The New Year jol is nigh

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.

LES GIRLS: Margaux Fouche, Vanessa Harris and Delray Burns will help ring in the New Year at Kalk Bay Theatre.

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:

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 or contact 021 438 3174.

Weather permitting. For information call 021 424 8181 or go to

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 or at the Kirstenbosch ticket office on 021 761 2866.

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.

Tickets cost R468 a person, which include all the wines. The evening begins at 8pm and will carry on until the wee hours of the New Year. Pre-bookings are essential as seating is limited. For more information or the reserve your table call 021 865 2022 or e-mail [email protected]

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.

From 9pm till late. Tickets R990, pre-bought only. Call 021 4242004 or e-mail [email protected] Table bookings limited.