Best things to see and do in Cape Town this week

Best things to see and do in Cape Town this week

On my way by Naushad Khan.

My top picks this week include half price milkshakes at Square Cafe Takeout, Japan Day, Bazique Festival, Cape Town Carnival, Earth Hour dinner and The Fleur du Cape Theatre Awards.

Half price milkshakes

Milkshakes at Square Cafe Take Out

This summer has been a really hot and dry one leading to some very cool and refreshing spots to quench that thirst, or just a chill with cold treat to cool you down in the Mother City.

Several ice-cream parlours and milkshake joints have been serving up new and decadent creations to locals and visitors – Ice-cream sandwiches, donuts with ice-cream and milkshakes that go way beyond the tradional strawberry, vanilla and lime from back in the day.

One of my favourites is the Square Café Take Out at the Manhattan Suites in Century City. They do amazing milkshakes that combine a drink and dessert offering in one serving.

But the best part is their half price offer every Wednesday, from 11am to 10pm. The normal price is R55 per milkshake, but on Wednesdays you pay R27.50 each. It is the perfect way to chill down with friends or family over a deliciously, crafted beverage.

Flavours available are:

– shortbread

– popcorn

– chocolate overload

Bazique Festival

Bazique Festival 2

Bazique Festival – an inaugural international celebration of performing arts – has been making some major waves. This collaboration between a gang of South Africa’s top party architects and the cheeky crew of The Secret Garden Party (UK), the event will take over the The Elgin Grabouw Country Club between March 16 and 18. The creatives are bringing six highly curated music stages to audiences along with an “out of this world” line-up of nine International artists and ample local talent, as well as performance art, spectacular large art installations, art cars, art boats, pop up parties and more.

The our party architects are: Sexy Groovy Love, Pop Bottles, Wolfkop Weekender, Diskotekah, Cape Town Electronic Music Festival and of course a touch of madness from overseas in the form of the United Kingdom’s The Secret Garden Party.

The line-up includes the likes of:

– Foreign Beggars

– Riky Rick

– Jimmy Nevis

– Ready D

– Felix Laband

Visit bazique.co.za for more information and booking details.

The Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town Carnival 2018

The Cape Town Carnival, the country’s pre-eminent street parade, is a spectacular experience of colour, creativity and diversity for spectators who flock to the famous Green Point Fan Walk year after year. The team behind it all has been working tirelessly for close to a year to bring the 2018 edition of this annual event to life.

Featuring close to 1700 dancing, singing and instrument playing performers and intricately designed floats, all around the theme Mother City, Mother Nature, the 2018 Carnival will kick off at 7pm on Saturday 17 March.

A major benefit of the Cape Town Carnival is the skills development that takes place among the participants and production crews. Sustainability and environmental awareness are two more core principles of the Carnival and its organisers, practices having included installing rainwater-harvesting tanks at the main production workshop in Maitland and enforcing a policy of zero-waste-to-landfill.

The first Cape Town Carnival was hosted in Long Street in 2010 and drew around 11000 spectators. Last year, about 45000 people watched the show, and organisers invite more people to join the celebration every year.

Japan Day 2018

Japan Day

2018 is a special year for The Japanese Consulate in Cape Town as they celebrate their centenary, as the oldest Japanese overseas mission on the African Continent, established in 1918. As part of its Centenary Celebrations, The Japanese Consulate will host a very special Japan Day 2018 – Centenary Edition on Saturday, March 17, at Oude Libertas Slow Market from 9am to 3pm.

The Japan Day festival will showcase various exciting, exotic and fun aspects of Japan and Japanese culture. The performances on the day will include martial arts demonstrations and workshops in a dedicated martial arts village [Aikido, Karate, Judo, Kenjutsu (Japanese sword demonstration), Kyudo (Archery)], a Cosplay show, traditional Japanese music with Shakuhachi (flute), Koto (Japanese Harp), and authentic Japanese food demonstrations by a Japanese chef. Exhibitions will include Bonsai Competition, Koi fish and Sumi-e (Drawings by Japanese brushstroke). The audience will also have a chance to participate and try Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement), Shodo (calligraphy), Tea Ceremony Experience, Origami by Origami for Africa, Butterfly Art, Go (Japanese chess), trying on Yukata and more.

53rd Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards

Aunty Merle the Musical

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards are regarded amongst the most valued and prestigious in the South African performing arts industry. This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 18, at 5.30pm at the Baxter Theatre Centre and promises to be an “Elegantly Extravagant” evening.

For over 50 years the Fleur du Cap wine brand has proudly associated itself with the Theatre Awards as displaying the flair that is synonymous with the wine. “Theatre is the showcase for generations of artists; it is an honour to support such a pivotal part of the industry,” says SA Brand Manager for Premium Wines, Khanya Mashalaba.

Winners are chosen from productions performed at professional theatre venues in and around Cape Town. Theatre practitioners are recognised for acting, directing, staging and technical ability.

The awards are considered in 26 different categories, including for Lifetime Achievement and Innovation in Theatre. The latter will be announced at the ceremony. A total of 80 diverse productions from the year under review were eligible for consideration.

Follow @48hrsincapetown for live tweets from the red carpet and all the winners details as well.

Inspired waterless dinner for Earth Hour

Earth Hour dinner at the Table Bay Hotel

The water crisis in Cape Town calls for some innovative thinking and is inspiring new ways of living. Rising to the challenge, The Table Bay, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Studio H are collaborating on a decidedly different, waterless dinner on Jetty 2 to mark Earth Hour on March 24.

The Table Bay’s Executive Sous Chef Keshan Rambarun has designed a four course dinner using ingredients and dishes inspired by Studio H’s research project, S/ZOUT. The project, which was showcased at Dutch Design Week in 2017 as part of an exhibition that looked at the future of food, in the face of depleting resources, imagined the future of food if the water used for agriculture is sea water.

Taking his lead from this Rambarun will prepare dishes using sustainable cooking methods and utilizing indigenous ingredients. Many of the dishes will be served cutlery and crockery free, to be enjoyed straight from the table, using hands and the Table Bay will also be sourcing eco-friendly crockery and cutlery for the remaining dishes.

The dinner will commence at 6.30pm and seats are limited. Tickets are R250 per person. Book at www.quicket.co.za.