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Taste of Durban is Back and Better Than Ever

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The Taste of Durban is back from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July at Suncoast. Chefs from a selection of Durban’s most popular restaurants will create special menus of starter-sized plates, including their signature dishes, designed to reflect their individual philosophies, whilst showcasing seasonal and premium ingredients. Taste of Durban 2015 is poised to be the most exciting ‘foodie’ event of the year.

Back for the second year running, Greedy Buddha, promises a delicious offering of south east Asian food, while former ‘Best on Show’ winner Amaravathi Palki, is sure to be a crowd pleaser once again. Former participant and one of Durban’s most recognised culinary talents, Jackie Cameron will be a welcome addition to the mix, showcasing her new venture, The Jackie Cameron School of Food & Wine. New participants, Vicky Cristina’s & Boiler Room Café, bring a more casual element to the line-up, while Vigour & Verve and Café Vigour, courtesy of Tsogo Sun and Simply Asia, another regular, complete this year’s eclectic line-up.

A hit with visitors last year, The Durban eKasi Experience, features show newcomer, Hollywoodbets. Hugely popular with locals and winners of ‘The Bunny Chow Barometer’ Competition, they will be joined by Durban’s most established and popular Tavern in Durban, Max’s Lifestyle, who will be serving traditional eKasi style fare.

Over three days, this unique international restaurant festival will bring together Durban’s most dedicated and sophisticated foodies in an
al fresco, dining celebration. After three years, Taste of Durban has firmly established itself on the Durban culinary calendar.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sip, sample and shop their way around the festival. This year’s show offers a range of brand new features and culinary experiences, to ensure that there is something for everybody to enjoy.

“We are thrilled with the wide range of restaurants, features and suppliers we have participating in Taste of Durban this year,” says Event Director, Justine Drake. “The overwhelming success of last year’s event took us all by surprise, so we know the expectation for 2015 is at full throttle.”

‘Must-do’s’ include:
* Castle Milk Stout Experience – Castle Milk Stout will bring a taste experience to be savoured to Taste of Durban 2015. Chill out in the marquee and lounge area, complete with the ambient sounds and a tasting experience that shows the full credentials of the full and complex flavours of Milk Stout and its pairing with food.

* Robertsons Ultimate Burger Class
Become your family’s ultimate burger king or queen by learning how to create the best burgers at this year’s Taste of Durban, where Robertsons Herbs & Spices will be bringing in the foodie experts to reveal their secrets to creating the ultimate burger. From preparing the tastiest, juiciest meat patties to adding the perfect combination of spices, participants in the Robertsons Ultimate Burger Classes will take burger making to a new level as they work with meat experts and celebrity chefs to learn this tasty talent. The Spice People serve up this mouthwatering feature at the Taste of Durban, with meat expert Caroline McCann from Braeside Meats, local culinary expert Justin Bonello, and Robertsons Executive Chef Craig Elliott. But the excitement does not stop there, as one lucky Robertsons Ultimate Burger Class participant, could win Justin’s latest book, Road Tripping. You also get to walk away with a braai caddy filled with the latest Robertsons spices.

* Butcher’s Block with Two Oceans Wines – As a country of meat lovers, it’s always good to know your head from your tail. Make your way to the Butcher’s Block, where you will learn about the varieties of meat, the various cuts, how to buy, prepare and cook meat to perfection and where Two Oceans Wines will show you how and when to pair their wines with each cut.

* The Bacardi Mixology Theatre & Cocktail Lounge – Enter the exciting world of mixology and experience the magic of craft bartending. In the theatre, you will have the opportunity to learn how to craft your own Bacardi cocktails under the guidance of an expert Mixologist. The lounge offers a relaxing space with a DJ mixing great tunes while the bartenders do some mixing of their own.

* BP Wild Bean Café – Two millions cups of Wild Bean Café coffee are sold and enjoyed every year. BP Wild Bean Cafés use only 100% top-quality Arabic beans – sourced from Tanzania, Gautemala, El Salvador and Brazil – offering the best combination of sweetness, acidity and bitterness. At Taste of Durban, our Wild Bean Café Baristas will hand-make your favourite coffee, latte or hot chocolate to perk you up and keep you going!

Besides the amazing range of restaurants, suppliers from around the country are pulling out all the stops to make this show a feast of artisanal and locally produced product. Black Mamba Chili will have their fiery gourmet chili product range on offer, while visitors looking for something sweet will love Kupcake Heaven and the amazing creations from Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent and Sugarlicious. Meat lovers can look forward to a range of delicious cured meats from Begks Hungarian Smoked Food, as well as a juicy 100% Wagyu Beef Burger with rocket, red onion and a drizzle of black magic sauce from Woodview. For those on the Banting train, look out for Bizzibanting.

Bringing a taste of the Cape to our sub-tropical shores, some of the country’s best wineries will showcase their award-winning wines, and other big features include the Savannah Experience, Core Catering Supplies, The Big Green Egg and Durban Tourism.

For the Kids – Classy Party Planners will be providing great entertainment for the kids at the Saturday afternoon and Sunday sessions. Fun-filled child minding catering for all ages, including craft sessions like science and learning, sand art, colouring, painting, scratch cards, play dough and cupcake and biscuit decorating. The Kidz Zone will have slides, toddler castles, dartboards, mascots, face painting and much more. Cost is R30 per child.

Taste of Durban Festival CROWNS
Crowns can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds. Visitors use Crowns to purchase sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibiting restaurants, bars and exhibitors. Each Crown is worth R5. Change is offered in Crowns only.

To book tickets: Visit ITickets on www.ticketpro.co.za

Media Enquiries: Joanne Hayes, Tumbleweed Communications
Cell: 083 6277249 e-mail: tigerjo@iafrica.com

TASTE OF DURBAN 2015 – FAST FACTS
What, Where, When, How…
Festival times:
– Friday 24 July: 18h00 – 22h00
– Saturday 25 July: 12h30 – 16h30; 18h00- 22h00
– Sunday 26 July: 12h30 – 17h30

Tickets:
Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit www.ticketpro.co.za

– Standard Ticket – *R80 – Entrance to the festival including a glass
– Premium Ticket – *R180 – Entrance to the festival including a
tasting glass plus R100 worth of Crowns (the official currency)
Taste Clubhouse Ticket – R750 – Fast Track entry to the festival, a tasting glass, R150 Crowns, a private clubhouse to use as a base for the show with a complimentary bar service (wine, malt and soft drinks) plus a Taste of Durban Gift.

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HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS AT THE OYSTER BOX

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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.

JULY SPECIAL

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.

 

EXCEPTIONAL DINING AT THE OYSTER BOX

* 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 restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

 

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Cake & Prosecco Class at Old Town Italy

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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:
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008
Book here

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Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino

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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!
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008
Book here.

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