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Parking off at Parklife in the 031

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What could be more Durban than chilling on the grass under palm trees with mates, sipping on ice cold beers and listening to some of the best artists this country has to offer? Not very much I tell you… Durbs is just too kiff.

On the 11th June, we packed our picnic blanket and headed down to the Durban Botanic Gardens for the inaugural Parklife Gourmet Street Food and Music Festival. Trust us, it was so incredible that we have spent all the time since feeling sorry for ourselves that it is over (we are counting down the days until the next one!).

On a side note: Well done Durban, what incredible support!!

It was so great to see the large diverse crowd singing and dancing all through the day. Trendy teenage girls, relaxed groups of families, boets, grandparents and even a few couples still in the “honeymoon phase”  – who could blame you, it was so easy falling in love to the sound of Matt Simons – were all just having a blast!

The weather was perfect and with music that would entice almost anyone, there was literally no better place to be in Durban than at Parklife.

Hungry?

No worries, Parklife had you covered… everything from food trucks of gourmet burgers, to authentic street style Tandoor wraps, and the new and exciting Eggloo waffles were available.

Thirsty?

No worries, Parklife had you covered… there seemed to have been a tasty craft cider in every over 18 year old’s hand.

We were so spoilt for choice at Parklife, so much so that they gave us not only 1 but 2 stages. I’m not sure who came up with the saying “local is lekker” but in terms of music, it was definitely all true at Parklife. Local Durban duo, Dominic Hurd and Jude Kenrick from Easy Freak kicked off the day with their eclectic mix of Pop/Electro/Funk/Soul at the Park stage while Durban’s own Kyle Deutsch and Sketchy Bongo set the lake stage alive. The sweet and shy Matthew Mole grew in confidence as the crowd cheered him on louder and louder, ending with him cooling the crowd down by beating his drum covered in water.

International talent like De Hofnar from the Netherlands, Melvv and Matt Simons from the USA, and finally Gavin James from Ireland flew out to South Africa to provide us with a mix of sexy, pop acoustic, electronic, and house-esque style music.

Just as the sun was starting to set, we were treated to two final BIG names in SA Music, Jeremy Loops serenaded the ladies, while managing to get all the guys dancing to his modern folk sounds. Like a practised performance, the crowd sang word for word while the sky was lit up with giant white balloons passed from person to person.

And then there was one…

I’m not sure if Goodluck closed off the event, or started the after party, but what a vibe! In traditional Goodluck fashion the ever energetic Julz worked every inch of the stage. Not only was their performance pretty much flawless, but it was so nice to see the dynamics of Ben and Matt enjoying every minute in front of the Durban crowd. We definitely have a soft spot in their heart and there is no doubt that you couldn’t see it on their faces.

The memories of that perfect Sunday session will live on for months to come.

Thank you Parklife, until we meet again…

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High G&T at Old Town Italy

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Let the good times be”GIN” with Old Town Italy & Malfy Gin, presenting you with the ultimate High G&T experience at all their stores the second Sunday of every month.

Ladies, this is an afternoon for you & the girls, by celebrating your bachelorette, kitchen tea, birthday or any special occasion! 🎀

Get ready to be taken on a G&T journey. Enjoy a complimentary Malfy Gin & Tonic and enjoy their selection of High Tea Treats for your friends to share.
Old Town Italy have a lineup of soulful live entertainment at each store that will keep you grooving into the evening 🎷

R245 per person 💕
To enquire, see information below:
gm-umhlanga@oldtown.co.za | 031 566 5008
https://bit.ly/3A1c4a3<

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SOUTH AFRICA’S FRIENDLIEST FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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SPLASHY FEN IS SET TO WELCOME 3000 FANS AFTER A 2 YEAR BREAK.

3 000 eager fans can let out a sigh of relief, as the promise of another beautiful Splashy Fen Music Festival is confirmed by event organisers, Impi Concept Events. Finally, something to look forward to, Easter 2022 is set to be one to remember as the Splashy Fen Farm in Underberg, KZN is once again transformed into a magical music festival for those who have been missing out not only on the festival’s traditional music, arts, crafts and lifestyle festivities, but a sense of freedom and normality.

Tell your friends, gather your families, mark your calendars and get ready to secure your limited #splashy2022 ticket to what will truly be the best, most anticipated, Splashy Fen Music Festival ever. South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets, which are limited to 3000, will open on Wednesday the 6th of October.


