So another hot week has flown by, and the weekend approaches at speed.  Even if you’re not much into the hysteria and hype that generally surrounds Valentine’s Day, I don’t suppose there’s anything wrong with a teensy bit of schmaltz now and then.  

Accordingly, I’ve included a few Valentine’s-related events that look quite fun, in case any of y’all are looking for something to do…

valentine market 210 on long

Valentine Market at 210 on Long

Friday 13 Feb –  3pm to 10pm.  210 on Long Mall.  210 Long St.

Cape Town’s new ‘green’ mall is having its first market and, well, surprise, surprise, it just happens to be Valentine’s Day-themed.  

It’s the first of what will apparently be regular Friday markets at the new mall, so I’ll be heading over there to see what they’re likely to have on offer in future.  (more info)

pfest9_smallCape Country Picnic Festival

13-15 Feb.  Various times.  Bien Donne Farm, Franschhoek.  R50-R100.

I could think of few better ways to spend a weekend than in the great, sunny outdoors.  And heading off for a decadent picnic in the Franschhoek area would certainly be a fabulous place to do so.

The annual Cape Country Picnic Festival starts today and continues over the weekend.  It’s held on the lovely Bien Donne Farm, where the fantabulous SA Cheese Festival is held.  

Happily, the Picnic Festival is somewhat less hectic than it’s cheesy counterpart, so you’re unlikely to be trampled.

And, it’s not a bring-and-picnic affair – you set up a spot on the abundant lawn under the big oaks and wander the stalls to find and buy the best foods and wines from the area.

There’s a Valentine’s theme this year, naturally, and romance is the focus, particularly on Saturday.  (more info)

capefarmhouseCape Farmhouse Valentine’s Dinner 

Cape Farmhouse , near Scarborough.  Saturday 14 Feb.  From 6.30pm.

If you’re looking for a more irreverant way to spend the much hyped day, the lovely Cape Farmhouse near Scarborough, is having a Valentine’s Dinner and Show, during which Mark Sampson take a long hard look at LOVE in “Sampson’s best Stand Up from ’99 to ’09”.

Special Valentine’s 3-course menu. Show and dinner R220 per head. (more info or call 021 7801246)

Valentine’s Day at the Nellie

Saturday 14 Feb ’09.  Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town.  

mount nelson programAnd, for those of you wanting to go all out for the day of red and pink and schmaltzy luurve, there’s Valentine’s Day at the Mount Nelson.

Here’s what’s on:

  • Spread the Love  2.30pm to 5.30pm.  Afternoon tea at the Nellie is legendary already, but this occasion will be specially chocolate- and floral-themed (think pralines and truffles, heart-shaped chocolate and almond cake). Perfectly schmaltzy!  Cost: R185 (adults); R95 (children). 
  • ‘A Fine Romance’.  7pm to midnight.  Dinner and dancing. 5-course luxury dinner (think oysters and divine desserts) at the Cape Colony Restaurant and Garden Room,accompanied by live music from the Mike Perry Jazz Trio. Cost: R360 each (including gratuity).
  • ‘Cosmic Attraction’ You just can’t get away from schmaltz on a day like Valentine’s Day… And if you’re feeling extravagant, here’s something for you. The Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson is having a Veuve Cliquot and oyster special. From R215 for a glass of Veuve Cliquot Rose and three Oysters to R1040 for a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rose and six oysters. (That must be some mighty fine champers…!) Or, just order up something interesting from the bar’s special Valentine’s cocktail menu.
  • Mount Nelson Valentine’s Day program.  Tel 021 483 1948 or email 

    wild organicsWild about our farmers

    Saturday 14 February.  9am-1.30pm.  Wild Trading Store, 34 Salisbury Street, Woodstock.  

    A different take on the whole Valentine’s Day thang….  

    “This Valentine’s Day, come and show our farmers how much you love them at The Wild Trading Store.

    As well as the usual fresh produce selection, you will be able to select your own picnic hamper to take away and enjoy with someone or share a cheese platter at the Store.”

    Kalk Bay HarbourKalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

    Sunday 15 Feb.  9am to 2pm.  Kalk Bay Community Centre, Main Road, Kalk Bay (opp Dalebrook Beach)

    If you survive the fallout of the Day of Schmaltz – why not recuperate in lovely Kalk Bay on Sunday.  This month’s Fresh Etc Market will be held on Sunday at the Kalk Bay Community Centre on the Main Road.  

    Wander the stalls looking for various sumptuous treats and then amble around the pretty town, taking in its ever fabulous view and enjoying the last of the weekend.  




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