[singlepic id=22 w=256 h=192 float=right]Fathers’ Day is just around the corner and whilst I find myself objecting strongly to adverts constantly implying that I owe it to my dad to buy him lots of stuff, from that particular shop (lest I be considered a wicked, ungrateful little girl), I’m all for a little spoiling.

I don’t think it necessarily has to be saved up for once a year, though, or to have to involve huge spending, but I guess there’s nothing wrong with marking a specific day to remember and acknowledge a parent’s role in your life (hopefully in a good way!).

If you do like to celebrate on the day, the following are some ideas for things to do around Cape Town on Sunday 21 June ’09:

Special events

  • Fathers’ Day ‘Ragdolls’ concertV&A Waterfront Amphitheatre (4pm – 5pm).  A free concert by lively rock’n’roll ensemble, RagDolls.  (COST: FREE)
  • Live June Jazz @ The Green Dolphin – V&A Waterfront.  The Amanda Tiffin Duo will be playing three sets between 8.15pm and midnight on the Sunday.  For any further information or bookings, please contact (021) 421 7471 or email: green-dolphin@mweb.co.za (COST: from R30)
  • Oasis Restaurant Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Mount Nelson. (76 Orange St, Gardens) Ease into Sunday with best-loved breakfast goodies, antipasti and salads, and a choice of pasta and Asian-inspired dishes prepared on the spot.  Time: 11.30AM to 3PM.  (COST: R260 per person / R125 per child).  For reservations, call 021 483 1948 or e-mail restaurantreservations@mountnelson.co.za
  • High Tea at the Mount Nelson. (76 Orange St, Gardens) Experience Cape Town’s most iconic indulgence – think smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, savoury pies and quiches, and sweet temptations from chocolate confectionery, to petit fours, cupcakes, scones, and assorted cakes.  It’s sheer decadence!  Time: 2.30pm to 5.30pm.  (COST: R185 per person / R95 per child) For reservations, call 021 483 1948 or e-mail restaurantreservations@mountnelson.co.za
  • Kirstenbosch Winter Concert Series:  Hot Water. On Sunday evenings between May and October, Kirstenbosch hosts a winter version of their popular concerts at the Silvertree Restaurant (6.30pm).  This Sunday’s performers are Hot Water.  (COST: R100 per person, which includes a welcome drink and a starter).  For bookings please call 021 762-9628 or email: info@kirstenboschrestaurant.com or visit www.kirstenboschrestaurant.com
  • Durbanville Wine Valley ‘Soup, Sip & Bread‘. Various wine farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley host their own themed events such as Nitida’s bread-baking with Jenny Morris (Giggling Gourmet) or soup and wine pairings at Durbanville Hills.  Bookings directly with the host farm.  For the full programme and contact details visit www.durbanvillewine.co.za or mail info@durbanvillewine.co.za (COST: varies)
  • Fathers’ Day Lunch at Backsberg. (Backsberg Estate Cellars, Simondium Rd, Paarl) 3 course set menu accompanied by guitarist Guy Feldman – served in the restaurant (now with a ‘roaring fireplace’). Includes a special gift for dads. (COST: R170 per person, R85 for children under 12 years). To find out more or book call 021 875 5952 | restaurant@backsberg.co.za | www.backsberg.co.za
  • Fathers’ Day Lunch at Nederburg. (Nederburg Estate, Paarl) A glass of bubbly and an interactive tour of the cellars. Warmed by a ‘blazing fire’, enjoy a three-course, farm-style buffet served with refreshing and delicious Nederburg wines, followed by coffee Nederburg’s award-winning potstill solera brandy.  (COST: R220 per person / R100 for kids under 12.) Contact Sunette Rust on (021) 862 3104 or email nedwines@distell.co.za

Winter Specials

You could also take advantage of one of the many winter specials on at the moment – like the Table Mountain Family Winter Special (2 children under 18 free for the price of one adult ticket) or, if your dad is over 60, the Table Mountain Pensioners’ special (South African Senior Citizens – 60 years and over – get a return ticket for R76).  You can either picnic up top (assuming it isn’t horribly wet) or try out their completely revamped cafe.

Or, find a winter restaurant special, like Salushi’s 50% off sushi special (Claremont branch) – on every day between 12 noon and 5pm.  There’s also a fantastic list of winter specials here.  Be sure to check whether the specials apply on a Sunday, and especially on Fathers’ Day itself.

General ideas

My dad doesn’t live in Cape Town, and we don’t really celebrate Fathers’ Day, but if he were here, and it were any old weekend, these are some of the places to which I would like to take him:

  • Lunch at Kassia & Figg, Kalk Bay (opp Dalebrook Pool).  This is one of my favourite Kalk Bay spots, with something different on the menu every single day (except Monday, when they’re closed).  They have a wonderful lunch menu, and unbelievably tempting sweet treats and everything is made with care and the best quality (organic and free range wherever possible) ingredients.
  • Stopping by the Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market.  This little market happens to be on this Fathers’ Day, and is right next to Kassia & Figg.  I haven’t been to it for a while, but it had promise, and I hope it is still going strong.
  • Having a ‘farmstyle brekkie‘ at the Porter Estate Produce Market.  Something I haven’t done in a while is grab breakfast in the great outdoors.  Granted, it’s a little chilly of late, but imagine how tasty the moer-koffie in its rustic enamel cup is likely to taste?  The market takes place every Saturday morning (unless it’s raining) from 9am-1pm at Porter Estate in Tokai (more info).
  • Getting high on double-shot flat whites at Jaqui Daya in Newlands.  Absolutely my favourite place for really good coffee.  The baristas and waiters know me by name, and I am totally in love with their Origin-sourced coffee beans.  Plus, their food is fantastic, as well as reasonably priced, and they have wheat-free sandwich options from Knead Bakery, woohoo!
  • Green gifts.  Or, if you’re looking to do something a little bit simpler (and easier on the pocket in these trying times), you could always take a look at this great list of green gifts from Faithful to Nature.

So, whatever you might get up to, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  And, if there are any other suggestions you might have for Fathers’ Day, please leave your comments below!
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