Less than a week is what separates you from your next exceptional wine experience. The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show is back in Durban from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 May at The Globe at SUNCOAST, and you’re invited to taste and explore a ‘Winederland’ of ti(tannic) proportions! A fresh and flirty burlesque theme awaits visitors, accompanying the variety of new and returning estate and winery exhibitors, and a wine-packed programme of edutainment.
The show remains an invaluable opportunity to expand your knowledge of wine in all its glory, with interactive, educational presentations in the #SAWineShowcase Theatre by the much-loved John Meinking, a legend in the wine industry, including wines from Delheim, Hermanuspietersfontein and Beyerskloof to name a few.
If you’ve ever wondered how your vino got its shade, or if the cork truly is superior to the controversial screw-cap, then the Wine Theatre is where you’ll find answers, and much more. The SPAR Group’s private label, Olive Brook, will be showcasing their two new ranges, Everyday and Terroir, in a talk on ‘Complex but not Confusing’.
In addition to this, the show will be bustling with exciting activities, as the Wine Label Design Awards presented by Rotolabel celebrate the art of ‘putting a face to the taste’, while the ‘Search for a Supertaster’ sends visitors (from casual wine lovers to passionate aficionados) on a tasting challenge in the South African Wine Tasting Championships – with the winning taster set to join the SA Wine Tasting Champs on their upcoming overseas trip.
Proving that “local is lekker,” a selection of estates from several wine-producing regions will be taking part in the show. Over 35% of all the exhibitors are new to the Durban show and these include wines from Kanonkop, Diemersfontein, Spier, Ken Forrester and The Wellington Wine Route. Comments Debbie Combrink, CEO of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, “We welcome back farms such as Raka, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Slanghoek and Vrede en Lust to name a few. Expanding on last year’s boutique wine offering, visitors to the show can look forward to an additional seven producers in this category.”
This year, the Durban leg of the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show will take place within the brand-new dome-like structure at Suncoast, aptly named ‘The Globe’. This massive, experiential venue arrived at the Tsogo Sun property near the end of last year, offering a dynamic indoor space, ideally suited to the size and scale of the wine extravaganza.
The ‘Winederland’ Tour kicks off in Durban from 9 to 11 May, followed by Johannesburg from 6 to 8 June, Cape Town from 11 to 13 July, Port Elizabeth from 25 to 27 July, Pretoria (which is making a welcome return to the tour schedule) from 3 to 5 October, East London (the latest addition to the tour) from 7 to 9 November, and ending off in Nelspruit from 28 to 30 November.
Tickets are available from https://wineshow.co.za/tickets/ and range from R185 per person for “General Access” to R495 per person for the “VIP Lounge” experience. However, the “General Access Double” ticket option, at R385 per couple, includes access to the show for two people, two tasting glasses thanks to Core Catering, as well as six Libbey wine glasses valued at R200. Be sure to avoid wine FOMO and book your tickets to immerse yourself in this unique ‘Winederland’ experience!
NEWSFLASH: The special, limited offer to ‘BUY ONE GET ONE FREE’ is available until Sunday 5 May. General admission tickets are just R92,50 – only until 5 May!
For more information visit www.wineshow.co.za
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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