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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 14 April 2017 to Monday 17 April 2017). 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.
2017 THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND
AFRICAN PRIDE 15 ON ORANGE
Enjoy Easter Sunday with a scrumptious lunch buffet, revelling in all your favourite eats and treats. The three-course menu will delight your palate, it certainly delighted ours! Here is a taste of what’s to come;for starters you can enjoy a large variety of foods such as a choice of salads, Quail Scotch eggs, beef carpaccio, and a dish that intrigued us the most - butternut squash with smoked duck and pecan nuts. For mains dishes from the seafood counter and the entrees section will be served, where you can expect anything from sashimi, salmon roses, black mussels and prawn cocktail to beef-crusted fillet mignon, slow roasted lamb, eggplant parmigiana and beautifully roasted vegetables. For dessert, you’ll be able to taste world-class pastries and a selection of local and international cheeses.
COST: The Sunday buffet will cost you R650 per person with children under 12 years old costing R325. Booking is highly recommended so give them a call on +27(0)21 469 8000 or email email@example.com
EASTER AT HQ
Easter at Headquarter won’t just treat you to a one-dish special or a one-day special - it will treat you the entire weekend. The usual Monday 2-for-1 hearty salad, steak and chips promotion will run on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and of course, Monday night - exclusive to CapeTownMagazine.com readers so don't forget to mention us. You can guarantee mouthwatering pieces of meat, coupled with delicious drinks that will have you bragging about how you dined over the Easter break. A truly exclusive CapeTownMag Special - give them a call to find out more!
COST: Book your spot by contacting them on +27 (0)21 424 6373 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTER FAMILY FUN DAY AT !KHWA TTU
On Friday, 15 April from 10am to 3pm you and your loved ones are invited to head to !Khwa TTU in Yzerfontein for an egg-cellent fun-filled day. Expect Easter egg hunts and kids single track MTB trails for both 6 year olds and 12 year olds. There will be an Easter bunny and of course a jumping castle for the little ones to enjoy! Really get in the spirit with face painting and egg painting. The day is not only about spoiling the kids, but there are also 30-km for adults who can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
COST: It will cost you R50 to enter the venue - you can then enjoy all the activities on offer for the day. Bring along extra money for the various food stalls which will be selling nosh throughout the day. R27 West Coast Road, Yzerfontein | +27(0)22 492 2998 | email@example.com
MAKE YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE BUNNY AT THE LINDT STUDIO
Bring the magic of Easter and chocolate to life by creating your very own Lindt Gold Bunny. By visiting the studio from Wednesday, 12 April to Saturday, 15 April 2017 you will have the chance to attend one of three classes, daily. Take your little munchkins along for some chocolate fun! You will be able to create and decorate an indulgent chocolate garden where your bunny can live in (until you eat him, obviously).
COST: The class costs R195 p/p and is approximately an hour long, from 10am to 5pm they are open. For more information and booking contact the on +27(0)21 831 0360
Spend Monday, 17 April with your kiddies at the Bugz Playpark for the day where they can marvel in all the Easter fun - egg-citing times ahead! Bugz is hosting their famous Easter Egg hunt where each and every participant will receive an Easter egg. The hunt is included in the park admission fee, so little ones will still be able to enjoy the rides once all the chocolate eggs have been found. Make sure you arrive before 11am so that you can make the most of all the activities. Families can have their photograph taken with the bouncy bunny and enjoy the magical delights of the dazzling magician!
COST: Adults: R50 | Grandparents: R35 | Children R60 (Kids under two enter for free) | VIP wristbands: R120 (entrance + unlimited rides, except Facepaint and the Petting farm) | Tokens: R10 | Tip! Rides are 2-6 tokens | +27(0)21 988 9936 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LOURENSFORD EASTER SUNDAY MARKET
On 16 April 2017 from 10am until 3pm, Lourensford is the place to be! Creep through the gardens and see if you can find Easter eggs of every delicious kind. The Easter bunny might show face but don’t worry, it’s not a race. All the kiddies will get some treats in the form of three marshmallow eats. There’ll also be face painting, a jumping castle and slide, so plenty of places for a bunny to hide. Feel free to bring along all four-legged children, as it is a pet friendy market.
EASTER SUNDAY BUFFET LUNCH AT THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA (16 April)
Wine and dine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean this Easter Sunday (16 April) at the Mother City’s premier seaside resort, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Hosted at the elegant Azure Restaurant, the special lunch features an egg-citing buffet spread with all the trimmings, plus live music to set the mood. 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. The Twelve Apostles will be hosting an incredible Easter Lunch Buffet at both the Azure Restaurant and Atlantic Marquee from 1pm on 16 and 17 April at R495 per person. There is also an Easter Monday Lunch Braai Buffet on offer at the Aure Restaurant from 1pm at R395 per person. There will also be fun for the kids as it includes a treasure hunt and lawn games.
Booking for this is essential, and reservations can be made by contacting email@example.com.
EVERYBUNNY IS INVITED TO SPIER FOR A FAMILY WEEKEND (14 - 16 April)
Spier is celebrating Easter with myriad events suited to grown up rabbits and baby bunnies too!
On Good Friday 14 April , the exquisite Eight Restaurant will deliver a sumptuous seasonally-inspired feast coupled with an array of Easter treats and seafood delights. There’ll also be a delish dinner at Spier Hotel Restaurant, featuring a scrumptious salad selection (because rabbits need their greens) and various mains such as caper and lemon-butter baked line fish, roast chicken and leek pie and Farmer Angus beef roast with Spier Shiraz and Madagascan pepper sauce.
On Saturday, 15 April, there will be a wonderful opportunity to for the kids to partake in a egg-filled easter egg hunt at Eagle Encounters from 9.30am to 5pm. Adults R75, Children R65, Students (with student cards) and Pensioners R65. You can enjoy a fabulous Easter Braai Dinner at the Spier Hotel. You will discover the taste of great farming, with a selection of Farmer Angus’s pasture-reared meat, along with all your favourite seasonal sides. The dinner will start at 6.30pmm and will cost R395 for adults and R190 for children.
On Easter Sunday 16 April, the Spier Hotel Restaurant will have a special spitbraai with a whole Karoo lamb as the star of the spit, which will be accompanied by various salads and sides. Alternatively, you can enjoy a full Sunday Harvest meal at the Eight restaurant, the delicious mal will cost R400 per person and R200 for children. You will also be able to take pat in the egg hunt at Eagle Encounters from 9.30am to 5pm.
COST: These events are individually priced so consult the Spier.co.za website to find out the costs – they tend to range from R140p/p to R400p/p. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Eight Restaurant reservations. Alternatively, call +27(0)21 809 1100.
GET SUCKED INTO THE EASTER VORTEX (15 – 17 April)
Slip into the whirlpool and celebrate Easter at the epic annual Vortex: Parallel Universe trance party from Saturday, 15 April to Monday, 17 April 2017 (YES, Monday is a public holiday!). This year, the four-day outdoor jol celebrates its 23rd birthday with a killer jam with acts including, MENTAL BROADCAST, AUDIOUNIT, SUBVERSO. As in the past, the shindig promises to deliver revelers an opskop jam-packed with stomp-tastic beats and sick grooves.
COST: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za at R430p/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 R450p/p – this price will drop as the festival progresses.
CITY BOWL NIGHT MARKET (13 April)
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 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 (14 - 16 April)
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 Shimmy Isaacs, serves up giggles for week over the Easter period, with Happy Hour from 6pm until 7pm and one hour after the show.
COST: Tickets for the shows cost R120p/p and 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.
HOP ON OVER TO THE GRANDE ROCHE HOTEL (16 APRIL)
The beautiful Bosmans Restaurant at the enchanting Grande Roche Hotel will be hosting a delectable, family-friendly brunch on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017. Let your kiddies bounce to their heart’s content on the jumping castle or dive into the pretty swimming pool, while you wine and dine at an establishment named as one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa. Additionally named as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, Bosmans is all about exquisite, fresh flavours and a friendly, inviting ambience.
COST: Tickets cost R390p/p for adults and R195p/p for children under 11. Bookings can be made by emailing Christine@granderoche.co.za or phone +27(0)21 863 5100.
EASTER SUNDAY MENU AT DORNIER BODEGA (16 APRIL)
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 a flavoursome yellow tail dish or the beef tartar, mains such as rolled lamb rib or Chenin Blanc Braised Pork Belly, and desserts like the dark chocolate terrine and and granadilla swirl cheesecake. There is also a vegetarian option - when booking specify the option you wish as well as specifiying if you would like the wine-pairing option or not. We recommend the wine - of course!
COST: The three-course meal costs R550p/p for wine pairing option and R425p/p for no wine-pairing. Booking is essential, so contact the restaurant on +27 (0)21 880 0557. Do note that any dietary needs must be specified upon booking.
EASTER MARKET AT THE LANGEBAAN TOWN HALL
If you’re looking to buy somebunny special a gorgeous Easter gift or just a little something, then why not head up the West Coast to this super-duper family market? Held in the Langebaan Town Hall on 15 April from 10am to 3pm, the fair offers an array of handmade gifts and arts and crafts, with over 60 stalls for guests to browse. Plus, you have the added bonus of getting to explore the quaint coastal town en-route.
COST: Entry is free and there will be parking available. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY FUN AT WEBERSBURG (16 APRIL)
Webersburg Wine Estate will be hosting a series of fun Easter festivities on Sunday, 16 April, including a delicious three-course lunch prepared by executive chef Nadia Roux. If dishes like with dishes like a succulent slow-braised Rack of Lamb, West Coast Mussels and Zesty Fruit Pavlova among the options for the day. The three course lunch is R420 per person. If this appeals to your palate, then you should book without delay. Alternatively, opt to tuck into a gourmet picnic whilst soaking up the sunshine in the estate’s pristine gardens. Kiddies can bounce on the jumping castle, hunt for Easter eggs, hug the Easter bunny and feed the ducks, while parents lay back, sample wines and listen to live entertainment. There’s also plenty of five-star accommodation on-site, should you choose to extend your day into a weekend visit.
COST: The three-course lunch is R420p/p, while the pre-booked picnics are R450 for two people sharing, and include a bottle of wine; you can also get a kiddies’ picnic option for R80 per child. Accommodation is R1900 per suite per night, which includes breakfast. To book phone +27(0)21 881 3636 or email email@example.com.
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
Why not spend Easter Sunday being completely indulged at the Radisson Blu Hotel? Their beloved annual Easter lunch buffet commences at 12.30pm until 3.30pm and diners can expect egg-ceptional flavours in every bite. Make it a family excursion on this holiday - bring along the kids, who get to enjoy the Easter feast at discounted costs. Enjoy an afternoon of delectable cuisine, expert hospitality, a cheerful atmosphere and exquisite views at the Radisson Blu Hotel this Easter.
COST: The Easter Sunday lunch buffet is priced at R425 per person, while children aged five to twelve pay R212.50 and kids under the age of five are invited to eat for free. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on +27(0)21 441 3000.
Easter at Boschendal
Easter is a time of year where you can create warm memories with family and loved ones, so spend Easter 2017 at Boschendal who will give you an array of experiences to choose from. This year there are activities ranging from kiddies Easter egg hunts at the Werf Garden Picnics, to a three-course menu at the Werf Restaurant and a traditional Easter Buffet at Rhone Homestead.
On Friday, 14 April and Sunday, 16 April 2017, children can enjoy an afternoon filled with fun and games in the natural surroundings of the Werf picnic lawn. Parents can relax underneath the trees with a picnic for two, while the kids enjoy an Easter egg hunt, pony rides and egg painting. On both Friday, 14 April and Sunday, 16 April, Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell will be offering a three-course menu at the Werf Restaurant, including a family-style starter, main course, dessert, coffee and welcome drink on arrival. Seating on Friday will begin at 7pm for dinner and on Sunday at 12pm for lunch. Picnics begin at 12pm with the Easter egg hunt starting at 12.30pm. Throughout the long weekend - Friday, 14 to Sunday,17 April 2017, Rhone Homestead will serve an Easter-themed traditional buffet from 12pm.
COST: Bookings and pre-payments are essential - do so via email@example.com or +27 (0)21 870 4274. The Werf Restaurant three-course menu costs R495 per person. A picnic basket for two is priced at R395, R210 for one and R150 for children (aged three to 12). The buffet at Rhone Homestead costs R295 per person.
Easter at De Hoop Nature Reserve
Spend this Easter with the family at De Hoop Nature Reserve for a fun-filled weekend indulging in great food and great views at this lovely natural playground. Visit De Hoop this Easter weekend from Friday, 14 to Monday, 17 April 2017 and be part of the De Hoop Collection’s 10th year anniversary celebrations. The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a World Heritage Site which is found along the scenic Garden Route where there are endless beaches, sand dunes, rock pools and diverse fauna and flora; making it a place for the entire family to enjoy. Children of all ages are welcome as the reserve provides the ultimate wildlife educational experience; it also offers a broad range of accommodation from affordable self-catering chalets to self-catering cottages and five-star fully catered lodges. During the Easter period, you can expect to enjoy a Nature Quest - which is an enjoyable and educational treasure hunt, a Marine Walk - where visitors can experience the rocky shores and appreciate the sea-shells, starfish and other marine life. Order a picnic basket for your family and enjoy its contents while sitting on the sandy dunes. The evenings will consist of the exciting, ‘Night Adventurer’ or Star Stories and Smores under the night sky. On Easter Sunday morning the Easter bunny will definitely be visiting De Hoop which will be followed by a fabulous lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant.
COST: Booking is essential, to do so call +27(0)21 422 4522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate
Spend Easter weekend in comfort this year by heading to Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus for the ultimate sunset experience accompanied by delicious sundowners. On Friday, 14 April 2017 and Sunday, 16 April 2017 musician Guy Feldman will keep guests entertained with his sound, in the Benguela Tasting Room from 2pm to 7pm. Enhance the experience by grabbing a cheese and charcuterie board and receive a complimentary bottle of Matilda Secret wine to pair with it while you delight in the gorgeous sunset views.
COST: Booking is important - to do so, give them a call on +27(0)83 645 6198 or email Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate on email@example.com. The Cheese and Charcuterie Board is priced at R220. Further, guests can indulge in a Wine and Cheese Pairing for R110 per person, a Wine and Chocolate Pairing for R95 per person, a Wine Tasting of five wines for R50 per person and a Liquid Gold Millionaire Pairing at R35 per person (with one dessert wine) or R50 per person (with two dessert wines).
Lakeside Lodge & Spa
One of Sedgefield’s hidden gems, Lakeside Lodge & Spa is hosting an Easter weekend special for the whole family. Kids can immerse themselves in an adventurous Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny while parents sit back and enjoy the views Swartvlei Lake has to offer. The Easter menu will blow you away especially since the Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant’s Executive Chef Kelly-Ann Pietersen is set to create an entirely memorable occasion for the whole family. The delectable menu is filled with flavour nuances and gastronomical desserts to fill your tummy and excite your palate. The menu is to be paired with stunning wines from Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. On Sunday, 16 April the little ones will be able to enjoy an Easter egg hunt from 10am to 2pm.
COST: Booking for Chef Kelly-Ann’s Easter menu (Friday dinner, Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and dinner) is essential so give them a call on +27(0)44 343 1844 or email Lakeside Lodge & Spa at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Easter egg hunt costs R75 per child.
Easter at the V&A Waterfront
The Easter festivities are starting early at the V&A Waterfront this year! Visitors to the V&A can head over to The Watershed to be enthralled by artist Kurt Wenner’s jaw-dropping 360 degree 3D illustrations from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday 23 July between 10am and 7pm. . The fun continues at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre Centre Court where little ones have the chance to become LEGO Master Builders and let their imagination run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections ever seen. Join the LEGO Play Experience from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April from 9am to 7pm. Tap your feet along to the sounds of sensational South African talent at the V&A Amphitheatre over the Easter weekend! Exciting concert performances will be held everyday from 6pm to 7pm. Manouche will take to the stage on Friday, 14 April, local rock band Southern Wild will spread some cheer on Saturday, 15 April, legends-in-the-making, Hot Water, will delight the audience on Sunday, 16 April) and The Nomadic Orchestra, known for their South Eastern European sound will perform on Monday, 17 April.
COST: Pre-purchase tickets for Incredible Illusions at webtickets.co.za or incredibleillusions.co.za and note that costs vary. Performances at the V&A Amphitheatre and the LEGO Play Experience is free to the public.
*The Cupcake Decorating Workshops are fully booked. Celebrate Easter with Stodels Nurseries Easter Cupcake Decorating Workshop this chocolate season. With workshops being held at Stodels Cafe Bellville, Kenilworth and Constantia, you and your little ones are invited to join in on the fun. The workshop will call on all mini master decorators to create cupcakes or rather fairy cakes that’ll make for a yummy Easter treat. Feel free to encourage your munchkins to tap into their culinary creative side and add colourful icing and decorations to their cupcake creation. The Easter decorating workshop will include a kit which is filled with a pre-baked chocolate or vanilla cupcake, butter icing in a selection of colours and an assortment of decorations including smarties, chocolate eggs, flakes and liquorice.
COST: The workshop and kit is priced at R38. Places are limited so call ahead for a booking +27(0)21 671 9050
Easter Buffet at The President Hotel
There is no better time of the year to embark on an All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Buffet and see the kids enjoying a classic Easter egg hunt! On Sunday, 16 April 2017, you can enjoy a delicious three-course menu which includes a starter of caprese salads or pickled fish, followed by the traditional Sunday roast and delectable desserts which range from hot cross buns to lemon meringue. The buffet is available from 1pm until 3pm.
COST: The Easter Sunday buffet is priced at R240 per person and children under the age of 12 pay R120. Booking is essential so please email email@example.com or call +27(0)21 434 8111.
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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