*. Ad agency J.Walter Thompson subsidiary Innovation Group has identified trends in the beverage industry. Consumers are supporting trends to regional and seasonal foods and beverages. In the USA cocktails have added Kobe beef fat and cheese liquor, for example, demonstrating that consumers are willing to experiment more. ‘Hybrid drinks’ are on trend too, wines being aged in whisky barrels, and a ‘Bourbon-infused beer‘ has been launched. Cocktails from the 70s and 80s are back on trend, cocktail drinking is becoming event based and ‘healthonist’, combining a yoga class with cocktail-drinking, and dancing. Mixers are becoming low-calorie, and wine is taking on a new role, bought with screw tops or in a box, and cocktails made with wines. Wine-drinking is also becoming experiential, including sabrage!
* Michito Kaneko of Japan has won the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2015 competition, which was held in Cocktail Capital Cape Town last week. He left his job as a construction worker 13 years ago, and opened his own bar Nara. He will be traveling the world in the next year, as the global ambassador for Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS. The drinks company is the leader in setting trends and standards in fine drinking experiences in the best establishments worldwide. (received via media release from Communication Services Africa).
* The Sommeliers Selection-winning wines will be showcased and available to taste at Taj Cape Town on 1 October. Entrance costs R150. In addition, a White Wine Tasting will be held on the same day, at R650 per person, as well as a Red Wine Tasting at R880 per person, both tastings led by members of the South African Sommeliers Association, and both including the entrance fee to the general tasting. (received via media release from On The Marque PR and Communications)
* Honest Chocolate Café is hosting Richard Katz for a talk and tasting of coffee on 20 September. The tasting of four coffees will be paired with four Honest Chocolate chocolates, and costs R180, including a light breakfast and a gift. (received via e-mail from Honest Chocolate)
* Frankfurt Airport brought the Oktoberfest, held mainly in Munich, into its airport today, with a brass band, white sausages and other Bavarian specialities served in the airport restaurants, Dirndls, Lederhosen, and Bavarian beer on tap, in a drive to enhance passengers’ experience of the airport. The promotion continues for the next four weeks.
*. Former Cape Town Tourism PR and Communications Manager, and now employed by the Cape Town Partnership as Communications Manager, Skye Grove, has been accused of plagiarism of Instagram photographs! She has 40000 Instagram followers, and has held exhibitions of her work, and sold some of it too. However, some of these works now appear to belong to others (estimated at 1000 plagiarized images), which has not stopped Grove from selling them. She has recently been dismissed as a judge in the iPhoneography competition run by iStore. Grove has since deleted the photographs which were not shot by her on her Instagram and Facebook accounts, closed her online store, and has apologized. We experienced the dishonest and bullying side of Grove whilst she was at Cape Town Tourism!