Bring out the bubbly at Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival

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Cheers! We’re a month away from one of our favourite events on the Plett calendar – the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival!

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Now in its third year, the festival celebrating locally produced wines, local foods and the good life in Plett, is taking place on 8th & 9th October 2016 on Plettenberg Bay’s glorious Central Beach. Ten of Plett wine estates will be showcasing their produce – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and our favourite Méthode Cap Classique! 

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Guests dress up in blue & white to celebrate the Plett lifestyle and in addition to tasting wines and bubbles from South Africa’s newest wine of origin region, you’ll get to snack on artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and breads, sushi, savouries and of course – beautiful, succulent coastal oysters. MCC bubbly & oysters? Yes please!

Sports enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the weekend of the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival also includes the popular MTB race Tour de Plett on Saturday 8th October and the new Robberg Xpress trail run on Sunday 9th October – so you can indulge at the wine festival, guilt-free after a morning of outdoor fun in and around Plett.

You can also take some time to explore the Plett wine farms, which stretch from Harkerville in the west to The Crags in the east. Plett wines are receiving both national and international recognition and we can highly recommend the the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival for a weekend as chilled as our wines!

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Adventurous Plett Easter

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” Barry Finlay

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Plettenberg Bay is located right in the middle of one of the most adventurous stretches of land in the world. Between Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth, visitors can bungy jump, sky dive, zipline, scuba dive, swim with seals and view Great White Sharks and this really is just naming a few. The Garden Route could certainly stand up to competition as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Easter is an excellent time to visit Plettenberg Bay as the weather is still extremely pleasant but without the frantic crowds that visit Plett in full summertime. In addition to the awesome weather, this Easter Plett will again play host to trail runners, mountain bikers and paddlers for the Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend and, for the first time, Plett will welcome the new Garden Route Walking Festival.

Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend:

The Pennypinchers Adventure Weekend is held over the Easter Weekend on the dates of 26-27 March 216. This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever before with the Pennypinchers Trail Run, the Pennypinchers Cairnbrogie Trail Park Fun Ride, the Pennypinchers Cairnbrogie MTB Nite Relay, the Pennypinchers Surf Ski Challenge and the newest addition of the Pennypinchers “Round the Bliners Dash for Cash.”

There will be something for everyone from serious athletes to family fun and everything in between. Runners, mountain bikers and paddlers will enjoy a fun weekend exploring the wonders of nature in and around Plett.

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Garden Route Walking Festival:

At Cornerway House, we are huge fans of the hikes and walks in and around Plettenberg Bay and we literally jumping up and down in anticipation of the first Garden Route Walking Festival. This is South Africa’s first dedicated walk festival of its kind and will offer 52 walks over 5 days during the Easter Holidays.

This festival is going to be a unique event with walks conducted in areas from Sedgefield to Tsitsikamma – providing the opportunity for visitors and locals to explore the area, meet like-minded people and learn more about the conservation opportunities in this magical area that is the Garden Route. Plettenberg Bay will play host to many of these walks including the following to name a few:

  • Nature’s Valley and Salt River
  • Kranshoek View Site
  • WESSA Frog Walk
  • HArkerville Forest Walk
  • Robberg Peninsula
  • Birding Walks
  • Plett Heritage Walk
  • Nature’s Valley to Robberg Rocks
  • Peak Formosa

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Video from Garden Route Walking Festival founder, Galeo Saintz on why he simply loves walking:

Top Tips for Plett Rage students

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Plettenberg Bay is gearing up for the longest running student festival in the Southern Hemisphere – Plett Rage! With around  15 000 students expected to arrive in Plett in just over a week – the Destination Freedom festival is set to be a fun, frantic time for Matrics to celebrate their graduation and the start of the Plett Summer season.

While the town and Plett Rage organisers have been working hard to ensure that not only do Plett Ragers have the party of their lives, but that they can celebrate in a safe and positive environment in our beautiful Plettenberg Bay.  Here are some of our top tips for Plett Rage students to have the best time in Plett – and keep coming back year after year!

