* UK X Factor judge and singer Cheryl Cole was spotted at The Duchess of Wisbeach in Sea Point on Saturday evening, and Tweeted to her 4,5 million Twitter followers, The Daily Mail reports.
* Beer sales in Africa are expected to be the fastest growing, predicts a report by Rabobank, the continent having the fastest growth in legal beer drinking population between 2013 – 2018. SABMiller has announced that it will triple production at its plant in Nigeria, with an investment of £110 million.
* The Good Food & Wine Show 2014 will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 29 May – 1 June, and an action-packed program has been announced: 8 top restaurants will offer signature dishes; Woolworths and Robertsons will sponsor The Celebrity Theatre; 8 food trucks will offer food; KykNet Kook will celebrate proudly-Afrikaans cuisine, with Nataniel being on show; Paul Duncan will talk about kitchen trends; Sheryl Ozinsky from the Oranjezicht City Farm will demonstrate how one grows vegetables; a bloggers’ platform ‘Writers Block‘ will document what they see at the show, and is designed to attract new bloggers; wines will be represented regionally; and celebrity chefs include Italian Michelin star Chef Carlo Cracco, MasterChef SA Season 1 winner Deena Naid0o, Chef Cas Abrahams, the winner of the current Australian MasterChef series, and the BBC’s Two Greedy Italians! (received via media release from Wired Communications)
* Highly regarded UK wine writer Fiona Beckett praises Cape Legends, part of Distell and its ‘fine wine arm‘, does not ‘exclude individuality‘, even if it is part of our country’s largest wine marketing group. Nederburg, Fleur du Cap, Monis, Plaisir de Merle, Neethlingshof, Stellenzicht, Zonnebloem, Uitkyk, and Jacobsdal are some of the brands in the Cape Legends portfolio.
* On Thursday Grande Provence is launching a new bronze sculpture of Nhlangulene, one of the first elephant bulls introduced into the Kruger National Park, and which died at the approximate age of 55 years in 1987. The sculpture is by Jean Doyle, who also created the bronze statue of the late Nelson Mandela outside Drakenstein Prison. (received via e-mail from Grande Provence)
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage