The Weekender: Cape Town. On Snow, Transvestites and Having Too Much Fun

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I definitely had Too Much Fun last weekend. Turns out I wasn’t working for a change – so I spent some time in the Eastern Cape with people who don’t know what the meaning of Too Much Fun is. Sometimes, getting a bunch of my mates from all over together for a weekend away is dangerous. We tend to get rather excitable. I’m writing this on a Tuesday night and I’m only starting to feel normal now. Thanks guys.

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Speaking of Too Much Fun – Cape Town you’re in luck. After what the weather guys are calling “the next intense cold front” heads inland, we’ll be left with those sunny winter days that we love so much, especially on a Saturday and Sunday. After a battering like we’ve taken this week those fresh, perfect days seem all the more spectacular…

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Snowboarders! It looks as though this slow moving front should sprinkle a fair amount of snow on the Matroosberg. Whether it’ll be enough to make a mission up there remains to be seen, but you can follow these people – if you don’t already – and make that decision to bunk work on Friday or not.

The first of the snow should’ve fallen on areas of the Cederberg, Ceres and Southern parts of the Northern Cape by the time you read this post.

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Back to Thursday night plans: While the storm rages outside, I’ll be at the Good Hope Centre for the Night of 1000 Drawings. The exhibition is open from 5 – 11pm. With thousands of doodles, scribbles, graffiti, sketches, watercolour and oil paintings – all going for R100.

There’ll also be live music and food stalls. The proceeds from the art sales go to the Thomas Wildschutt School in Retreat, where, through Greenpop, See-Saw-Do and HELP: Homework-Enrichment-Lifeskills-Programme, the organizers are “implementing a creative turnkey solution to brighten the lives of over 400 young South Africans.” Tickets are available here. There’s also an after party at Assembly.

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As of this posting there are still a few seats available for Thursday’s Rocky Horror Show.

Weekend spots are hard to come by because this show is SO FREAKING AWESOME that it’s always sold out. If you haven’t been yet, do it. This week will be my 4th time. Seriously. Can’t get enough.

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Friday night, The Assembly are closing Constitution Street for their Block Party. Featuring UK act Far Too Loud, along with local electronic artists, hip hop DJs in the Annex and other local acts inside. Go here for more info.

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Saturday will be a good time to get up to the West Coast National Park – the wild flowers have come early this year and I promise you it’s worth the hour’s drive up there. If you can manage it then get up early – it can get a bit crowded over weekends. From September onwards its even busier though. You could pack a picnic and hang out in Postberg – the part of the reserve that’s only open in flower season.

On our way back we like to stop off for a walk on a beach north of Blouberg, just to get our fix of that iconic Table Bay view, and then have tea and cake at a spot called Petit Fours. It’s virtually on the rocks, and in my humble opinion, one of the few restaurants in the area worth a visit – a little hidden gem.

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On Sunday it’s so perfect out there that you could actually spend the day on the beach. Yep. I know that may seem hard to imagine right now, but honestly they’re predicting 25 degrees which may mean it’ll be even hotter. Hooray!

After the beach we’ll dust off those braai tongs, make a jug of Pimms and pretend it’s not Sunday.

Happy fun-having-sunshine-soaking weekend everyone! Tweet @MoreThanFoodCT and tell us about it.