Thirsty visitors will be able to warm up with a glass or two of their favourite beverage when the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show transforms the Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth, into a winter WINEderland next weekend. Festive evenings of wine-tasting, wine-speak and enjoyable moments of friendship have again been made possible by the local liquor store. "A national decision was taken three years ago to continue branding TOPS at SPAR to the communities after the previous events were cancelled," said SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton. This is the fourth year that TOPS at SPAR has the naming rights to the event, which is organised by The Wine Show. The sponsorship will continue until 2020. "To be associated with the biggest wine shows in the country is something we're immensely proud of. It's a wonderful way to share the love and have lots of fabulous fun with our customers," Stapleton said. A feature of the show will be the award-winning Olive Brook Range from the SPAR private collection portfolio. There will be three theatre presentations over the three days to introduce visitors to it. In addition to this there will be at least 42 different wine estates represented. Stapleton felt it was a great opportunity for winemakers to see what the public's needs were and how best to make wines to suit various palates. "We encourage people to come and have fun with TOPS at SPAR and experience some of the best wines that the country has to offer. To date, PE has always been the country's biggest event. "Where else can you get tremendous value for money while sharing fun and friendship with your besties?" Andrew Douglas, owner and producer of the show, endorsed Stapleton's statements, saying it was a wonderful platform that connected some of the country's finest producers to a domestic audience. "The event is staged in a fun, themed and entertaining environment that is conducive to learning - whether you're a beginner or a . . .
New Xcite Energy Cider with guarana lets your X-factor shine Go for gold and release the X-factor within you with new Xcite, the guarana energy cider with attitude. The new gold standard for ciders, Xcite Energy Cider is made with 100% locally grown and pressed golden delicious apples and guarana fruit extract for a crisp, refreshing taste and a sassy burst of energy. Strutting her stuff with two juicy flavours, Apple & Guarana and Berry & Guarana, new Xcite Energy Cider has that vivacious sparkle that stands out in a crowd. It gives you a fabulous energy boost to stay on-trend, whether you are out with your girls, on a date with your significant other or just having fun in the sun. As your passport to glamour, new Xcite is well balanced with an alcohol content of 5%. It comes in stylish shimmering 275ml glass bottles and 440ml cans; and will take you to the next level with vibrant, uplifting energy. Look out for new Xcite Energy Cider at chic city hang-outs, bars and restaurants. You can also find it at leading stores retailing at around R14.99 per bottle and R16.99 per can. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Enjoy the ultimate winter comfort food at 95 Keerom during August Lasagne Month when Chef Giorgio Nava takes this humble Italian family favourite to the next level at his popular Cape Town restaurant. This much-loved baked pasta dish takes centre stage for the entire month of August in a variety of guises alongside 95 Keerom’s regular à la carte menu. With lamb and beef options for meat lovers, as well as fish and vegetarian lasagne, everyone will want to tuck in. The lasagne dishes will rotate from week to week. 95 Keerom uses the highest quality ingredients and traditional recipes offering guests a genuine Italian food experience. Known for uncompromising quality, 95 Keerom has been serving authentic Italian dishes that have stood the test of time for the past 15 years. This is old school Italian at its absolute best - delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients on the plate speak for themselves. 95 Keerom is situated at 95 Keerom Street in the Cape Town CBD and is open for dinner from Monday to Saturday, and Friday lunch. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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. . . .
