode – Amy Winehouse – Janis Joplin – Joe Cocker – Uriah Heep – Deep Purple – Alice Cooper – Bon Jovi.

The fourth annual Tribute Fest features a phenomenal line up, including loads of new acts to bring you 12 hours of music to pay tribute to some of the greatest musical legends of all time. The bands that will be performing to honour the likes of Elvis, Neil Diamond, ZZTop, Depeche Mode, Joe Cocker and many more are: Mark Haze, Patrick Canovi’s “Kiss the Sky” Show Band, Music 4 the Masses, Johan Liebenberg Band, The Rivertones, James Marais and various other collaborating artists. Read more TRIBUTE FEST at Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville on 26 December

A Mamma Mia! Summer at Nederburg this December

Nederburg is hosting an outdoor screening of the enchanting romantic comedy Mamma Mia! on the sprawling lawn in front of its historic manor house at the farm in Paarl on Saturday, 16 December 2017 (a public holiday).

Dive into a beautiful story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father, told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA, and starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried among others.

With utterly picturesque scenes and heart-pounding music, this epic film is wonderfully suited to a summer evening in the glorious Cape Winelands, matched with good company, outstanding wine and delicious eats. Read more A Mamma Mia! Summer at Nederburg this December