The only thing Capetonians look forward to as much as soaking up the sun, is a long weekend. Thanks to Women’s Day, the Mother City gets to take its last 3-day break from 2019’s daily grind. And since Cape Town is renowned as the country’s foodie and culture capital, Benn van der Westhuizen has a few suggestions to banish the hibernation blues and make this long weekend count with laugh-out-loud entertainment, crafty activities, and hand-picked eateries.
If you’re pressed for date night ideas or just want a classy girls’ night out over the long weekend, The Stratus Room in Riebeeck Street has teamed up with Fugard Theatre for two evenings filled with camp, comedy and cuisine. Diners are treated to a complimentary welcome drink and delicious 2-course dinner followed by a production of the hottest ticket in town right now, Kinky Boots for R455. For a personal touch, Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence is also providing transport from the restaurant to the theatre.
Kinky Boots – which has raked up a slew of Tony and Oliver awards – is a story of hope and friendship which underlines the message that we are not as different from each other as we think. The South African premiere promises a night of glittering costumes, a fabulous Cyndi Lauper score and flawless choreography.
Spaces are limited and the event only runs on 9 and 10 August so, naturally, advance booking for the experience is encouraged.
Address: The Stratus Room, Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, 22 Riebeek St, City Centre | Fugard Theatre, cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Sts, District Six
Operating hours: 5.30pm – late
Beerhouse is paying tribute to women the best way they know how – by spotlighting the city’s top female players in Cape Town’s craft beer scene. The Long Street beer bar is hosting an informative beer-pairing event on Women’s Day. Hey Joe Brewing Company’s Anja van Zyl takes the lead presenting her label’s small selection of Belgian-inspired artisanal brews. Guests are also able to try these underrated gems while Van Zyl delves into the inspiration and backstory behind their brewery.
Local chef Clara Bubenzer is tapping into her vast credentials to assemble 5 effortless yet impressive sets of food pairings with beers from Hey Joe Brewing Company. Capetonians will recall Bubenzer from her occasional stints at Ginger & Lime cooking school, but she formally resides as Jack Black Taproom’s head chef.
For most craft brewers and enthusiasts alike Lucy Corne-Duthie’s beer blog, The Brewmistress, is the ultimate resource. The ever-engaging Corne-Duthie is well versed with the art of beermaking and boasts an illustrious career covering various international markets. Event guests are welcome to probe ‘The Brewmistress’ on the basics of brewing in South Africa, her experience in the industry, and her current top picks of South Africa’s coolest craft beers.
Meet the Brewers event is inclusive, so men, as well as women, are welcome.
Address: Beerhouse on Long, 223 Long St, City Centre
Operating hours: Event 3pm – 5.30pm | Beerhouse trading hours 11am – 2am
Cost: Earlybird tickets R200, normal tickets R250
Channel your inner artist and give life to your imagination at the Make it Magical’s Fairy House Building workshop. The family-friendly session is hosted on public holidays at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront.
Participants can create Fairy and Gnome Houses using materials such as wood, bark, pebbles, shells, and recycled and foraged resources. The Make it Magical team advise and assist with craft glue, gravel, grass, paper flowers, picket fencing and embellishments. This workshop is the ideal option for a long weekend family activity.
Make it Magical’s unique experiences are open to all ages, although parental supervision is required for children. Payment includes all the materials you need to create your masterpiece. Online booking is essential to secure your spot.
Where: Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront
When: Friday 9 Aug 11am – 1pm
Cost: R320 per structure/participant, and the ticket price includes 4 hours of free parking at the Clock Tower parkade and free Museum entry for an additional adult
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront is hosting a few cuisine-centric experiences over the long weekend, boasting snap-worthy views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Gather the squad for a dining feast as Tobago’s Restaurant Bar and Terrace kick off with a specially prepared seaside lunch spread that includes a variety of starters, mains and desserts.
“We put a lot of thought into this celebration as we see the amazing contribution that women make to society every day,” explains Food and Beverage Operations Manager Dominique Van Wezop. And they’ve followed through on that promise with deluxe buffet fare which is a far cry from the standard buffet options. Think marinated mussels with fennel and capsicum salsa for starters, a comforting lamb rogan josh for mains, finished off with a cardamom berry pavlova. Guests will enjoy a refreshing rose and cucumber Hendricks welcome drink. As an added bonus, one guest will be gifted with a Himalayan Salt Crystal Ritual for Two from the hotel’s in-house Amani Spa, valued at R3 500.
Tobago’s Restaurant is also running its family-friendly Winter Superb Sundays buffet brunch until 29 September. A classic carvery fare will be on offer, complete with foolproof Yorkshire puds, build-your-own-salad options, and a selection of local cheeses served with port and sherry.
