Sunday Classics at Maynardville Open-Air Festival

There are just two weeks left of the Maynardville Open-Air Festival but it is literally packed with shows, including two unmissable Sunday night concerts.

Derek Gripper 25 February

World-renowned guitarist Derek Gripper will perform live under the stars for one night only on Sunday 25th February 2018. Drawing on European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music, he has created a new and beautiful guitar music which has carried him to the world`s stages including his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015.

He comes to you at Maynardville, fresh from his winter North American tour.

Gospel Classics 4  March

An explosion of Gospel Classics, from sacred to new and popular joyous tunes, sung by a choir of 20 voices with classically trained lead singers, and accompanied by a live band. End off the Maynardville Open-Air Festival with a rousing evening.

The Taming of the Shrew till 3 March

This production of The Taming of the Shrew features a historic all-female cast of Alicia McCormick, Daneel van der Walt, Buhle Ngaba, Lynita Crofford, Kathleen Stephens, Kate Pinchuck, Naledi Majola, Dianne Simpson, Ann Juries and Masali Baduza, with a special appearance by Ameera Conrad. The show is also driven by an all-female creative crew.

Share your picnic and win…

It’s a Maynardville tradition to picnic before the show. Even if you cheat a little and buy the food and drinks from our venue vendors! 

We are challenging you to snap a picture of your picnic or your gathering of picnickers to stand in line to win some great prizes including…

  • Four tickets to an opening night for the 2019 Maynardville Open-Air Festival
  • A R300-00 voucher for breakfast or lunch at popular neighbouring restaurant Four and Twenty
  • Two bottles of excellent Diemersfontein Wine
  • Learning to make the perfect cup of coffee by winning a barista experience with Mackay’s Coffee on Sunday 4 March

To enter simply tag Maynardville on one of our social media channels (sign up via the icons below). Add the hashtag #maynardvillepicnic and stand in line to win!

Competition closes on the 3 March 2018

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Red@Beau Constantia

RED @ BEAU is a dedicated event to launch the Reddam Sports Foundation; A foundation that is committed to giving deserving students the opportunity to attend Reddam House – a fitting sentiment in that Reddam is Latin for “give back”.

In order to raise funds for the Reddam Sports Foundation, we have lined up two of the hottest acts in South Africa: LOCNVILLE and Freshlyground, to perform at Beau Constantia.

Our dress code for the day is strictly casual, with a splash of red…

If you are going to join us for RED @ BEAU, please remember the following:
• Cash, should you wish to purchase something from our Food Trucks, or drinks from our bar setups
• Blankets, as it can get chilly at night

** Please note; in the interest of responsible alcohol use and your own safety, we encourage you to make use of an UBER or taxi, rather than driving through. The estate will be CLOSED to vehicular traffic on the day, with limited parking available at Constantia Nek.

Tickets are available from Webtickets at R350.00 for pupils and R500.00 for adults.

Date: 24 February 2018

Time:  5 PM – 10 PM

Venue: Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road, Constantia.

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Constantia Fresh Fine Wine & Food Festival

Over 200 wines and a whole selection of deliciousness are ripe for the picking at this popular annual event.

The rambling lawns of Buitenverwachting wine estate is where you’ll find foodies and wine enthusiasts on Saturday, 24 February for the ninth annual Constantia Fresh Fine Wine & Food Festival. Over 200 wines will be available for you to swirl, sip and savour, while you nibble on gourmet canapés prepared by some of the country’s most talented chefs (Peter Tempelhoff, Edgar Osojnik, Brad Ball, Annemarie Steenkamp and Glen Foxcroft Williams, among others).

 

Participating wineries in the area include Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Eagle’s Nest and Constantia Glen, while estates from further afield include Tokara and Jordan Wines (both Stellenbosch), Paul Cluver (Elgin), Hamilton Russell Vineyards (near Hermanus), Beaumont Wines (Bot River) and The Drift (Napier).

Your R550 ticket includes a festival glass, tasting of over 200 wines, as well as the gastronomic extravaganza on offer. In addition to the wine and food, a wonderful line-up of live music is part of the day’s entertainment.

Date: 24 February 2018

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Venue: Buitenverwachting Wine Estate, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town.

 

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Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market

Fresh air, mountain views and loads of stuff to eat, drink and buy make this monthly market a win.

On the last Sunday of every month (from October through to May), the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food markets are a wonderful way to enjoy the warm weather while exploring the nearly 300 stalls. Featuring unique and handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, leather goods, soaps, candles, aromatherapy products, art, garden furniture, pottery, and much more, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.

