Fan favourites include DIY, adventure, and gardens galore at the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. With so much happening at this year’s ECR House & Garden show, we thought it prudent to take a moment to assure regulars that the house specials are on the menu – bigger, better and fresher than ever – and to give newcomers a taste of what’s to come. Back by popular demand are the Builders DIY Pavilion, the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, and The Gardener Pavilion. Those with a need for a need to explore will find it at the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and featuring 80 exhibitors covering destinations, venues, resorts and travel operators, all waiting to entice you into doing something wild and unforgettable. Did we mention the array of specials and competitions? Did we mention prizes of stays at international resorts and game lodges? For those with the itch to fix it, build it or improve it, the Builders DIY Pavilion features more than 40 suppliers offering a range of amazing show specials. While you’re there, improve your painting techniques under the guidance of the Fired Earth team. Those with green thumbs should make a beeline for The Gardener Pavilion, featuring food gardening by Just Berries and The Orchard, a bonsai display by Legacy and Garden Décor, and an incredible veggie garden sponsored by Mayford Seeds. Be sure to check out The Gardener shop, filled with amazing gardening goodies including plants, garden care, seed, indoor plants and loads more. Don’t miss these firm favorites plus the usual great deals from a variety of exhibitors including Hirsch’s, huge competitions and so much more. The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, themed ‘Refresh your space inside and out’, is on from 30 June – 9 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets from R60-R85, under-12s free, available from iTickets. housegardenshow.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Linden Winter Warmer invites you to take a trip around the world with your taste buds when four unique restaurants at 32, 7th Street, Linden, in association with The Corner Shop, serve you their speciality cuisine under the stars on Friday, 30 June, 18:30 at the Linden Winter Warmer. The four participating restaurants include A la Bouffe, El Jalapeno, Hashi, and Ritual Café, serving their specialities. For R250 you get a main course and a dessert from each of them – and even a welcome glass of Gluwhein. Each of the four restaurants will be collaborating to create a tasting menu for diners to sample their signature dishes. You can expect the following dishes to be served alongside each other for your dining experience. A la Bouffe Choucroute Valrhona Dark Chocolate Mousse El Jalapeno Chili Con Carne Churro & Chocolate Hashi Fusion Sushi Udon Japanese Noodle Banana & Chocolate Springroll Ritual Cafe Lamb Meatballs Fig & Port Ice-cream Meals will be served alongside each other as a tasting menu followed by desserts. Beverages will be at your own expense. The #LindenWinterWarmer affords diners an opportunity to experience four unique cuisines while supporting four local chef owned restaurants. I think it is important that Johannesburgers support the local restaurant economy. Edward Chamberlain-Bell | Lifestyle Blogger & Publicist A la Bouffe is a family run restaurant providing French Cuisine to Johannesburg, prepared by multi-award winning French Chef Patron, Romuald Denesle, using locally supplied produce. Chef Romuald Denesle has worked under Marc Chalopin at Charlot Roi des Coquillages and at Louis Grondard’s two-star Michelin Restaurant, Drouant before moving to the UK where he worked as Sous Chef at the Michelin starred restaurant Fleur de Sel, Dalhousie Castle and Senior Sous Chef at Ardeonaig Hotel on Loch Tay. He brings his French flair and experience to Johannesburg for all patrons . . .
Celebrate real, handmade stuff at this year’s East Coast Radio House & Garden Show In an age of virtual this and that, and online everything, it’s real stuff – local, authentic, sustainable, artisanal stuff made by human hands – that feels right. That’s why this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is loaded with just this kind of stuff. Real stuff. The Home Grown Design Fair returns bigger and better. This creative hub will be brimming with cool stuff from markets around the province as well as home-grown KZN designers like Projectarian, LIV Village, Badumi, Beadoir, Little Beach Tribe, Essentials Oils, Abide Creative and Elle Kay Fabrics. Or how about the brand-new Foodie Fair, a smorgasbord of carefully crafted, fresh and flavoursome food and drink showcasing the crème de la crème of KZN’s culinary cabal. You’ll have 10 full days to taste your way around, from coffee in cones, to Moroccan burgers and craft gin on tap at the trendy evolution to the man cave – the Backyard Bar Shed. Real doesn’t mean old fashioned, though. The H+G Maker Space, co-ordinated by Durban-based The MakerSpace, demonstrates the kind of stuff you can make with the help of technology, from 3D printing, science experiments run by ‘Little Lab Coats’, and make-your-own robotics and electronics to lino printing and first-person-view radio-controlled cars! Activities are suitable for ages 6 – 60,and also include ‘Dad & Me’ wood working (focusing on furniture and wood-derby cars), and even soldering for seniors and juniors. Improve your stuff-making skills with a leather wallet workshop or a tutorial on galvanised pipe lights, or get mechanical with an Arduino robotics demonstration. Activities at the H+G Maker Space start at R50 each and run throughout the day. Adult ‘Maker’ classes begin at 6pm. Book online at themakerspace.co.za/show. The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, themed ‘Refresh your space inside and out’, is on from 30 June – 9 July at the Durban . . .
Primary School Urban Gardens project showcases ingenuity and sustainability at East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. “Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade,” once said Rudyard Kipling. So Mr Kipling would likely have appreciated the Urban Gardens project by Verigreen, in partnership with the ECR House & Garden Show and MSQ Interiors, which demonstrates what wonders hard work and ingenuity can produce. Verigreen has been at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing in KZN for 15 years, and their Urban Gardens initiative aims to raise awareness about environmental issues among those who will inherit the earth: our children. Four Durban schools – Maris Stella, St Mary’s, Durban Preparatory School, and Chelsea Preparatory School – have joined the project, conceptualised by Michelle Markram from MSQ Interiors, which invites students to build urban gardens using waste products. The most innovative gardens can be seen at the ECR House & Garden Show, and visitors are invited to vote for their favourite. The one with the most votes wins a R5 000 cash prize for their school! Voting takes place via the Supa Mama Facebook page @SupaMamaTM, starting 30 June and ending 5pm 9 July. After the show, the gardens will be donated by the Supa Mama team to deserving families within their local communities. Now that’s something to sing about! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If home is where the heart is, then the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show 2017 is not to be missed. Now in its record 37th year, this perennial lifestyle extravaganza promises to wow local audiences with a host of new innovations and living ideas from the most trend-focused designers in KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of home shoppers and idea hunters are expected to swarm the Durban Exhibition Centre from 30 June until 9 July 2017, where more than 480 exhibitors will showcase everything vogue in the world of décor, interior design, kitchens, bathrooms, gardening, DIY, technology, outdoor living, leisure, food and more. In keeping with the event’s upgraded living and lifestyle theme, Zapper, South Africa’s premier mobile payment app will be present to enlighten attendees on the benefits of switching from cash and card to modern mobile payments. Make your way to the Zapper stand to learn about quick and convenient payments from your smartphone, free vouchers and loyalty cards, Zapper for your business, and how to discover new restaurants and retailers through the app’s geolocation technology. A host of merchants over the 10-day period will be accepting payments with Zapper. These can easily be found by the Zapper signage proudly displayed at their booths. Shopping at these vendors means you don’t have to worry about running out of cash or faulty card chips. Your smartphone is all you need! First-time users will also receive R25 off their first transaction as Zapper’s way of welcoming them to the scan, pay, go revolution. Zapper is currently available for free download from the app stores of Windows, Apple and Android phones. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As mid-winter brings with it colder temperatures, we dust off our boots and straighten out our warm jackets. Recipes like homey soups, stews and slow-cooked meals are suddenly back on the menu. And if spending a chilly evening indoors and getting cosy in front of the fireplace with a fluffy blanket seems like the best thing to do, then the Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2014 is no doubt the perfect pairing. Fairview wine and cheese in Paarl produces several tantalising Shiraz wines that feature in almost all of the estate’s ranges. These Shiraz wines have earned numerous accolades, confirming Fairview’s position as a Shiraz-producing jewel in the Cape Winelands. The 2014 Beacon Shiraz is dark ruby red in colour, with aromas of ripe plum, violet and cinnamon on the nose. The Shiraz resembles a French Syrah from the Northern Rhône. The palate is rich and full-bodied with firm structure and complex flavours of fruit and spice. The wine has the potential to mature for 5 to 8 years. “Shiraz has always been a flagship variety for our farm, carrying with it a special heritage and significance,” says winemaker Anthony de Jager. The SA Shiraz Wine Challenge 2017 announced their results recently, of which the Fairview Beacon Shiraz 2014 was honoured with a spot in the overall Top 12 Shiraz wines in South Africa. Richly flavoured and ideally served at 15 °C - 18°C, Shiraz wines are perfect for the winter season. They pair particularly well with hot meat dishes, such as beef stew, roast lamb, venison, oxtail, and roast or braaied chicken. If you’re not the biggest cook and looking for something more casual, invite friends over and serve up the 2014 Beacon Shiraz with the perfectly suited Fairview Roydon Camembert. As one of Fairview’s flagship cheeses, the Roydon Camembert is produced in the traditional French method, with a dash of goats’ milk to give it the farmhouse flavour and characteristics. It’s also fantastic oven-baked and served with some Fairview baguette, . . .
Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot’s award-winning play, The Inconvenience of Wings, brings bipolar disorder and friendships into the spotlight, now on at the Market Theatre Following its sold-out success at the National Arts Festival and the Baxter Theatre Centre last year, Lara Foot’s award-winning latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, makes its Johannesburg premiere at the Market Theatre until 16 July, on Tuesdays to Sundays. Earlier this year the play received the coveted Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) and Best Actress (Jennifer Steyn). Foot, the 2016 National Arts Festival Featured Artist and a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre winner, has assembled a stellar cast and creative team comprising Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu. Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings, tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings. The play is, at its heart, a love story, which make for compelling viewing with burning contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. It cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted. The media and audiences raved about the production. John Maytham from Cape Talk gave it a glowing thumbs up, saying, “If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it … It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss … Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It's that good.” Steve Kretzmann from . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
PrideTV, Africa's only LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) channel, is highlighting four winter warmers as temperatures drop during the Southern Hemisphere’s cold season. The highlighted movies are all designed to raise the mercury and include the ‘Flight of the Cardinal’, ‘Vampire Boys’, ‘Leather’ and ‘Make the Yuletide Gay’. Flight of the Cardinal is set in a timber lodge located in the desolate Smoky Mountains, Vampire Boys stays true to that genre where the warmth of daylight fears to tread, Leather is about getting up to no good in a cosy Catskill Mountains cottage, and Make the Yuletide Gay - you’ve guessed it - pays homage to the sights and sounds of a typically frosty Northern Hemisphere Christmas. “Our expanding movie library contains award-winning video content that is eminently watchable at any time of the year. Africa’s LGBT community and their supporters will, however, find our four highlighted winter warmers particularly apt this time of year,” says Joanne Raphael Katz, PrideTV spokesperson. PrideTV became Africa's first LBGT streaming channel following its launch last year. "PrideTV is fully embracing its role as Africa's flagship LGBT entertainment channel by offering the widest LGBT content while also offering support for issues that affect the LGBT community such as last month's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia that it helped publicise." Anyone can join PrideTV's community regardless of their location. PrideTV's premium video entertainment offering costs the equivalent of just R79 a month (or R790 for 12 months with 2 months free) and viewers subscribe by visiting www.prideTV.co.za. International viewers can pay via credit card in their local currency. No specialised hardware beyond the viewer's usual Internet access device is required to access PrideTV. The service can be viewed on smart televisions, desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones using either iOS or Android operating . . .
Durbanites can put their best foot forward for charity by donning their favourite pair of sneakers in support of the Association for the Aged’s (Tafta) annual family fun walk. Centred on Tafta’s core value of inspiring active ageing, the organisation invites participants of all ages to lace up their running shoes for a day of activity and excitement on Saturday, July 15. Each year the event draws hundreds of fitness enthusiasts and leisurely walkers, whose participation makes a valuable difference in the lives of the elderly. “Tafta’s annual fun walk is a community event and we encourage participants to bring along their family, friends and colleagues for a day of comradery, fun and exercise,” says Tafta CEO Femada Shamam. Participants can choose to walk the 2 km route at a cost of R20 or the 5km route at R50. The walk will commence at 8am from the Amphitheatre at Durban’s beachfront along the promenade to uShaka Marine World and return to the amphitheatre. All proceeds from the event will contribute towards supplementing the social grants of financially strained pensioners and providing the elderly with much-needed care kits. Pre-registration can be completed at www.roag.co.za and on-the-day registration begins at 7am sharp at the amphitheatre. For more information contact Ateesha or Siyabonga on 031 332 3721 or email email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .