The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
THIS YEAR’S CAPE HOMEMAKERS EXPO IS A TRIBUTE TO YOUR HOME – ON AT THE CTICC FROM 31 AUGUST TO 3 SEPTEMBER The 2017 Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo will celebrate this year’s theme A Tribute to Your Home with an impressive range of products and professional services under one roof from 31 August to 3 September at the CTICC. Packed with inspirational ideas and features, including highlights such as the live by DESIGN, take it OUTSIDE, the Home | Tuis Theatre, the MARKET and Interior Design Challenge, the Expo will offer never-to-be-repeated competitions, deals and specials - the perfect opportunity to explore, consider and purchase all the things you need for your home and garden projects. live by DESIGN offers a hand-picked collection of on-trend interiors, bespoke décor and fabrics, as well as beautiful soft furnishings for the home. Turn your outdoors into an oasis at take it OUTSIDE. Showcasing alfresco lifestyle ideas - from outdoor furniture, homeware, cookware and stylish entertaining, to garden décor and tools of the trade. Pick up insider knowledge on practical DIY, easy home makeovers and great culinary tips straight from the professionals at the Home | Tuis Theatre – your practical guide to beautiful living. Calling all foodies, the MARKET boasts a tempting selection of mouth-watering treats, boutique wines and artisanal gin and craft beer - everything to tickle your taste buds. Back by popular demand, the Interior Design Challenge will see two design teams battle it out to create the ultimate interior. The Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo is proudly presented by HOMEMAKERS, the biggest home enhancement exhibition group in South Africa, presenting four home lifestyle events in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth, reaching 125 000 visitors every year. Tickets are available at the door or from Quicket (http://www.quicket.co.za/). Adults pay R80, pensioners R70 and kids under 12 enter free. The Expo will be open Thursday to Saturday from . . .
Holiday creativity for ages 6-60, the H+G Maker Space awaits This winter holiday the ECR House & Garden Show invites kids aged 6-60 (and beyond) to experience a bright new program of mind expanding skills - the H+G Maker Space. Co-ordinated and facilitated by The MakerSpace, visitors will experience an interactive revolving exhibit featuring ten activities aimed at inspiring creativity. 45 minutes in length and starting on the hour, every hour, parents are encouraged to participate with their kids in this colour-filled playground of the mind. Visitors to H+G Maker Space, will experience the wonder of 3D printing pen design, science experiments run by ‘Little Lab Coats’, make your own robotics and electronics, lino printing, first person view (FPV) radio controlled car driving, ‘Dad & Me’ wood working (focusing on furniture and wood-derby cars), and even soldering for seniors and juniors. Peering even deeper into the future of creative fun are demonstrations on laser etched cutting boards, cupcake icing 3D printers, and 3D scanning and 3D printing of visitor’s heads! Daytime prices at the H+G Maker Space range from R50 to R200 per activity, and festivities run throughout the day. During the evenings the big kid playground is in even fuller swing with workshops aimed exclusively at adults. ‘Distillery 031’ offers gin and spirits tasting while the artisan coffee barista experience brings the world of gourment coffee craft to anyone willing to learn. Restless hands find relief with a leather wallet workshop on one night and a tutorial in galvanised pipe light construction on another, while Arduino Robotics build take the daytime robotics demonstration and flip it inside out with a new level of animated human mastery. In all of these activities ECR H&G Show and The Makerspace are extending a meaningful invitation for you and your kids to enjoy and experience the latest in innovation and technology. The Makerspace have made it their . . .
