Coffee and Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017… disappointing!

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Late, I know! Work’s been busy and no Internet access at home, but i was out at the Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town this weekend and oh my, what a disappointment. Even the SA on Tap Craft Beer and Music Festival was better and you know how I hated that.

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VENUE

It was held at the Durbanville Racecourse so the venue was absolutely shit, literally (yes, I am swearing, that’s how bad it was). You really don’t want to be walking in random shit when you’re trying to make your way around. There was really no effort in presentation from the event organisers and and from the vendors. Stage looked sad. Vendor stands looks sad. Toilets… horrible. I hate those portable blue toilets. Please find out from Monte Casino where they hire their toilets from.

 

AMBIENCE, FOOD & DRINKS

Boring. Went alone because I was “in a working capacity” but even then you should enjoy yourself and feel some sort of ambience in the air but nothing! Food… nothing outstanding. There were like two craft beer stalls (if I’m mistaken, I’m sorry). But I found new live music peeps to check out so that’s a positive (will post that soonest). There was Coffee In A Cone, always a plus, and the Chocolate Demo by Beyers Chocolates wasn’t too bad either! Other than that it was terrible.  Seriously disappointing. I realise now why they record those website videos in Johannesburg.

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Chocolate Demo with Beyers Chocolates

 

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Layered Chocolate Dessert (left) and Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (right)

 

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Lager Ale from Riot Beer

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Death By Chocolate Stout from Havoc Brew

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Chocolate Mousse (right) and Layered Chocolate Dessert (left)

 

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Chocolate Pretzel Monsters

 

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Chocolate Dippers

 

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I’ll share some stuff over the next few days, dudes.

 

RATING: 1/10.

 

Did you enjoy it? Or, did you absolutely hate it too? Let me know! xxx

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It’s Coffee & Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017 this weekend: Let’s recap JHB 2016!

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It’s the Coffee and Chocolate Festival Cape Town 2017 this weekend! Whoop-whoop!

[PICTURE COURTESY OF itickets.co.za]

Now, I’m not a big fan of chocolate and I’ve cut down quite massively on coffee but I’ve always just loved the vibe at the festival. Nothing quite like lazing in winter sun with great food, cold beer and great live music.

Unfortunately, I missed the Coffee and Chocolate Festival Johannesburg earlier this year since I was driving down to Cape Town so I’m super keen to check it out down here. But one thing that stuck out last year at the Jo’burg league of the festival last year was that the vibe wasn’t quite there. The music line-up wasn’t particularly amazing except for The Graeme Watkins Project and even though they pulled in Lady Lea, her set was quite a let down so I’m not sure what to expect this year.

It’s bound to be the usual in Cape Town though: some coffee over here, chocolate over there, a workshop here and a pairing there. I’m not too familiar with the music line-up except for Sean Hayz (yes, from The Motherland, my all-time fave Jo’burg band so super excited for him).

Anyway… didn’t take many pics last year but here are some short snippets of performances by The Motherland, The Graeme Watkins Project and Lady Lea!

 

The Motherland

The Graeme Watkins Project

 

Lady Lea

 

See you this weekend 😉 !

It’s Pure & Crafted SA Festival 2017 this weekend – Let’s revisit 2016!

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It’s Pure & Crafted SA Festival 2017 this weekend. Let’s revisit 2016…

[PICTURE COURTESY OF zabikers.co.za]

Pure & Crafted SA Festival 2016 was two-day music, motorcycle and new heritage festival held at Ground venue in Muldersdrift on 26 and 27 November 2016 and is inspired by the German Pure & Crafted festival.

I was lucky enough to win two weekend pass tickets (YAY!) so I was super excited. However, from what I saw, it was expected to be a motorcycle festival so I wasn’t too sure on what to expect and went into it a bit sceptical; but, boy, did it surprise me!

 

VENUE
The event was held at Ground venue in Muldersdrift – a bit far out but I absolutely love just getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city so that was a plus for me. Although mostly full when we got there, there was still ample parking as well as security on-site. The checking in process was quick, easy and well-controlled (at least when we got there). Only downer when walking in was the hay and sand at the entrance, especially after it rained on day 1.

The event organisers made good use of all the plot space. Although the different sections were quite spread out, whatever was happening at one section didn’t interfere with what was happening at another- total thumbs up!
The toilet facilities were terrible. They were the usual portable toilets, which I HATE! They just feel so unhygienic and I just feel so dirty after using it. Guess I’m probably just use to the toilets used for the outdoor Monte Casino events.

FOOD & DRINKS
Great selection of food but limited selection of drinks. Can’t remember who the beer sponsor was but I recall I wasn’t too happy with it but drank it anyway.

Milk tart churros from Paquitos Treatery

Gajoun chicken strips and salad from Sumthing Fresh

ENTERTAINMENT, VENDORS & AMBIENCE
There were three music stages: Main Stage (big acts), Forest Stage (club vibes) and the Munich Beer Stage (covers and old people). We popped in at all three and there was something for everyone. Although there were big acts including Prime Circle and The Parlotones, we didn’t really enjoy the main stage entertainment much. I enjoyed the Bad Peter performance at the Main Stage on day 1 and the Forest Stage was such fun come night-time – what a party. On day 2, Mi Casa took the cake!

There wasn’t much to see at the exhibitor tents. The BMW Vintage Museum, though small, was super cool. Motorcycles were absolute beauties. The stunt section was a let-down too. Nothing amazing. If you did want to learn how to ride, there was that too.

What I liked about the vibe at this festival was that it was quite chilled. It wasn’t too packed or rowdy.

BMW Vintage Museum

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR
This year they’ve cut it down to a one-day festival – understandable since day 2 was quieter than day 1. There are two international acts and 18 South African acts (about the same as last year if I’m not mistaken). They have, however, cut down on the number of stages, opting for only two stages: The Four Cylinder stage and the Vintage stage. Most of the line-up is made up of house, dance and electronic acts – also understandable since the Forest Stage was the more popular stage last year.

Windhoek is the beer partner for the 2017 festival. I, personally, don’t like Windhoek so the beer sponsor is a let down again. Progues Whiskey is the whiskey sponsor. I can’t really comment here because I don’t do whiskey.

I haven’t seen anything else that sticks out. However, if last year’s festival is anything to go by I’d say tomorrow is bound to be a super awesome day. Even if the entertainment isn’t up to scratch or bikes are just not your thing, it’s an awesome day out in the sun and out of the city.

Be sure to check it out tomorrow (30 September), 11am – 2am at Ground venue in Muldersdrift. Pre-sold tickets are R250 and tickets at the door are R300 (both excluding ticket fees and credit card commission)

 

TIPS:

  • Wear boots
  • Take a picnic blanket
  • An umbrella (for rain or shine)
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Be prepared to walk
  • Drinkers, get a taxi
  • If you’re planning on staying late, arrange to sleep over at accommodation in the area

Enjoy, lovelies! xxx

Hanging With Leanne… is feeling annoyed at the SA on Tap Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival

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I can’t even begin to describe how I’d been looking forward to this event for the past few months, liking each and every post on social media like a complete idiot and, sadly, I was annoyed from the moment I stepped in.

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[PICTURE COURTESY OF SA on Tap]

THE EVENT
It’s suppose to be the biggest craft beer spectapular 😒

PRICE
Tickets were R130 online and R150 at the door (if I remember correctly). If you bought your tickets online you got a free beer and obviously a discount, which I thought was awesome! That free beer? You had to go get it at a bar about 5 kms away. Does that honestly make any sense? So that annoyed me from the get-go! Getting upset just thinking about it. Always a thumbs up though for the discount for buying online.

You had to buy tickets according to sessions, which I didn’t like. You don’t want to rush to the event, you don’t want to be limited to the time you are spending at the event and you don’t want to be kicked out of the event.

FOOD & DRINKS
I didn’t really eat because I had already been put off. They did have grilled sandwiches and pizza slices, which look lovely, and also had those knock-off churro peeps. There was definitely a wide variety of beers available. Wanted to get through all but didn’t because of the time limit – no shocker there! 😒

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Growler Brewing Company Lager and RedAle

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Riot Real Beer Lager Ale

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Drifter Blonde

SETUP & EXPERIENCE
When I heard it’s being held at the Bell Towers section of Monte, I already had my doubts about the setup – and it was horrible. You can’t use that area for a craft beer event. The food section and the beer & music section was completely separate. There was not a lot of seating area available at the beer and music section because they used a tiny patch of grass. There also wasn’t a lot of cover available. We sat in the sun throughout the entire session. I didn’t enjoy this event at all.