Naturally, there’ll also be stalls selling tasty food, as well as a bar, where you’ll be able to purchase craft beer and wine. Entertainment comes courtesy of a top-brass jazz band lead by UCT Professor Mike Campbell, who sometimes brings along a celebrity musician or two. Plus, there’ll be pony rides and other kids’ activities, making it the perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon with the whole family.

Date: 25 February 2018

Time: 9am – 3pm

Venue: Kirstenbosch Craft Market, Cnr Of Rhodes & Kirstenbosch Dr, Cape Town.

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The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Cape Town

Being healthy and green has never tasted so good.

Life for a vegetarian or even a vegan isn’t always easy in South Africa. The nation cherishes the thought of a juicy boerewors or well-aged steak sizzling on a braai and almost all restaurants predominately feature meat and fish dishes on their menu. While there are few eateries in Cape Town that offer more than just salads (if that) for vegetarians, surprisingly, pure vegetarian or vegan restaurants do exist .

Plant-based eating, it seems, is gaining major traction in the Mother City, with a slew of quality vegetarian and vegan eateries popping up faster than you can sprout mung beans.

But, while vegetarian cuisine is relatively easy to come by, restaurants that serve strictly vegan food are not. So in search of the best vegetable-focused restaurants in the Mother City, here are the best spots that cater exclusively for vegetarians and vegans.

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International Childhood Cancer Day

February 15, 2018

International Childhood Cancer Day which highlights the need for concerted global actions to address the growing challenge posed by this non-communicable disease. Globally, childhood and adolescent cancer is threatening to overtake infectious diseases, as one of the highest causes of disease-related mortality in children.

It is a day when we come together to continue the work to “Advance Cures and Transform Care” and to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority.

 

 

Much work remains to be done. According to IARC (2015), the reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer is increasing, from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds. Many more remain uncounted and unreported due to a lack of childhood cancer registries in a large number of countries.

While the number of children with cancer is much less compared to global incidence of adult cancers, the number of lives saved is significantly higher; survival rates in high-income countries reach an average of 84% and are steadily improving even in less-resourced areas of the world where there is local and international support.

The ICCD campaign’s ultimate goal and unified message is “Advance Cures and Transform Care”. This message spotlights the inequities and glaring disparity of access to care in most low- and middle-income countries where 80% of children with cancer live. Children and adolescents in Africa, Asia and Latin America and in parts of Eastern and Southern Europe do not yet have access to appropriate treatment including essential medicines and specialized care. Currently, where one lives often determines one’s ability to survive childhood cancer.

The 188 member organizations of Childhood Cancer International (CCI) in 96 countries as the largest non-profit patient support organization for childhood cancer and the 1000 healthcare professionals from 110 countries who are members of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) ask everyone to come together in solidarity to make sure children and adolescents everywhere have the chance to survive cancer and live long, productive and meaningful lives.

“The chance for a cure, the chance to live, should not be an accident of geography. There is nothing scarier than realizing that your child has cancer. However, there is nothing more tragic than knowing that treatment and cure does exist for your particular child’s cancer and with excellent outcomes, BUT… that it is not available for your child. Why? Because your child happens to live in the wrong hemisphere! It is time to take action to stop this cruel atrocity… makes your voices heard on International Childhood Cancer Day and demand from world leaders to ACT and HELP SAVE ALL CHILDREN regardless of where they live!”
(HRH Princess Dina Mired, mother of childhood cancer survivor, President-elect, UICC).

 

For the next 3 years we will build on a campaign to:

  1. Build global awareness that more than 300,000 children each year are diagnosed with cancer.
  2. Build global awareness that many types of childhood cancer are curable if given:
    • The right to early and proper diagnosis;
    • The right to access life-saving essential medicines;
    • The right to appropriate and quality medical treatments, and;
    • The right to follow up care, services and sustainable livelihood opportunities for survivors.
  3. Work towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 to reduce premature mortality one-third by 2030.
    • Too often when it comes to childhood cancer we are faced with a response of “but.”
    • “But” there aren’t enough children to develop new drugs;
    • “But” the treatment is too expensive;
    • “But” there aren’t enough doctors,
    • “But” …

ICCD 2018 Call to Action

The time is now. There can be no more “but.”

On July 6, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a global indicator framework for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Global Health Targets. Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 challenges countries to: “By 2030, reduce by one-third of premature mortality from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and well-being.” Childhood Cancer International agrees that making childhood cancer a national and global child health priority is a critical first step towards reducing premature child mortality 30 percent by 2030, providing a crucial milestone for countries to obtain this United Nation’s goal.

Childhood cancers are often curable but too many children and adolescents have no hope to overcome their disease simply because they were born in a country entrenched in poverty resulting in late diagnosis, lack of access to life-saving essential medicines and appropriate treatment.

