* Western Cape Tourism, Economic Opportunities, and Agriculture Minister Alan Winde has congratulated two local businesses, Blue Africa Trading and Munch Bowls, which won SIAL Innovation Awards in Shanghai recently, for highlighting the local food industry and for being ‘brand’ ambassadors. The Western Cape food industry employs 50000 staff and is worth R19 billion, the Minister said. Blue Africa Trading designed a tea box which is round, with a slot at the back to enable it to be hung, while Munch Bowls was recognised for its eco-friendly edible crisp wheat bowls. A number of local food companies attended the Asian exhibition. (received via media release from Minister Winde’s office)
* The City of Cape Town is welcoming public comment until 22 August for its draft scoping report on the financial viability of the Cape Town Stadium, including plans to add sports bars, shops, offices, and clubs.
* The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa has come up with a clever way of celebrating Women’s Month in August, by offering a Pink Tea in collaboration with Pongrácz. The Rosé MCC will be served on arrival, whereafter pink-themed treats will be served, including forest berry cheesecake, ruby grapefruit cupcakes, strawberry mousse, scones with fresh cream, Brazil nut cake, chocolate brownies, cream puffs topped with pink chocolate, smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, and more. Cost R160. Available daily from 10h00 – 16h00. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR)
* Nederburg Eminence 2011 is the only South African sweet wine to appear on the Top Ten Muscats du Monde, a wine which is made exclusively for the annual Nederburg Auction. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* Allée Bleue in Franschhoek has opened a pop-up Pizza and Pasta restaurant next to its wine tasting centre, with lunches prepared by Chef Ian Laubsher under the guidance of consultant Chef Craig Cormack. Fresh herbs from the wine estate, its olive oil, as well as chorizo, smoked feta, red wine reduction, and more will be included as ingredients. The restaurant closes on 30 September. (received via media release from Manley Communications)
* South Africa is one of the lowest spending beer nations in the world, with an average of $148 per person per year. Biggest beer spenders are, in order of highest spend per person per annum, Australians, the Irish, Finland, New Zealand, Venezuela, USA, Canada, UK, and surprisingly much lower on the list Germany and Denmark.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage