Take a trip around the city with me as I take a gander at some of the most exciting events currently on, as well as what’s on the immediate horizon in my column On My Way by Naushad Khan.
The V&A Waterfront keeps winter’s chill at bay
Nothing warms the body and soul in winter quite like a dish of steaming hot comfort food, so take up the winter challenge to travel Around the V&A Waterfront in 80 Dishes.
Visitors can take in picturesque sights of the Waterfront while banishing the cold with hearty soups and stews, slow-cooked potjies and casseroles and hot desserts. Coffee shops, pasta houses and seafood specialists will vie for your attention along with pubs, pizzerias and steakhouses (and everything in between).
Love Mediterranean fare? You’ll have a hard time choosing between Greek, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian restaurants. Can’t resist the delicious spiciness and flavours of the East? The Malaysian, Chinese and Indian restaurants are ready welcome you. If you can stand the heat try Mexican, or grab some very moreish pub grub – always a treat at this time of year, or go local and enjoy a tasty burger.
Let the V&A know what your favourite dishes are and stand in line to win prizes. For a list restaurant special offers and other promotions, visit www.waterfront.co.za.
Jazz up this winter at The41 Camps Bay
The41 on Camps Bay is offering Jazz on the Bay once a month through winter.
Cuisine maestro, Chef Aristotle, and International hospitality tycoon, Gilles Blanc, together present a winter set menu of five delectable courses, paired with the yields of Cape Town’s finest grape cultivars. Live Jazz performances by local jazz artists will set the evening’s ambience.
The first of this series of Jazzy dining gatherings kicks off on Thursday, June 14, with a live performance by Dan Shout. Guests will enjoy a glass of Da Lucca Prosecco upon arrival. Guests will then be served Tuna Tartare, Lavash Bread with Herb Aioli paired with a glass of Free Run Sauvignon Blanc to kick-start the palate, followed by the Butternut, Coriander and Coconut Soup starter paired with the Two Roads Chardonnay, followed by the Calamari, Pesto and Potato nest paired with the Treaty Tree Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon blend. Ostrich Ragou Thai Curry Cause served with Beetroot Chips accompanied by the Mud House Pinot Noir will follow. Finally wrapping up the evening will be the decadent indulgence of Aphrodisiac Crème Brulee served with the new Bees Knees Sauvignon Blanc.
Book via www.quicket.co.za.
Destigmatizing the Cape Minstrel
The festive musical production ‘Satin to Sequins – More than a Minstrel’, directed by the award-winning Alistair Izobell, will light up the Baxter Concert Hall stage for three weeks only, from June 28.
Written and produced by Oddball Concepts, the production aims to entertain audiences while hoping to de-stigmatise the perceptions and culture of the Cape Town minstrels. The cast is made up of Carmen Maarman (‘Aunty Merle The Musical’, ‘District Six-The Musical’), Carlo Daniels (‘Kat and the Kings’, ‘District Six Kanalla’), Austin Rose, Tashreeq De Villiers, Shadley Schroeder and Ashtevahn Mintoor, accompanied by a live band.
Fictional character Mr Biggs and The Woodstock Darlings first entertained crowds in 2014 with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a minstrel troupe. This 2018 reworked version will also show the human side to the minstrel, so often misconstrued by many. After all, there is more to the guy in the satin suit – he also pays taxes and he also struggles with love and loyalty.
This musical spectacle brings audiences the festive season vibe in winter, with original songs performed by authentic, seasoned minstrels and musicians who are all well respected in their particular troupes.
Tickets are R150 and booking is through Webtickets.