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Plett Rage Tip 1: Accommodation – whether you are staying at a bed and breakfast, private home or camping – know the address and contact information for where you are staying. Be sure to give this information to your loved ones back home, in case of an emergency.

Plett Rage Tip 2: This is your time – don’t waste a second of it!  Make sure that you know the full schedule on the Plett Rage calendar so that you don’t miss your favourite acts or activations from Main Beach to the nightclub. The Plett Rage schedule and lineup can be found here: www.plettrage.co.za or follow them on Twitter for the latest news #plettrage2015

Plett Rage Tip 3: Remember to eat! There is so much to see and do during Plett Rage that you may be tempted to try and do everything. Plett restaurants have a number of special offers for Plett Rage students including “All Day Breakfast“, Pizza Specials and more. Check out the booklet in your Plett Rage Student Pass for more information.

Plett Rage Tip 4: Look out for the Red Frogs if you’re feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed. The Red Frogs are an internationally recognised student holiday support network aimed at providing a positive presence during festivals such as Plett Rage. You’ll be in good hands if you visit their Chill Tent – they even visit the guesthouses in Plett to make pancakes for ragers.

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Plett Rage Tip 5: Plett is an incredible place to visit – make time to get out and explore. A hike on Robberg Nature Reserve is a must do as it is a National Monument and Nature Reserve with some of the best views in the country!  If you would like to get active – why not try a surf or scuba lesson, the world famous Bloukrans Bungy or the new AfriAbseil adventure?  There is so much to do and see in Plett, you won’t regret taking some time out to explore.

Plett Rage Tip 6: Be prepared. Keep emergency contact information on your phone and somewhere else safe (in case you lose your phone). Don’t put yourself into dangerous or solitary situations and make sure you know how you are getting home each night (see Tip 1 🙂 )For important numbers and more info go to http://www.plettrage.co.za

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and unforgettable Plett Rage from Cornerway House in Plett!

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Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival Package

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Welcome to a weekend of wine, bubbles and the finer things in life! Plettenberg Bay is doing it again, we are so excited for the second Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly.

Last year we experienced the first Plett Wine & Bubbly, which was a great success and everybody who was there had a wonderful time. So this year’s festival is sure to be a great fine affair.

There will be plenty to sip and taste with more than ten local wine producers from the surrounding area and all our local food gurus showcasing their artisan cheeses, breads and canapé platters.

We are so very much looking forward to the festival, that we have put together a special Wine & Bubbly Package offer for those wishing to travel to Plett for the festival!

Getaway to Plettenberg Bay for the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival with our Cornerway House Package deal.

Cornerway House Wine & Bubbly Weekend

Package includes:

2 Nights Stay at Cornerway House Bed & Breakfast

Delicious English breakfast.

A weekend pass to the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival with 10 tasting vouchers per day, R20 off your first bottle of wine and a commemorative Wine & Bubbly flute valued at R350pp

ONLY: R1300 pp 

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Just to add a bit more class and a bit more bubbly we will be able to taste bubbles from one of France’s oldest champagne houses, Piper-Heidsieck, the official champagne of the award-winning Oscars.

The week before the festival will be filled with activities, presentations and tastings on most of the wine farms.

An event not to be missed… taking place right here in Plett on our beautiful Central Beach.

Bubbly & Oysters     Sun & Sea   Ocean & Mountains   they all go together rather well!

Date: 09 and 10 October 2015 Venue: Central Beach Plett Times: 09 Oct 13h00 to 20h00 | 10 Oct 12h00 to 20h00 No persons under the age of 18

Email us now to redeem this exciting package deal: cornerwayhouse@mweb.co.za

 

Food and Wine is Poetry at Plett Food Film Festival

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We have just experienced the second  annual Plett Food Film Festival which ran from 9th -11th July.