In celebration of the 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards, Steers took to the road with some of South Africa’s hottest stars as South African music’s biggest night returned to their home of Sun City on the 27 May 2017. The SAMAs were a true celebration of real music and Steers partnered Vuzu TV personality DJ Speedsta, BoyznBucks Stilo Magolide as well as vlogger and V table host Moshe Ndiki. Moments were snapped, tweets were tweeted and stories were filmed as the group made their way to the annual awards showpiece in a luxury stretch limo. “The best thing we can all do as artists is be genuinely real on and off the camera” said presenter and the brands SAMA correspondent Moshe Ndiki. “Steers has been a champion of all things real and what an incredible year we have had of real music. The standard of local music is right up there and we are here to celebrate the likes of Speedsta, Stilo Magolide and many others as the best of the best” “ It really is a blessing to be recognized by your peers. There is nothing better than knowing that you have people that are supporting you and your music, it keeps me inspired to inspire others.” said DJ Speedsta. Steers gave away R80 000 worth of vouchers as part of the SAMAs Goodie Bag Experience in their second year as sponsor to nominees, artists and media personalities. Moshe Ndiki grilled some of the stars who were in attendance for the Steers #RealChat feature which included Bonang Matheba, Pearl Thusi, Stogie T and Dj Tira amongst others. The SAMAs are a celebration of music excellence and the brand is a 100% behind local music. The biggest night in SA music saw Kwetsa take home the nights biggest trophies including Highest Airplay, Album of the year and other SAMA winners included Amanda Black who walked away with Best Female and Best New Artist and Nasty C with record of the year. “Nothing brings people together like great music. The level of talent represented at this year’s awards is . . .
June 2017 – ‘Tasty WasteNOTS’, which was launched in 2016, has been awarded as the Best in the World Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Co-authored by Nutritional Therapist, Author, Journalist and Speaker, Sally-Ann Creed and renowned South African Chef, Presenter and Culinary Consultant, Jason Whitehead. The cookbook focuses on using whole, organic foods that are preferably home-grown and each recipe includes nutritional facts about the main ingredient and in addition lunches and suppers can be paired with superb organic wines by Stellar Winery. Comments Whitehead – “The fact that we won Most Innovative Cookbook in South Africa was thrilling enough, and now that we get to call it “The Best In The World” is just too awesome for words! Sally-Ann and I put a lot of thought and energy into Tasty WasteNOTS and it feels like it is all paying off. I truly believe in the nose-to-tail approach to eating and wasting as little as possible, and now that our book is being globally recognized, it is such an honour.” Comments Creed – “This prestigious, coveted award is a privilege for us both – teaching others how to make otherwise ‘throwaway’ parts of food into nourishing, delicious meals is something everyone should be doing to reduce waste. There is something for everyone in Tasty WasteNOTS – be it recipes, gardening or nutritional information. We love our book and are thrilled the judges did too!” The 224-page soft cover book, published by NB Publishers, can be purchased online via www.Takealot.com , www.Loot.co.za , www.Exclusives.co.za , www.Raru.co.za, www.Graffitibooks.co.za as well as www.jasonwhitehead.co.za or firstname.lastname@example.org and at all good bookstores. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
St Francis Links, St Francis Bay - St Francis College brings you the Monte Carlo Royale on Friday 23 June 2017. Book the date, because this exciting event, being held at the St Francis Links Club House, is sure to be great evening of rocking music, awesome food and a whole load of gaming fun. Gaming Events, a company from Johannesburg, will be facilitating the Roulette, Black Jack and Poker tables. Tickets cost R250 per person, and ticket price includes complimentary champagne, dinner, entrance into a lucky draw as well as ‘$500 funny money' to get the gaming evening started. Credit card facilities will be available for purchases of chips thereafter. Arrival at the event is from 19:00, and allows for an opportunity to browse our silent art auction, as well as other general auction items. Gaming tables will open at 20:00, and as dinner will be served canapé style, there is no need to book an entire table. The dress code for the evening is smart, but don't forget your dancing shoes, because there will be a dance floor and DJ set up in Jack’s Bar. For more information contact Heather White 082 292 5909 or the St Francis College on 042 294 1395 Tickets available online at qkt.io/MonteCarlo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
June 2017 - Moreira Chonguica is set to perform for the first time with the University of Cape Town Alumni Big Band at the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town on Saturday 3 June 2017. The Alumni Big Band is especially organised for the Cape Town Big Band Festival that takes place from Wednesday 31 May until Saturday 3 June 2017. Founded in 1999 by the late Dennis Barr, monies raised from the Cape Town Big Band Festival is utilised for various musical initiatives especially in disadvantaged communities. “I am very honoured to have been asked to feature with the Alumni Big Band this year. Many great musicians have come out of UCT’s College of Music and it will be humbling to perform with some of them on Saturday June 3, 2017.” says Moreira. Moreira attended University of Cape Town’s College of Music from 1995 – 1999 earning a degree in Jazz Performance and an Honours degree in Ethnomusicology. In addition to performing with the Alumni Big Band, Moreira will also be conducting a workshop with the Groote Schuur High School Big Band and giving a talk to the participants of The African Voices Trust workshop. The musicians participating, in the Alumni Big Band, all studied at the UCT College of Music and are still involved in a musical career - either teaching or performing. The Big Band will be conducted by Prof. Mike Rossi in the absence of Prof Mike Campbell who is on sabbatical leave. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Saturday, 3 June The Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth will sizzle and shake once more when it hosts The Valley Market; an artisan food fair that brings together the best local exhibitors of high quality and organic produce into one magnificent hub. The charming indoor gathering, founded by the non-profit Love Story Foundation, has grown to be a highlight in “The Windy City’s” blossoming food scene. Here food lovers can sample mouth-watering meals, freshly baked goods, homegrown fruit and vegetables, handmade chocolates, crafts beers and wines, all while listening to proudly South African music from promising local bands. There’s also a fun ‘kids’ corner’ for the little ones to enjoy the day in a safe area with their peers, while the adults roam free, relax and enjoy. But unlike your average marketplace, what sets The Valley Market apart is that all proceeds raised from the R10 entrance fee are used by the Love Story Foundation to service the underprivileged. Through their feeding scheme, they help to stack the food shelves for over 20 soup kitchens, make 4000 sandwiches for hungry school kids and deliver 1000 grocery parcels to needy families; altogether serving 50 000 meals to needy adults and children who would otherwise without. To bring an added layer of convenience to the entire Valley Market experience, Zapper mobile payments has been integrated as the preferred payment platform. Patrons simply scan a safe and secure QR code with their smartphone at the entrance and then proceed to enjoy their day – no cash, no card, no hang ups. The Zapper app can also be used to pay for purchases on the day at all merchants who display a Zapper QR Code or signage. By using Zapper, you no longer need to worry about ATM queues or faulty card-swiping facilities – and running out of cash is a thing of the past. Friendly Zapper representatives will also be present at The Valley Market to assist potential users with downloads, explain the benefits of . . .
The Play the Bounce Braai, hosted by BrightRock and the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund will kick off on Tuesday 20 June at Café Cru at the Southern Sun Montecasino, where guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a proper South African braai with the Springbok squad and several former icons of the game. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
First, there was the “fast food” phenomenon. Restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC capitalised on the need for convenience food by serving up cheap, quick takeaways. Following the junk food backlash in which consumers expressed a need for healthier food made from better ingredients, we then saw the rise of the “fast casual” trend. In the USA, chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill and Five Guys charted their success by serving food made from better, healthier, carefully sourced ingredients, and doing so just as quickly as the fast food outlets they were competing with. In South Africa, Nando’s has plucked out a path from “fast food” status to “fast casual” by investing in better looking restaurant environments that feature local art and design. The rising popularity of fast casual outlets the world over is propelled by relatively-cheap-but-good meals that can be taken away or eaten in a slightly more attractive restaurant environment than a fast food counterpart. The spread of the trend has been further aided by the global economic downturn, which has reduced spending at expensive, upmarket restaurants. Of course, this has by no means curbed the consumer’s desire to experience and enjoy flavourful food. So this need has prompted yet another innovative response from the market. Enter the new “fast fine” trend, the latest movement to shift the way we eat. The fast fine concept marries the best of fast food and fast casual with all the things we love about fine dining. It does away with all the negatives - struggling for reservations, overly extensive and complicated menus, waiters, long waits for food and/or service, expensive bills and tipping – and retains all the positive aspects in order to serve up Michelin-quality meals, quickly. In essence, then, fast fine hits the foodie sweet spot with excellent food at a lesser price and quicker turnaround time! The focus on fresh ingredients, culinary finesse, and menus that change regularly, are perfect for the . . .