Good Friday (3 April 2015) is one of the most important days in the Christian almanac, and is a national South African public holiday. The holy day falls on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
While most of Cape Town’s populace is not known for being religious, the city does hold its own Easter-related customs – many of which are culinary based. Aside from the global Easter favourite of hot cross buns, the traditional fare for Good Friday in Cape Town is pickled fish (usually made with snoek). Popularised at a time when it was deemed no one should work over the Easter weekend, the seafood dish became a steadfast culinary pastime because it could feed families as well as last the Friday-to-Monday without spoiling.
While some families in Cape Town spend the long weekend (the Monday after Easter is also a public holiday) together following their Easter routine, others hit the road for a mini-break (the schools usually shut down during this period for a short holiday). If you are spending the four day period of respite in the Mother City, here are things to do in Cape Town this Easter!
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[email protected]. 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 [email protected]).
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[email protected].
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.
|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 [email protected]
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.
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.