Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events | on: May 25, 2016

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The 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show invites locals and visitors alike to taste South Africa’s top wines at their official public tasting at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show honours excellence in the industry while showcasing top local wines and winemakers and is considered South Africa’s premier wine competition. This is due in no small part to the quality of its judging process which comprises of leading South African and international wine connoisseurs who subject each entry wine to the most rigorous scrutiny.

The public tasting is being presented as an informal showcase comprised of all of the silver, gold and trophy medal winners from the 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show set to be announced at an awards function on 31 May 2016. Smart-phone users will have access to the results immediately on the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show App. Introduced in 2015, the app details the results of the show by category, producer and medal and is an excellent companion to the wine aficionado looking to optimise their wine-purchasing decisions.

The 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Square on Friday, 3 June 2016 from 18h00 until 21h00. Tickets are available on Computicket and at the door and are priced at R190 with an early bird price of R165 for tickets bought before 30 May 2016. With over 80 producers and more than 140 winning wines, the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting is the perfect opportunity to experience South African wine-making at its finest.

Taj Cape Town provides 5-star Luxury accommodation  in the heart of Cape Town’s celebrated city centre, a short distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Taj Cape Town features a variety of dining experiences including the luxurious Bombay Brasserie where top South African wines are expertly paired with the finest in Indian cuisine.

Reservations are essential for securing your place at one of the most sought after hotels in Cape Town. Do not hesitate to contact us at sales.capetown@tajhotels.com, call us at (+27) 21 819 2000 for bookings and availability or make a reservation on-line at www.tajhotels.com.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: May 18, 2016

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Recognised as the seventh addition to Cape Town’s previous ‘Big Six’ tourist attractions, Cape Town’s City Walk Route connects the city’s public spaces in a variety of ways including story-telling, retail offers, way-faring signs and especially through the City’s appreciation of Art.

The route showcases Cape Town’s celebrated city centre with a tour of the many cultural and historic attractions to be found in the inner city as well as a collection of some of the most interesting public art exhibitions in the Mother City.

Starting at the Company’s Garden with the traditional and historic examples of Cape Town’s Public Art and ending in St Andrew’s Square where the 2010 World Cup inspired a collection of vibrant sculptures and designs, the routes takes visitors and locals alike on a journey through the many people, places and events that have made the city what it is today.

The Company’s Garden

Scattered along the tree-lined paths of Cape Town’s favourite green space, the many traditional statues to be found within the Company’s Garden speaks to a history as old as the garden itself.

Here visitors will find the likes of the marble effigy of Queen Victoria put up in 1890 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee, as well as the Delville Wood South African National Memorial which commemorates the South African soldiers who took part in the battle of Delville Wood in the First World War. A sundial dated 1781 can also be found in the very centre of the Gardens and visitors will also discover a full body replica statue of Cecil John Rhodes wearing a three-piece suit from 1908.

Saint Georges Mall

The route takes visitors past Taj Cape Town itself, located just opposite the Company’s Garden, at the top of Saint Georges Mall where it takes tour-goers past a memorial to Robert Gray, first bishop of Cape Town, as well as a piece of the Berlin Wall itself just outside the Saint Georges Mall entrance to the hotel.

Situated at the intersection of St Georges Mall and Shortmarket Street is “Come to Pass”, a mural built into the path which takes the form of a compass and clock. The mural commemorates Cape Town’s history through different records including the official, the oral and the fictional.

One of three benches from the Safe Spaces Initiative, a grassroots public art and education drive, marks a renamed section further along the pedestrian way which honours Krotoa, an unsung heroine who negotiated for peace and safety in the Cape Colony. The initiative itself raises awareness for safe places for girls and women in schools and this is one of six benches to be found in Cape Town.

Waterkant Street

Standing near the intersection of Saint Georges Mall and Waterkant Street, where the City Walk Route turns toward the Fan Walk and Saint Andrews Square is “Africa” – a sculpture cast in bronze and adorned with yellow heads of Bart Simpson. The three metre tall statue has a striking appearance and seeks to debate issues surrounding the nature of art as well as indigenous versus Western culture.

Along Waterkant, just above Nando’s on Long Street, is a bright and colourful abstract mural which forms part of the Nando’s Accidental Art initiative. The initiative was formed as part of one of the many design projects created in honour of Cape Town becoming World Design Capital in 2014.

Saint Andrews Square

The City Walk Route ends in Saint Andrews Square, home to a museum where the history of District 1 is exhibited as well as to the wonderful artisanal coffee experts of Truth Coffee Roasting. Here the city’s artists were tasked with creating a series of art installations around the theme of “A trophy for Cape Town as the best city in the world.”

Sculptures from six different artists include a rainbow arch with the words “It’s beautiful here” along the top; “Wired” a green wire art table and chairs which flow into tangled roots and branches; the “Full-cycle Tree” created entirely from recycled wood, plastic and metal; “Dancing in a Melting Pot” which takes the form of a tree represented by dancing figures in the shape of a traditional cooking pot; the “Wind Tree”, modelled after the strangely angled coastal trees often seen in Cape Town; and finally “Implements”, a group of solid steel structures which represent people contributing to their environment and their history.

There are many more fine public art installations just a few steps off the City Walk Route and we greatly suggest viewing the full collection of art projects, museums, local attractions and public spaces to be enjoyed on our Pinterest Page. Here you will be able to find the map and take a picture tour which provides a taste of the newest addition to Cape Town’s Big Seven attractions.

Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in the historic and cultural heart of Cape Town and is the perfect base from which to explore an authentic Cape Town as well as the full City Walk Saturday experience along our celebrated City Walk route taking place this Saturday 21 May 2016.

 
 
 

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