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V&A Waterfront celebrates 30th anniversary, SA’s Top tourist attraction!


The V & A Waterfront has issued a commemorative issue of its Winter 2021 magazine to honour ‘30 years of hope, connection and the best of the V & A’.

It is a reflection on the history of the establishment of the Waterfront in 1990 as well as its growing expansion and development, the harbour area which has become South Africa’s most popular tourist attraction. Continue reading →

Taste of Cape Town 2015 offers a taste of the World’s 3rd Best Food City!

Taste of Cape Town logoCape Town has just been ranked third Best Food City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2014.  Taste of Cape Town 2015, running at the Green Point Cricket Club until the end of today, gives locals and visitors a taste of what makes our city so special as a food destination.

Hosted for the eighth year in Cape Town, and run by food editor and stylist Justin Drake, Taste of Cape Town hasTaste of Cape Town Jutine Drake Whale Cottage settled in at the cricket club venue after venue changes in early years. Taste of Cape Town is a festive and fun way to eat and drink one’s way around one venue, showcasing not only restaurants and wine estates in Cape Town, but also those in the Winelands.

I was invited by Errieda du Toit PR to attend the Taste of Cape Town, and was joined by Continue reading →

MasterChef SA Season 3 episode 1: Bootcamp 1 shows angelfish no angel; beautiful Cape Town on the table!

MasterChef SA 3 ep 1 Table Mountain and contestantsI had forgotten how hard it is to stay on top of a new series of MasterChef SA, and last night’s first episode of Season 3 was disappointing in being mainly an hour long tasting of 36 angelfish dishes, for the first day of Bootcamp.  But the tough elimination challenge could not have been held against a more beautiful backdrop than that of Table Mountain, great marketing for Cape Town.  The dominance of Reuben Robertsons Riffel was disappointing, being the new judge.

In the previous two MasterChef SA Seasons, more time was spent in getting to know the contestants, when they had to do basic tests such as peeling  and cutting potatoes, and peeling and slicing onions.  Last night the hot auditions in Cape Town (with Chef Pete Goffe-Wood and guest chef Henry Vigar of La Mouette), in Durban (Riffel with Chef Jackie Cameron, who has just left Hartford House to open her Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine) and in Johannesburg (Chef Bennie Masekwameng was joined by Chef Andrea Burgener, Continue reading →

Red Bull Sweet Service and Seekers Travel Sour Service Awards!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Red Bull and its entertaining Flugtag it hosted in the V&A Waterfront last Sunday, the first since its last South African event ten years ago.  A record count of over 200000 attendees led to traffic congestion and a shortage of parking in the V&A, which meant that visitors had to park at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. From Twitter it was evident to see that everyone had a super time, despite the traffic problems in getting there.   One hopes that the City of Cape Town takes a leaf out of Red Bull’s book in how to organise a successful mega event!

The Sour Service Award goes to Tourvest-owned Seekers Travel and its Public Sector Division, in cancelling a booking for our long-standing Department of Environmental Affairs clients.  We had received the booking from the friendly Nangamso Nyonkana, but a personal crisis led her to leave the office and hand over the booking to her rude colleague Nomhle Khosi.  Despite having met all the onerous invoicing requirements, we were told that the travel agency only pays on the day of guest arrival, and that the payment run for the whole company only starts at 14h30, by which time the guests may have checked in already.  When we asked Nomhle to help us to chase the payment in the system, she refused, and cancelled the booking instead, without explanation. The Operations Manager Shelley refused to intervene.  Guest Houses are loath to deal with travel agents, and late payment is one of the major irritations, Seekers being a large company and works according to rules, despite the inconvenience to their clients and suppliers!  The Department client Eugene Swart was shocked to hear about Seeker’s unprofessional conduct, and will take the matter further!

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at info@whalecottage.com.   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.