Sundowners on #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme

From 9 December-13 January, #FestiveFriday will see live music, cocktails and bites served from 4-6pm at Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme. #FestiveFriday will take place on 9, 16, and 30 December as well as 6 and 13 January.
Seeking to avoid run-of-the-mill and showcase the farm and its own produce, La Petite Ferme set about creating a menu of handcrafted #FestiveFriday cocktails:

Sundowners on #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme

The Pretty Lisa was inspired by a La Petit Ferme legend with service of three decades and who still shines. Made with vodka and amongst others strawberries, lime juice, lemonade and fresh basil, The Pretty Lisa is as vibrant and welcoming as the real Mona Lisa’s smile.

The Mariano is La Petite Ferme’s very own exotic cocktail with Latin pizzazz. A vodka-spangled blitz of berries adorns this drink along with mango and lime juice and fresh mint.

The Spa is the cocktail to slow-sip while taking in nature’s most magical spectacle. Named for the restorative fresh cucumber juice that is its main ingredient, The Spa uses a base of gin along with lime juice, fresh mint and just a touch of sugar for balance.

The Garden breaks the cocktail mould. In addition to grapefruit and lime juice and mixed peppers, this beverage extravaganza includes coriander – fresh from the farm’s new herb garden. All you need to decide is: vodka or gin?

An upgraded restaurant

In addition to the deli area amidst towering trees, The Delicatess, the property also features a newly revamped restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Lebanese interior designer Claudia Chahine oversaw décor and design. Talented Cape Town ceramicist Mervyn Gers handcrafted a collection of unique dinnerware specifically for the restaurant that reflects attributes of the farm and its location. Likewise, special recycled glassware was made for the restaurant by Ngwenya Glass.

La Petite Ferme’s new summer menu has been launched and remains true to form. It features a variety of polished dishes, earthy yet urbane, from small plates and light bites to hearty entrees and indulgent desserts, all inspired by the season and paired with fine local wines. Well-known for using local produce in creative dishes with a global twist, executive chef Neethling du Toit has headed the La Petite Ferme kitchen for eight years. He says guests can still look forward to the same heart-warming fare and elegant styling, but with fresh flair.

“Some of our dishes are so popular and ‘set in the history’ of the estate that we’ll always look to retain them in some shape or form,” he says. “The smoked trout and the aubergine-wrapped lamb are perennial favourites, for example, and we’ll never disappoint those customers who’ve come to savour these signature dishes.”

While the restaurant has always incorporated local and sustainable food, the addition of the new herb garden to the newly landscaped gardens is not only a nod to its historical past, but has also brought greater balance with nature.

La Petite Ferme is well-known for its premium boutique range of reds and whites that express their unique Franschhoek terroir. In addition to its restaurant and deli area, La Petite Ferme offers a range of accommodation with vineyard suites and rooms in its grand Manor House. It also offers a location for weddings, events and functions.

SABC journalists succeed at Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards

At the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards, held in Cape Town early this month, SABC journalists performed excellently, picking up TV Feature award, SABC Radio News, Radio Feature, Sports and TV News.
SABC journalists succeed at Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards
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SABC (Special Assignment Journalist team) of Hazel Friedman, Pieter Brewis and Marc Mullenberg won an award for their thought-provoking TV feature, Afterburn for SABC current affairs programme, Special Assignment.

Afterburn is a story about burn survivors and communities living in informal settlements, for whom shack fires are a constant hazard. The feature focused on the story of Michelle Motibi, who suffered burns to 86% of her body when a shack she was sleeping in caught fire. She was five years old at the time and was given little chance of survival. However, this lucky little girl stubbornly refused to succumb to her horrific injuries.

Simultaneously in Cape Town’s affluent southern suburbs, Andrew Meddick – a 15-year-old student at Bishops College – suddenly contracted viral encephalitis and tragically died from the virus. Although he was an organ donor, all his organs had been infected by the virus, except for his skin. His mother, Shelley Mackay-Davidson – a Cape Town-based lawyer and musician – donated his skin to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where Michelle was being treated. His skin served as a temporary covering while her burns healed. So Michelle’s life was saved, literally, by Andrew’s skin. Furthermore, Mackay-Davidson subsequently reached out to Motibi, who now lives at St Joseph’s Home for chronically ill children, forming a powerful bond that continues today.

Motibi is now a bright, feisty nine year old, but she faces enormous challenges due to her terrible disfigurement. The story also focused on pioneering fire-awareness and prevention partnerships between UCT students and communities living in informal settlements.

Special Assignment shared the TV Feature award with SABC’s Matshwela Ngoveni (Cutting Edge) for the Lily Mine Tragedy.

SA Bike Festival returns to Kyalami following “booming success”

The South Africa Bike Festival, launched by international media and exhibition company Clarion Events UK, will return to Gauteng’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in 2017 following a hugely successful inaugural event earlier this year. With dates confirmed for 26-28 May, the festival promises three days of “thundering two-wheeled, rip-roaring live action for a fun-fuelled day out for the whole family”.
SA Bike Festival returns to Kyalami following “booming success”Festival organisers announced an impressive 24,522 visitors this year, with 88 industry-related exhibitors, 16 motorcycle manufacturers, 13 popular SA bands/musicians and 21 hospitality brands and food trucks.

Together with headline media partner, Discovery Channel, and festival sponsors Tiger Wheel & Tyre, ABI, SAB, Cartrack, Sun International, The Star Motoring, Michelin, Dunlop, Tissot and Monster Energy, the event welcomed visitors with the intention to ensure the festival becomes a must-attend annual motorcycle showcase in Southern Africa for decades to come. Organisers say this objective has been met with over 50% of the existing manufacturers and exhibitors already securing their participation for 2017.

Extensive research was conducted to profile the festival visitors using online surveys and at-event questionnaires. An independent research team from Tourism Research in Economic Environs & Society (TREES) concluded that the majority of respondents were in their late thirties, 67% of which were male, 22% were from outside Gauteng and over 68% attended with children under the age of twelve. It was particularly noted that visitor numbers were above average in the growing segments of the market including women, families, the emerging market and young professionals.

The number one reason for attending the festival was to enjoy a fun day out with the family, and for 15%, their main priority was about capitalising on festival discounts, special offers and browsing for a new motorbike or scooter to purchase. 39% of respondents bought merchandise at the festival and 12% of survey participants bought a new or pre-owned motorcycle at the festival or in the months following. Finally, the majority (97%) of respondents said they intend to visit the festival again in 2017.

Nicole Muller, festival director states: “Our long term aim is to create a sustainable, annual and internationally recognised brand that will bring together the veteran riders to casual fans alike in order to encourage and grow the next generation of motorcyclists in Southern Africa. We are delighted that Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit share our vision and will be the venue partner for the next three years on this exciting journey. By building on the partnerships created in 2016, as well as introducing more lifestyle elements, we intend to become South Africa’s annual and premier motorcycle, music and lifestyle festival.”