All ticket holders from the cancelled 2020 festival will have first dibs on purchasing tickets for next year’s event. These 2020 ‘ticket holders’ will be sent an exclusive clickable link via email, which gives them access to buy the same amount of tickets as they had in 2020 at the discounted Otter Club ticket price. There will be a 2 week period in which to purchase these discounted tickets, thereafter, general and normal priced ticket sales will open to the public. Those who became a #splashyhero back in 2020 when they donated a portion of their 2020 ticket to the festival, will be eligible for the promised 20% discount – which will be applied to the Otter Club ticket price.

The year 2020 would have been Splashy Fen Music Festivals’ 31st edition. It would have been 4 days of music, merriment, and time away from the hustle and bustle of city life for fans looking for a fun, safe, inclusive home away from home in one of the most beautiful parts of our country. But the year 2020 was a non-event for the music industry, and the world at large, as festivals across the globe were shut down due to the global pandemic that was, and is, Covid-19.

It seems like a lifetime ago when we made the announcement to cancel our 2020 edition festival,” says Stu Berry, Festival Director. “Collectively, with our fans, we were devastated, but the choice was not ours to make. None of us had any idea just what we were up against, how long we would be away for, and what the music scene would look like when we eventually returned. For months we have waited patiently for the green light from authorities and for the infection rate to drop. We have also watched, longingly, as international festivals have taken the lead with a number of entry regulations that allow hundreds of thousands of fans to return to packed stadiums to enjoy live music and entertainment again – something that we are determined to be able to offer to both our South African fans and musicians; as we continue to champion the local entertainment industry that has been hit so hard with the shutdown of events and festivals.”

The Splashy Fen website – www.splashyfen.co.za – has been updated with all the important information that fans need to navigate the latest ticket options. In keeping with the festival’s ethos of transparency and integrity, event organisers have done everything they can to ensure no risk to ticket holders, and fans are therefore guaranteed a 100% refund on their ticket, should the festival be cancelled due to COVID lockdown regulations. At this stage, no day visitors will be allowed to the 2022 festival.

We are sure our fans will have many questions regarding the 2022 festival,” says Festival Creative Director Andrew van Rensburg. “Our website should be able to address all of these queries, including what we envisage will be the COVID regulations at Splashy Fen 2022It has been great watching the European Festival season operating with full capacity crowds and we cannot wait to get back out there and deliver a world-class experience once again. It has been a tough 2 years, in which we have all been taught to stay away from each other and disengage, and we hope to get everyone back sharing, laughing, and smiling together again. Now more than ever, we need it.

Summary of pricing options:

Otter Club Ticket            R1050**            Available 6th Oct – 20th Oct
20% Discount                 R840
Early Bird Ticket             R1300*             Available 21st Oct. Limited to 1000 tickets
General Festival Ticket    R1450*
Kids 4-12                       R450*
Kids U4                         R50*
Early Camping                R180*               Limited to 500 passes
Family Camping              R180*               Limited space: 1st come, 1st serve
Reserved River Camping  R1200*             Limited to 80 sites. 4 adults per site
Powered Campsite          R2000*             Limited to 50 sites. 4 adults per site

* Excludes bank charges (4%). All tickets are fully refundable on the ticket price (not the bank charges) should the event be cancelled due to COVID regulations. Should a ticket holder test positive for COVID-19 and be unable to attend, the normal refund policy will apply.

** R840 (excluding booking fee) for 2020 ticket holders

To secure your ticket to Splashy Fen Music Festival, please visit www.splashyfen.co.za or personally drop us an email at info@splashyfen.co.za.

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TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE

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With nobody travelling internationally at the moment The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph and his culinary Team, decided to take guests to exotic places through their food instead. So the Flavour-cation concept was born. Through a variety of food experiences ‘flavour vacations’ are put together to showcase exciting new tastes… literally on our doorstep.

With the Tapas menu (Spanish word for small savoury dishes), each item, has a main ingredient and everything else on the plate contributes to the overall taste sensation. “We looked at what is popular with diners,” says Chef Joseph, “such as oysters, prawns, sharing platters etc. and then added our own taste profile and flair to each dish, to give it an Oyster Box twist. The babotie spring rolls are an example; our steamed buns are baked in-house; the Oysters harvested from our own beds and the pear chutney and hummus cooked from scratch.” The menu also offers ample choice for Vegetarians.

Tapas will be on offer in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars until the end of November, with new and exciting dishes being added to the menu on an ongoing basis, so that our guests always have something new to look forward to.

Alongside the menu, a wide selection of wine, beer, Champagne and sparkling wine is on offer. A special mention should be made of the House Wine Selection, from our internationally-acclaimed sister winery, Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Hermanus. Known for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and renowned Pinot Noirs.

The TAPAS Menu is served in The Lighthouse and Oyster Bars from 12:00-19:30 daily.

Booking is essential on 031 514 5000 or by e-mail restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

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