By Liezel van der Westhuizen
No matter your background, you’ve probably heard of Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s the traditional Irish holiday celebrated each year on March 17.
It’s not only celebrated in Ireland, but also in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia; New Zealand and South Africa. Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue.
Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick’s Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.
Cape Town will be going green for the second year running. Our very own World Wonder of Nature will shrug off its usual white tablecloth on Saturday night to don a lustrous green coat in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.
Cape Town Executive Major Patricia de Lille will be hitting the switch, bathing Table Mountain in a radiant shade of green light, utilising renewable energy in the process.
The initiative will not only put the spotlight on Cape Town as one of the major cities around the globe marking this special Irish celebration; it will also highlight the invaluable work of Irish charities in South Africa, particularly in the Western Cape.
So if you’re looking to celebrate Saint Patrick’s in Cape Town, there’s many great ways to celebrate on Sunday:
• Durbanville Hills will b extending the green concept; the cellar will give a bottle of Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc for every 12 empty bottles of Durbanville Hills returned to the cellar for recycling. All food to be served on the day will be in environmentally friendly packaging. The eatery will be serving green frosted chocolate cupcakes, roast vegetable and pesto pasta, steak and stout pie as well as traditional fish and chips, which you can enjoy on the lush lawn under the olive trees. There will be entertainment for the kids throughout the day.
• This year the V&A Waterfront will be enthusiastically wearing green and the Wheel of Excellence will be lit up in green. There will be a free concert at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre at 5pm. Cape Town’s leading traditional Irish folk band Shanty will showcase. The group features Dave Williams on mandolin, fiddle and guitar, Rob Anderson on mandolin, guitar and the bodhran (a traditional Irish drum), John Bolton on the pennywhistle, bodhran and keyboard, and Larry Margolis on guitar and harmonica.
Some other venues celebrating this weekend:
• Ferrymans Restaurant & Bar at the V&A Waterfront – take advantage of the great meal and drinks specials available from 10am to closing time, along with spirited live music and Guinness promotions too.
• The Dubliner – be sure to expect a huge celebration at The Dubliner bar in Long Street on March 17. Leprechaun lookalikes will serve you green beer, while the live music will pay homage to shamrock ‘n roll.
• The Brazen Head in Stellenbosch (call 021 882 9672) will offer a hearty Irish menu for the entire weekend, as well as Guinness specials.
• Perseverance Tavern – This traditional Irish bar on 83 Buitenkant Street, Gardens will celebrate St Paddy’s with Guinness hats, Irish music and Guinness Draught specials.
• The Toad in the Village (Noordhoek; call 0217892973) – Grab a pint of Guinness on promotion from the long bar and relax in the beer garden while listening to an Irish band play.
• Quay Four at the V&A Waterfront – St Patrick’s Day celebrations run from March 16 to 25, featuring Green Beer, great prizes and Irish bands performing on March 17.
Wishing you a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.