* The Open Design Festival will run in Cape Town from 12 to 23 August at the Watershed in the V&A Waterfront and in the City Hall. With the theme ‘Design is for Tomorrow‘, the Festival consists of talks, workshops, tours, and interactive experiences. The focus is on how design adds value. More than a hundred events are on offer, most of them with free entrance.
* UK wine writer Jancis Robinson and importers of South African wines are hosting a New Wave South African Tasting of 100 wines by 30 ‘youthful makers‘ (‘these bright young things are breathing new life and fresh air into the whole world of wine‘) at The Vinyl Factory in London on 23 September. She writes about our country’s wine: ‘We firmly believe that South Africa is one of the world’s most exciting wine-producing countries at the moment’.
* Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt has won the Worldwide Whisky Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. Irish and Scottish whiskies did not even make the final round of blind tasting, whiskies from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, our country competing for the title. Master Distiller Andy Watts expressed his delight at the results, our country being known for its wine and brandy. The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old won Gold. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* The Nuwe GrasKoue Trappers won eleven medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts in the USA with their Riel dance. The dance is one of the oldest in our country, and originates from the Khoi and San. They are managed by Bushmans Kloof Chef Floris Smith. Sponsors include Wesgro, Rooibos Limited, and Bushmans Kloof. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Tourism Minister Alan Winde congratulated the dance troupe for doing our province proud! (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
* Bad news for organic lemon farmers is that the exports to the European Union have been suspended, due to the discovery of citrus black spot, the fungus creating a potential loss of R10 million.