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What's happening at Casalinga this month?

Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but the temperatures seem to have risen a little recently. Which is all it takes for us to start turning our thoughts to spring, and all the great seasonal produce we’ll be able to use in our kitchen.

Before spring comes, there are a few weeks of winter left to enjoy – fresh, crisp air and brilliant blue skies. If you’re still feeling a chill in your bones, we have a couple of great events at Casalinga this month that will warm you through and through, and you could even work up a bit of a sweat.

The best possible antidote to the cold is a glass of excellent South African wine, and no wine is more South African than pinotage. We’ve teamed up with our friends from Diemersfontein to stage Pinotage On Tap on August 18th – guaranteed to be a barrelful of fun.

The best Wine event in the world

Yes, we know that’s quite a claim, but 14 years since our friends at Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate uncorked the very first Pinotage on Tap festival, this annual event is going from strength to strength.

If you’ve visited Diemersfontein in Wellington, you’ll know that they created the original “coffee and chocolate pinotage”. Yes, that’s right, three of our favourite flavours in one glass!

This month, you don’t have to travel to the Western Cape to enjoy this cult favourite wine. If you haven’t yet bought your tickets, you have to ask yourself “wine not”! As well as free-flowing Pinotage (tell us that isn’t music to your ears), you’ll also get to listen to live sets from some of South Africa’s finest musicians, including a vintage performance from Freshlyground, and Jesse Clegg, the ultimate proof that old vines can produce new shoots!

With a welcome snack pack on arrival, and great tunes all day, Pinotage on Tap promises to be every bit as popular as in previous years, so don’t delay booking your spot in the winter sunshine.

Get your Pinotage on Tap tickets here.


Pinotage on Tap will make you tap your toes

Enjoy free-flowing pinotage, a welcome snack pack and live tunes from Freshlyground and Jesse Clegg at this year’s Pinotage on Tap festival on August 18th. Casalinga will be hosting the Jo’burg edition of this awesome wine and music festival, and you’d have to have a corkscrew loose to miss it.

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Run too fast to catch cold

A swift 5km run or brisk 2.5km walk around our Rocky Ridge Farm is sure to get your pulse racing on a Sunday morning – which is exactly what we hope to achieve with the Casalinga myrun event. A free weekly timed run or walk that can help you get fit, lose weight and gain Discovery Vitality points. It might even warm you up!

We’re still looking for volunteers and race directors to help make this event happen, so if you’re keen to give something back to the Muldersdrift community, please email katherine@myfitness.org.za

myrun is a great new fitness initiative that’s really starting to take off in South Africa, and we’d love for Casalinga to become a myrun venue. If you’ve already discovered parkrun but you want to run on Sundays too, then myrun is for you. myrun is exactly what its name says – a run (or walk) that you do in your own way, at your pace. Whether you’re chasing a personal best time, trying to beat your best friend or simply keep up with man’s best friend, you’ll be doing yourself a power of good to get that little bit out of the city and breathe in a few lungfuls of fresh country air.

You can sign up for myrun and purchase your Timing Band here.

The Chocolate Tier

Nine out of ten people love chocolate, and the rest are lying! And the truth of the matter is, when you visit Casalinga, you’re only a few steps from Gauteng’s finest chocolate at our neighbours, The Chocolate Tier.

Whether you’re looking for handmade truffles as a gift for someone special, or a chocolate fountain to make a celebration truly memorable, then make The Chocolate Tier your next destination. This is also the place to come if you want to learn more about the science and magic of chocolate – its origins, history, and the best things to pair it with (including, surprisingly, whisky – trust us on this one!).

Chocolate is well known as one of life’s greatest pleasures, and no-one understands this heavenly substance better than the chocolatiers at The Chocolate Tier. You truly haven’t understood the meaning of temptation until you’ve lived next to a chocolate shop…

If there’s someone that you’re sweet on, you’ll find the ideal way to declare your love (and melt his or her heart) here – or why not express your gratitude to your team for all their hard work by arranging a unique chocolate tasting experience for them?

For more information on The Chocolate Tier, call 011 675 2668 or 083 562 7748, or click here.

chocolate truffles

Loving our neighbours

They say that you can’t choose your family or your neighbours – in our case, we wouldn’t change either (and yes, some people are both!). We share our address with three of our favourite food and drink destinations, and that’s why there are no fences between us (or secrets, for that matter)!

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens Cafe is the place to go for plant-based, organic cuisine that’s light on the Earth yet filled with nutrients and goodness. Try the wonderful vegan and vegetarian dishes on their famous breakfast and lunch buffets and you’ll leave with a spring in your step, and increased energy for the rest of your day. Learn more here.

The Chocolate Tier

Every occasion becomes special when you add chocolate. If you can resist anything but temptation, then approach The Chocolate Tier - the home of the chocolate fountain - with caution. Appreciate chocolate in all its forms, from delectable slabs to irresistible chocolate-dipped cherries, truffles and hot chocolate. Perfect for telling someone you love them – especially if that someone is you! See More.

The Green Bean Roastery

For honestly good coffee, look no further than The Green Bean Roastery and breathe in the delicious aroma of freshly-ground 100% Arabica beans as they create our Casalinga house blend. The Roastery specialises in African coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, among others, so you can tour the continent whilst relaxing in a beautiful garden.Learn More