If you survive the heat wave today and tomorrow, and care to venture out into the world, here’s a taster of what’s on… taken, as always, from the Mother City Living What’s On Calendar.

Stay cool!

Rondebosch Craft Market

Rondebosch Craft MarketSaturday 7 March. 9am to 2pm. Rondebosch Park, on the corner of Campground and Sandown Roads.

Not a bad way to spend a hot summer’s morning… under the generous shade of the trees of Rondebosch Park, sampling freshly made pancakes, tasting a few cheeses, and wandering the many many stalls of hand made crafts.

For more info contact Ann Rodwell on 021 531 4236 / Tue – Fri between 9am and 5.30 pm or on 083 272 5482 on Market Day.

Round the Rock Harvest Festival

Saturday 7 March.  From 9am.  Various locations in Paarl.

Being such a hot weekend ahead, perhaps a little wine-tasting and grape stomping would be quite refreshing…  On Saturday morning, several Paarl cellars – scattered around the majestic granite dome that gave the town its name – will be throwing open their cellar doors from 09:00.  

If you have a vague idea of how terms like yeast and must fit into the wine-making process and want to get a firmer grip on things, Round the Rock will be the ideal place: come and taste unfiltered young wines, pick, tread and eat as much grapes as you can, or blend and bottle your own wine with the help of one of the distinguished winemakers from the area. Win big prizes in the various barrel filling, barrel rolling and grape stomping competitions. 

Hopefully, festivities won’t have been affected by the fires that flared up yesterday.

Tickets for adults cost R50 and include a tasting glass and 10 tasting coupons. Tickets and additional coupons will be available at all participating cellars.  Contact Sandra Lotz at +27 (0)21 863 4886 or +27 (0)82 924 7254.

Farmhouse Rocks – Flat Stanley

farmhouse_rocks_summer_2009Sunday 8 March.  3.30pm.  Cape Farmhouse (Junction at M66 and M65, bottom of Redhill Road 3km past Scarborough)

The lovely Cape Farmhouse runs a series of summer concerts on Sundays…

FLAT STANLEY with their second album, ‘Between 2wo Worlds’, Flat Stanley have turned in a melodic rock album that likely will see this Cape Town band imprint their intimately rendered sound on a far broader audience than they’ve already accumulated over the past four years.”

Tickets: adults R50 / students R40 / kids FREE.


Kirstenbosch Concerts:  The Rudimentals

Sunday 8 March.  5.30pm-6.30pm.  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

The summer season is winding down, so if you haven’t yet been to Kirstenbosch for an evening of picnicking and listening to the fabulous sounds of local bands, best you get to it!

Adult tickets from R50. Call 021 799 8783. Online bookings:www.tunegum.com.

Upcoming events

Cape Farmhouse Full Moon Banquet

Wednesday 11 March from 7pm.  A feast of organic local produce at the rustic Cape Farmhouse, near Scarborough – the first of what is likely to become a series of similar events.  MORE INFO

Hout Bay Organic Market

Thursday 13 March.  9am-1pm.   A fresh new organic market for Hout Bay. Held every Thursday morning outside the ‘Health Path’ shop. Organic food shopping – fruits, veg, all kinds of cheese, oils, vinegars, coffee, juice and much more… MORE INFO

Kirstenbosch Annual Garden Fair

March 14 and 15.  9am to 4pm.  The Botanical Society’s annual Garden Fair and plant sales will be held at the Stone Cottages, corner Rhodes/Kirstenbosch Drives, opposite the main entrance to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  MORE INFO.



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