There can be no more ‘but.’ All children in the world deserve hope for a cure – no matter where they live – not more excuses. We can no longer sweep this issue “under the rug.” Children are the future of our country and our world. Their vitality is the heartbeat of our world, a shared passion that can unite us because our future as a global community depends on it.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, all members of Childhood Cancer International stand united to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority to ensure there are adequate resources to meet the basic rights of children with cancer. There can be no more ‘but.’ United together towards a shared vision we can advance cures, transform care, and instill hope. Together we must take action to reduce premature child cancer mortality.

Ruth Hoffman, Global President, Childhood Cancer International

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Constantia Waldorf Fair

The Constantia Waldorf Fair is back and, as always, promises to be a fun-filled day packed with activities, entertainment, food stalls and delicious things to drink.

 

The fair begins at 10am, with a parade by all the school children at 10.30am, followed by the traditional maypole dance at 11am. Other entertainment comes in the form of a stilt walker, jugglers and magicians, and live music performances (by students and other artists including Chloe Spreckley, Rosie Bruce of the Cameron Bruce Collective, and DJ Simon on the main stage).

FAMILY FUN

Kids’ activities include candle-dipping, a matchbox castle, a kids’ market, dunk-the-teacher, a haunted house, Jeepers Creepers, afoofie slide, slacklining, face-painting, fishy fishy, dart tombola, henna tattoos, giant foosball, an apple orchard, pillow fights, sumo wrestling, table tennis, a pool table, and knife throwing.

BRING A BLANKET TO CHILL ON

This year’s fair takes place in and around the primary school, with the many trees providing ample shade. So bring a picnic blanket, find a spot to chill, and enjoy the live music and delicious food and drinks on offer, which include pancakes, samosas, boerewors rolls, burgers, quiche and salad, curry and rice, and much more.

And, if all the excitement tires you out, there’s a chill lounge where you can relax and listen to music, or browse the secondhand book sale, art exhibition, and arts and craft market. There’s even talk of a snake show…

CASH ONLY

The fair operates on a cash-only payment system, so be sure to bring enough with you!

Date: 24 February 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Constantia Waldorf School, Spanschemat Road ,Constantia, Cape Town
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Valentines Under the Stars Fundraising Dinner

Please join us for our first annual Toy Run CT Valentines Under the Stars Fundraising Dinner ‘Al Fresco’ in the beautiful setting of Ferndale Nursery, Brommersvlei Rd Constantia.

Tickets are limited to 100 seats at our picnic tables. Live music in this fairy-tale setting will set the romantic scene for an evening of fun.

A three course meal is on offer, with a vegetarian option upon request. Bubbly served & honesty bar. Dress Glamour / Cocktail Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please support this fundraising event so that we can help the children!

Date: 14 February 2018

Time: 19:00

Venue: Ferndale Nurseries , 24 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

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Make A Difference Leadership Foundation Valley Flair Art Auction

Valley Flair Art Auction is a must-attend event for art enthusiasts with a passion for making a difference.

Explore South Africa’s diverse art scene, together with canapés by celebrated South African chef Bertus Basson, music by the iconic Arno Carstens and award-winning Klein Constantia wines, set to the backdrop of the exquisite Klein Constantia estate – described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards.

 

Unique art pieces will once again be on offer from the likes of, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Sizwe Khoza, Vincent Osemwegie, Janko de Beer, Marke Meyer, Klaus Tiedge, John Vusi Mfupi & Stompie Selebe, Dylan Lewis, Andrew Ntshabele and Christy-Lee Rodgers to highlight but a few.

Valley Flair is a must-attend event for art enthusiasts with a passion to Make A Difference.

Date: Saturday, 24th February 2018

Venue: Klein Constantia Wine Farm, Klein Constantia Road, Constantia, Cape Town.

Cost: R500

Time: 4:30 – 9:00

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Happy Earth Fair

Happy Earth People, The Source and Vegan Goods Market are thrilled to invite you to Happy Earth Fair 2018.

This February will see the celebration of all things Happy and delicious; whole and wholesome.

Parents, earth warriors, health fundis, conscious-movement enthusiasts and everyone who loves delicious food will delight in all the wonderful culinary and other experiences on offer. There will be music and general merriment all round.

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Artisan plant-based food vendors
Conscious movement clothing vendors
Kids & adult-kids fun with The Pop-Up Theatre
Children’s yoga
45-minute yoga to live instrumental grooves
Happy Culture Kombucha bar
Sustainable-clothing swop
Waste-Ed Activations
Organic wines on offer
Beautiful conversations with new-found, like-minded friends

Join us for this beautiful opportunity to celebrate life, love, expression, wholesomeness and mouth-wateringly delicious food.

Date: 17 February 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Venue: The Source Cape Town , 11 Townsend Ave, Constantia

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