A scorcher of a day it is – perhaps to remind us that we can’t know what weather each new week will bring!  Autumn is certainly on its way, but for today we can still cling to the feeling of hot balmy summer sunshine for a little bit longer.

So, without further ado (and so’s I can get out into that there sunshine), here’s a look at what’s on in the Mother City this weekend (and beyond).

taste of cape townTaste of Cape Town

2-5 April, various times.  Jan van Riebeeck Sports Fields, off Kloof Nek on De Hoop Avenue.  R80 general admission, R170 premium entry (includes R100 worth of ‘Crowns’).  www.tasteofcapetown.com

Now into its second year, this big gourmet festival is all about “bringing together the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and carefully selected exhibitors to attract 20 000 of Cape Town’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies.”

Once in, you buy yourself some ‘crowns’, which cost R5 each, and use them to try out signature dishes created especially for the event.  Prices range from 4 to 8 CROWNS per dish.  I’ve never been, and I’ve heard it can get a little pricey, but I do have a couple of comps, so I might just stop by over the weekend and check it out for myself.

Holistic Lifestyle Fair - ObservatoryObs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday 5 April.  10am-4pm.  Observatory Community Centre.  R8 for adults (kids under-16 free).  Dogs welcome.

This has to be one of my favourite, laidback little markets.  You can wander through the hall, browsing through interesting books, colourful gems and crystals (each has a healing purpose!), have your aura painted, your spirit cleansed, or your eyes interpreted.

You can gobble down some chickpea fudge, have your palm read and then picnic on the lawn, munching on delicious falafels and spanakopita.  It’s groovy, man.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

UCT RAG CONCERT – Saturday April 4; 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm | HHP and FRIENDS (ENCOUNTERS) – Sunday April 5; 5.30pm to 6.30pm.  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Newlands.

The summer season is drawing to a close, so these are almost the last of the concerts you’ll be able to attend…

There are few finer things than lolling about on the verdant lawns of Kirstenbosch, listening to the groovy tunes of local bands and artists (unless you’re a crowd-phobic, that is).

Upcoming events to look out for:

The Bloemendal Oyster & Champagne Festival

bloemendaloyster_champfestAnnual feast of slippery oysters and bubbly bubbly at the Bloemendal Wine Estate in Durbanville (about 40 mins outside Cape Town).  I went two years back and wasn’t overly impressed, but it was their first event, and must say I am tempted to see what lies in store this time around.

 Tickets cost R60 (day ticket), and must be purchased online before the event (ie no tickets sold at the gate).  Kids under 12 free.

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