For the past few months, South Africans have been busy casting their votes for their favourite baker in the LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® Challenge. Now, after 1,069 cakes were entered, 80,000 votes cast, and three finalists named, one winner - Faaiza Omar from Nelspruit – has risen from the nail-biting finale. Her creation – a Rose, Pistachio and Raspberry Gateau - wowed the judging panel comprised of famous foodie and TV presenter, Lorna Maseko; best-selling cookbook author and popular TV chef, Zola Nene; LANCEWOOD® Marketing Manager, Shereen Anderhold and Expresso Presenter, Ewan Strydom. On winning, Omar says that it is surreal. “I can’t believe that the competition is over, the build-up has been crazy, but I’m also relieved.” In addition to taking home the title of LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® Challenge Champion 2018, the 38-year-old beauty therapist (who also runs her own pastry school), will get to enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City valued at R150,000. “I’m most excited about the food – there are lots of pastry shops and restaurants where I hope to extend my culinary knowledge. “ Looking to the future, Omar hopes to one day collaborate with LANCEWOOD®, South Africa’s number one cream cheese brand*, to develop recipes and even a recipe book. “I love the products and there are so many ways that you can use them.” Her favourites are the LANCEWOOD® Full Fat Cream Cheese, which she says gives her mousse a lovely texture thanks to its smoothness and the LANCEWOOD® Mascarpone because it is so light. Both of these were used in her winning masterpiece. Her cake, together with fellow finalist Cheryl Govender’s Lemon Cheesecake Crouqembouche and Somikazi Zulu’s Black Velvet Oreo cake, stood out from over 1,000 entries (more than three times the number of applications in the 2016 Challenge!). “All of the finalists stunned the voting public with their creativity and ability to show off the versatility and quality of the LANCEWOOD® range of products. We admire . . .
A quintessential South African tradition now showcases an equally fine ambassador of excellence in a new and revelatory tasting experience that pairs naturally cured meat – biltong – and Alto wines at the eponymous Stellenbosch estate. Situated along the elevated northern slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, Alto has earned its reputation over close to a century as one of South Africa's most respected red wine estates. Precise understanding of the terroir and the vines that thrive here has been shaped over generations and led to just five varieties being grown on the estate. Only five wines make up its portfolio and these now feature in the Alto Wine & Biltong Tasting. It's just one more reason to visit Alto and experience the home of Alto wines. The champion status of Alto wines comes to the fore in the new pairing experience, curated by Alto winemaker Bertho van der Westhuizen and award-winning food writer and stylist Vickie de Beer, who is well known as the food editor of Rooi Rose magazine. Each pairing was designed to highlight a characteristic in the wine, while simultaneously demonstrating its versatility. The Alto Wine & Biltong Tasting is available at the estate tasting lounge on the farm and costs R110. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Leopard’s Leap’s enthusiasm for literature is celebrated through its support of the Open Book Festival as well as an exciting annual competition focusing on an inventive way of combining the world of words with the world of wine. Entrants in previous years designed wine labels (2015), wrote haiku’s (2016) and shared delightful micro-stories in the 2017 flash fiction challenge. The 2018 competition with the theme Message on a Bottle brings words and wine together in a way that is slightly nostalgic and promises the winning entrant exciting prizes and exposure. “We love involving our supporters in our wine stories”, say Leopard’s Leap CEO Hein Koegelenberg. “Sharing stories is at the heart of literature and is also such a big part of the hospitality around wine. We are delighted about our involvement with Cape Town’s Open Book Festival and would like to invite those who share our excitement for wine and words to enter the Message on a Bottle competition!” Your challenge: Combine words and wine and write a message for a bottle, using maximum 40 words, including at least three of the words below: Share, Quality, Story(ies), Time, Mellifluous, Taste, Vellichor, Aroma, Journey, Serendipity Your inspiration: Words and Wine Have you always wanted to send your words into the world? Send us your entry as a Message on a Bottle – and stand a chance to win the following prizes: • Cash prize of R5 000 • The winning Message on a Bottle will be the label for a specific Leopard’s Leap wine. • 12 cases of Leopard’s Leap wine labelled with the winning Message on a Bottle. • Winning Message on a Bottle to be displayed at Open Book Festival venues • Winning Message on a Bottle to be displayed at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in Franschhoek • Winning Message on a Bottle to be used by Leopard’s Leap and Open Book Festival on digital platforms • Two Open Book Festival passes • R500 Book Lounge voucher Share a message on a bottle with someone who enjoys what is . . .
It's crazy tapas week at The 41! Guests can enjoy any of our tapas and a glass of Sangria at R35 each until Sunday, 15 July. The 41 is a contemporary Mediterranean Restaurant based on the Camps Bay strip, offering unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. Expect international influences with local South African products, all combined to give the local you new & creative food experiences. From The 41 Terrace, you will enjoy the most outrageously beautiful and panoramic view on Camps Bay Beach whilst enjoying a glass of Sangria for only R35! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear! With winter on its way, Cape Union Mart’s wide range of functional K-Way outleisure gear has been designed and condition tested to ensure that you’ll be prepared to handle anything that winter throws your way. Whether it’s gathering around an evening campfire with friends, tackling local trails with family or making sure you are geared up for your daily commute to work, K-Way has you covered. K-Way Woman’s Tundra Down Jacket R1699, available for purchase in all stores and online. A timeless garment that you will take on adventures for years to come, K-Way Woman’s Tundra Down Jacket features an aesthetically pleasing asymmetrical shoulder pattern and thin diagonal channels which allow for a tighter fit. Although it is a trendy and versatile item, the jacket still is technical with its 100% windproof, water-repellent and breathable outer shell locking warmth in and the cold out. The elasticated cuffs, hems and high collar also keep wind out, while the pockets quickly warm frosty fingers. The K-Way Tundra Down Jacket ensures that you’ll stay warm, wherever winter takes you. K-Way Men’s Felix Softshell Jacket R799, available for purchase in all stores and online. The K-Way Men’s Felix Softshell Jacket has become a staple in most South Africans’ closets since it can be worn anywhere, from bush to boardroom. The softshell offers four-way stretch for extreme comfort and freedom of movement. The jacket also features an adjustable hem, which helps prevent cold air from getting in. A part of K-Way’s ‘Home Sewn’ range, the jacket is produced in South Africa. Cape Union Mart is offering free, post-purchase personalisation at selected stores over the winter period. K-Way Kids Printed Cygnet Down Jacket R1399, available for purchase in all stores and online. Winter is a season the whole family can enjoy, especially little explorers! K-Way’s Printed Cygnet Down Jacket packs a lot into a small package as it . . .
The concept of Bitters goes back hundreds of years. Its first recorded use was by monks in 1500AD with the production of spirits using herbs and spices for medicinal purposes. But in fact, the use of herbs and spices in medicine, and the consumption of bittered pre-dinner drinks go as far back as the years BC in China and Egypt. Fast forward to the 1600’s and Bitters was being taken in Europe before meals as an appetite stimulator. Then in the 1800’s Bitters flourished once more under the guise of medical elixirs. It was around this time that Angostura made its appearance. In 1824 to be exact, when Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert perfected his world famous secret recipe for Angostura aromatic bitters and, being the Surgeon General in Simon Bolivar's Liberation Army at the time, prescribed his “magical elixir” to soldiers in order to cure tummy ailments. It wasn’t long after this that the idea of using Bitters to add flavour to cocktail drinks and food dishes was introduced. In 1831 the first cocktail recipe was written and called for the use of Bitters. In 1862 the Pink Gin Cocktail was created and specifically called for Angostura aromatic bitters. What are Bitters? Bitters are a liquid extraction of seeds, herbs, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and the fruit of various plants dissolved in alcohol. For Angostura aromatic bitters, the best ingredients are selected from around the world and shipped via London in indistinguishable bags to the company’s production site in Laventille, Trinidad. There production starts in a secret room called the Sanctuary where ingredients are blended, ground and sieved, and are then loaded into cylindrical canisters that are placed on top of one of several tanks filled with 190 proof sugar-based distillate. The distillate is cold percolated through the mixture to extract just the right amount of flavour. After percolating, the liquid is transferred to enormous stainless-steel tanks, mixed with sugar and caramel . . .