Last year the animal welfare organisation Four Paws teamed up with South African Wildlife Project’s Elda Thomas and big name baker Dot Klerck to ignite the launch for their latest SA lions canned hunting awareness campaign #RiseUpAndRoar. The result? A giant lion cake which popped up in the V&A Waterfront for a couple of days in June.
Naturally, as the baker behind the best cakes in the Helderberg, Chantelle had to make a trip to see this baked marvel.
As for the girls and myself, we just wanted an excuse to go and sight-see at the Waterfront! :)
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Admittedly, it was a pretty cool cake.
Last year Chantelle and I took the girls to our very first Oom Piet’s Christmas Party, which is in annual fundraising project brought to life by the Durbanville Rotary Club. It was an absolute treat and certainly one of the best ways to kick off the festive season if you have young ones like we do!
The Rotary Club itself has been serving the local under-privileged communities for more than four decades, and all funds raised from these Christmas parties are used for community service projects in and around Durbanville.
If you are not familiar with Oom’s Piets Christmas parties, essentially a section of the Durbanville Race Course gets transformed into a magical castle where a host of storybook characters entertain children between the ages of 3 to 8 with pantomime, carol singing and of course, a visit from the all important Father Christmas himself!
It’s an absolute feel good evening event which is guaranteed to leave you and your youngs ones with a big grin on the face.
Applications are now open, so it is probably a good idea to book your place with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, as this popular event sells out pretty fast!
This weekend (5-7 February 2016) sees the annual Oppiwa music and wine festival hit the tranquil streets of Jacobsbaai once more.
If you have never heard of Oppiwa before, it’s actually pretty cool. It is an entire weekend of wine and Afrikaans music, all held in the tiny getaway village of Jacobsbaai, which sits off the road kind of halfway between Vredenburg and Saldanha up along the West Coast.
At the heart of Oppiwa is the tractor pulled trailers – in other words, literally ‘Op die wa’, for which you buy a ticket and then get to enjoy the company of your selected Afrikaans musician as you guzzle sponsored wine with like minded fans while driving through the dusty streets of Jacobsbaai.
At some point in your trailer trip, you’ll stop at a local’s house, where you’ll dig into some finger food, have more wine, and then get treated to a personal little music session with your chosen artist.
It’s a seriously great way to get up really close and personal with your favourite Afrikaans music idols, and needless to say, a heck of a fun day out.
This year there are quite a few Afrikaans heavy hitters on the playlist, including the likes of Valiant Swart, Gian Groen, Jak de Priester, Anna Davel, Mathys Roets, Koos Kombuis, and Danie Niehaus.
So yes, I suspect Jacobsbaai will be bursting at the seams this weekend then.
Obviously, seeing as we have pretty much become regulars in Jacobsbaai these last few years, the Lotter clan will be there too!
(Though I’m giving the trailer a skip with this buggered knee thank you very much. Chantelle will just have to drink on my behalf as I stay behind and entertain the kids…)
Related Link: Oppiwa Music and Wine Festival
Chantelle is quite fond of (and indeed, so am I) the Lourensford Harvest Market, a farmer’s market held every Sunday on the Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West. They have a great vendor selection (food, arts and crafts), good live entertainment, and an excellent outdoor atmosphere, not to mention a very professional stall setup.
Sadly however, if you were looking to make the trip through to the market next Sunday, don’t bother.
Monday evening saw a massive storm hit the Helderberg, with the gusting winds completely ravaging Gordon’s Bay, Strand and Somerset West. Indeed, here in Country Mews, quite a few houses lost barge boards off of their roof (been there, done that), my neighbour’s backyard was completely torn apart with corrugated sheets flying everywhere, and I needed to run and retrieve my black bin (not the stolen one) that had made a trek halfway around the complex! (We also nearly managed to run out of power on the same evening – spotted the meter just as it dipped to under 1.75 units left!)
Needless to say, the Lourensford Harvest Market setup wasn’t spared.
The team announced the following on Facebook, along with these photos:
Mother Nature came out in full force yesterday, causing major damage to our beloved market area. Your safety and comfort is our main concern, so unfortunately we cannot open the Lourensford Harvest Market this weekend as we repair its infrastructure. We will keep you updated on the progress and when we plan to re-open the market.
So yeah, just in case you were planning on heading out that way on Sunday… don’t.
