WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima seems to have making a rare visit to Cape Town, the jewel in the tourism crown, where he has come to attend the Mercedes-Benz  Cape Town Fashion Week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  He is upbeat about tourism to our country, saying it is ‘the new mining!  It is good to hear him compliment our city, which receives the bulk of international tourists to our country: ‘It is endowed with natural beauty. No matter how other provinces want to compete, they don’t have Table Mountain, Robben Island, the wine routes’.  Good media coverage for Cape Town, as well as its conference facilities benefit Cape Town.  When asked about the new Immigration Regulations he said that he would wait for the Ministers of Tourism and Home Affairs to discuss the impact of the Regulations on tourism.

*   Lovers of the MasterChef cooking series can now join a MasterChef Cruise around the Caribbean from 8 – 15 November, passengers being put through their paces in a  number of challenges including Pressure Tests and Mystery Boxes.   MasterChef judge Graham Elliot, and past winners of the series will be taking the passengers through the cooking programme, which includes blind taste tests, making macaroons, sushi, pasta, cocktails, all leading to a winner chosen as the MasterChef Cruise Champion.

*  The Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition 2015 has kicked off, seeking the best cocktail in the country.  The competition was won nationally by Assaf Yechiel of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium last year, and he represented our country at the international finals in Moscow earlier this year.   Each cocktail entry must contain Bacardi Superior or Gold Rum. (received via media release from Hype Media)

*   The 17th Hermanus Wine and Food Festival, offering 300 wines made from Elgin to Elim and including the Hermanus Wine Route, will be held from 8 – 10 August at the Hermanus Wine Village. Cost is R120.

*   On Women’s Day One&Only Cape Town will offer a ‘Pretty in Pink’ Afternoon Tea, at R185; and a 3-course Brunch at Reuben’s at R 275, which includes a glass of Boschendal MCC. (received via newsletter from One&Only Cape Town)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage