Hot enough for you? Well, the good news is, it’s oh so very nearly weekend time, so here’s a look at what’s going on in the Mother City this weekend and beyond – taken, as always, from the MCL Events Calendar.

Crush on Constantia.

crush_constantiaSunday 8 February. Starts 11.30am. Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate.

I really love the sound of a grandiose garden party on the beautiful Constantia Uitsig Cricket Oval… sipping local wine and enjoying the great outdoors in style.

The event is in celebration of 350 years of Cape wine-making and includes wine tastings, live entertainment and goodie bag of stuff.

Plus, there are apparently a bunch of prizes that have been donated by businesses in the Constantia Valley…

Tickets cost R150 per person. (website)

darling music experienceDarling Music Experience.

6-8 February (Friday-Sunday). Darling – various venues. (website)

It’s only about an hour’s drive out to the interesting town of Darling, and this weekend, the halls will be filled with the sound of music!

The Darling Music Experience is (apparently) for lovers of both classical and more ‘popular’ music.

Venues for the concerts vary between Darlings lovely old Presbyterian Church, the modern Vereenigende Reformeerde Kerk, a picturesque wine estate and a factory turned music hall.

Contact: mary@toucancape.co.za

organic_veg‘Meet the Farmer’ Saturday at Wild

Saturday 7 February.  9am to 1.30pm.  Wild Trading Store – 34 Salisbury St, Woodstock.

For anyone who’s beginning to pay attention to more than just what they eat, but also where it comes from, and how it was grown, Wild Trading Store’s new ‘Meet The Farmer’ Saturdays are (I think) a great way to find out more.

This Saturday, Christine Stevens of Eikenbosch organic farm (and author of Harvest) will be at The Wild Trading Store from 9am-1:30pm for their first ‘Meet The Farmer’ Saturday of 2009.

Not only do you get to ask her all your pressing questions, you can also sample her range of delicious organic wines, along with the Wild range of cheeses and their new organic olives “soaked in Moroccan dressing” (mmmm…) 

The Wild Trading Store is located at 34 Salisbury Street, cnr of Fairview Avenue, Woodstock, Cape Town. They’re open every Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm. For more info, call 021 448 8109.

Off to Market

And, for market fans, the Triangle Square market in Fish Hoek is having a Valentine’s Day-themed event this weekend, as well as on Valentine’s Day itself.  Additional stalls selling Valentine’s Day goodies will be on the cards… (lots of red and pink, no doubt!).  Triangle Square Building, Main Rd, Fish Hoek (easy to spot).  The market is held every Saturday from 9am to 2pm.  (more info)

The Rondebosch Craft Market on Rondebosch Common is held under a great canopy of trees, which might make it a nice cool spot on a hot day like the ones we’re having.  Browse the colourful stalls, grab a pancake or two, and lounge under the shelter in the shade… sounds like bliss to me. Rondebosch Park, on the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads.  Every 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month.  9am to 2pm. (more info)

For more market info, check out my Cape Town Market Guide.

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Upcoming events to look out for

  • 13-15 February (Friday-Sunday):

Cape Country Picnic Festival at Bien Donne, Simondium, Franschhoek. A chance to head out to the beautiful Franschhoek area and have a picnic on the grass is just too tempting!

This is not a bring-your-own event – the idea is to set up camp and then wander around the many food and wine stalls and pick what you want from there (everything from oysters to boerie rolls). Prices vary from R50pp to R100pp (evening concerts are more expensive). This year’s event has a romantic focus (being on and around Valentine’s Day).

  • 15 February (Sunday)

Kalk Bay Fresh Etc Market. Small new community market in Kalk Bay. Third Sunday of every month. Make a day of it, breakfasting in the ‘hood and sampling the sumptuous wares on offer at the market. Right next door is the fabulous Kassia & Figg, perfect for a decadent treat or two.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. THE JONNY COOPER ORCHESTRA. Picnic on the lawns of beautiful Kirstenbosch whilst listening to the sounds of local bands and orchestras. 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Adult tickets from R50. Call 021 799 8783. Online bookings: www.tunegum.com.

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