Oh, and just in case you thought the worst in terms of storm is over – well Councillor Stuart Pringle has just warned the Helderberg and surrounding residents to prepare for severe weather and rainfall this week.
Wonderful. (Though, we do need the rain of course…)
If you don’t have plans for Saturday 11 April 2015 and happen to be milling around the Stellenbosch area, then you might be keen to know that the FASHKOSH 2015 Stellenbosch SA Airshow is on the go that day, kicking off at 08:00 in the morning!
The Stellenbosch Flying Club is playing host to this 2015 Stellenbosch Airshow edition, and with tickets coming in at a ridiculously low R40-R60 per person, you would be quite silly to miss it! (You can secure your tickets online via Webtickets)
Sights already confirmed include:
Chantelle’s Cupcakery starts up again for 2014, kicking things off by manning a stall at the always bustling Willowbridge Slow Food Market on Saturday 25 January, followed by a stall showing at the impossible not to love Century City Natural Goods Market on Sunday 26 January.
So with that in mind, I’ve ripped the rest of this directly from their Facebook event: It’s back! The first Century City Natural Goods Market of 2014 kicks off this weekend giving visitors the chance to eat good, do good, listen good and shop good at the popular summer fair.
Shopping and eating at Cape Town’s premier natural goods market will be accompanied by the sounds of seven-piece country dub band The Suitcase Hearts. The band, with powerful vocalist Ilse Lotz at the fore, will play a set ranging from country to blues, jazz and folk. The rest of the 7 piece band are all stars in their own right and consists of Kyla-Rose Smith on backing vocals and violin, Simon Annet on drums, Doug Armstrong on trumpet, keyboard and effects, Dean Pienaar on bass guitar, Bood Carver on acoustic guitar and Brydon Bolton on electric guitar. (Starting at 11h00).
While adults enjoy the music, children will be thrilled by the exotic animal show by Zoo2You, an animal outreach programme that both entertains and educates. Kids will see farm animals, amphibians, insects, and baby mammals. (Open from 10h00 – 13h00).
Be sure not to miss the ‘Art on the Island’ exhibition of works by Thomas Mulcaire ‘Mirror 2014’ curated by Mirjam Asmal-Dik at the Eco Centre at Intaka Island.
Visitors to Intaka Island can expect a different artist’s studio showcase each month, interactive cultural events such as storytelling sessions or portrait photo studios, and a variety of high-end craft artists too.
While there’s an entertaining menu for visitors, the market gives shoppers time to celebrate the festive side of life with a glass of organic bubbly while browsing around the great selection of quality products and delicious food, kept cool and safe under Bedouin stretch tents created by Dimensions Tents & Structures.
We’re renowned for our food stalls so as always, there are healthy gourmet meals, curries, wraps, salads, samoosas, smoked fish, kudu burgers, biltong, pies, vegetarian, cheeses, beer, champagne, wine, specialty coffees, tea, cakes, cookies, preserves, olives, freshly baked farm breads, confectionary, jams, freshly squeezed juice and smoothies – we’ve got it all!
If you are looking for original gifts, there will be stalls selling crafts and clothing at reasonable prices, or you can spoil yourself with fabulous natural body care products and jewelry.
The on-site clubhouse has seating facilities, and offers coffee, tea and a bar. Visitors can also enjoy boat trips from Intaka Island to Canal Walk.
For the mutt lovers, African Tails will be hosting an adoption day with the cutest brakkies and puppies. Their stunning calendar is also on sale, and makes a wonderful gift.
Summer 2014 market dates:
Sunday 23 February 2014
Sunday 30 March 2014
Sunday 27 April 2014
Trading Hours: 09h00 – 14h00
Location: Central Park, Park Lane in Century City (follow Intaka Island signs)
There is ample and secure parking.
Directions: If you are coming from Cape Town along the N1, take the Sable road turn off, at the top of the off ramp turn left. Follow the road around the bend into Ratanga Rd. Follow Ratanga Road and at the third set of robots, turn right into Century Boulevard. Go over one speed bump, and you will come to a circle, go around the circle, and exit it right (3 o’clock) into Century Way (follow Intaka Island signs). Once in Century Way take your first left into Park Lane
Contact & Enquiries:
Tel/Fax: 021 531 2173