WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 17 November


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The Western Cape government has committed R 2,4 million to ‘preserving the Western Cape’s culture and heritage and therefore is committed to providing continued support for them’, MEC Nomafrench Mbombo has said, supporting the Cape Minstrels and Malay and Christmas choirs, and their Christmas Choir Bands March on 24 December, The Nagtroupe March on New Years Eve, and the Tweede Nuwejaar Minstrel March.  The community will organise its own Cape Annual Minstrel Carnival next year, after the City of Cape Town’s interference in the past led to problems and poor publicity for the City.

*   Australia has been using its unique food and wine bounty to market tourism via the ‘Restaurant Australia‘ campaign to the country.  Last week it hosted some of the most important food and wine VIPs to its ‘Invite the World to Dinner‘ event in Hobart.  Different creative dishes were served in different artistic venues.  The organisers claim to have reached 400 million viewers through the event.

*   First Thursdays is heading for Woodstock, andThursday Late‘ will take place in the suburb on Thursday 27 November, from 17h00 – 20h00 or later.  Art galleries (such as Stevenson Gallery, Goodman Gallery, South Gallery), The Woodstock Exchange, The Old Biscuit Mill, Salt Circle Arcade, Woodstock Foundry, and Woodstock Cycle Works, retail outlets, music performers, and food vendors will participate.

*   Alitalia and Etihad Airways have received the go-ahead by the European Commission for a ‘strategic partnership‘, i.e. merger.

*   Vondeling Wine Farm of Voor-Paardeberg is hosting a Summer Family & Wine Festival on Saturday 22 November, with charcuterie platters, a country market, craft beer, handcrafts, and children’s activities.  R80 entrance. (received via e-mail from Vondeling Wine Farm)

*   Beyerskloof is hosting the Bottelary Hills Pop-Up Winemakers Lunch of 4 courses at its Red Leaf Restaurant on 30 November.  The winelovers attending will be joined by nearby winemakers from the Bottelary Hills, including Hartenberg, Kaapzicht, and Mooiplaas.  Cost R280. (received via media release from Random Hat Communications)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com  Tel (021) 433-2100, Twitter:@WhaleCottage Facebook:  click here

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