WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 12 March


WhaleTalesTourism, food, and Wine news headlines

*   Chef Heston Blumenthal, with South African roots, is opening The Perfectionists’ Café’  in Terminal 2 at Heathrow, linking to his TV series ‘In Search of Perfection’.  The 130 seater restaurant menu will feature burgers and pizza with a ‘gourmet twist‘, a ‘multi-sensory bar’, and the world’s first wood-fire pizza oven in an airport.

*   Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes attended its first ITB travel expo in Berlin last week, with Stellenbosch 360 and the Wine Routes represented, positioning Stellenbosch as the ‘ideal hub from where (sic) to explore Cape Town and the Western Cape’.   Wine and culinary tourists tend to stay in a destination for longer and spend more, making this segment an important target for Stellenbosch. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

*   Transforming the N1 and N2 into Toll roads is being threatened for the Winelands again, after the City of Cape Town managed to obtain an interim High Court interdict against the implementation of the toll roads last year.  Sanral is justifying the toll roads on its need to upgrade the roads, at a cost of R10 billion, which it cannot raise from the Treasury.

*   The Cape Town International Jazz Festival organiser espAfrika is hosting a free community concert as part of the already sold-out Jazz Festival on 26 March at 17h00 at Greenmarket Square.  Performers include the internationally renowned Shakatak, Crazy White Boy, Tasha’s World from the Netherlands, and Sade Ross. (received via media release from espAfrika)

*   Plascon has launched a new Plascon Colour Design Awards competition with the theme ‘Uplift’, focusing on uplifting neglected social spaces, and is one of about 450 official World Design Capital 2014 projects. The Awards celebrates ‘colour, innovation and creativity‘, says Plascon’s Anne Roselt. Student and professional prizes will be awarded, the top prize being a trip to New York to the value of R40000 and 100 litres of paint to be used to transform a charity. (received via media release from Lauren Shantall, Social Media consultant to Plascon) 

*   Simonsig has launched a Wine Club, an online club allowing members to buy limited release wines, and to buy Simonsig wines and eat at its restaurant Cuvée at reduced prices.  A newsletter is part of the membership package, as are member-only events, and complimentary tastings.  There is no joining fee, but a commitment to buying 24 bottles per year is expected.  (received via media release from GC Communications)

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

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