* Exhibition space for Cape Wine 2015 is practically sold out, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA) CEO Siobhan Thompson. The largest wine expo in the southern hemisphere, it will be held from 15 – 17 September. A conference will run alongside the Expo, and speakers include Leeu Collection owner Analjit Singh, WOSA Chairman Michael Jordaan of Bartinney, and Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* The Table Bay Hotel offers its guests special foraging tours in Cape Town, seeking wild sorrel, num nums, nasturtiums, and sweet peas on Table Mountain, as well as seaweed from the sea in Mouille Point, and dune spinach near the Radisson Blu hotel, ingredients which are transformed into a meal for the foraging guests at Camissa Brasserie. A foraging tour, cooking with the chef and a three-course meal with wine cots R5800 for four and R7000 for six persons. The Singaporean writer visited a number of other restaurants in the three days in Cape Town: Den Anker, Harbour House, Codfather and Blues in Camp Bay, Terroir (described as her most expensive meal on the trip), and the Neighbourgoods Market. The Test Kitchen, The Tasting Room, Jardine at Jordan, Overture, and Rust en Vrede are recommended.
* Azure Restaurant and Jordan Wine Estate will be paired at the Twelve Apostle Hotel & Spa on 27 March, with a 4-course dinner created by Chef Christo Pretorius and his team. Cost is R545, inclusive of wines and water. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)
* The Western Cape government has instructed all its departments to no longer subscribe to the Cape Times, for its plagiarism in an article on the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, and for refusing to make information available on its allegations of the ‘dop‘ system still being applied in Wellington.
* The Tokai Forest Market has been damaged in the devastating fires of last week, and is appealing for assistance in replacing equipment and facilities. Donations of building material, heaters, umbrellas, misters, speakers, extension leads, gas cylinders, chairs, tables, generators, and cash are requested by the Saturday market. (received via e-mail from the Tokai Forest Market)