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Wow what a lot of fun and superb entertainment.  The organisers Plett Tourism, and iKasi Media did an exceptional job in presenting this festival. It showcased Plett at its best.  Our little town became a bustle of live entertainment excellent food and classic movies . You would have been forgiven if you thought you were elsewhere.

The second night we were treated to a Cheese & Wine, an amazing spread of local cheeses made by our fine artisans like Alje from Fynboshoek in the Tsitsikamma and my Italian neighbour Marco from Ice Dream Land with his delicious Gorgonzola. All accompanied by artisanal breads from  LeFournil. The table was bending under the spread! Plett Winelands showcased their wine and sparkling bubbly accompanied by canapes  from local chefs. The White House screened “ A Year in Burgundy” . We do hope our Plett Winelands make history like Burgundy.

The final  evening  was an evening of hot spicy delight, with my favourite Chef Reza Mahammad doing a cooking demonstration of “Sweet Potato Cakes” while reciting one of William Makepeace Thackerays poems.   The movie ”The Lunchbox”  an Eastern delight set in Mumbai was full of rediscovering ones hopes and dreams.

Reza reciting Thackerays poem

Reza reciting Thackerays poem

We were treated to an array of Indian dishes created by Reza and his team of local cooking  girls.

My highlights were meeting Reza and the delicious dessert – ice cream …Cardamom infused Pistachio & Almond made by our very own Ice Palazzo.  A wonderful way to end an evening and a fantastic festival.

Cardamom,Pistachio & Almond infused Ice Cream

Cardamom,Pistachio & Almond infused Ice Cream

So if you missed this year you best make a plan to be here in 2016. Promised to be even bigger and better.

Poem to Curry

– William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 -1863)

Three pounds of veal my darling girl prepares,
And chops it nicely into little squares;
Five onions next procures the little minx
(The biggest are the best, her Samiwel thinks),
And Epping butter nearly half a pound,
And stews them in a pan until they’re brown’d.

What’s next my dexterous little girl will do?
She pops the meat into the savoury stew,
With curry-powder table-spoonfuls three,
And milk a pint (the richest that may be),
And, when the dish has stewed for half an hour,
A lemon’s ready juice she’ll o’er it pour.

Then, bless her! Then she gives the luscious pot
A very gentle boil – and serves quite hot.
PS – Beef, mutton, rabbit, if you wish,
Lobsters, or prawns, or any kind fish,
Are fit to make a CURRY. ‘Tis, when done,
A dish for Emperors to feed upon.

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An Indian Feast

 

Plett Food and Film festival

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It is that time of the year again when Plett goes a little MAD. Plett Tourism and Ikasi Media will be hosting the Plett Food Film Festival from the 9th – 11th July.

This festival takes place during our annual Mad Festival. This year we will see celebs like Reza Mahammad, the “Spice Prince“, who will be our host along with SA’s hot new upcoming actress Lika Berning, the festivals ambassador. Reza the spice prince will be cooking all things spicy for us. Reza will delight us on the final night with an Indian dinner and the movie “The Lunch Box” And of course my very favourite lady, Karen Dudley, from The Kitchen in Cape Town will be back this year. Karen who is so passionate about food and life will entertain us in a BIG Italian way on the opening night with delicious food accompanied by the screening of “Big Night.” Expect a lot more than the “Love Sandwich.”

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Meeting Karen Dudley last year

So prepare for a 3 day extravaganza of food and wine prepared by world class chefs. There will be local artisanal cheeses accompanied by award winning wine from Plett Winelands All of this will be accompanied by fine music and awesome drama. All of this takes place during The Plett MAD – the Music, Arts and Drama Festival, which runs from the 25th June to the 18th July and is an event not to be missed. Here we see music, arts and drama – all things MAD!

Come and stay with us at Cornerway House and enjoy the festival and all the other activities that Plett has to offer.

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Plett Wine & Bubbly

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Plettenberg Bay is about to experience their first Wine & Bubbly festival this weekend 3-5th October. Plett Tourism and the Plett Wine Growers Association have been working hard to showcase this wonderful event in our beautiful bay.

This event is going to be a celebration of Plett Winelands, which started about 14 years ago when the first vineyard was planted in the Crags, against the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The Plett Wine industry has come a long way, we now have 16 vineyards producing award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique. The Garden Route, with its ideal climate of cool wet winters, moderate summers and good soils is clearly perfect for the wine this region is producing. In 2005 Plettenberg Bay was named a South African ”Wine of Origin Region”
As they say….It is South Africa’s time to shine and we in Plett are going to do just that this weekend with more than 30 local wines and bubbly to sip savour & sea on the lawns of the Beacon Island Hotel. S A’s top local band, Watershed, will be there to entertain us. Local restaurants and chef Rich Rorich will delight us with their delicious food.

Come and spend the weekend with us at Cornerway House 2 nights @ R1250 includes full breakfast and ticket to Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, including Watershed & branded bubbly glass.

Tickets are still available at Plett Wine & Bubbly

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Plett in July

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Plettenberg Bay is bursting with wonderful things to do at this time of the year.

We are in the middle of the July holidays and Plett is having a MAD Festival.

The Plett Music Arts & Drama Festival is all about showcasing our heritage and culture.  Everybody can get involved and everybody benefits with profits been ploughed back into the community.

The Whitehouse & Kids of Kurland brought us the 3rd Plett Fringe Festival which ran from the 26th June to the 1st July. We got to see poetry, drama, magicians, musical comedy and theatre at its best. These superb well-polished Fringe acts continue on their way to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The first South African Food Film Festival was also being presented here in Plett as part of the part of the MAD Festival. Plett Tourism and iKasi Media have worked hard to bring us The Plett Food Film Festival. We believe it will become a national event.  Over a period of 3 days our senses were delighted with a feast of exclusive screenings of local and international movies and documentaries about everything to do with food and passionate foodies preparing their food.

We were privileged to be entertained by well-known chef Karen Dudley with her creative “love sandwich” that made her famous. She has also published two recipe books and is a fire ball of passion and fun.

Plettenberg Bay the perfect place to chill out in the July holidays and have all your senses spoilt.

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Plett Agility Club

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Cornerway House is one of Plettenberg Bay’s pet-friendly establishments and we really do love animals!  Plettenberg Bay now has its very own Agility Club. Plett Agility is a newly affiliated SADAA (South African Dog Agility Association, established in 2011) club and hosted its first dog show at Kurland Pavilion in … Continue reading

Wild Hearts

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bike  weekOnly those that cut loose and ride their bikes know the absolute freedom the open road offers – A bike trip is a whole lot more than just arriving at your destination. It is about the open road, the raw beauty of the back roads, the freedom, the scenery, the people you meet, your fellow bike companions, and of course the bike you riding. You become one with the elements feeling all the changes as you climb and descend the passes.

Plett Adventure Bike Week is taking place from the 26th April to 4th May. It is guaranteed to please everybody. Plettenberg Bay is the perfect location to act as a hub for the Plett Adventure Bike Week, with some of the best riding terrain in South Africa. There will be an exhibition area, where vendors can display and sell their biking goods. It will also be a meeting place for riders to go out and explore one of the many routes. Plettenberg Bay, with its mild climate and beautiful beaches has so much to offer, the whole family will find something to do. Plenty of activities and entertainment will keep the non- bikers happy.

And then there are the passes , Baviaanskloof Kloof, maybe for the more experienced, Prince Alfreds Pass, very picturesque, Swartberg Pass and the ride to “Die Hel”, with awesome views and scenery. More information about routes and trips see Plett Adventure Bike Week

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So beg, borrow, buy or bring your own bike, and if that fails still come because I am sure, with your appetite whet you will soon be back in Plettenberg Bay on a bike!

Remember…
Your gear – head scarf, beanie, helmut, boots, waterproofs, leathers, gloves.
A backpack – to hold your goodies, a change of clothes etc
A Map – somebody needs to lead.
First Aid – always a good idea.
A bike and of course an adventurous spirit.