March 10, 2014
Grand White Dinner in Cape Town: My Tsogo Sun Picnic Experience
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
It is isn’t everyday a girl gets to feast on a decadent Tsogo Sun picnic basket so when I was offered the opportunity to have this luxurious item sponsored for my meal at the Grand White Dinner in Cape Town on Saturday 1 March, 2014, I jumped at it with relish!
The Grand White Dinner, held at the Jan van Riebeek High School Sportsground in Tamboerskloof with its breath-taking view of Table Mountain, was the first mysterious dinner to be hosted in Cape Town and attracted more than 2000 curious guests.
Diners were only notified of the picnic location via text message three hours before and were required to be dressed in white with a touch of green to symbolise our support of being eco-friendly. Revellers were treated to a white wonderland of entertainment, featuring magicians, stilt walkers, fire eaters and live bands and the release of white birds.
Collecting our treasure trove of treats from the impressive Southern Sun Cape Sun, Tsogo Sun’s hotel in the City Centre, my partner Charmaine van der Merwe and I were delighted by the luxuries that awaited us.
From the exquisite dark wood woven basket to the comfy black monogrammed blankets and the divine bottles of Moet et Chandon champagne, Chenin Blanc and Glenwood Merlot; and the uber delicious gourmet treats, including rocket pesto grilled vegetarian and Tandoori chicken with feta, sweet chilli sauce and watercress sarmies, bacon and feta quiches and a cheese platter, a dessert box of macaroons and brownies with a jar of strawberries and cream and more, Tsogo Sun ensured we were thoroughly well-fed.
It was the perfect accompaniment to an unusual event and we were the envy of all of our fellow diners!
Here are a few images of our Tsogo Sun picnic at the Grand White Dinner:
The Tsogo Sun picnic basket, which often forms part of the hotel group’s special events menu, like Valentine’s Day or festive season offerings, is a must-do! Get all of the yummy details at www.tsogosun.com