Galgorm Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland recently hosted the annual World Luxury Restaurant Awards Gala Event for 2018. This year, Forage at Wildekrans the restaurant at the Endless Vineyards Lodge on the Wildekrans Wine Estate in Botrivier, took home the continent winner in the Category of Best Head Chef! The World Luxury Restaurant Awards™ aims to highlight special features of restaurants, thereby increasing competition globally and ultimately raising the level of food quality and the standards of service in the luxury restaurant industry. Hailing from King Williams Town, Chef Gregory Henderson (37) has many restaurant openings under his belt, the most recent being Forage at Wildekrans and Khuraka (Forage in Hindu) at their sister hotel Endless Horizons in Durban North. Forage restaurant is situated on Wildekrans Wine Estate in the Western Cape, and provides the perfect escape when you need time off from your busy schedule, offering gourmet cuisine at its best. Chef Greg prides himself in delivering unique, tantalizing dishes, using ingredients from their own pastures, to deliver an indigenous dining experience, worthy of international recognition. The restaurant ethos has a solid emphasis on Cape Heritage and indigenous ingredients which allows for the chefs from the restaurants to forage daily. The estate is home to a variety of fynbos species including the endangered Renosterbos, wild plants and other interesting finds, combined with traditional cooking methods which then make for a unique and interesting dining experience. Having clinched the second international award at Forage Restaurant in 2 months, Chef Greg says that focus and a strong sense of persistence is what he lives by, and is what he attributes to his success thus far. This is one chef to keep an eye on, as he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, and many other awards that he is working toward winning. For more information or bookings call +27(0)28 050 0397 CLICK HERE to . . .
It turns out that not all water filters inhibit the growth of bacteria, so if you’re looking into purchasing a water purification system, you will want to make sure that it’s bacteriostatic. Bacteria are the most abundant life form on earth, and whilst some are good for us others are not. Water can contain pathogenic, disease-causing bacteria (such as E. coli, legionella and salmonella) as well as non-pathogenic forms. To safeguard us from these pathogens South African municipal water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine or chloramines, but many people don’t like the smell and taste that these chemicals cause or the possible harmful effects, such as: the production of free radicals in the body (via consumption), dry skin, rashes and eczema (via skin absorption) and respiratory issues (via inhalation). Those looking at investing in quality water filters may have come across the term “bacteriostatic” and others of us may never have heard the term before, but what is “bacteriostatic” and why is it important? “Bacteriostatic filters prevent the growth of bacteria within the water filter and are used extensively in filters for the medical fields, food industry and in top-of-the-range home water purification systems,” says Tony Marchesini, Managing Director of H2O International. The good news is that there are a variety of bacteriostatic filters to look out for – some rely on silver to create an environment that inhibits the growth of bacteria; others rely on KDF®55 treatment mediums. In South Africa, only H2O International offers a purification systems that contain both of the above. Issa Al-Kharusy, CEO of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. in Michigan, USA says: “KDF® (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) is a patented product that has revolutionised the water filtration industry. It encompasses a wide range of properties to effectively deal with a correspondingly wide range of current water pollution problems around the world and improves the taste of the water. . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
With winter in full swing, now is the time to consider rejuvenating your home and garden. Find all the green inspiration you need at the first Garden Ideas market to be hosted at Simondium’s Country Lodge from 27-29 July 2018. Home to the highly popular Vintage Ideas and Festive Ideas gift markets, Garden Ideas is a brand-new brain child for the owners of this charming lodge set in beautifully kept gardens between Paarl and Franschhoek. The market promises to be a verdant paradise with a large variety of plants and herbs, garden décor, fresh flowers, body products and loads of floral-inspired items. Exhibitors will share garden themes from the past, showcase current trends and provide insights into the gardens of the future. Several experts will present informal talks on various aspects of gardening and the eco-system, including pruning practises, water-wise gardening and indigenous gardens. The deli will be turned into a wholesome produce market with garden-fresh seasonal fruit, herbs and vegetables as well as home-made preserves, sauces and relishes. Market visitors can sit down and have a nourishing bistro style meal freshly prepared in the lodge’s restaurant. Even kids can be part of the gardening fun with a dedicated garden area that will be both fun and educational. The market will be open from 10h00 till 16h30 daily. Entrance costs R50 per adult, under 18s enter for free. Ample secure parking is available. For more information, contact 021 874 1046. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Small plates make it BIG at Grande Provence this winter Enjoy a unique dining experience in the Franschhoek winelands with the all new small plates menu at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. The menu offers a wide range of small plate options of some of Chef Guy Bennett’s most popular dishes. Choose three of your favourite plates from grilled linefish, a warm goat cheese salad, spiced crispy squid, low & slow beef short rib, a creamy risotto with pancetta, soy braised pork, artisanal cheeses, as well as a dark chocolate fondant to hit your sweet spot. Your trio of small plates is accompanied by a tasting glass of Grande Provence wine. The small plates menu, served from 15h00 to 19h00 daily, offers locals and visitors a taste of what’s on offer at Grande Provence at great winter value. “It’s ideal for sharing and casual, informal dining in spectacular surroundings for a late lunch going on early dinner,” says Chef Guy, for whom sunny winter afternoons are the most beautiful time of the year in Franschhoek. The small plates menu also makes it easy to add a few extras such as freshly shucked oysters or dreamy desserts. Chef Guy and his team love playing with their food and change their dishes constantly by incorporating new ingredients and produce that become available as the seasons change. The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The small plates menu is available at R220 per person for 3 plates of your choice. To book your table, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JBay Winterfest 2018 - MTB, Trail Running and Fishing Finish The Festival! JBay – the final events in the action-packed JBay Winterfest have finished off, which sees the closing of one of the most exciting festivals ever. After the Corona Open JBay Men's and Women's surfing events, the Cold Water Swim Classic, and the Funduro were finished during the early days of the Festival, this weekend saw the culmination of the final events. These events were the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run and the JBay Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition, as well as the final gigs in the hugely popular Corona Sunset Sessions free music shows. JBay Windfarm MTB Classic: The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay. The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest, offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon. At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner. In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her day in the rain, with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. "It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said. Full story and results here https://bit.ly/2uHUveX Full gallery here https://bit.ly/2uuKXoj Endurade JBay X Trail Run This three-stage trail run series, with day and night runs, had the biggest entry so far in the history of the event, and was an exciting but grueling . . .
JBay Winterfest: Surfing, Swimming, Music and Funduro JBay – The JBay Winterfest 2018 has had a busy few days, with a number of different events going down in and around the contest hub. The Corona Open JBay Women’s event kicked off last week, with excellent surf at Supertubes following on from the men’s event. South African wildcard Bianca Buitendag did well to win her opening round heat and advance directly to the third round. Surprise eliminations from this event were Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia and Courtney Conlogue (USA). With good surf on track for JBay, the event will restart later in the week. For more go tohttp://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/wct/2750/corona-open-j-bay-womens The Cold Water Classic open water swim was a huge success this year, with the most entrants thus far in the event’s six-year history. With an air temperature of 19 C, conditions on land were a stark contrast to the icy water that awaited swimmers from all over South Africa who descended upon Jeffreys Bay to take part in the swim. Only three swimmers entered the costume division of the triple mile, an official Robben Island crossing qualifying swim. Veteran PJ Duffy won the men’s section, while Megan Albertyn won the women’s division. “What an awesome experience! I can't believe I haven't done the Cold Water Classic before - will definitely be back next year,” said Albertyn after her swim. Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the double mile while Paige Black won the women’s section of the event. East London swimmer Mbali Vellum in his first cold water swim had to tough it out to complete the double mile. “The water was very very cold but I really wanted to finish the double mile,” said Mbali after his courageous swim. Hannah Counihan from Port Elizabeth won the women’s mile while Peter Michaelides from Knysna won the men’s division. The winners each won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The triple mile wetsuit division was won by legendary waterman . . .
