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The big blues set to rock the Durban Botanic Gardens

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International blues maestro Dan Patlansky and acclaimed artist Albert Frost will bring the party to the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday, 17 July when the blues meets rock as part of the popular Old Mutual Music at the Lake series.

Whether you are into blues or rock, the experience is guaranteed to be a sizzling mix of electrifying world-class music, pleasant weather, sub-tropical flora and a great crowd.

Dan Patlansky, fresh from his hugely successful European tour with Joe Satriani, has become one of the most respected blues/rock artists to emerge from South Africa and was recently voted as one of the Top Ten best rock guitarists in the world today.

Fans will get the chance to hear the maestro play acoustic song versions from his albums, 20 Stones (2012), Wooden Thoughts (2013) and Dear Silence Thieves (2014). They will also be in for a special treat when Dan plays acoustic versions of brand new songs from his latest offering, released in April 2016, as well as classic covers modernised with a touch of blues and rock influences.

Albert Frost is a highly accomplished guitarist whose energetic performances have been dazzling audiences for 20 years, as he deftly alternates between rhythm and lead, showcasing acoustic and electric guitars. He has performed with every major artist in South Africa and recorded with Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon and the Blues Broers, among many others. He has also toured with Simple Minds and Rem, and supported the Rolling Stones.

Also coming to play is a Cape Town based artist Hezron Chetty, who is best known for performing the violin through a loop station. Bringing a fresh and progressive approach to instrumental music, he has captured the attention of the music scene, both locally and abroad.

Exciting as the sounds will be, Old Mutual Music at the Lake is about much more than just music. “Through this series we hope to raise consciousness of our environment and how we could and should experience and use it in a responsible way,” says Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma. “Our future wellbeing depends a lot on the commitments we make today.”

Music fans are encouraged to come early, bring picnic chairs and blankets and recharge their batteries in beautiful natural surroundings. The whole family is welcome – there is also a supervised children’s area.

For more information about this and other events at the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit the website www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za
Tickets prices: R140 online, or at the gate for R160 on the day.
Kids between 8 and 12 pay R60, kids under eight are free. All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games.
Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.
Gates open at 13h00 and the show starts at 14h00.

Secure parking is available at the Botanic Gardens. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road.

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Diarise these upcoming Old Town Italy events

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Don’t miss out on Old Town Italy’s upcoming events:

Pizza Making Class

We’re happy to let you know that Old Town Italy will be hosting regular Pizza Making Classes from Thursday, 17 June! 🍕
Old Town Italy brings you an evening filled with Antipasto’s, their house wine and an experience to create your own masterpiece with their esteemed chefs, for R325 per person🥂

🇮🇹 Book at Umhlanga between 5pm – 8pm.
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008

Upcoming Classes:
15 July
19 August

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24 June – La Dolce Vino

Join Old Town Italy for yet another incredible wine & dinner pairing, hosted at their Old Town Italy stores alongside Steenberg Wine Farm 🍷

Bring your Amico’s along and prepare to be taken on a wine journey, exploring 5 wines of which Steenberg has carefully selected to offer from their range of wines, paired with an exciting menu, curated by their in-house chef.

Allow the live entertainment to ease you into an evening filled with famiglia, fun & festivity 🎷
The evening begins promptly at 6pm on Thursday, 24 June

See the Menu below;

🥂 Welcome Drink
Steenberg Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 La Minestra
Roasted Tomato and Red Bell Pepper La Minestra
Served with Parmesan Grissini
🍷 Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc

🍴 Antipasti Board
A Selection of Imported Italian Cheeses and Cured Meats.
Served with Traditional Sides
🍷 Steenberg Nebbiolo

🍴 Fesa di Agnello
Grilled Lamb Rump
Served with Cauliflower, Baby Peas & Marrow Ribbon Salad
Finished off with Mint Gremolata
🍷 Steenberg Merlot

🍴 Dolce
Classic Tiramisu.
Served with Wild Strawberry, Balsamic and Pink Peppercorn Compote.
🍷 Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir Cap Classique

Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential.
Make your booking at your favourite store below:
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008

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3 July – Cake & Prosecco

Join Old Town Italy on the first Saturday of every month for a fun Cake-Decorating class, hosted by renowned bakers at their 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 is R750 per person & includes your own cake to decorate and take home, Prosecco and a selection of Old Town High Tea treats.

Upcoming dates & themes:
3 July – Naked Cake w/ Rice Paper Flower
7 Aug – Buttercream Flower

Bookings can be made below:
Umhlanga
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008

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9 July – Pasta Making Class

Enjoy a Pasta Making Class at Old Town Italy  Umhanga from 6pm for just R325 per person.
Grab your wine-loving partner and come join for a fun and pasta-filled evening.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a light antipasto to warm the appetite as well as a bottle of wine to share during the class. Next, their head chef will teach you how to cook like an Italian and finally, prepare your homemade creation for you to enjoy in-store!

Seats are limited to 12 pax and booking is essential:
Here’s our calendar for the rest of 2021:
9 July | Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini
13 August | Tomato Fettuccine Pasta
10 September | Cavatelli Pasta
8 October | Sacchetti Pasta
12 November | Manicotti Pasta
10 December | Fusili al Ferretto

Bookings can be made below:
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za / 031 566 5008

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The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience

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The Durban Gin & Tonic Experience is supported by Hall & Bramley is guaranteed to be an unforgettable day out. Bringing you the best Gins and Mixers with Live Artists performing to keep you entertained.

Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass.

WHEN:
Saturday 8 May 2021
Gates open at 12:00
Event ends at 18:00

WHERE:
Northwood Crusaders.
The perfect setting for a Saturday sundowner in the picturesque lawns.

HOW MUCH:
Please note tickets are limited to 500 so get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Early Bird – R160
General Admission – R180
Add a picnic hamper for R150

Tickets available at Webtickets:

THE IMPORTANT STUFF:
This event is strictly over 18 – leave the kids at home
No own food or drink is permitted in to the venue
No weapons, drugs or illegal substances are permitted in to the venue
There will be cash and card facilities at the Cash Loading station
Don’t drink and drive – Arrive aliveCovid-19 protocols will be in place to make the event a safe environment for all in attendance with plenty of space for social distancing and sanitising stations. Don’t forget your face masks and personal sanitiser.

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La Dolce Vino – Old Town Italy Umhlanga

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We are excited to announce that Old Town Italy’s La Dolce Vino evening will be happening every last Thursday of every month!

  • R425 per person
  • Start time: 6pm
  • Live entertainment
  • Last Thursday of every month

Why not indulge in Old Town Italy’s 4-course authentic Italian dinner menu, carefully paired with immaculate wines from the renowned Buitenverwachting wine farm, nestled in Constantia? 🍷

From 6pm you can be prepared to be taken on a culinary journey, with live entertainment to keep you entertained throughout the evening 🎶

View their delicious menu below:
🍴GRISSINI AL POMODORO
Black Garlic Grissini,
Topped with Al Pomodoro
🍷Buitenverwachting Rosé

🍴CHEF’S BOARD
A Selection of Imported Italian Cured Meat, Cheeses and Preserves
🍷Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc

🍴SECONDI
Hand-Made Short Rib Tortelloni
Braised in Sangiovese And Napolitana Sauce with Gremolata
🍷Buitenverwachting Meifort

🍴DOLCE
Dark Chocolate Gelato Served with Millionaires Crumble
🍷Buitenverwachting Little Richard
Tickets are R425 per person. 🇮🇹

Bookings are essential:
Email: gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za
Phone: 031 566 5008
Online booking: https://bit.ly/2PIaKa5

 

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