WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 2 October

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Babylonstoren is expanding its offering of fruit and vegetables, by now growing various varieties of mushrooms in its Mushroom Cellar.

*   Eurostar is to introduce a London – Amsterdam route from 2016, a four hour journey.

*   Xolani Mancotywa, Sommelier at the Saxon Hotel, has reached the Finals of the international 2013 Best Young Sommelier, having won the South African title.  He is competing against eleven other such country winners in Washington on 18 October.  The competition is sponsored by the Chaîne de Rôtisseurs, a global gastronomic society.

*   An innovative way of attracting business into the city in the evening is First Thursdays, the 20 or so city centre art galleries staying open until 21h00 (some even later) on the first Thursday of each month, and also do not charge an entrance fee.  For the first time, Food Trucks will be incorporated, Cafeteria and The Grubbery parked on Riebeeck Square, on the corner of Bree and Shortmarket Street, near La Parada on Bree.

*   The shutting down of non-essential government services in the USA will also affect tourism in the USA, says the head of the US Travel Association Roger Dow, as it would mean the closure of popular tourist attractions, and could keep tourists away.

*   The closing down of all governmental services in the USA will affect the wine industry, as its approvals will be put on hold!

*   Robertson Winery has launched a Non-Alcoholic Sweet Sparkling Pink, retailing at around R40. (via media release from Posy & Jeremy Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)

*   Restaurant Week South Africa will be held for a second time, from 24 October – 3 November, all participating restaurants charging R95 for a 2-course meal, and R175 for three courses.

The 24 participating Cape Town restaurants are Pigalle, Il Cappero, Savoy Cabbage, Buitenverwachting, Catharina’s, Planet Restaurant, Bistro Sixteen82, HQ, Toni’s on Kloof, Blues, Tobago’s Restaurant, Al’s Place, Arnold’s on Kloof, Ashton’s, Restaurant Gypsy Café, Jamaica Me Crazy, 6 Spin Street, Bentley Oyster Bar & Bistro, Frères Bistro, Marimba, The George @ Romney Park Hotel, The Durbanville Hills Restaurant, The Odyssey, and The Wild Fig Restaurant.

The 13 Winelands restaurants are Grande Provence, Dish, Reuben’s Franschhoek, Bread & Wine, Bosman’s, De Oewer, Fresh @ Paul Cluver, Fraai Uitzicht 1798, Helena’s Restaurant, De Volkskombuis, Readers Restaurant, Mimosa Lodge, and Oude Wellington Restaurant.

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

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