South Africa July, August 2019 ~ EpiCuriouser & EpiCuriouser!

Hello Beautiful People!

This month we celebrate more of the Epicurious excellence of the innovative and resourceful endeavours of South Africans who set a positive tone for our beloved rainbow nation. We rock on!

You can scroll and read below or go to the digital magazine or printable PDF. Thank you so much to all who print this out as infotainment for their friends, visitors & guests! – I receive Very interesting feedback from all over the world!

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurious

Epicurious Context: Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and sage who founded a highly influential school of philosophy now called Epicureanism. He was born on the Greek island of Samos to Athenian parents. Born: February 341 BC. Died: 270 BC. 

This month’s features: … Somehow July came as a bit of a surprise! Who knew!? …better start Christmas preparations at this rate! If participation is your thing, read on, there is enough to keep you really busy. Hot off the Press: Creation Wines; one of the 50 Best Vineyards in the World!

Functions Venues

Bona Dea Private Estate is a renowned wedding venue and caters for all kinds of special events. They host a brilliant networking celebration each year to thank patrons as well as to share and showcase their beautiful venue in the Hemel & Aarde Valley. Please look at my Bona Dea video of the day.


Winter days are perfect for Roadtripping, I keep adding to the map I created of some of my favourite places to STOP at on your way anywhere in the Overberg. Special focus on the N2 from Grabouw to Swellendam (and beyond) and the R43 from Botriver via Hermanus to Gansbaai and beyond. Please share and suggest your favourite places to STOP

Please click to visit the road tripping page and/or look at the latest visitors video of a road trip to Avani Lodge Private Nature Reserve outside Bot River. Visitor #VideoCompetition #Win a free weekend breakaway & extras. Ask for details to participate.

N2-&-R43-OVERBERG Where to stop Roadtrip Guide
N2-&-R43-OVERBERG Where to stop Roadtrip Guide


New at Creation Wines; Olive Oil & Die Voormanshuis

The Creation team recently introduced their first olive oil. The 2019 Creation Extra Virgin Olive Oil was grown in two Hemel-en-Aarde groves planted in 2007 on the Mount Babylon and Vrede farms and covering 1.5 hectares in total. Selected for their suitability to the terroir, the cultivars include four Italian varieties – Coratina, Leccino, Frantoio and Favolosa – as well as a Sicilian cultivar, Nocellare del Belice.

Die Voormanshuis ~ Accommodation at Creation

If you ever wanted to stay in the Hemel & Aarde Valley, this is where you want to be. Trust Creation Wines to serve a new experience on yet another new level.

The beautiful sleek design of Die Voormanshuis is the brainchild of architect Andrew Finlayson. Even though the building is super modern, it seems to sit butterfly-light in its beautiful surrounds. Set among the vineyards …more about Die Voormanhuis at Creation Wines

Luddite and Genevieve Go Large in Johannesburg

Book now for the Bot River wine giants descending on the City of Gold Sunday, 14 July

A royal wine experience hits the City of Gold on 14 July, when two outstanding boutique Cape wineries put on a once-off showcase of their collection of extraordinary vintages. Dubbed the GO LARGE Lunch, the event sees 9-litre bottles from the famed Bot River region’s King of Shiraz and Queen of Méthode Cap Classique served up alongside the big, bold flavours of Urbanologi restaurant.
More about this Luddite & Genevieve MCC Jozi event

Beauty, health & Style

Honey Suckle Beauty products
House of Honey offers a range of hand-made natural skincare products made with natural beeswax, raw honey, propolis and oils such as avocado, sweet almond, eucalyptus, organic olive oil, essential oils, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Pomegranate Leaf Extract etc. Honeysuckle will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and smelling delicious!

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing, as a calming and healing practice, became known in Japan in the 1980s. The obvious feelgood factors all apply but now we understand more about the physiological benefits, apart from the eye-pleasing scenery, gentle hiking exercise and extra oxygen. Phytoncide is a substance emitted by plants & trees and generally means the aroma of the forest. “Phyton” means “plant” in Latin, and “cide” means to exterminate. Phytoncides are produced to help plants & trees protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, but researchers now offer proof of their enormous health benefits to human life. Read more about forest bathing and your health and happiness.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely, honourably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely, honourably and justly without living pleasantly. ~ Epicurious

Environment, community and social responsibility.

Do Random Acts of Kindness

~Please visit our Caring Community & Doing Random Acts of Kindness page where you can pick your favourite charity or choose a random one to donate a couple of rands to. Giving is good for the soul.C

Events Galore

Check back as we add more events as requests flow in.

JULY 2019

23 – 24 July, The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace Talk and Concert – Cape Town

24 – 25 July, Drakefest: Christmas in July – Stellenbosch

26 July – 3 Aug, Fiddler on the Roof – Somerset West

26 July, Jo Black 4 Blackies Konsert – Wellington

26 July, The Parlotones – Beautiful Life Tour – Cape Town Barnyard Theatre

27 July, Dockside Winter Market – Cape Town

27 July, Flavours of Winter Festival – Muratie Wine Estate – Stellenbosch

27 July, Marmalade Productions 10th Anniversary Jam ft. Tevin Campbell – Cape Town

27 July, Megan-Geoffrey Prins Piano Recital – Cape Town

27 July, Trash Bash Coastal Cleanup – Mouille Point Beach

28 July, The Parlotones LIVE at Franschhoek Cellar

30 July – 4 August, One Vision – Tribute to ABBA & Queen – Cape Town Barnyard Theatre


2 – 3 August, Rocking Stellies – Stellenbosch

3 August, Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival

7 August, What on Earth? – A Conversation with Colin and Anna (AnimalSpirit) – Cape Town

8 – 11 August, Hermanus Times Kalfiefees 2019

9 August, Cape Town Yarn Festival 2019

9 August, Monuments Phronesis South African Tour – Cape Town

9 – 11 August, Elgin Winter Festival 

10 August, Celebrating Women – Hermanus

11 August, Classical Guitar Sounds Concert – Helderberg

12 – 14 August, Alice the Musical – Paarl

16 August, Full Moon Sacred World Concert – Cape Town

23 August – 1 September, Christmas in July, Company’s Garden – Cape Town

24 August, Soulful Superstars SA Tour – Cape Town

24 – 25 August, The Greatest Little Circus Show – Cape Town

25 August, Blisters for Bread in association with Lucky Star – Green Point Cricket Club

31 August – 1 September, The Chocolate Festival 2019 – Stellenbosch


4 – 6 September, NAMPO Kaap / Cape 2019 – Bredasdorp

5 September, The Final Quest | Cape Town 2019

7 – 8 September, Hey Baby Boutique Fair – Cape Town

12 – 13 September, The Music of David’s Confession & The Hidden Chapters – Somerset West

21 – 22 September, Earthdance Cape Town 201921 – 24 September, Hermanus Flower Festival 2019


Lemms Corner Market – Every Sunday in Summer

Weekly Farmers Markets

Events at Lourensford – Somerset West

Gansbaai Country Market

Vegan Goods Market – Every Saturday – Cape Town

The Village Food Market – Cape Town

Porterville Farmers Market

Calitzdorp Events

Baardskeerders Bos (B Bos) Farmers Market ~ Last Saturday of every month.

Hermanus Country Market Every Saturday morning at the Hermanus Cricket Club. 9am to 1pm.

Greyton Saturday Market Every Saturday

Stanford Sunset Market Last Friday of each month

Napier  The Village Market Every Friday & Saturday times: Fri: 1 – 5 pm / Sat: 9 am – 2 pm, Address: 44 Sarel Cilliers Street, Napier Info: 083 700 2152 /

Sedgefield Scarab Market  Every Saturday come rain or shine. Garden Route, Western Cape

Check in to see what is on at…

The Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Hermanus U3A (University Of The 3rd Age)

Kirstenbosch Events 

Platbos – Africa’s Southernmost forest.

Theatre Lovers

See the latest South Africa Theater Magazine

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra 

Cape Town Opera

On at the Fugard Theatre Cape Town

On at the Brooklyn Theater.

Nosy Rosy Favourites

Places To Eat

At the Village Stall – Hermanus
Botriver Hotel
Die Blaasbalk Restaurant
Caffe Blu Checkers Centre Hermanus
Ecology Lifestyle Farm Botrivier
Gabrielskloof Botrivier
La Pentola Hermanus
Spiceroute Paarl
Shuntin Shed Botrivier
The Marine Hotel Hermanus
Panorama Restaurant Stanford Area

Wine, Wine Tastings & Food pairing

Creation Wines
Sumaridge Estate Wine 
See our list of Award-winning wines

Favourite Olive Oils

Read our article on how to buy the best and find our list of favourites

Places To Stay
Avani Private Nature Reserve – Botrivier
Bloemhof Karoo – N1 Close to Three Sisters
Broadwater – Northern Cape
The Marine – Hermanus
Aloe House – Hermanus
Poespasrivier  Genadendal
Accommodation – McGregor

Places To Shop

Annabelle Hermanus Decor 
Beach House
Lawton Roberts Design Abalone-shell objects
Gift ideas and more
Exclusive Works – The Ultimate Stainless Steel Pans, trailers etc!
Foto First – photographic desires.
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Go Solar – 123
Rossouw Modern Hermanus Art
Sonic WiFi –Retail | Repairs & Installations


Earthworks – Garden Design & Service with care!
Exclusive Works – Steelworks & Building Expertise
LABCO Labour Relations 
The labour office
PCXPress ALL computer needs
Sonic WiFi -Retail | Repairs & Installations
WebWits Design, Marketing & Maintenance
Woodworks – Dream it,
they create it!
NosyRosy Advertise your business or event.

Health & Beauty

Hermanus Pilates Studio
Pappin Pretorius Optometrist
Get Fit! ProActive Fitness
Child and family counselling
Dr Marelize Swart Child psychologist

Things To Do

“Cooking for Pleasure” Classes at the Overstrand Training Institute.
Paleo your body into shape!
Go to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market
Hermanus U3A Program
Visit Elgin Valley
Join Whale Coast conservation
Visit SpiceRoute Paarl

Register as a Blood donor: Register now.

Property For Sale.
Country place for sale – Stanford area
Countryside Hotel For Sale ~ One hour from Cape Town ~ In the heart of The Swartland

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