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Festive Fun on The Holiday Express

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The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to accept the challenge of trying something new, and just get on…

The Holiday Express, operating the modern KZN Business Express, has arranged several superb family orientated one-day train outings to the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, Sugar Rush Park, Salt Rock Hotel and the super special New Year’s Eve trip to Pietermaritzburg.

The Holiday Express departs conveniently from the security of the Premier Lounge, Durban Station (Jeff Taylor Street) with its own private access escalators and platform. Convenient, boom-protected parking is available immediately outside the Lounge. Travelling time is approximately one hour to Shongweni, 90 minutes to Umhlali and two hours to Pietermaritzburg. A selection of refreshments is always available on board.

31 December: Don’t do the same old, boring, predictable party for New Year’s Eve this year, rather think out of the box…and hop onto the train! Enjoy a memorable New Year’s Eve themed train ride experience to Pietermaritzburg. Registration is at Durban Station’s Premier Lounge at 2pm with a welcome drink on arrival and entertainment by the talented Milton. Your cabin crew, dressed to impress, will be awaiting your entrance at each carriage. Various characters to suit the “train” theme will be on board to keep you entertained. Departure is at 3pm and you can expect music and PA announcements throughout the trip and lots of fun, fun, fun! After two hours of travel, you’ll arrive at Pietermaritzburg Station and disembark to a red carpet, outdoor cinema and food vendors galore to gastronomically delight you, while a 22-piece band entertains and enthrals. After four hours of fun, eating and drinking, the train will return to Durban, arriving at 11pm to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. This trip is suitable, and recommended for the whole family.

23 December: The Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market is home to very nearly 200 stalls, more than half of which offer delectable food and outstanding fresh produce. It is their goal and passion to help people realise the importance of buying fresh and buying local. The Market is 100%-wheel chair accessible, and their child-friendly, soft play area for kids under 4 is free of charge, allowing moms and dads to shop with peace of mind.

27, 28, 29 December, and 6 and 7 January: Sugar Rush Park is a family-focused destination which caters for everyone, from tiny tots to gran and gramps. Their goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, by encouraging fun outdoor activities such as riding and running, or just plain jungle gym climbing. The magic of Sugar Rush is their wide-open spaces, secure parking, refreshment facilities and a host of activities to keep all members of the family actively involved.

Salt Rock Hotel is well known for its protected beaches, recreational characteristics and the Ipi Thombi Spa for a heavenly Zulu massage; a child friendly and safe environment for kids with a jungle gym; wholesome, delicious meals at Coco’s buffet and carvery with Mediterranean cuisine at Al Fresco’s Ristorante; an elevated sun terrace for daily dolphin viewing and seasonal whale watching; a rock tidal pool and a beach bar with private or group braai facilities.

For any further information please visit www.theholidayexpress.co.za or to reserve your tickets email: info@theholidayexpress.co.za

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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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