By now, you have probably heard of Secret Sunrise, if not, then where have you been?
We chatted to Jane Shaw to find out more about Durban’s most loved craze!
D: What is Secret Sunrise all about?
J: Secret Sunrise is about letting go, having fun and dancing the sun up into the sky!
The essence of Secret sunrise is to have people celebrate the rising sun from various secret venues in the city. The silent headphones and instructors provide the space for people to connect, love and engage in radical self expression all to share compassion, kindness and of course joy. What I love about it is that you are locked into your own world while you’re wearing the headsets. There is zero judgement, just joy while you’re following some guided instructions and celebrating your ability to move. It’s all inclusive, and you could be dancing next to someone who has R50 left in their account, or a millionaire, and you’ll never know because we are all equal in a safe space.
D: When did it start?
J: Secret Sunrise started in Cape Town in 2015 by the guys from No Danger Diaries. It then moved to Joburg, and to Durban in March 2016 when I bought the franchise and I’ve been running it since May last year.
D: How did they come up with the idea? What was their objective?
J: While the guys were in Zambia doing charity work for No Danger Diaries, they wanted to all listen to the same song and dance the sun up. One morning they decided to all set their iPods to the same song, and they did just that. The feeling they had from all doing the same moves, to the same song, while the sun was rising was so powerful they just needed to share it. So Secret Sunrise was born!
D: Who is the founder? Tell us more about them?
J: The guys from No Danger Diaries founded Secret Sunrise, and it’s through their love of yoga, dance and the magic of Sunrise that this incredible concept has been brought to life. There is such an incredible feeling of magic in the air during a Secret Sunrise event, that you can’t help but feel grateful for being alive another day.
D: Can anyone come to a Secret Sunrise event?
J: Absolutely anyone! Whether you can dance or not, it’s about moving your body in a way that feels natural to you, not necessarily what everyone else is doing. This is your time to express yourself in your way. We have 3 year olds up to 83 year olds! Everyone who wants to take part, can and should.
D: Do you do Secret Sunsets for the “lazy” ones?
J: We do Secret Sunsets yes 🙂 We like to say it’s for the not-so-early-birds. We also do a Saturday morning and we have just launched a Sunday morning for those that are busy on a Saturday. We are also toying with the idea of an 8am Start for some events as well.
D: Are babies allowed?
J: Babies are definitely invited and we have had many a baby strapped to their parent’s chest.
D: Could charities get involved?
J: We offer Charity fundraisers as well as school fundraisers as well! We know how hard it is to raises funds, but with Secret Sunrise it is a fun way to raise funds in an hour where people feel like they’re getting value back as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch for these events.
D: When is the next one, and how do we buy tickets?
J: Our next event is on 30 September, and is in partnership with Project Dog. Follow Secret Sunrise on Facebook to keep up to date with all of the details, and how to purchase your tickets!
TAPAS OYSTER BOX STYLE
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 email@example.com
HIGH DAYS & HOLIDAYS AT THE OYSTER BOX
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.
– 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Price: R650 per person
Limited tickets available at each store
Enquire in store or contact us directly to book & find out more info:
email@example.com | 031 566 5008
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