WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 21 October


WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   FlySafair took off for the first time last week, offering permanent low-cost flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town, George, and Port Elizabeth.  Extras are charged, including meals, luggage in addition to two pieces of hand luggage, pre-booked seats, travel insurance, and extra-space seats. Base airfares between Cape Town and Johannesburg cost R 499 per direction.

*   The City of Cape Town has launched a Mobile Transport TCT App.  Developed by ‘Where is my Transport’, it is unique in Africa, and will guide commuters as to which form of transport they can use to get to their destination, incorporating the MyCiTi Bus, Golden Arrow Bus, Jammie Shuttle bus, city sightseeing buses, and Metrorail trains.  In addition information relating to shops close by, and directions in getting there, is also provided.  The app can also guide users of private transport, providing travel times, as well as informing them about traffic hold-ups such as accidents, roadworks, and more.  Locals can use the app to report potholes, faulty traffic lights, and bad driving to the City.

*   Award-winning wine blog Terroirist sings the praises of the ‘Swartland‘ generally, and of the wines by Eben Sadie in particular. Writing that ‘there is something special going on there‘, it praises the camaraderie, terroir, personality, and winemaking philosophy of the wine region.  The region is large, and its soil has rich iron and granite.  Wine farms are boutique, family managed, and even garagiste, while the winemaking is characterised by minimal intervention.  Palladius by Sadie Family Wines is praised.

*   Azure at the Twelve Apostles & Spa is hosting a 4-course Food & Wine Pairing dinner with Dalla Cia wines and Grappa on 31 October.  Cost is R545. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)

*   Jordan Bakery is hosting a number of Sunday Summer evening concerts, on 7 December (Mr Cat and the Jackal), 21 December (Christmas Concert with the Kayamandi Gospel Choir), and 9 January (Tailswapper), with more dates and groups to be announced.  Cost of R350 includes music and gourmet food stalls. (received via e-mail from Jordan Bakery)

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

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