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Posted on: Thursday, 9 July 2009

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This weekend is jam packed full of exciting things to keep you busy, entertained and informed… What are you waiting for? Call your friends and make a plan to be a part of these great events.

Chocolate Carnival

Chocolate Carnival

KwaZulu Natal has something to answer every chocoholic’s fantasy – The Chocolate Carnival! The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World plays host to this decadent event from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July 2009. Tickets can be purchased at the door and R40 for adults and R20 for pensioners and children. The festival is open from 10h00 to 22h00 on Friday and Saturday and 10h00 to 18h00 on Sunday.

There will be exhibitors showcasing organic, exotic and of course basic chocolate as well as a host of other chocolate delights and if you fancy a bit of chocolate on your face why not give the chocolate make up a try? And while mom and dad are indulging … you can rest assured your little ones will be entertained in the kiddie’s corner with chocolate painting and moulding. The Chocolate Deli is where you can watch tips on cooking with chocolate from the chefs who will be bringing local celebrities to participate in the demonstrations.

House & Garden Show

House & Garden Show

Once you have had your fill of chocolate you can head down to the Durban Exhibition Centre for the last 3 days of the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. This has been running since 3 July and comes to a close on Sunday 12 July. Here you can find the latest in home and lifestyle products. Since this is Durban’s largest lifestyle show you can expect the over 300 exhibitors to wow you with creative and inspirational ideas. The show is open on Friday and Saturday from 10h00 to 22h00 and on Sunday from 10h00 to 20h00.

If you find yourself in the Western Cape this weekend and are looking for something fun to do with friends and family, then take a scenic drive down to Franschhoek for their annual Bastille Festival on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July. Celebrating their centuries-old French Huguenot heritage, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital will tantalise and entice you with entertainment, food and wine. This is fun for the whole family just be sure you don’t leave without taking home a bottle of Franschhoek wine as a memory of the day.

Batille Festival

Batille Festival

The award-winning restaurants in Franschhoek create themed and inspired menus while the Bastille Food and Wine Marquee draw people from far and wide to taste wines and the delicious food on offer. The town is decorated in French apparel and you can immerse yourself in the festival while browsing curio shops, boutiques, galleries and enjoy the wide variety of activities that are on offer.

In the Garden Route the Knysna Oyster Festival is drawing to a close with the Pick ‘n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon on Saturday 11 July with the entire festival winding down on Sunday 12 July.

Catch the last few days at the The Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Africa’s largest and most colourful cultural event which offers a choice of the very best of both indigenous and imported talent (Saturday 11th is the final day), or, if you’re in the mood for some fantastic surf then head over to Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape. This is where the eyes of the surf world will be as it is Africa’s most prestigious surfing tournament (Billabong Pro) with the venue, Supertubes, ranking in the world’s top 10 high performance surf breaks. The talented surfers who take part in the event come from the USA, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, Portugal and of course South Africa.

Billabong Pro

Billabong Pro

The event needs four full days of competition however there is a waiting period of 11 days and this year it begins on Thursday 9 July, this allows the organisers the luxury to choose the best possible conditions in order for these world class talents to compete. Come and support this year’s South African hopeful’s Jordy Smith, David Weare and Greg Emslie. Veteran Kelly Slater will also be putting the Supertubes waves to the test. There is also plenty of entertainment in the evening to keep you busy!

Photography fanatics are in for a treat in Gauteng with the Photo and Film Festival taking place at the Coca Cola Dome in Randburg, Johannesburg. Experience the latest hardware, software, technology, lighting, techniques, facilities and courses in both Still Photography and Film Production in South Africa. The festival takes place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July so make you way to the Coca Cola Dome for some firsthand experience from those in the know …

And for those of you in Bloemfontein in the Free State, if you haven’t already been to the Volksblad Arts Festival (which started on Wednesday 8 July) what are you waiting for – it is on until Monday 13 July and is not to be missed. There are never before seen productions ranging from plays, dance shows, musical theatre, classical and contemporary music performances and much more.

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