The Sweet Service Award goes to the Cape Town Art Fair and its impressive inaugural mega multi-gallery art exhibition at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront last weekend, with hundreds of artworks, about 40 galleries, and more than a hundred artists’ works on show. The excellent food by four chefs, offered by Culinary Art by Opulent Living, the Graham Beck MCCs, and excellent organisation impressed.
The Sour Service Award goes to the SA Vodka Festival, an inaugural vodka tasting festival which was organised by Monyetla Communications and Events, based in Johannesburg and ‘…a young vibrant and fast growing 100% black owned event management‘ company, says its Facebook page with 31 likes! The Festival was cancelled at short notice on Wednesday, when the exhibitors (including Jorgensen’s Distillery and their Primitiv Vodka) arrived to locked doors at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront, wanting to set up! The organisers Facebooked: ‘We have bad news for all the #Vodkalovers that are attending or were suppose (sic) to Attend (sic) #SAVodkaFestival2013. Because of certain circumstances the event has been canceled (sic)! On Twitter the company apologised and invited attendees to join them for a party at Club 169 on Long: ‘we really do apologies (sic) for any inconvenience‘. Refunds for attendance tickets at Computicket were promised, as was a media statement, which has not been released more than 24 hours later. The company’s website content has been removed and the telephone is not being answered. The V&A Waterfront has not explained its action at its renamed ‘The Lockout’ venue!
The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog. Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org. Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.