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13 Egg-ceptional Things to Do over the Easter Weekend in Cape Town

Your guide to all the biggest and most delicious Easter holiday events in the Mother City

It’s that time of the year again when chocolate eggs and Lindt bunny rabbits dominate storefronts and shopping baskets. If you’re not jetting off for an Easter weekend away, why not celebrate at one of the Mother City’s great events or by taking advantage of one of the egg-ceptional holiday specials.

Whether you’re on the lookout for egg hunts for the kids, searching for places offering Sunday buffets for the whole family or simply trying to find a sick jol, check out our overview of great things to do in Cape Town over the Easter Weekend (Friday, 3  to Monday, 6 April 2015).

And, if you’ve been tasked with tabling a traditional Easter feast, have a gander at two of our favourite recipes for the occasion: Easter pickled fish and Easter hot cross buns.

2015 THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND

EASTER EGG HUNT AT DELVERA AGRI-VILLAGE (2, 4, 6 APR)
Hop on down to the Delvera agri-village in Stellenbosch for an afternoon filled with sweet treats. In celebration of Easter, egg hunts are scheduled for Thursday, 2; Saturday, 4; and Monday, 6 April 2015 at the kiddies’ venue, Kids Xing (crossing). A range of flags (different types indicate different price categories) will be planted in the lush garden and little ones are invited to snatch them up from their hiding places and exchange them for yummy Easter eggs at the venue’s front desk.
COST: Entry to the egg hunt is free and booking is not necessary. Patrons will have to pay for their Easter eggs when they pick them up – smaller treat packets cost R30 and larger ones are R40.

EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH AND HIGH TEA AT THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA (3 – 5 APR)
Wine and dine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean this Easter Sunday (5 April) at the Mother City’s premier seaside resort, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Hosted at the elegant Azure Restaurant, the special lunch, which starts at 12:30pm, features a decadent buffet spread with all the trimmings. What’s more, while parents relax after the feast, the little ones will be kept entertained with an exciting Easter egg hunt and the search for chocolate-y treats. Aside from the lunch, over the holiday weekend (from Friday, 3 to Sunday, 5 April 2015), the hotel will be offering a special high tea that includes an assortment of Easter-inspired pastries and snacks matched with a fine selection of fragrant brews – this will be available both in The Leopard Bar and The Café Grill between 10am and 4pm.
COST: The Sunday lunch costs R R415p/p for adults and R215p/p for kids under 12 years of age. Booking for this is essential, and reservations can be made by contacting restaurants@12apostles.co.za. The special Easter-themed high tea is priced at R195p/p.

LINDT CHOCOLATE STUDIO EASTER KIDS CLASS (4 APR)
Allow your young ones’ imaginations to soar at the Cape Quarter-based Lindt Chocolate Studio’s Easter kids’ class on Saturday, 4 April 2015. The very intimate workshop calls on mini-Michelangelos to decorate a pre-moulded Easter Bunny using chocolate modelling paste and edible cocoa butter. The Lindt chocolatiers will give the kiddies a tour of the studio and walk them through a summarised version of the history of chocolate before demonstrating how to spruce up the yummy bunny, which will be packaged for kids to take home after the class. The session is suitable for children between the ages of 10 and 16 years and will take place from 10am to 11am.
COST:
The class costs R250p/p and lasts for one hour; this price includes a pre-moulded Lindt chocolate bunny as well as chocolate modelling paste, edible cocoa butter paint and decorative items. Space is very limited, so don’t delay in booking (email cptstudio@lindt.com).

EASTER WEEKEND CONCERTS IN WORCESTER FEAT. KURT DARREN & IDOLS FINALISTS (3 - 4 APR)
Kick off the Easter weekend festivities on Good Friday, 3 April 2015 with a merry live show performed by South Africa’s king of Afrikaans folk music, Kurt Darren, at the Golden Valley Casino in Worcester. The popular singer-songwriter, who has won a total of seven South African Music Awards, will treat the audience to a number of brand new songs from his latest album, Lied vir die Vrou. A smorgasbord of sound, the set of tracks includes everything from upbeat sokkie-style melodies to slow easy-listening tunes, so fans of all ages and preferences are bound to find something that delights the heart and sets a jovial tone for Easter. The famous performer’s appearance will be followed by a Saturday concert that features chart-topping artist Garth Taylor, 2011 SA Idols finalist Crushanda Forbes and singing starlet Jody Williams, who won SA Idols in 2007.  Doors for both shows open at 7pm and the music gets going at 8pm.
COST: Tickets for each show costs R100p/p and can be bought from the cash desk at the Golden Valley Casino – to make pre-payment arrangements and reserve a spot, contact the casino on +27 (0)23 348 7200.

EASTER WEEKEND ACTIVITIES AND FEASTS AT SPIER (1 – 30 APR)
One of Stellenbosch’s oldest and most renowned wine estates, Spier is hosting a myriad of different activities over the Easter weekend, making it an ideal holiday retreat for both young and old during this time. The highlights include options like a special Easter tasting that pairs hot cross buns, scotch eggs and more with wine; a Good Friday seafood braai featuring pickled fish; an Easter Sunday treasure hunt and chocolate egg decorating event in the old farmyard; a Sunday harvest table lunch; and a Monday morning Easter brunch. Not to mention, the four-star Spier Hotel is also running an Easter weekend accommodation special for families of four that includes a two-night stay and a range of other extras, including wine tasting, a farm-style dinner, kiddies’ art kits, day passes to the Eagle Encounters raptor rehabilitation centre and more.
COST: Easter activities and meals vary in price – see the Spier blog  for specific details about the events’ dates and times and the costs involved. Accommodation over the Easter weekend rings in at the special price of R2498 per room per night for a family of four, with the abovementioned add-ons included (minimum stay of two nights required). To book, contact reservations@spier.co.za.

EASTER FESTIVITIES AT THE V&A WATERFRONT (3 – 12 APR)
The whole family will find ample entertainment at Cape Town’s retail mecca, the V&A Waterfront, over the Easter holidays this year. During the dates given below, kiddies of all ages can get up close and personal with cuddly bunnies, chickens, sheep and more at the Easter petting zoo, participate in egg decorating workshops and take photos with the Easter Bunny at the seaside Amphitheatre or revel in interactive dancing and musical games near the water’s edge. And there are activities for the adults too. More specifically, grown-ups can look forward to watching a cutting-edge fashion show that showcases the trends for the upcoming seasons and taking part in a local version of the exciting Minute to Win It game show. See specific details for these fun April goings-on below.

ACTIVITY

DATE

TIME

VENUE

Easter Petting Zoo

Sat, 4 – Sun,12 April

10am – 5pm

The Watershed

Meet the Easter Bunny, Egg Decorating and Face Painting

Fri, 3 and Sun, 5 April

12pm – 12:45pm

V&A Amphitheatre

Disco Divas and Dudes Interactive Dancing

Mon, 6 – Fri, 10 April

12pm – 12:45pm

V&A Amphitheatre

Fashion Show

Sat, 4 April

3pm – 4pm

V&A Amphitheatre

Win It in a Minute Game Show

Fri, 3 and Sun, 5 – Fri, 10 April

1:30pm – 2:15pm

V&A Amphitheatre

 
COST: Entrance to the petting zoo costs R20 per child; all the other activities are free of charge.

EASTER VORTEX TRANCE PARTY (3 – 6 APR)
Slip into the whirlpool and celebrate Easter at the epic annual Vortex: Parallel Universe trance party from Friday, 3 to Monday, 6 April 2015. This year the four-day outdoor jol celebrates its 21st birthday with a killer jam at the magical Hillside venue near Caledon. As in the past, the shindig promises to deliver revelers an opskop jam-packed with stomp-tastic beats and sick grooves (click through to the event for more information on the line-up).
COST: Pre-sale tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za at R390p/p (excludes booking fee)or at selected retail outlets at R380p/p (includes booking fee). Tickets will also be sold at the gate on the day at R420p/p – this price will drop as the festival progresses.

EASTER PICNICS AND SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET AT HAZENDAL WINE ESTATE (3 – 6 APR)
In celebration of Easter this year, age-old Stellenbosch estate Hazendal is treating visitors to festive food galore with special holiday-themed picnic baskets and a Sunday lunch buffet. The specially prepared picnics can be enjoyed on the property’s vast green lawn any day between Friday, 3 and Monday, 6 April 2015 (from 11am to 5pm), and the hampers are laden with snacks like grilled chicken kebabs, biltong, freshly baked bread, mini fish cakes, asparagus quiche and more. As for the Sunday lunch at the winery’s Hermitage Restaurant, it starts at 12pm and the spread includes everything from glazed ham and Cape salmon to lemon trifle and mini meringues. Not to mention, the buffet culminates in an exciting chocolate egg hunt, which will take place outside in Hazendal’s garden and is bound to be a lot of fun for the whole family.
COST: A picnic basket for two people costs R380 (it includes snacks and a bottle of house wine), and the Sunday buffet lunch (egg hunt included) is priced at R280p/p (kids under 12 years of age eat for half the price). Booking is essential for both Easter deals and reservations can be made by phoning +27 (0) 21 903 5034 or emailing functions@hazendal.co.za.

EASTER SUNDAY LUNCH AT DORNIER BODEGA (5 APR)
Celebrate Easter Sunday in Stellenbosch with scrumptious gourmet dishes, fine vintages and beautiful mountain views at Dornier Bodega Restaurant. The Cape Winelands eatery – it eloquently marries first-class vino with honest fare – has designed a mouth-watering three-course menu especially for the occasion; the offering tantalises the taste buds with starters like mussel chowder with smoked snoek pastry, mains like a Karoo lamb rack with parsnip pistachio mash and desserts like chocolate lava pudding. The standard kiddies’ menu is also available for children.
COST: The three-course meal costs R325p/p and wine pairings can be enjoyed for an additional R125p/p (R450p/p in total). Booking is essential, so contact the restaurant on +27 (0) 21 880 0557. Do note that any dietary needs must be specified upon booking.

CITY BOWL NIGHT MARKET (2 APR)
A popular weekly affair on the Cape Town events calendar, the Thursday evening City Bowl Market is a particularly festive way to end the short week and mark the start of the long Easter weekend. Housed in an old hall in Hope Street in Gardens, the community bazaar features 30 different food stalls where guests can pick up homemade eats for dinner, and there are a number of vendors selling craft beer, artisan wine and Champagne too – all good fuels for getting the holiday celebrations going. What’s more, visitors can enjoy the sweet sounds of live music while browsing and bantering with friends. The market opens at 4:30pm on Thursday, 2 April 2015 and closes at 8:30pm, early enough for you to get ample sleep before you head off on any planned travels the next day.
COST: Entry to the City Bowl Market is free; drink and food prices vary.

STAND-UP SHOWS AT THE CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB (3 – 5 APR)
If you’re eager to fill the Easter holiday weekend with a good dose of mirth, why not take in a hilarious stand-up show at the Mother City’s leading laughter destination, the Cape Town Comedy Club (formerly known as Jou Ma Se Comedy Club). Based at The Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront, this 180-seater venue, which is owned by famed local funnyman Kurt Schoonraad, serves up giggles five nights a week, and over the Easter period, on the evenings of Thursday, 2; Friday, 3; Saturday, 4; and Sunday, 5 April 2015, it’s set to feature a top-notch line-up of performers that’s sure to have you in festive stitches. What’s more, after each show, you can get down and dirty to sounds spun by DJ Aaron.

EASTER WEEKEND LINE-UP

DATE

HEADLINE ACT

MC

SUPPORT ACT

OPEN MIC ACT

DJ

Thursday, 2 April

Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

Martin Evans

Nathi Maki

Paul Cowen

DJ Aaron

Friday, 3 April

Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

Martin Evans

Nathi Maki

Paul Cowen

DJ Aaron

Saturday, 4 April

Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

Martin Evans

Nathi Maki

Paul Cowen

DJ Aaron

Sunday, 6 April

Ndumiso Lindi (JHB)

Martin Evans

Nathi Maki

Paul Cowen

DJ Aaron


COST: Tickets for the shows cost R95p/p on Thursday and R120p/p on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They can be bought online via Computicket.com or at any Computicket outlet. Shows start at 8:30pm, but we recommend getting there earlier to eat dinner beforehand.

KLEINE ZALZE’S EGG-CEPTIONAL APRIL ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL (1 – 30 APR)
Spend your Easter holiday in Stellenbosch and take advantage of Kleine Zalze’s April accommodation special. During the fourth month of the year, those looking to overnight at this premier wine estate’s on-site lodge can both book at a reasonable rate (prices start from R500p/p sharing per night) and rake in some ‘KZ Rands’ while staying there. The ‘Rands’ are essentially loyalty points that can be spent on extras like Kleine Zalze wine, lunch or dinner at Terroir restaurant, food and drinks at the Lodge Restaurant or golf at the adjacent De Zalze Golf Course (‘Rands’ are not redeemable for laundry, telephone calls, gratuities or transport services). And naturally, the longer you stay, the more you accrue. So, make the most of your long Easter weekend and book a room at this luxurious lodge in the Cape Winelands.

‘KZ RANDS’ EARNING SYSTEM

One night’s stay

100 ‘KZ Rands’

Two nights’ stay

250 ‘KZ Rands’

Three nights’ stay

450 ‘KZ Rands’


COST: An overnight at the Kleine Zalze Lodge costs from R500p/p sharing per night. For more information or to book, phone +27 (0)21 880 0740 or email accommodation@kleinezalze.co.za and quote this code: APRMAD15.

EASTER ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL AND SUNDAY LUNCH BUFFET AT INN ON THE SQUARE HOTEL
The city centre-based Inn on the Square hotel is making it a little easier for anyone livingoutside of Cape  Town to enjoy all that the Mother City has to offer over the Easter periodby running a brief accommodation special that slashes stayover costs significantly. More specifically, between Sunday, 29 March and Sunday, 12 April 2015, the grand property is offering those who book for at least three nights the special B&B price of R1100 per night for a single room, R1200 per night for a double room and R1400 per night for a family room. Plus, all guests are given a surprise Easter gift on arrival. In addition, the hotel’s Dish restaurant will also be preparing a Sunday buffet for Easter lunch that features dishes like fiery butternut and corn soup, braised lamb in red wine sauce and panna cotta with berry compote. So, those eager to celebrate this religious holiday with good food right in the heart of the CBD can do so here.
COST: As mentioned, over the Easter period, single rooms go for R1100 per night, double rooms go for R1200 per night and family rooms go for R1400 per night (breakfast included in each). The Sunday lunch costs a reasonable R185p/p for adults and R90p/p for children below the age of 12. Booking for the lunch is essential; email fandbmanager@innonthesquare.co.za.

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Also, have a look at our overview of annual April events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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