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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:13

Als is Nie Verlore Nie

12 Desember 2013, Michelle se Facebook blad: DIE KAMP BRAND AF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dag drie van die Groot Opruim - 13 Desember 2013

Ons straat is vanoggend een droewige steenkool skildery, stukkies van die mense se hele wese in sak en as die vlakstes oor verstrooi. Die reuse vlamme als in sy pad verober, pyn en ellende is al wat oorbly. Prys Jesus, die vlamme het ons huis net-net gemis maar die donkerblou rook wolke nog vasgevang in ons klere en in ons longe. Ons is sonder krag en water, ek sien nog die gasbottels wat ontplof en die hemelruim inskiet, soos n maantuig op koers na die buiteruimtes. Steeds het ons soveel om dankbaar voor te wees, God gaan als weer nuut maak.

The Cape Town Summer Market (the newly branded Adderley Street Night Market) which runs from the 14th to 30th December (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and set in the gorgeous location of the National Heritage site, The Company’s Gardens now boasts the addition of a Craft Beer Village. The Company’s Garden will be bustling with an eclectic blend of musicians providing the soundtrack to the festivities along with stalls selling everything from hand-crafted décor, stylish clothing, and jewellery to tasty food. One of the highlights being the craft beer garden run by Boston Breweries.

Market enthusiasts can look forward to a 12 tap bar system with Boston Breweries 10 fine brews on offer. These include; Boston Lager, Naked Mexican, Johnny Gold Weis, Whale Tale Ale, Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale, Boston IPA & Black River Coffee Stout. The newest additions to the Boston Breweries craft beer range will also be available on tap, these being the big boys beer Loaded Cannon Ale with a 10% alcohol percentage, Killa Jewel with a low in calorie content making it ideal for those who love beer but are watching their figure and lastly Honey Blonde the baby of the family, having been only recently brewed and made available to the public.

Along with the extensive range of brews on offer there will also be wine and sparkling wine available for purchase. Enthusiasts can enjoy a craft style vibe with a Bedouin tent and plenty of seating; ideal for savouring and comparing beer & wine styles. The Craft Beer Village celebrates the craft of brewing in a friendly atmosphere that will allow interaction with the staff about the tasting regime and about which beers to pair with certain foods on offer at The Cape Town Summer Market! ‘Moving the Adderley Street Night Market into the Company’s Garden was quite a challenge,’ says Toby Chance from the organiser Adele Lucas Promotions. ‘We had to retain the unique Cape Flats feel with its loyal vendor and visitor following, while attracting a new product profile which would appeal to a broader audience including local and international tourists. Cape Town and the Western Cape are home to many emerging businesses in the creative industries and we have made a special effort to accommodate these, to grow the local economy and provide these small businesses with a much-needed market outlet.’

Friday, 13 December 2013 10:52

Fire Rages Through Kay's Caravan Park

10 houses allegedly gutted by fire at Kay's Caravan Park tonight, not long after extensive flood damage to houses during the recent storms. As ever, the active Somerset West Facebook group rallied fast to get out there and coordinate assistance. Check the group for further details. Well done guys.


Monday, 25 November 2013 08:34

A Wine and Food Affair at Lourensford

With summer in full swing, make the most of the fabulous weather and head out to Lourensford Wine Estate for the inaugural A Food & Wine Affair over the weekend of 15 and 16 February (12pm to 5pm daily), with something for mom, dad and the kids.

Lourensford, in association with Checkers, will be pulling out the stops ensuring nonstop activities and entertainment for the entire family. Boasting a sprawling lush green lawn, this world renowned wine estate set in the heart of Somerset West, is the perfect place for kids to run around carefree, or partake in one of the many fun filled activities such as jumping castles, face painting, inflatable hop on animals, trampolines, an obstacle course, tractor rides, a water slide, and so much more.

And whilst the kids are being kept busy mom and dad can sip, sample and savour the superb local wines, micro breweries, cocktails or delicious bubblies on offer. To ensure you don’t go hungry be sure not to miss out on tucking into some delectable food from the local fresh produce exhibitors, creating the perfect neighbourhood farm setting.  Food on offer includes charcuterie, artisanal chocolate, sushi, nachos, schwarmas, gourmet sandwiches and hamburgers as well as ample kiddie friendly food. Renowned for their array of superb local and imported cheeses Checkers will be displaying some of these as well as freshly baked breads at their Cheese and Bread World at the festival.

With a glass of wine in hand and something to nibble on sit back and relax, taking in the breathtaking surround whilst listening to the live entertainment from several local bands on offer.

With perfect weather in store and something on for young and old this is one event you don’t want to miss, and what better way to support the community. Tickets, which include entry and a complementary tasting glass, cost R80 per person and can be purchased directly from Computicket. Kids under 18 enter for free.

Thursday, 21 November 2013 09:22

After the Deluge - Help in the Helderberg

Well, the storm passed and as with any crisis, some good shone out from the destruction. Look at this, from Facebook:
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 08:22

Towards a Sustainable Christmas

Christmas can be the most commercial, wasteful and consumer driven time of the year - but it doesn't have to be. We have more than enough natural beauty in South Africa to create our own gorgeous Christmases, without resorting to fake snow and sad, displaced looking snowmen. We're dreaming of a green Christmas and here are some ideas to lessen the impact:

Monday, 18 November 2013 12:26

Help After the Storm

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Monday, 18 November 2013 09:04

Storm Damage to Kay's Caravan Park

The past weekend's storm left Kay's Caravan Park in Strand devastated. This morning, Michelle van den Bergh said, "We are fine. The camp is in utter devastation, but all survived. It's sad. We are home. We didn't lose our home or animals. Only damage to the garden and fencing and our foundation soil under our house has been washed away. Our bathroom flooded and our carpets inside are wet, but we were lucky. People have brought food and aid to many."

Cape Town Festival of Beer, the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, is around the corner again! The Festival is set for the 22rd, 23th and 24th of November at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, Cape Town (next to the V & A Waterfront). This year’s event is bringing even more beer to the table than ever before. Cape Town Festival of Beer is a celebration of brewing heritage and craft both locally and from around the world.

This Saturday the Market at the Palms in Woodstock will launch Die Kattebak Market, a monthly ‘brocante’ vintage market that will run alongside their weekly market and complement their usual food-focused offerings. The new market will trade once a month on selected Saturdays, starting on 16 November 2013.

Dates for 2013: 16 November and 21 December.

Here’s what organisers have in mind: Inspired by the well-known brocante markets on the French countryside (better known as car boot sales), we are introducing our own KATTEBAK MARKET in the heart of Woodstock, together with our existing Market at The Palms. This is where you’ll find wonderful bargains – an eclectic mix of great finds – from linen, crystal, porcelain, books, clothing and even golden oldies – LPs and music. We hope for DIE KATTEBAK to be the place to find and sell your collectibles once a month – and to browse around and relax with a glass of bubbly at the food market!

If you’re a vintage / brocante trader and would like to trade at DIE KATTEBAK please contact organisers via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text9003); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When: Monthly on selected Saturdays (16 November 2013, 21 December 2013)

Where: The Palms Lifestyle Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock