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With only a few days to go until the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest rolls out its kegs of freshly brewed craft biers in Durban at the Suncoast, Durbanite tracked down ze official “Mayor of Bierfest” – Hans von Tipplestein, at his secret brewery location deep amidst the misty hills of Cape Town. (Err, we mean Munich, Germany!)


Greetings your highness of the hops!

MvT: Hallo zere! Welcome to my secret brewery! Now, tell me how did you find me!?

We have this thing in South Africa called “Facebook”…

MvT: Oh ja! I know ze Facebook. Tops at Spar Bierfest is all on there. I think it’s time we made a Bierbook! You know, for all ze bier lovers in the world…

Wonderful idea. Now, back to you Mayor. Are you ready for Bierfest in Durban in less than a week’s time?

MvT: Of course ja! Do you think Father Christmas doesn’t look forward to it being December every year? I hev been waiting for this event all year, since last year!


We believe many people have. What makes the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest a must-go-to event?

MvT: You mean, besides the three specially brewed biers, the oompah music, the party bands playing the best party rock, the delicious Bavarian cuisine, and of course – all the beautiful Frauleins!??

How similar is the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest to the Oktoberfest event in Munich?

MvT: Some say, if you stand in ze Brauhaus in Munich, close your eyes, und imagine really hard, you could almost feel like you are at the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest in Durban! (But with nicer weather in Durban of course).

How many people are you expecting to attend the Bierfest this year?

MvT: We are expecting to sell out of course, but our Brauhaus holds 4 000 people, so multiply that by three days, over four sessions, that equals…. Oh my schnitzel, too many to count. Rather be safe und buy your tickets early from, otherwise you might not get in on the day.

Roxy Blondes

What essential items must people not forget to bring with to Bierfest?
MvT: Comfortable shoes! Expect to do a lot of dancing. Money, to convert into Crowns, because you cannot buy anything at Bierfest with your paper money or coins, only crowns will be accepted. 1 Crown costs R25, and will buy you a 500ml bier or softdrink or wine. 2 Crowns will buy you a big, 1-liter stein! Also, bring your friends, und an empty stomach to try all ze delicious foods on offer.

What one thing do you want everyone to know about going to the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest?

MvT: Zat they don’t have to drive home drunk afterwards! Or even walk or skateboard home after having a few too many tasty biers! Bierfest is making available a range of services to ensure everyone can get home safely afterwards, from good deals with taxi cabs (Mozzie, Uber,) to free Breathalysers, to free purified water at the event. All part of the ARA #DrinkSmart program which Bierfest has invested a lot of time and money into….so use it!

Where can people go to find out more about the TOPS at SPAR Bierfest?
MvT: Ze official website – Or of course, on ze Facebook @SABierfest.

Finally, if there is one German word to learn for Bierfest, what would that one word be?

Mvt: “Prost!” It means “Cheers!” Use it often and say it loudly when cheersing your buddies at Bierfest.

Frauleins infront of Brauhaus

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Plan ahead for the winter holidays in South Africa’s warmest province and celebrate the festive season early at The Oyster Box.
There’s something for everyone this July.

July 2021

– There’s no doubt that Christmas 2020 was a fairly low-key event compared to the usual festivities The Oyster Box is known for. To make up for it, their food and beverage team is promising more fun and festivity during the month of July, than we’ve seen for a while…AND it includes a Christmas celebration…Yes, in July!
They are also going ‘glam’ in true Oyster Box style, for one of the country’s most prestigious horse-racing events, The Vodacom Durban July.
So, get your hat on and don’t miss the chance to join us in this ‘sport of kings’ event on Saturday 3 July.


Treat yourself to our legendary Crayfish and Prawn Cocktail and a complimentary glass of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel from Monday to Sunday, 12h00-19h00 in The Oyster Bar at R390.00 per person.

Celebrate the Vodacom Durban July at The Oyster Box – 3 July 2021

Let Executive Chef Kevin Joseph bring the Vodacom Durban July to you this year, with all the elegance and style you’d expect on the big day! Dress to the theme, get to know more about the jockeys and their mounts and stand a chance to win a variety of prizes during the course of the day. 

Pick the most Winners and stand a chance to win a night’s stay at The Oyster Box.  Drinks and luxury canapes on arrival in the Durban July Room from 11h00, followed by a traditional braai and accompaniments on the Lighthouse Bar Terrace from 13h00.  A bottomless gin bar will be available with a DJ keeping the punters’ spirit’s up. 

