An event every year that begins at 12:00pm on of December, repeating until 2nd December 2018
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The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival ‘The ‘Magic of Bubbles’
1 & 2 December 2018
What better way to end off a fabulous 2018 than at one of SA’s social calendar highlights, the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’? Elegant attire combined with some of SA’s finest Méthode Cap Classiques (MCCs) and Champagnes are guaranteed to be the talk of the town during this two-day event, which takes place on 1 and 2 December.
The iconic Huguenot Monument serves as the spectacular backdrop for the weekend’s festivities. You’ll have no excuse but to sit back, relax and sample the wide range of local MCCs and select French Champagnes on offer. The place to be seen is definitely the stylish and sophisticated grand marquee. Rub shoulders with local MCC producers and get to know some international brands. Adding to the superb offering will be a selection of culinary delights, on offer from some of Franschhoek’s world-class eateries.
The theme for this year is Black and White, with a prize awarded to the Best Dressed Couple on each day. What better excuse to indulge in some retail therapy beforehand to find that perfect outfit?
Tickets cost R395 per person and include access to the festival, which is open daily between 12h00 and 17h00, as well as a complimentary tasting glass and MCC tasting coupons. Additional vouchers can be purchased on the day. Children under 18 years will be allowed free entry to the festival. Watch the press and booking site for further details on the VIP options available.
Book directly through www.webtickets.co.za, but hurry, as tickets are limited.
For more information and regular updates visit www.franschhoekmcc.co.za.
1930s GRAND PRIX CARS RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA
The roar of 1930s Grand Prix cars returns to South Africa some 80 years since they turned a wheel in anger when the South African Historic Grand Prix Festival celebrates these legendary machines on 1 and 2 December at Val de Vie Estate.
This inaugural celebration, organised by UK eventers Speedstream Events, will reunite more than 15 actual cars that raced in the South African Grand Prix between 1934 and 1939. Prime among them will be the Maserati 8CM driven to victory in 1934 by American, Whitney Straight.
Other entries already confirmed for the event include the ERA that won the 1937 SAGP and the Riley Ulster Imp, which finished second in the same event.
The original SAGP cars will be supplemented by a number of period cars taking the tally of participating 1930s cars to over the 20 mark. These cars raced in period but did not compete in any of the East London SAGP events.
The Festival commenced in East London on 25 November where the cars retraced what remains of the original Prince George Race Track, before racing on the current track. They then set off along the scenic garden route to the Cape and Val de Vie Estate where the event culminates on 1 and 2 December.
The two-day Grand Prix Garden Party at Val de Vie Estate gives the public a further opportunity to interact with these spectacular cars on the pristine polo fields the estate is renowned for. Supported by local clubs, the event promises to be a classic car delight. The Grand Prix cars will be paraded on a short road circuit within the estate.
Seldom will a collection of such historic cars be assembled and the opportunity to get up close and personal is even rarer in South Africa today. Adding to the Val de Vie Garden Party experience will be a selection of modern luxury sports cars from selected marques.
Limited general access and VIP hospitality tickets for both the East London Race event and the Grand Prix Garden Party will be available for purchase within the next two months, and ticket pre-registration is already available on the events Facebook page. For more information, visit www.sahistoricgp.com or follow the event on Facebook – SA Historic Grand Prix Festival.
A REAWAKENING at the DELAIRE GRAFF SPA
Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Estate is South Africa’s most desirable wine, hospitality and art destination. A magnificent Cape Winelands property, it boasts two outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges and Villa, a destination spa and luxury boutiques.
Striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling, with original artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection on display throughout, representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists. having undergone a rejuvenating treatment of its own, the Delaire Graff Spa is launching a bespoke wellness menu and revitalised facilities. Elevated against the majestic Botmaskop Mountain, surrounded by breath-taking vineyards, exquisite art and endless beauty, the Afro-Asian inspired spa is a tranquil sanctuary where the journey to total wellbeing begins.
Hildegard Carstens, Delaire Graff Estate’s new Spa Manager leads a team of skilled therapists whose expert hands guide guests in luxurious spa rituals, pampering and wellness.
With over 18 years of experience in the health and beauty industry, Carstens has left her mark on highly-regarded establishments around the world, including The Athenaeum Spa in Green Park and Michael Van Clarke Salon in Mayfair London as well as Le Quartier Français and Leeu Collection Spa in Franschhoek. Holistic healing is the essence of her inspiration at Delaire Graff Spa, influenced by her studies which include Cranio Sacral therapy, Reiki, Chakra balancing and visceral manipulation, with Reflexology being her specialty.
Offering a range of innovative treatments, rituals are crafted using the finest range of globally-renowned beauty products. New to the Spa, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s advanced molecular cosmetics offer a new generation of treatments with a clear focus on skin rejuvenation, and Terres d’Afrique present an organic, sustainably-developed skincare range that evokes Africa’s earthfullness.
Set in invigorating yet serene surroundings, the spa features five elegant suites that have been refreshed with exquisite linens and unique touches. Guests can unwind in the relaxation room and admire original artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection, by some of Africa’s most celebrated modern and contemporary artists. Those joining for half or full-day spa rituals can also make use of the magnificent 22-metre infinity pool and heated jacuzzi as well as the recently-revamped Swedish sauna and steam room.
Unsurpassed views coupled with a new lunch menu from Asian-influenced Indochine Restaurant, make the Spa Terrace the perfect place to pause between treatments. Bursting with light, fresh dishes to nourish from within, the menu appeals to the health-conscious and incorporates vegan and pescatarian options. For an indulgent alternative, luxurious Afro-Asian High Teas may be booked on Fridays with any 60-minute treatment. Sweet and savoury creations are paired with delicate loose-leaf teas and a selection of homemade Kombucha for a uniquely Delaire experience.