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MATTHEW MOLE LIGHTS UP OUR FRIDAY!

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An excitable crowd gathered at Sugar Rush Park this Friday evening for the final instalment of the 2018 Marriott Ballito Beats Music Series, and what a world-class performance it was.

This Friday the 24th of August, just over 1 100 North Coast locals got to enjoy the unmistakably sweet sounds of Matthew Mole – one of South Africa’s biggest, award-winning artists – performing hits off his new album, Run.

Throw in some early classics like Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine and Autumn, and you’ve got the crowd singing along, up on their feet dancing and enjoying top quality entertainment. The best way to spend a Friday night in Ballito.

Local trio the Bradley Grey Band got the crowd warmed up with their Coldplay-esque covers and self-penned songs. Bass, drums, piano and the smoothest vocals to boot; fans were treated to some stellar entertainment under the Ballito stars.

Matthew Mole drumming on stage at the Ballito Beats

“It’s been another great year for us here in Ballito,” says Stu Berry, Series Director. “We have loved bringing some of South Africa’s best musical talent to the people of Ballito. And when we say that Ballito Beats is for the whole family… we’re not kidding.”

Local youngster, Connor Skewis celebrated his 9th birthday on Friday. As a huge Matthew Mole fan, he begged to celebrate his party with his 10 closest friends at Sugar Rush Park for the concert. Unbeknown to Connor, a Meet & Greet was arranged with Matthew and the excitement was palpable when the 10 youngsters realised who was standing in front of them. The boys bombarded Matthew with questions about what sport he plays and Matthew serenaded Connor with a birthday song before taking to the stage. “We love moments like these.” Says Berry. “It’s the fans who make this all possible. So thank you Ballito, we’re already planning some great things for 2019.”

The fun isn’t over yet Ballito – join Marriott Ballito Beats for another night out for the whole family. Their Open Air Cinema Evening kicks off on Saturday the 13th of October with not one, but two popular family movies. Catch the hilarious Monsters Inc. from 5pm, followed by an old classic, Forrest Gump at 7pm.

Tickets are available from webtickets.co.za; R80 for adults, R40 for kids between 8-12. Children under 8 are free.

Bradley Grey Band at the Marriott Ballito Beats. Photo: Tim Lubbe

Bradley Grey Band at the Marriott Ballito Beats. Photo: Tim Lubbe

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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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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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