THE biggest party night of the year is almost upon us. Today and tomorrow Holiday EsCape Times brings you some the hottest tickets in town.
l Face The Music 2 at Kalk Bay Theatre is high voltage entertainment to get you in the groove for the countdown to New Year. The show combines chart-topping songs and dance moves with the novel format of a spectacular music game show.
Tickets are R350, for which guests can enjoy an eat-as-much-as you can buffet of canapés with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. The performance starts at 9.30pm, and after the show the stage will become a dance floor, with classic party tracks. Bookings: www.kbt.co.za
l Guests at Pepper Club On The Beach in Camps Bay will enjoy a three-course set menu which includes prawn bisque for a starter, a choice of beef fillet medallions or glazed Norwegian salmon for a main course and a raspberry chocolate tart for dessert. Guests can welcome the New Year while dancing to the musical talents of Gabriel Shai.
Booking is essential and the cost is R995 a person. Book for 10 guests and receive the 10th ticket free. For information and bookings, visit www.pepperclubonthebeach.co.za or contact 021 438 3174.
l Table Mountain Cableway offers something special for nature lovers and those wanting a tranquil experience to see in the New Year. Visitors can bring their own bubbly and picnics or grab a seat at the Table Mountain Café that will extend its operating hours until 12.30am. The last car up is at 11pm, and the last car down at 1am on January 1.
Weather permitting. For information call 021 424 8181 or go to www.tablemountain.net
l South African legend Hugh Masakela headlines at this year’s concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, supported by Hot Water.
Hugh Masekela’s international jazz career spans more than five decades. “My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are,” says Masekela.
Hot Water creates uplifting and authentic South African music, expressed through a dynamic group of musicians from very diverse backgrounds. Their music incorporates elements of traditional African music with folk, blues and indie-pop rock.
Gates open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8.30pm. Tickets are R270. Seating is unreserved so make sure you get there early to get a spot near the front, but first you have to book tickets. Book at www.webtickets.co.za or at the Kirstenbosch ticket office on 021 761 2866.
l When the clock strikes 12 on December 31 you may want to be in the warm company of family-owned wine estate Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch, where an extravagant eight-course food and wine menu and the estate’s maiden rosé Méthode Cap Classique will end the year on a gastronomic high.
This popular winelands hotspot in the heart of the beautiful Devon Valley will pull out all the stops on New Year’s Eve with a lavish food and wine experience. For one night, eight of its most prestigious vintages will be paired with a matching dish.
To add extra sparkle to this sensory indulgence, guests will toast the New Year with a glass of the estate’s first brut rosé bubbly which will only make its debut later in 2013 – so be the first to raise a glass to this elegant newcomer.
The menu begins with a seafood trio of chilled cucumber and crayfish soup served with a flute of Clos Malverne brut, followed by kingklip ceviche matched with a glass of the estate’s multi-crowned sauvignon blanc. The 2011 vintage won its second consecutive victory at this year’s FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition.
Prawn and sole ravioli completes this threesome, accompanied by Clos Malverne Chardonnay.
Food and wine afiçionados will then be treated to a smoked ostrich salad and the estate’s popular cabernet sauvignon/shiraz after which plum tomatoes stuffed with exotic mushroom mousse will share the spotlight with the limited release Clos Malverne Sophia – a superior red blend made in honour of the family matriarch, Sophia Pritchard.
Next on the menu is a beef and truffle “experience” served with Clos Malverne’s limited release flagship Cape Blend, Auret 2008.
The dessert duo includes a fig and goat’s cheese tart married with the Clos Malverne Merlot before this memorable New Year’s Eve celebration is rounded off with a mango and macadamia nut tart accompanied by a Clos Malverne Honey Dew goodnight kiss.
l See in the New Year in Great Gatsby style at Orphanage Cocktail Emporium (Bree Street) with a party that will have all the glamour of the Roaring Twenties era of extravagant parties, rumbustious revellers and hedonistic delight. Your dapper disc jockeys on the night are Sir Dean Fuel, Lord James Copeland, Mr January One as well as special guests.
Bubbles, cocktails and canapés will be served throughout the evening, all included in the ticket price, as well as premium Grey Goose vodka. Channel the golden clubbing era of the 1920s – coming dressed for the part is mandatory. Ladies, think red lips, flapper dresses, pearls, fur, feathers, fringes, lace and jewels; and for the gents, white tie, black tie, trilby hats, suits, cravats, canes and moustaches.
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium is the venue for Auld Lang Syne tomfoolery; the quirky bar and restaurant is decked out in dark wood, opulent furnishings and antiques; an elegant yet whimsical setting. The bar styles itself as a “cocktail shakehouse and purveyor of delicious morsels” and a percentage of sales are donated to The St Francis Children’s Home, from whence the venue takes its curious name.