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RATING
1/10. This event was horrible. I mentioned it on Facebook and the Facebook Community Manager was an absolute dick, which put me off of attending the event ever again completely! I complained about their behaviour via the SA on Tap website and I’d like to give a huge thank you to Gavin for his wonderful customer care approach. Hoping to give this event a better review next year!

What was your experience at the SA on Tap Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival? Let me know!

Never Thirsty at the Sandton Craft Beer Fair

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I’ve seen this event pop up on my Facebook page over the past few years but I’ve always been too broke to go. Not this year! Even if I was broke I was going to go!

THE EVENT
Sandton Craft Beer Festival is a craft beer and food festival held in Sandton. 2017 was the 5th instalment of the event.

PRICE
It was R200 pp.  I thought it was a bit pricey at first but I think the price was absolutely worth it! Great entertainment, great intimate setup, great venue! I was happy!

FOOD & DRINKS
We ate before we got there – yes, we’re cheap like that – so I didn’t really take note of the food that was available. We did, however, buy churros (MY FAVE!) from some knock off of Paquito’s Treatery. Their churros were decent but they WERE NOT Paquito’s Treatery. I mean who can compare to their milk tart churros (please post me some if you guys see this 😛 ?) The craft Beer selection was awesome! Definitely something for every kind of craft beer lover – my personal favourite is the Cream Ale from 3 Fransen Street. And, thumbs up for the branded cups!

SETUP & EXPERIENCE
Everything was awesome! The event was held at The Sands in Sandton and I really enjoyed the intimate setup. When you entered, you had all the food, craft beer stalls and some seating and once you went up to the upper deck (not sure if that’s what you referred to it as) you had a wonderful couch seating area close to the pool and music area (it was my first time at The Sands so excuse me if this is the usual setup). It would, however, have been quite packed if you arrived late.

The entertainment was amazing! They included Jerry and the Bandits (love them!), We Are Charlie, Tidal Waves, Desmond and the Tutus and the act that really took me by surprise was Power of Thought and Greedy Greg (Power of Thought’s hands are SOOOOO soft, ladies!). By far some of the best acts I have seen.

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Jerry & the Bandits

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Greedy Gregg & Power of Thought

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We Are Charlie

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Tidal Waves

RATING
10/10. Loved, loved loved!

What were your thoughts on the the Sandton Craft Beer Fair?

Getting Down and Dirty at Sexpo 2017

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PICTURE COURTESY OF Sexpo 2017

Ah, Sexpo. Over the years I’ve met many people who have attended Sexpo and told me: “You’ve just got to go! It’s so fun!” So, this got me all excited thinking it was a really awesomely nasty and naughty event. Naughty? Maybe if you’re not familiar with the stuff on display. Nasty? Yes but definitely not in a sexy way.

THE EVENT
Sexpo is an annual sexual lifestyle.

PRICE
General access tickets were R150 and VIP tickets were R299.

Although I was determined to go this year, I grew increasingly less excited the closer it got to buying tickets. I honestly believed that the setup would be a dull expo setup that leaves you with absolutely nothing to do once you have checked out each stall and I didn’t think that experience was worth the price even if general access was only was R150. I was right!

We went on the Wednesday and received a R50 discount and I honestly don’t think this event is even worth R100, let alone R150 or even R300 for VIP access.

FOOD & DRINKS
I didn’t really eat at the event so I can’t really comment on the food and they also didn’t have the best selection of beers and ciders. If I remember correctly it was slightly overpriced.

SETUP & EXPERIENCE
The stalls were a complete let down. Nothing amazing or out of the ordinary, unless you are not familiar with what’s out there. The main stage? Oh, what a failure! We managed to catch some strippers from Teazers on stage. That show was horrible. There was, however, a decent dance act called ‘Hot In The City’. They were decent – not incredible or amazing or spectacular but decent.

The emcee kept giving out lube for some reason – I’m sure there were better “prizes” that could’ve been handed out. Who really wants lube? They did eventually hand out tickets for the Thunder From Down Under show. Now that was a treat! I’m not really one for male strippers but their show was the only amazingly entertaining show we saw so I’ll give a big ups where it’s due! I didn’t get a lap dance, unfortunately. This is definitely one to see for a fun, naughty night out with the girls.