From Monday to Sunday 5-31 July, The Oyster Box Christmas in July Ski Lodge is back in the Lighthouse Bar, from 12h00-19h00 daily. With Live music on a Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime with Rob Warren performing Christmas and contemporary rock , the nostalgic atmosphere of a mountain ski-lodge is brought to you Durban-style. Choose between one of our three gourmet Christmas Subs (Gammon, Turkey or Roast Beef), served with a Ciroc Christmas cocktail at R250 per person. 

On Wednesday 7 July, the Rebels of Black Elephant Vintners & Co, pair 13 of their wines with a musical soundtrack of their lives. Strong supporting line-up provided by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Team, from 18h00-21h00 in the Oyster Bar.  Cost is R590.00 per person.

One of Durban’s most respected Cocktail Mixologists, Haroon Haffajee brings his innovative magic to the Wonderful World of Whisky at The Oyster Box on Wednesday 14 July 2021.  Drinks in the Oyster Bar on arrival at 18h00, with dinner in The Grill Room from 18h30.  The four-course sensory experience will feature whiskies from the Diageo World Class portfolio, paired with Haroon’s inimitable style, at R690.00 per person.

Finally…a chance to celebrate the Festive Season that wasn’t!! Join us for a traditional Christmas in July lunch on Sunday 25 July 2021 on the Ocean Terrace from 12h00-15h00.  With live music by Leon, a visit from Santa and entertainment for kiddies, you’re in for a fun time. Adults are R690.00 per person and R350.00 for Kids under 12 years.

The monthly Wine Wednesday food and wine evenings are back, with different South African wine estates hosting the monthly dinner, in conjunction with Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his Kitchen Brigade. The evening kicks-off at 18h00 in The Oyster Bar with canapes (first course) and a welcome drink at individual tables.  Guests move to The Grill Room at 18h30 for dinner, with an explanation from the Chef about the Menu and comments from the Farm representative on the various pairings, throughout the evening. Wines from the featured estate will be available to order on the evening.

July’s event on Wednesday 28 July features French-style wines from Morgenster Estate and a French-inspired menu courtesy of The Oyster Box. Family-owned and family-run, Morgenster has a long history dating back 300 years. Situated near the foothills of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, the property produces award-winning Bordeaux-styled wines, Italian cultivars and extra virgin olive oil.



* High Tea in The Palm Court – Inspired by the hotel’s original architecture and with chandeliers purchased from the Savoy Hotel in London, High Tea at The Oyster Box is a lengthy, leisurely affair.  Live piano music provides the perfect backdrop to tea. High Tea is served daily at the following times: Mondays – Fridays from 14h30 – 17h00. Saturdays and Sundays, 12h00-14h00 & 15h00-17h00. Cost is R390.00 per person. 

* Legendary Breakfast in the Ocean Terrace – With al fresco tables offering panoramic Indian Ocean sea views and regular sightings of passing whales and dolphins, the generous breakfast buffet which includes fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, is the perfect way to start your day. Breakfast is served from 07h00-10h30 daily at R450.00 per person.

*The Curry Buffet in the Ocean Terrace – Continues to attract fans from far and wide.  Set in the Mediterranean-inspired Ocean Terrace, with gorgeous views across the Indian Ocean, the impressive curry selection, of at least 11 curries daily, includes meat, fish and vegetarian options. Using delicate blends of spices and fresh herbs…each curry is a masterpiece in itself.  The Curry Buffet is open for lunch and dinner from 12h00-20h30 at R390.00 per person.

Versatile muso Leon, provides Live Music from Thursday to Saturday evening and on a Sunday at lunchtime. 

Due to current covid protocols, reservations are essential.  Dinner bookings are available from 17h00-19h30 and Lunch bookings from 12h00-15h00.


For enquiries and to book for one of the events, contact Restaurants on (031) 514 5000 or by e-mail on


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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy




Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at our adored Old Town Italy stores 🎂

Start your morning at 10am, where you will learn a series of cake decorating techniques while sipping on refreshing Prosecco 🥂
This class includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

See upcoming dates below:

5 June – Marble Buttercream
3 July
7 August
4 September
2 October
6 November
4 December

Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store

Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info: | 031 566 5008
Book here

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Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino



Old Town Italy’s monthly wine & dinner pairing will be happening on 27 May 2021 in conjunction with Morgenster wine farm.

Indulge in their 4-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the Morgenster wine farm, located in Stellenbosch and of Italian origin 🍷

The evening begins promptly at 6pm.
Prepare to be taken on a culinary journey, guided by a guest speaker from the wine farm as well as live entertainment to compliment your dining experience 🎶

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹
Bookings are essential.

Book your spot now! | 031 566 5008
Book here.

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