Category Life in Cape Town

The Winelands Chocolate Festival at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate

With the festivities of Easter celebrations just over a week ago, and still hiding my remaining chocolate from myself, I received info on the second Winelands Chocolate Festival, which takes place at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on 20th and 21st of August 2016.

After yesterday’s visit to the Getaway Show 2016 at Lourensford Estate, I’m super keen to venture out in to the beautiful countryside near Cape Town on a regular basis. And what better way to experience the Winelands than with chocolate and wine?

Here’s further info and booking details, so you too can put this event into your diary (supplied by Wired Communications)…

This year’s festival is beautifully laid out in the spacious Blaauwklippen grounds and building...

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The Cape Town Festival of Beer 2015 – 5 mins with Atlantic Storm Brewery

There really is no place to be this weekend other than Hamilton’s Rugby Club, next to the Cape Town Stadium for the 7th annual Cape Town Festival of Beer. This event is a meeting place of local and international micro-brewers, a place to sample the best of beer.

On Thursday I had the privilege to hang out with the brewers and organisers at Hamilton’s Rugby Club for the launch of the festival, the Brewer’s Braai. I asked Martin Tucker, one of the co-founders of the festival what made them start a festival of craft beer… his reply was that it was an excuse to their wives for the four friends to drink beer for 3 days! Since they all have full-time demanding jobs as well as organising this event, I think this is well-deserved...

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The Food Crew – an article for Your Baby magazine in 2010

A recent post on Mommy Mall Cape Town’s Facebook page reminded me of this article I wrote for Your Baby Magazine in 2010.  To tell you the truth, the idea for the article came about because I wanted to interview other moms in business to gain insight into being a mompreneur.  I was actually very surprised when the editor accepted my proposal!

Here is the article as I submitted it – nearly double the length of words that I had been allocated, however Your Baby printed it with very little editing (including using my proposed title).  Grab a cup of tea – the length of this article breaks all the rules of writing a blog post….

Article: “Mom’s The Boss” (working title)

Writer: Joanne Clegg

Date: 05 March 2010

Joanne Clegg of The Food Crew started a Private Chef Service and Marine Cul...

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Experiencing Dash Restaurant’s Winter Menu

“Tonight we’re going to have food put on the plate by an interior decorator,” my dad quips to my mum and I last Sunday afternoon, “we better have dinner before we go out.” Nonsense, I tell him, I’ve looked at Dash’s winter menu and there’s ‘pan fried loin of venison, parsley mash and carrot puree’ as an option, that sounds filling enough.

I’ve been invited to visit Dash Restaurant at the Queen Victoria Hotel on the border of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. I’m taking my mom, as August is her birthday month and she deserves a treat. My mum comes in a pair, so we’re taking my dad along. He also deserves a treat.

The sky is displaying a spectacular sunset that Cape Town offers as an apology for some rather dismal weather in winter...

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The Good Food and Wine Show with my ‘mini me’

It’s so close I can almost taste it – this weekend my favourite annual foodie event opens at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The Good Food & Wine Show runs from 21 to 24 May 2015 and brings to us a feast of flavours and edible experiences.

In the decade or more that The Good Food & Wine Show has been dazzling us with the collective consciousness of culinary minds, the show has had different meaning for me. In my mid 20s I was somewhat dragged around the expo by well-meaning parents. A little later in life I found out that the GF&WS is rather a festive meeting place to sample a fair amount of wine with friends. As a chef student in my early 30s I worked behind the scenes and discovered the hard working wheel that keeps an event of this magnitude turning...

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A Grand Day Out – the 2015 South African Cheese Festival

Two of my favourite animated characters are Wallace and Gromit. I have no doubt that this is because of our mutual love for one of the foods of the Gods – cheese! In A Grand Day Out, after discovering that there is no cheese in the house, Wallace and Gromit build a spaceship to take them to the moon because “everybody knows the moon’s made of cheese”.

If you are in the southern Western Cape this weekend you won’t have to travel to the moon to experience the joy of cheese. From the 25th to the 27th of April 2015 the 14th annual South African Cheese Festival is being held at Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch. At the time of writing, on the eve of the event, tickets are sold out for both the Saturday and the Sunday...

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First Naturals Beauty Open House for 2016 – in Harfield Village

You all know of my love affair with the Naturals Beauty range. I personally use their products and I am an agent in the Southern Suburbs for Naturals Beauty. I hosted my first Naturals Beauty Open House in November 2009!
I’m hosting my first Naturals Beauty Open House for 2016 on Tuesday, 9 February at my Harfield Village house and would love you to join me. It’s the perfect opportunity for buying beautiful body and skin care pamper gifts and beauty essentials for yourself, and supporting a home-grown local business in doing so.
Please email me to RSVP on joanne@thefoodcrew.co.za for the address details. Also email me to request a direct price list from me, I am happy to deliver any orders (or arrange collection) if you are unable to make it on the 9th.
If you are near Harfield Vil...
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Harfield Village Carnival

 

I live in a gorgeous little village near Claremont, Cape Town.  Harfield Village has a fabulous community vibe, and we are lucky enough to be surrounded by children’s parks and owner run restaurants.  It is a very special place and I’m honoured to call it home.

Every year we host the Harfield Village Carnival in Second Avenue, and invite people to come and meet, shop, eat and party in our beautiful village.  Next year’s event will be held on Saturday 28 March 2015.  We invite you to come and share our village life for the day (and well into the evening).  Along with entertainment for the kids, a variety of market stalls, the local restaurants putting on a show and general fun in the sun, we run a raffle every year to raise funds for our community...

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Ticket Giveaway! It’s The Final Count Down til this year’s Cape Town Festival of Beer!

A year ago we did a ticket giveaway for The Festival of Beer, and now It’s the Final Count Down to Cape Town’s biggest beer event – in just one week’s time the Cape Town Festival of Beer returns for the 5th time.  The venue is Hamilton’s Rugby Club, near the Green Point Stadium and this event is one that foodies and beeries alike should not miss.  We are lucky enough to have been given a double ticket to giveaway to one lucky blog reader, read on to find out how to win this prize worth R300.

Where can you taste over 200 beers from a selection of local and international mega and micro-brewers? At the Cape Town Festival of Beer of course!  The best thing is that all of the beers which you taste are available commercially, so you don’t have to wait until next year’s Festival of Beer be...

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Bruce Robertson’s ship sails all too soon – a tribute

Wow. My heart is unexpectedly heavy today.  My work list remains pretty much untouched, everything seems a little more trivial. Cape Town and South Africa lost a legendary Chef this morning.  I lost a friend.

Absent-minded, barely focussing on anything in particular, I scrolled down my Facebook news feed earlier today…  it caught my eye:  “It is a very sad day today. Chef Bruce passed away this morning…” My immediate reaction – No, this cannot be true, is this some kind of sick joke by someone who has hacked the page? A status message from Pete de Bruin of The Foodbarn confirmed the tragic truth that Bruce had indeed left us. 

I didn’t know Bruce as a chef.  I knew he was a chef, because he emanated the essence of chefness that only top chefs enjoy...

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