moulin roca at roca restaurant for this year’s bastille festival

Get dressed up join Roca Restaurant in celebration of all things French.

As part of this year’s Bastille Festival, Roca restaurant presents Moulin Roca, a sexy burlesque and ‘Moulin Rouge’-inspired dinner theatre experience.

It’s a show filled with glitz, glamour and feather boas, performed by the Black Orchid Burlesque troupe, a five-course French style dinner, lots of wine, circus swing DJs playing into the night. In other words, a whole night’s worth of entertainment.

Moulin Roca is happening on 13 & 14 July 2012 and booking is essential. Tickets are available from Roca restaurant, Dieu Donne Wine Estate, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek or call 021 876 3384 or email

For more info on the Bastille Festival, which celebrates the Franschhoek Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage, visit the website, here

enjoy unique culinary experiences with the supper lounge

Supper Lounge is a social networking platform that allows you to network over dinner, meet new people and explore new restaurants, good food and good wines, while enjoying the company of other food lovers at one communal table.

Each Supper is offered at a set price, a set date and a set meal, each one of them very unique and individual – and definitely something that you won’t easily find elsewhere in the city.

Three of the events coming up are:

On 19 July: enjoy a 7-course Peruvian Tasting Menu at Keenwä that includes dishes like Pulpo al Olivo (octopus served on a delicious black olive sauce alongside drunken prawns that are grilled in Pisco), Lomo saltado (strips of beef sautéed with soy sauce and mixed with tomatoes, onions and French fries, served with rice or quinoa) and Seco de cordero (lamb slowly cooked in coriander sauce served with rice and beans). The full menu can be found here

On 26 July enjoy a private house dinner at Paradise Grey, a guesthouse in Higgovale, hosted by two very unusual and highly interesting Cape Town characters – Alan and Jason – who will entertain guests with plenty of interesting stories about their life in Cape Town. The 4-course fireside meal includes Vegetable cigars & Spinach rollades (selection of crunchy shredded seasonal vegetables, well-seasoned, tossed in butter &wrapped into cigarettes with phyllo pastry, and spinach served with dipping sweet chilli sauce), as well as Pesci a la Jason (line fish with a creamy mushroom garlic sauce, with stir fried seasonal vegetables and Basmati rice with crunchy brunoise of carrots &green beans). Details here

On 16 August get a new perspective at The Westin, Cape Town, while enjoying an exquisite 4-course dinner paired with wine, water, coffee and tea. Guests will start in the basement (boiler room) with canapés before heading to the kitchen for a chat with the chef to taste the starters. The main course will be served in the maintenance workshop of the hotel – between all kinds of technical tools & gadgets. The dessert can be enjoyed on the 19th floor at the Westin Executive Club restaurant with breathtaking views over the City and Table Mountain. Definitely something very special. Full details here

Find out more about Supper Lounge on their website, Facebook page or on Twitter

the 29th knysna oyster festival kicks off on friday, 6 july

This year’s Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 6 to 15 July, with events to tantalise all tastes. The festival really does have something for everyone: running, cycling and adventure racing, wine and whiskey tastings, cooking competitions, food and wine pairings, gala evenings, live music, a specialised children’s programme and oysters!

The festival’s two main sporting events, the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour gives participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests of Knysna and experience the scenic beauty of the area.

And if marathons are not your style, there’s a full programme of adventure and soft sports for the whole family, including paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, night biking and angling.

Oyster-related events include the annual oyster-shucking competition, the ever-popular oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras – a fabulous evening of oysters and wine tasting.

Oyster Hotspots will be selling oysters in a variety of tastes and flavours at give-away prices!

The South African Navy, which always plays a huge part in the success of the Festival, will once again be visiting Knysna, making a grand entrance through the Knysna Heads in their huge minesweepers. And the Navy’s internationally acclaimed band will entertain festival-goers during the street parade and live concert at the Waterfront.

There’s a great programme for kids too – the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival includes youth theatre, puppet shows, creative art workshops and cooking courses. The Knysna Sport School Sports Fair will give kids the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports, free of charge.

The full programme and a list of all Hotspots is available at the festival website.

creation wines celebrates 10 years with a sumptuous raclette lunch

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Creation is hosting a sumptuous Raclette lunch on Sunday 15 July. Raclette, of course, originated in Switzerland and is a much loved tradition in that country. With good reason: it is a relaxed, interactive, fun and festive way of sharing a meal. (For interest sake, the name ‘Raclette’ comes from the French word ‘racler’ which means ‘to scrape’ and refers to the way the melted cheese is scraped off the grill.)

At Creation the authentic Raclette lunch involves half heads of specially imported cheese being melted under a huge grill. The deliciously bubbling result is then served with steamed new potatoes, crunchy pickled Italian-style vegetables, delectable prosciutto and spices – a truly irresistible combination! Their terrific wines will enhance the pleasure while a blazing fire will add to the hearty welcome.

Cost is R190 per person and the lunch takes place at Creation on the farm. Booking is essential so RSVP to

To read more about Creation’s journey from wilderness to winning wines, click here

a good laugh from bay harbour market

Charlie Chaplin once said “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” And Bay Harbour is definitely not wasting Wednesday 1st August 2012 when the inaugural Bay Harbour Comedy Supper Club showcases three of South Africa’s favourite comedians: Marc Lottering, Mum-z and Rob van Vuuren.

We know that “laughter is brightest, in the place where the food is” so all the usual food traders will open from 6pm for show-goers to enjoy a mouth-watering supper prior to and during the show. The Boom Bar, which will serve a full spectrum of wine, spirits and the largest selection of draught beer in Cape Town, will also open. And, of course, the huge fireplace, one of the signatures of Bay Harbour, which will be roaring.

Says Bay Harbour co-founder, Anthony Stroebel: “We are excited to extend the Bay Harbour brand into comedy – it was always part of our vision to offer a broad variety of entertainment on the Bay Harbour stage and, in so doing, ensure that we have a platform for emerging artists of all kinds to present their talents to an appreciative audience. The unique venue and ambience are sure to provide something quite special.”

In line with their vision of supporting the local community, Bay Harbour will be donating all proceeds from the show to Hout Bay CARES a sustainable community project working with people in Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu struck by poverty and drug-abuse. HOUT BAY C.A.R.E.S stands for Community Awareness Rehabilitation Education Service and is managed by Non-Profit Organisation, FavorSA.. Viola, Queen of the Bay, will be there in all her glory helping collect funds, as she has been doing on behalf of CARES for the past several months.

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7.30pm – early bird tickets cost R60 and are available from the Boom Bar at Bay Harbour Market during normal trading hours from Friday 13 July, otherwise R70 at the door. Make sure you get there early as seating is limited to 200 people, although there will be plenty of standing room.

The Bay Harbour Comedy Supper Club is the newest addition to the very popular Bay Harbour Market, which trades on Friday night for Friday Nite LIVE! from 5.00 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 4 pm.

For more information contact – Viv – or Anthony at

Bay Harbour website

three days of indulgence at hermanus wine & food fair

Taste more than 250 wines from Elgin to Elim producers and delicious local culinary creations at the Hermanus Wine & Food Fair from Thursday.

Located in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Village, Hermanus and voted one of South Africa’s top ten wine festivals, the Hermanus Wine & Food Fair is three days of indulgence celebrating 15 years of great wines of the Elgin to Elim region, growing from just six producers in 1998 to more than 70 producers in 2012 with wines that have won awards and accolades the world over. The fair offers visitors the chance to taste and rate some truly great wines, enjoy regional specialties from local chefs and cooks, from lip smacking snacks to gourmet meals on the go, and relax to great music.

All the wines will be available for purchase at cellar door prices.

