Here comes the weekend! What’s on in and around Cape Town (19 February 2010)

A thousand apologies to any of you who’ve been checking in on Friday mornings, only to find that the formerly fairly regular ‘what’s on weekend’ post had vanished into thin air. I’ve just become a full-blown freelancer, and managing my time well enough has been quite a lesson!

But, I hopefully have it under control now, and so, here we go…

Natural and Organic Products Exhibition

19-21 February 2010. CTICC. Hours: 10am-6pm (Sunday ends at 5pm).  Tickets cost R50. http://www.naturalandorganic.co.za

A huge gathering of things natural and organic all under the broad roof of the Cape Town Convention Centre.  Grab a bite at the raw food bar, or a glass of wine at the organic wine garden, and check out talks and demonstrations at the Lifestyle Stage throughout the event.   It’s going to be bigger than usual this year because the Women’s Show will be hosted alongside it instead of separately.

Infecting the City 2010: Spier Public Arts Festival

13-20 February 2010.  Various locations in the city.  Free.  www.infectingthecity.com

Infecting the City (ITC) is a ‘public arts’ festival in South Africa, that stages and exhibits high-quality, thought-provoking, boundary breaking works in the city of Cape Town’s communal spaces. The works are free and accessible to everybody.  Today and tomorrow are the last days of the event.

Mielie Market @ Montebello

19 February 2010. 9am-1pm.  Montebello Centre, Newlands. (more info)

I love this little organic fresh produce market.  All the greens come from township gardens, and the stall is manned by some of the friendliest folk I’ve met.  I haven’t been for a while, but apparently the stall has moved into the shaded Kwalapa tent area, to keep the veggies from wilting.  How perfect is that?  Kwalapa now sells Spier’s ethically-raised farm chickens and has a great range of other organic goodies (never mind being a great place to have a meal) so it’s the ultimate Friday stop!

Biscuit Mill Vintage Fair

21 February 2010. 10am-3pm.  Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Salt River. (more info)

I rather like this somewhat quieter version of the Neighbour Goods Market… Far less crowded, and easy to move around without jabbing elbows into someone.  Unlike the Saturday market, food is not the focus of the Vintage Fair, but there is plenty to eat in between browsing the stalls of vintage goodies.  There’s a great LP stall, and a second hand book stall with a fabulous selection, and much more.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: Just Jinger

21 February 2010.  5.30pm.  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.   Adults: R95, Youth (6-21 yrs) R70, BOTSOC members R85. (more info)

I can’t believe I haven’t yet been to one of these this season… Kirstenbosch Concerts are an awesome way to spend a lazy summer Sunday evening, picnicking on the lawns, listening to some of our best local talent.  Parking is usually a nightmare, but if you go early and are laid back about the whole thing (and why not be, after all).  I’m guessing tickets are sold out, but you can always try calling 021 761 2866 to find out.

Events to forward to…

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