The lounges were on a floor separate from the expo setup. It was about R50 to get in. By this time we were already disappointed so we weren’t prepared to pay even more for this let down. Sadly, we paid to go into Teazers. What a mistake! We saw two 5-minute strip show – yes, that’s how long a girl stayed on stage then you had to wait another hour until another one pitched up on stage. It was horrible. It was traumatising. The strip industry in South Africa is appalling.

RATING
1/10. Will definitely not be going again!

Oyster, Food and Wine Festival 2016 – Monte Casino

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Here’s a bit of a late one!

I have been crazy busy on my side and haven’t had much time (or data) to upload recent event pictures.

Here’s some pictures from this year’s Oyster, Food and Wine Festival 2016 that took place at Monte Casino.

We attended on the Friday which meant ample seating space. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much entertainment. Oysters and wine were great, although, there were many complaints of food poisoning from those who attended on the Saturday and Sunday. That was sad to hear because the oysters we had on the Friday were so fresh and yummy.

The prawns and rice was tasty too but I have to say that garlic butter prawns would’ve been so much better.

The cheese we had from Lorian’s Cheeses was fresh and tasty as usual. You can never go wrong with them!

We bought a bottle of champagne as well. I, unfortunately, can’t comment on whether it was good or not because I’m not really one for champagne.

Yes, it is months later (apologies!!!) but how did you find this year’s Oyster, Food and Wine Festival?

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Leanne

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Happy Chinese New Year 2016: Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

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A few weeks ago we headed over to First Chinatown in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg CBD to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year celebrations, organized by the Chinese Association Gauteng, take place annually in the two Chinatown’s in the Joburg CBD, Commissioner Street (old Chinatown) and Cyrildene (new Chinatown).

In Chinese culture, New Year celebrations usually run from the evening before the first day until the Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February.

First Chinatown didn’t disappoint as they welcomed their new year with colourful and vibrant performances which included Chinese drumming, dancing and singing, tai chi and kung fu displays, lion and dragon performances and an amazing fireworks display.

 

The highlights of the evening for me were definitely the dragon and lion dances as well as the fireworks display which lit up the Joburg CBD skies beautifully.

The dragon and lion dances are a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture and is usually performed at festive celebrations like the New Year. During the dragon dance the team of performers carry a dragon structure, with a recommended size of 34 meters and is divided into 9 major sections, on poles and mimic the movements of this mystical creature. In Chinese culture, the dragon is thought to possess attributes of great power, wisdom, fertility and dignity, amongst others.

 

The lion dance, on the other hand, is performed by two people inside a lion figure who perform movements that mimic Chinese martial arts. During New Year celebrations and other festivals, the lion visits stores within the Chinese community to perform the custom called “cai qing” (採青) translated to “plucking the greens”, where the lion picks vegetables strung up outside the store by a pole or layed out on a table as well as the red envelope attached to it which contains money and maybe fruits. During this performance, the lion dances and approaches the greens and envelope, eating the greens and spitting out its contents and keeping the red envelope as a reward. In Chinese culture, it is believed that the lion dance brings good luck and good fortune to the business. In this particular performance we witnessed, the lion also lit fireworks in front of each store after performing the cai qing custom. The longer the fireworks went off, the more prosperous the coming year would be for the respective business.

On the Chinese calendar, 2016 is the year of the monkey, which begins on 8 February 2016 – 27 January 2017. The monkey is the 9th animal in the 12 animal Chinese zodiac, with a monkey year occurring every 12 years. 2016 is the year of the fire monkey, whose character is ambitious and adventurous, but irritable.

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!

Leanne

xxx

Garden of Lights – Emperor’s Palace

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You know how people older than you tell you about how when they were younger they’d go watch the Christmas lights being turned on in some or other street in Johannesburg and how you’ve seen this before as well? And, you kinda just sit there like o-kay?

Well, for those of us who really can’t relate (or recall), we can now make similar memories of our own at the annual Emperor’s Palace Garden of Lights!

The Garden of Lights is a wonderland of Christmas light displays in the gardens of the D’oreale Grande hotel at Emperor’s Palace. In 2015, the Garden of Lights took place from 5 December 2015 – 4 January 2016 from 19:00 – 22:00.

I’ve always seen much hype about it on social media and really wanted to go and check it out. We tried going on Christmas Eve but it was just the worst time to go because the queues were CRAZY. On our second attempt on 3 January 2016, we went a bit earlier and were lucky enough to get in!

Although Christmas is long gone, I still think these are worth a share!

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Leanne

            xxx