An enjoyment of Beauty, Fashion & Style at the Essence Festival 2017

The Essence Festival 2017 recently kicked off in Durban, offering something for everyone, from fashion to beauty, music to lifestyle,  food and more!

This event serves as the sister event to the annual Festival in New Orleans and with the backing of the eThekwini Municipality that has been spearheading the annual Durban Fashion Fair for the past six years, they put together a specific programme for the festival as well as a Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion which was hosted in Hall 2 at the Durban ICC from 29 September to 01 October.

Hosted within the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion there was much on offer, including panel discussions co-ordinated by Minnie Dlamini (29 & 30 September) and Selby Mkhize (01 October), beauty and hair demonstrations, fashion shows, exhibitors, motivational talks as well as a Young Designers Fashion Competition which saw Siyathokoza Zulu taking 1st place with her designer vision showcasing street style womens wear entitled 50 shades of Black; and Hayley Richards coming in 2nd with her storyboard theme showcasing cross-functional dressing targeting the professional businesswoman, inspired by the classic suit and tie. The competition was judged by an esteemed panel including Zama Mathe, Laduma Ngxokolo, Nthato Mashishi, Lindiwe Kuzwayo and Mikaelah Patterson.

Seen throughout the weekend at the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion were:

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Heritage day braai ideas

Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert (Courtesy of Food24.com)

This Sunday, September 24th, we celebrate Heritage Day, which has also become a popular day to invite a few friends over to have a braai (with is being coined National Braai Day ‘n all) and cook up some braaivleis.

Americans do it in style with their state-of-the-art gas barbeques; the Australians, on the other hand, like to throw some ‘shrimp on the barbie’ but we South Africans know how to make the perfect braai – well, most of us do.

What is a South African braai without its best supporting acts: first up is the braai broodjie. This South African braai staple is usually served on white or brown bread; spread with lashings of butter on the outside, and filled with thick, juicy slices of tomato, onion and cheese on the inside. Yum! 

No South African braai is complete without the original South African toasties, otherwise known as “braai broodjies”.

The standard braai broodjie recipe incorporates the following steps:

  1. Butter the bread,
  2. Place lots of grated cheese on the bread, with sliced onions, sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper and,
  3. Be sure to braai slowly.

Apart from the standard option, food lovers are opting to try many different version of this delicious sandwich.

For a gourmet version, renowned Durban caterers Blue Strawberry have some gourmet variations for you to try.

  • Brie and fig Jam – add preserved fig and some crushed nuts for texture
  • Chip ‘n Cheese -slap chips, curry gravy and oozy cheese
  • S’more Variation – Nuttella, sliced banana and marshmallows
  • Peanut butter and Bacon – crunchy peanut butter in lashings with crisp bacon and some salted peanuts for crunch
  • Black mushroom and Haloumi – sliced and fried black mushrooms well drained with sliced haloumi and a little mozzarella for the stretch
  • Croque Monsieur – good quality ham, Dijon mustard, emmentale cheese and a lathering of béchamel sauce
  • Bacon with a bite – crisp bacon, tomato sambal- tomato, onion and chilli diced with a dash of vinegar, cheddar and mozzarella
  • Cheese and sweet chilli – combine three cheeses and a good splash of sweet chilli with chopped coriander

Now, one of my favourite SA side dishes at a braai – is Pap.

FYI:  The word pap in Dutch translates to “porridge”.  In KZN it’s also called phuthu in Zulu and ipapa in Xhosa.

It’s easily cooked on a stove in a pot or over a fire and is best to cook in a black cast iron pot.

I like my pap with a twist.  Throw in onion, mushrooms, bacon, and green pepper (all chopped finely) to add flavour to the pap. This is the gourmet slant on the standard pap and tomato gravy dish and Goodersons Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort, Executive Chef Francis Hegarty gives us his take on this Creamy Cheesy Pap recipe dish:

Recipe

Cook pap and set aside, chop 1 onion, packet of mushrooms and 250g bacon. Fry it all up in a pan and add clove of garlic and salt and pepper seasoning. Add a tub of 250ml cream to make a sauce, take the pap and put it in an oven dish, pour the sauce over the top and add lots of cheese, bake for 30 minutes. If you have a vegetarian in your midst then just replace the bacon with sautéed butternut or baby marrows.  Easy peasy!

The image above shows another, slightly different, option to the above with a Biltong, Mushroom and feta pap tert… Oh. Em. Gee! See Food24.com for the full recipe.

So, will you be celebrating your Heritage day the braai way?

 

PARTY AT FUN IN THE SUN OUTDOOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL ON 30 SEPTEMBER!

21151421_1517874914938059_1727263640661560250_nWith around 3,000 party goers taking to Hazelmere Dam in 2016, 2017 is sure to be bigger and better with a hot new lineup featuring 2 international artists and over 50 local acts – which is sure to be the biggest outdoor event on Durban shores this year.

Fun in the sun 2017 will kick off on Saturday, 30th September 2017 at Hazelmere dam in Durban – a mere 20km off the shoreline of Umhlanga. Gates open at 8am.

The annual Fun in the sun outdoor music festival will feature a lineup headlined by Lost Frequencies (Belgium) and supported by Nora en Pure (Switzerland).

Lost Frequencies
Lost Frequencies

Lost Frequencies, has soared to success in the international music industry. Releasing his global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in 2014 and quickly cementing himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly ascended by hitting multi-platinum status and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries.

Lost Frequencies has brought his unmistakable sound to some of the planet’s biggest clubs and recently headlined his own North American Tour, hosted his own ‘Lost Frequencies & Friends’ at the renowned Amsterdam Dance Event and headlined his own sold-out arena spectacle in Belgium. He has also performed at some of the world’s largest and most notable music festivals, Tomorrowland and Coachella.

Local acts at the event include Chunda Munki, Hippie Mafia, Max Hurrel, Msizi James (5fm), Striptek, Jay Jabbs. Syzo, Hendrik Joerges, Mat od, Huckleberry, Park, Ches, Paul Marks, G Major, Rogue, Murray, Alex M, Dutchman, Beebz, Ryan Stylz, Finn, Zinc, Marc, and many more.

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Picture credit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/fitsfestival/photos/?ref=page_internal

So, get your camping gear, tent, caravan, sleeping bags, sunscreen and sunnies ready for a full day programme of chilled fun with music, food and lifestyle elements including clothing stalls, a convenience store and more.

Come join us and thousands of fans from across the country and enjoy an unforgettable secure weekend party getaway experience.

Tickets cost R300 for general access and R700 for VIP which will get you onto the VIP deck with a cocktail bar & lounge, free selected drinks from 12pm till midnight and private toilets.

Limited tickets are on sale at www.fitsfest.co.za, at Webtickets or at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores nationwide.

For more information on the event or to book for the available transport visit the Fun in the sun 2017 website.

The event is open to over 18’s and no plastic or glass will be permitted in order to safeguard the environment.

Terms and conditions apply

Celebrating Spring: Things to do in Durban on 2-3 September

With Spring finally here, what better way to welcome it in than by making the most of your weekend.

Here are some random events being held in Durban this weekend:

  1. What: DUBANE SPRING BREAK 

    AKA (photo courtesy of cnnct.co.za)
    AKA (photo courtesy of cnnct.co.za)

 When: Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 9am till 9pm

Where: Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Marine World, Durban

Why you should go: The Dubane Spring Break party proudly brought to you by Afrotainment, uShaka Marine World and the Dream Team, will present 12 hours of hip happening entertainment with a line-up of performance favorites’ such as DJ Tira, Dreamteam, Benny Maverick, Naak Musiq and the Distruction Boyz as well as multiple award nominee and winner, both internationally and locally, AKA, known for his hits, The World is Yours, Baddest, All Eyes On Me, and more.Plus, apart from dancing the day away to great music, you will also have the chance to experience the exhilarating water slides, including the highest slide in the Southern Hemisphere, the Body Tornado, Duzi river ride and much much more.

Cost: R220 for a general ticket and R450 for a VIP ticket (only 200 available.) T’s & C’s apply.

2. What: I HEART MARKET

When: Saturday, 2 September 2017

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Photo Credit: I Heart Market Facebook Page

 

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Why you should go: This only happens twice a year! Join them for their September SALE! Expect bargain prices, sale rails, budget bins and more. Support Durban’s thriving local, independent and talented creative community and be a part of the #ishoplocal movement.

3. What: HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO AT GRANADA SQUARE 
When: Saturday, 2 September (from 7am) & Sunday, 3 September 2017 (from 8am)

       Where: Granada Square (16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban)

Why you should go: Enjoy a weekend full of all things healthy at the Health &   Wellness Expo hosted by Granada Square. Enjoy exercise Classes from 7am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, with exhibitions from 9am and specialised health talks on Saturday, every hour at 11:30am, 12:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm by professionals from Discovery and Netcare as well as Dietician & Life Coach Kelly Lynch and on Sunday at 11h30, which will be a health talk by Cherise from Yoga with Cherise.

       Cost: Free

4. What: ENERGADE INTERSCHOOLS 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

When: Sunday, 3 September 2017 from 08h30 with the finals at 15h00

Where: Durban High School (255 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban).

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Dave Guselli, Lewis Donnely, Kyle Deutsch and Bobby Deutschmann seen at the 5-a-side last year

 

Why you should go: Over 30 KZN high schools will take part in this football tournament which is in its 17th year. Expect to see some top class schoolboy and schoolgirl talent. The public, family, and friends are all encouraged to come down and show their support.

Information: Contact bobby@nusasports.co.za

Other events in and around Durban: Dutch Club Market (every Saturday); Durban International Blues FestivalThe Music of Amy Winehouse & ‘Best Friends’
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2 sleeps till the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival!

Matthew Mole -Ukelele LRIt’s National Women’s Day this Wednesday, August 9th and time for the ladies to sit back, relax and enjoy the day off in the best way possible…  with local sounds, fabulous food and good company at The Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Hosted at Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, ladies are encouraged to bring along their family and friends to celebrate! Doors open from 12 noon till 8pm.

For the food lovers there will be Artisan food stalls boasting fresh, creative, gourmet and mostly South African inspired cuisine, with tasty chow ranging from burgers, chicken strips, Indian street food, chicken prego rolls, peri-peri livers, espetada, flatbreads with gourmet toppings and potato twisters, that will complement the local craft beer offering at the craft beer tent.

Added to the mix will be a G&T Garden, and a selection of fine wines sure to get you moving to the sounds of local South African artists including headline act, Matthew Mole.

Well-known South African artist Matthew Mole will entertain you with his amazing vocal talent. His signature sound of folk with electronics will have you singing-a-long to fan favourites such as Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine, Run, Holding on and more. He was recently nominated in the categories for Best Pop and Best Produced album at the 23rd edition of the South African Music Awards and is sure to make your Women’s Day extra special.

Whether you are a local or not, keep it ‘lekker’ at the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Tickets cost R100 per person through Webtickets and R120 at the door. Children under 8 years are free.

Don’t forget, with so much on offer, own food, drink and umbrellas will not be permitted at the venue.  Alcohol will not sold to persons under the age of 18.

To keep updated follow the Facebook events page Umhlanga food and music festival

For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 563 4298.

 

A celebration for the French!

From 13-15 July, the Bastille Day Wine Festival was hosted at Granada Square in Umhlanga.

The event celebrated all things French with superb wine on offer from over 35 wine estates including Boekenhoutskloof winery, HermanusPietersfontein, Domaine des Dieux, Miles Mossop, Diemersdal, Ken Forrester Wines, Leopard’s Leap, Pierre Jourdan, Protea, Steenberg, Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek Cellar Wines, Boschendal 1685, Distillery 031, Hartenberg Wine Estate, Dieu Donne Winery, Baleia Wines , Oak Valley Wine Estate, La Vierge Wines, Kloovenburg Wine, Holden Manz Wine Estate, Strandveld, Jordan Wine Estate, Paul Wallace Wines, Groote Post, Stella Artois
Rekordilig, Huis De Chevallerie, Vermut Premon accompanied by delectable European inspired gourmet food made available from Europa, Angelo’s, Pintxada, Little Havana and Ferruci.

Wondering what Bastille day is?

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France. The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The event was enjoyed by all those who attended and Granada Square look forward to next year’s celebrations of the blue, white and red!

 

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Fun French props supplied by Alliance Francaise Durban for photo opportunities

 


KZN’s first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival – a success!

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 KZN hosted the very first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival at the picturesque Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga.

With a combination of lifestyle elements, bringing together food, music and the biggest variety of gin that Durban has ever seen, the event was a resounding success with gin enthusiasts and those just in for the fun of it, having the choice to select between a Gin & Tonic taster or a perfect serve Gin & Tonic, poured by the mixologists, complemented by fresh garnishes as well as relaxed live music by the Gus Brown band as well as other local acts.

The event saw a great turnout and out of the hundreds of people that attended the festival, I captured quite a few of the groups of friends and family that were enjoying the experience. Seen at the event were:

 

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 Aran Jung, Carolyn Ogle and Cathrine Boogaard
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Laura and Warren Taylor, Craig and Lee Du Bruyn and Di Smith
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Colin Chester, Shirley Berko (Cuizine Africa) and Gareth Lagesse
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Back L-R: Moses Beukes, Brian Vezi & In front L-R: Mandisa Ngema, Mbali Radebe, Ndo Vezi, Thuleka Cele and Mbali Koba
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Emelia Govender, Kajol Gabriel, Alisa Reddy and Lucrecia Singh
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Travis Lester, Tasha and Brett Neilson and Justin Van Vuuren

 

Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards
Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards

 

Till next time!

Ciao…