When? 9, 10, 11 August 2012; 11:00 – 19:00
Where? Hemel en Aarde Village Hermanus
Cost? R95.00 per day or R200 for a 3 day pass

Find out more at Wine Village, or contact Paul or Cathy on 028 316 3988 or

dogs bollocks by night, bitches tits by day

Once you’ve reined in your inner ten-year-old’s giggling at the name, it’s all about the food at the Bitches Tits.

The Dogs Bollocks serves up some of the best burgers in town after 5pm, but by day you’ll find sandwiches. And not just any sandwiches. We’re talking sandwiches that are often difficult to find locally, like the world-renowned Philly Cheese Steak or the Meatball Hero. At R45, it’s a lot cheaper than crossing the Atlantic, as is Sweaty Betty’s Sexy Soup of the Day, offering winter comfort at a mere R25 (vegetarian) and R30 (meat).

One of the best things about working from home? Not having to brave the early morning cold. Late risers don’t have to miss out on breakfast though. Mucky Mary’s Hubcap Breakfast is served all day and all the favourites are priced separately as well. Need more bacon? Mushrooms? Another sausage? No problem.

The Bitches Tits is open from 7am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.

6 Roodehek Road
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easy summer entertaining with the queen of tarts

Culinary queen Tina Bester helps you get summer off to a delicious start with eight mouthwatering dishes this Saturday, 1 September.

Also on the menu this year:

  • Nanny’s Class, with dishes like beef & vegetable pie, and chicken & spinach lasagna with roasted butternut salad
  • Baking 3: slightly more advanced baking recipes, including traditional petit fours and chocolate & almond cake with chocolate mousse filling, and smothered in chocolate ganache
  • Christmas Baking: gorgeous foodie gifts with beautiful packaging ideas, like frangipane Christmas mince pies, fresh lemonade cordial, snowflake shortbread and chocolate honeycomb

Besides her creative cakes, shop and classes, Tina’s also the author of cook books that would make perfect gifts for family, friends and even yourself:

  • Celebrate – beautiful food & table ideas
  • Comfort – the culinary equivalent of a lovely long hug
  • Bake – easy-to-follow recipes with mouthwatering images
  • Fun in the kitchen – a book for children that will inspire a love of food and flavours

Find out more about Queen of Tarts, the classes and the books at the website, telephone 021 448 2420, or pop into the store at 213 Lower Main Road, Observatory.

veggie buntch vegetarian supper club at tobago’s

The upcoming Veggie Buntch Supper club features a very exciting and unusual plant-based menu with local and international flavours at Tobago’s restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cape Town.

The menu includes three delicious courses – paired with vegan wines – a welcome drink, starter and tea and coffee. Look out for the Spice Train main featuring an Indian-inspired Soya paneer Palak, a Moroccan chickpea and baby carrot tagine, an asian two-bean green curry, a waterblommetjie Cape Malay curry and an artichoke heart, caper berry and calamata fruit amaranth pasta. For the full menu, take a look here.

Veggie Buntch Supper Club attendees get to experience menus that are focused 100% on providing top-quality vegan or vegetarian cuisine. This is also a chance to meet other vegetarians and vegans in your area. It is also an opportunity for restaurants to showcase their culinary skills.

Send an email to Laura Cooke on to book. Be sure to specify any dietary requirements when booking. Bookings will only be confirmed on receipt of payment and spaces are limited.

Venue: Tobago’s Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cape Town
Cost: R370 including wine and gratuity, R310 excluding wine (includes soft drinks, fruit juice and gratuity)
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Date: 28 September 2012
Telephone: 084 3690995

go big on braai with creation wines

For a braai with a delectable difference this month, head out to Creation Wines on Heritage Day, Monday, 24 September. Yes, it’s a long weekend! The delicious menu includes two delectable venison dishes along with a number of scrumptious vegetarian options.

Click here for more info about Creation’s Heritage Braai Day, venison braai tips, wine notes and other upcoming events and remember to RSVP by 20 September.

Time: Between 10h00 and 17h00
Date: 24 September 2012
Venue: Creation Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Road, Hermanus by 20 September 2012.