What’s on This Easter: 2012

Easter Weekend in South Africa is from the 6th – 9th April 2012.
Last minute accommodation for Easter in Cape Town is still available.

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE CAPE POINT ROUTE THIS EASTER

Sat 07 April 2012: Grand Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny has sent a letter to Noordhoek Farm Village and he is going to be visiting the Village for a seriously GRAND Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the kids to the bandstand AT Noordhoek Farm Village from 10h30 and WAIT for instructions as kids will be divided into search parties. Please bring your own Easter Baskets.  After the easter egg hunt there will be facepainting and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and you can buy balloon rabbits for R5. There is no cost and no need to book but do come early – early birds can also watch the Two Oceans marathon runners.
TIME: 10h30 – 12h30
VENUE:  Noordhoek Farm Village – meet at the Bandstand
COST: Free
CONTACT: Call 021 789 2812 for more information

Sat 07 April 2012: Two Oceans Marathon.
This is one of the most scenic ultra marathons in the world and is frequently called the World’s Most Beautiful marathon!  The race is not just about the ultra-marathon, there is also  an extremely popular half-marathon. In fact, it is the largest half-marathon in South Africa! Some of the hot spots on the Cape Point Route for watching the ultra marathon runners are: Main road Lakeside; In Fish Hoek near Kommetjie Road junction; at the intersection of Silvermine Road in Noordhoek; Noordhoek Farm Village (which is the half way mark).  Please note there are some road closures in the south peninsula until approximately 10h30. Click Here for full details on Road Closures.
ULTRA MARATHON START TIME:  06h25 in Newlands
HALF MARATHON START TIME:  06h00 In Newlands
56KM ROUTE: From the start in Newlands along the Main Road to Fish Hoek,  along Kommetjie Road, veering left onto Noordhoek Road at the foot of Ou Kaapse Weg, then Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay, Constantia Nek, Rhodes Drive, and Union Avenue to the finish at UCT.

Sat 07 April 2012: Easter Family Fish Braai
Join Cape Point Vineyards to celebrate Easter Saturday – they are having a fun-filled day for the whole family at the picnic site in Noordhoek – one of the best kept secrets in Cape Town. There’s an Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddies at 2pm with the Easter Bunny. The rest of the family can kick back and indulge in the Fish Braai which includes: a Mussel Pot, Snoek, Yellowtail, baby herbed potatoes, Butternut & Feta Salad, Coleslaw, Garlic Breads and Chocolate Brownies for only R165 per person. There is also a Kiddies Hamper available for R50.
TIME: 12h00 – 17h00 (Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm)
VENUE:  Cape Point Vineyards Picnic Site, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
COST: Fish Braai R165pp; Kiddies Hamper R50pp
CONTACT:  Bookings essential as there is limited space. Call Nicki on 071 948 2112 to book a spot

Sat 07 April 2012: Ard Matthews Live at Cafe Roux
Cafe Roux at Noordhoek Farm Village is very excited to be hosting Ard Matthews – the frontline man of famed South African band, Just Jinger.  This charismatic artist  will be performing on Saturday the 7th of April after 4pm for an intimate Easter Sundowner Session.  Seated tickets inside café Roux are R130. They are also selling tickets on the grass area for R60.  Café Roux food & drinks will be available. Booking is essential.
TIME:  From 4pm
VENUE: Cafe Roux, Noordhoek Farm Village
COST: Seated tickets R130. Grass tickets R60
CONTACT:  Cafe Roux on 021 789 2538 or email info@caferoux.co.za

Monday 09 April 2012: Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard Easter Egg Hunt
The Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard at Imhoff Farm is having an exciting Easter Egg Hunt which is always great fun for the kids and gives parents a chance to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids are kept busy!  There will be two groups, group 1 for children younger than 6 and group 2 for children from 6 to 10 years old. There will be a maximum of 6 eggs per child with some spot prizes up for grabs. It costs R30 per child and includes all day entry into the Farm Yard. Numbers will be strictly limited so please make sure to book. TIME: 09h00
VENUE:  Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie road – meet at the farmyard
COST: R30
CONTACT: Call Lesley on 021 783 2007 for more information

Imhoff Farm This Easter:
Free Range farm Shop also has a variety of things available for purchase over the easter period, these include farm-made hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, easter eggs and biscuits. For a treat on Easter morning why not come by and try a delicious decadent dark chocolate ‘hot chocolate’ drink? Jesse James Carriage Rides are offered by Shaun and Tracey Bodington who also own the snake park. The carriage, affectionately known as Sundance is drawn by our trusty steed Goldie, and is responsible for many happy tales and trails.

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SOME INTERESTING EASTER INFORMATION:

What is Easter?
On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals. It is always a long weekend in South Africa.

Easter traditions: 
Welcome to the world of the Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, Chocolate and Hot Cross buns.

Easter Bunny: Hares and Rabbits have been a symbol of fertility and new life since ancient times.  The inclusion of the Easter Bunny into traditions appears to have originated in Germany where tales were told of an Easter Hare who laid eggs for children to find. German immigrants to America brought the tradition with them and spreads them to a wider public. Easter egg Hunts are now a popular activity for children around the world.

 

Easter Eggs: Eggs also symbolise new life and fertility and are a symbol of the rock tomb from which Christ emerged when he rose again.  However in Medieval Times, eggs were forbidden during Lent so when Easter was celebrated eggs were the mainstay of most Easter meals. Today eggs form many of the Easter Traditions including painting and decorating them. They are also used in holiday games such as the Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Chocolate:  The first chocolate Easter Eggs appeared in France and Germany in the early 1800’s. As with the eggs, chocolate was considered a luxury item that was frequently given up for Lent and became associated with the gift-giving of the Easter Season. Chocolates and chocolate eggs and chocolate bunny rabbits are now commonplace and a very prominent part of Easter celebrations and Easter Gifts.

 

Hot Cross Buns:  These sweet, spicy buns have a cross of icing on the top to remind people of Christ and are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. It is believed that buns with crosses were first eaten by the Saxons in honour of the goddess Eostre (also probably the origin of the name Easter). It is also believed that sharing a hot cross bun is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year.

 

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