The Drakenstein Local Tourism Association will be joining the global movement for good on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018. The tourism association is calling on local businesses, organisations and communities to assist in their campaign. This year, the DLTA will be joining forces with the non-profit organisation Moms for Wellington. This group of about forty female volunteers look after approximately 160 kids between the ages of four and five on a daily basis. Become involved in this worthwhile cause by dropping donations off at the tourism visitors’ centres in Paarl or Wellington by Wednesday, 18 July, or physically assist with food preparation on Thursday, 19 July. Food donations can include instant mieliepap, sugar and long-life milk or meat, rice, gravy or stock, vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or green beans that will be used to serve nutritious meals to these kinds. Special treats for the volunteers are also welcome. According to Anneliese Stroebel, General Manager of the DLTA, the Drakenstein community has always had a close connection to Mandela Day. “Former president Mandela spent the last part of his incarceration at the Victor Verster prison (now the Drakenstein Correctional Facility) and started his now famed “Long Walk to Freedom” from the facility on his release in February 1990. Today, it is a point of interest to visitors as there is a statue of Madiba in front of the gates and his house was proclaimed a South African National Heritage Site,” explains Stroebel. “We would like to carry on Madiba’s legacy and would like to encourage our local community to join us in helping Moms of Wellington, an organisation that is doing stellar work with these kids,” concludes Stroebel. For further information on how to become involved, contact the DLTA on 021-8724842. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JBay Winterfest, Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo has taken the win at the 2018 Corona Open JBay at the JBay Winterfest, making it back-to back wins at this prestigious Championship Tour (CT) surfing event. He beat Australian powerhouse surfer and CT rookie Wade Carmichael in excellent surf today, bringing a close to four days of world class men’s surfing at Supertubes. In a fast and exciting final, both surfers showed incredible performance and strength, surfing a number of heats from the quarterfinals all the way to the finals, but it was the Brazilian who had the edge on the Australian, taking the win with his aggressive approach to the long lines of Supertubes. Despite a strong comeback performance from the Australian, including a last-ditch grab-rail air 360 attempt in the dying minutes, it was the lightning-fast young Brazilian who took the honours for the second year in a row. South African CT surfer and two times event champion Jordy Smith was also on form throughout this event, but bowed out to Carmichael in an exciting semifinal clash. With one more chance to put a good score on the board during the final minutes of the heat, Jordy mistimed a huge aerial move at the end section, and was eliminated from the event. In the second semifinal Toledo came up against the dynamic Kanoa Igarashi from Japan, and went to town in this heat, posting two near perfect scores of 9.57 and 9.33 for the win and the finals berth. Filipe Toledo goes to number one on the Jeep Leaderboard, displacing Australian surfer Julian Wilson into second place. Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) make up third and fourth place, while Smith sits fairly comfortably at fifth spot on the rankings, and is again a world title contender, along with the rest of the top five. Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Island Tribe and Bioplus proudly sponsor the JBay Winterfest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Bongile Mfunelwa and Awonke Tokwe travelled to Hilton last week for the Sunfoil Township and Rural Cricket Development Festival. Despite having to endure an arduous 20-hour bus trip from their home town of Khayelitsha to KZN, they arrived in the heart of the Midlands beaming from ear-to-ear. This was another opportunity for these bright young stars to dazzle on the cricket pitch in the colours of the Western Province Rural outfit. Mfunelwa and Tokwe come from Impendulo Primary and Siphamandla High respectively. They were introduced to the sport after the Gary Kirsten Foundation built cricket facilities at their schools. They quickly fell in love with the game and are now proud products of Gary Kirsten Cricket's Township Cricket Development programme. Their hard graft on the artificial pitches installed at their school is now starting to bear fruit. Mfunelwa is an enterprising wicket-keeper batsman who put in a number of eye catching performances throughout the week in the under-15 division. He signed off with a splendid knock of 70* of 99 balls against Northern Cape on the final day of the tournament. His handy glove work also saw him claim a few catches behind the stumps. Another feather in the cap of the GKF was the selection of coach, Sivuyile Mfunelwa to head up the under-15 side. He was impressed by Bongile’s contribution and attitude on the tour. “Bongile is a talented young boy who is learning to cope with top junior cricket quickly,” Mfunelwa said. Last season he made the Western Province under-13 side and has been selected to attend Rondebosch Boys High next year. “He has a big future ahead of him and has the potential to emerge from the township as a star,” Mfunelwa said. “His progress inspires many other kids in Khayelitsha,” he added. Tokwe is a lanky, right-arm fast bowler who has come on in leaps and bounds since taking up the sport in 2016. He bagged five wickets from four matches in his debut tour for . . .