Booking for both events is essential.
Address: Tobago’s Restaurant, Radisson Blu Hotel, 100 Beach Rd, Granger Bay
Operating hours: Women’s Day buffet 12:30am to 3.30pm | Sunday buffet 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost: Women’s Day buffet R455pp, Winter Sunday buffet R395pp | Special discount for children U12 years | U5 years eat for free
Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai is a weekly curated market that trades in regional and environmentally conscious food, local design and heaps more coupled with some live music for a great atmosphere.
And to celebrate their first annual Women’s Day event, the team is setting up shop to spotlight women’s fashion pieces, handcrafted jewellery and various other products. After your shopping session, pampering pods such as a mobile nail bar and relaxing foot massage is also available on-site, as well as a play area to keep the kids entertained. And if you’re after a more laid-back social meetup with your mates, Earth Fair Food Market is also running special offers on their bubbles, wine and pink gin. The perfect way to kickstart your mini August break!
Address: Block B Unit 9 and 10, South Palms Centre, 14 Celie Rd, Tokai
Operating hours: Women’s Day Market 10am – 3pm | Regular Markets, Wednesdays 4pm – 9pm and Saturdays 8:30am – 2pm
Cost: Entry is free
Grounded Bistro and the glam squad from The Opia Experience Lounge are treating their female patrons to a pampering session on Friday afternoon. The event will cover hair care and make-up tutorials from the expert team, as well as a self-empowerment motivational conference.
Saturday sees a slick night of celebration as the small eatery rings in their first birthday with an awards ceremony. If you’ve been living under a rock, Grounded Bistro is somewhat renowned for drawing a huge local crowd with its entertaining social events, comedy shows and live gigs. Founder John Fouche is keeping details of the evening under tight wraps. Dress code for the event is smart casual, and booking is essential.
Head over to their social media to get the low-down on the regular social quiz series hosted 3 or 4 evenings a month. Upcoming themes will court Harry Potter fans to True Blood vamps, as well as the much anticipated 2nd round of the RuPaul’s Drag Race-inspired quiz night on 31 August, back by popular demand.
Tickets for all events can be purchased via Quicket, with links available on Grounded Bistro’s events calendar.
Address: Grounded Bistro, 30 Highfield Rd, Somerset Square, De Waterkant
Operating hours: Women’s Day event 12pm to 3pm | Birthday event 6pm – 11pm
Cost: Women’s Day event R250pp | Birthday event free, but seating reservations essential
You’ll have to book in advance for this one! Reuben’s recommends you ditch the homemade brekkie, and rather opt for their Lazy Breakfast. This will be an expansive buffet complete with sweet and savoury, healthy and greasy options. Over and above this, there will be a celebration station including MCC, and ingredients to make your own ‘Screwdriver’ or ‘Bloody Mary’. Open all morning, so bring friends and family and spend hours indulging – this has to be the best way to start a long weekend.
In the afternoon, the Vista Lounge – with its incredible views of Table Mountain – will be offering a unique Afternoon Tea Experience. Guests will be served an impressive O&O tea stand filled with sweet and savoury delights, prepared by the resort Pastry Team. Alongside this, are their mouth-watering traditional scones with vanilla cream and local jam. The resort also has its own tea selection, which is a treat to explore. Spend hours in this beautiful setting, devouring all the spoils.
Address: One&Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
Operating hours: Reuben’s breakfast 6.30am – 12.30pm | Vista Afternoon Tea 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Cost: R375 for Breakfast Buffet | R520 for Afternoon tea | Half price for children under 12 years, and complimentary for kids under 3 years
Sugar-daddy Theatre Co is presenting a one-day-only rendition of VDAY 2019: ‘A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer’ at Theatre at the Foundry in Greenpoint. The show tackles feminism with a contemporary edge by showcasing a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights such as pioneering feminists Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down. Directed by Tamryn Speirs, this dense activism production is headlined by Cape Town’s indie theatre darling, Marlisa Doubell, as well as Sue Diepeveen, Sive Gubangxa, Shannyn Fourie, and Allistine Bo Grady.
VDAY 2019 is commissioned by one of Cape Town’s top coworking spaces, Inner City Ideas Cartel, and in collaboration with the VDAY Foundation and Ensler.
All proceeds of the show will go toward the Rape Crisis Cape Town.
Address: Theatre at the Foundry, Cardiff St, De Waterkant
Operating hours: Doors open 7:30pm | Show starts8 pm
Cost: R80 online | R100 at the door