SA Freedom Weekend Insider: Mad fun in the Mother City

2018-04-09 12:24
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Cape Town is the place to be this weekend with a great variety of fun events. Whether you’re looking to check out some football, grab some waffle burgers or just unwind with some yoga, the Mother City has you covered.  

Friday, 27 April

SEE: The self-proclaimed Kanye West of South Africa, Cassper Nyovest is in town for #ExtraAF at Shimmy Beach Club.  With a massive production, an uber-stylish crowd, Freedom Day at Shimmy is sure to be one of the coolest places to be. Tickets are available for R150 to R300 at nutickets. The event runs from 14:00 to midnight.

DO: Head on over to The Labia for a screening of one of the short films at the Cape Town Adventure Film Festival. The film festival is about films that celebrate and appreciate the innate human desire to transcend what we perceive as a challenge. The festival, more than anything is a celebration of the spirit of adventure. Head to quicket for tickets. For more information on the films, follow this link.

TASTE: Make your way down to Mustacchio Caffe in Kloof Street for a bite to eat. Though Mustacchio may specialise in coffee, the food is certainly no mere sideshow. With menu items as diverse as waffle burgers to vegan Carbonara, Mustachhio has something for everyone.  

You can also get cheesy at the South African Cheese Festival taking place in Stellenbosch from 27 April to 29 April. About 30 tonnes of locally made cheese is consumed each year and also showcases wines and other delectables. Sponsored by Wesgro, the event will be going water-wise this year with cooking classes that are focused on dishes that use little water to make. Tickets are R180 per person per day and there's also a Connoisseurs' ticket for R850 that includes VIP access, exclusive experiences and complimentary food and drinks.

EXPLORE: Check out the 100% Clay exhibition at the CTICC. 100% Design South Africa is bringing 20 leading handmade ceramics to the fore with this exhibition. Each ceramicist is to present one bowl, cup, plate and jug. Visitors will delight as they appreciate the divergence in aesthetics that emerge despite the use of this one simple medium. See how these incredible South Africans are able to create contemporary pieces with an ancient medium. Get your tickets for R110 at computicket.

If you want to do something a little different and explore other parts of city, 4Roomed Ekasi Culture is hosting an expansive Khayelitsha tourism experience where you'll get to sit down to a 4-course lunch and pick one of five experiences to do like a visit to the Makukhanye Art Room, 18 Gangster Museum tour or a Sporting Code cycling tour. The lunch is R350 and the experiences range between R60 and R140.

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Saturday, 28 April

SEE: Support your boys and catch the Cape Town City FC vs Orlando Pirates football match at Cape Town Stadium. Spend your afternoon basking in the energy of hundreds of passionate supporters enjoying the beautiful game. Kickoff is at 15:00. Buy your tickets here.  

DO: Ease into your Saturday with some Saturday Morning Yoga in Company Gardens. Hosted by The Om Revolution, you are invited to join the group on Lawn R for their weekly class. Find your centre, find your release - just make sure to find yourself there at 09:00. The cost is R50 per person and you’re asked to bring your own yoga mat or towel.

TASTE: For a casual, cool location to enjoy some great food look no further than Yard CPT. Hosting a collective menu with dishes from The Dog’s Bollocks, The Bitchs’s Tits and Pizza Warehouse, the Yard certainly cannot be said to be lacking in variety.

EXPLORE: Minimise your footprint on the planet and find a bargain at the same time at The April Official Second Hand Market. Ever since Macklemore made thrifting cool, legions of South Africans have experienced the joy of finding unique threads. Head on over to the Novalis Ubuntu Institute and go bargain hunting. The event runs from 10:30 to 15:30 and costs R10 to enter. Bring cash.

SEE: Fun with fungi at Delheim's Mushroom Forage Pop Up

Sunday, 29 April

SEE: Every now and then the oldest colonial building in South Africa transforms into the arena for showcasing the best of contemporary South Africa. This phenomenon continues with Black Coffee at Freedom of the City. Join internationally-celebrated musician Black Coffee, and others, at the Castle of Good Hope. Expect an afternoon, and night, filled with home-brewed Afropolitan house. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Tickets are available for R180 to R350 at computicket.

DO: What better way to appreciate the full moon, than by going on a Falke Delvera Full Moon Hike. Bask in the glorious radiance of another sunset over Table Mountain with a view of the Cape Winelands whilst the moon rises. Head on over to the Delvera Farm by 17:00 to navigate the marked trail. At 9.5km this hike, on average, takes an hour and a half. A shuttle service is available to shorten the route for those hiking with little ones. Wear something warm and bring a torch. For more information and tickets follow this link.

TASTE: Head on down to Camps Bay and enjoy a wonderful meal in a scenic location - with views of the ocean, Lions Head and Twelve Apostles - at Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe and Bar. Open from 12:00 to 22:00 this is the perfect place to ease into the start of a new week with some great seafood and breathtaking views. For more information call ahead at 021 286 5075.

EXPLORE: Be inspired at Decorex Cape Town this weekend. Explore this event and see the latest in trendsetting decor, interior design and fabrics. Decorex is taking over the CTICC and tickets are available for R110 at computicket.