Ahem, after far too long a hiatus, the MCL What’s On is back in action.  It’s a trifle damp out, but what better way to forget about the torrential rain that to head indoors and eat warm winter food?  Here are the weekend’s highlights, as I see them, taken from the MCL calendar.  Please feel free to add more in the comments below!

Good Food & Wine Show

13-16 May 2010.  CTICC.  Adult day tickets R80.

Food, wine, cooking demo’s, Gordon Ramsay – this show is a big ol’ feast.  It’s going to be huge, with 55,000 curious folk wandering through over the course of the weekend.  I’ll be stopping in at the Slow Food Market (run by the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market), and seeking out natural and organic, as well as artisan produce.

Swap Don’t Shop Swishing Party

15 May 2010.  5.30pm-7.30pm.  Tamboerskloof.  More details.

The latest trendy eco-friendly way to refresh your wardrobe.  It’s a global trend: swishing.  Bring a few items of good quality clothing, and swap them for something else that takes your fancy.   For more info, contact Simone Borcherding: c. +27 (0)73 496 7811 |  e. simone.bor@gmail.com

Franschhoek Literary Festival

14-16 May 2010.  Franschhoek.  Festival blog.

For the bookworms – a weekend that’s a celebration of books and writers with the focus on promoting South African writing and reading.  “Novelists, poets, playwrights and journalists from across South Africa, and around the world, will gather in Franschhoek for a truly international festival. The FLF is a street-party for those who write, read, review, publish – or simply love books. Events are walkable; writers available; wine and food memorable.” (via)

Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

Sunday 16 May 2010.  9am-2pm. Kalk Bay Community Centre. Main Road, Kalk Bay.

With any luck the rain might subside by Sunday, but even if it doesn’t the Kalk Bay Fresh Etc market is mostly indoors, and still a good bet.  Besides, there’s nothing quite like sitting at one of Kalk Bay’s awesome seaside restaurants (preferably those with some sort of fireplace!) and watching the stormy seas outside.

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