Easter Magic


Easter Magic

Its finally Easter Weekend and thankfully theres lots to do in Johannesburg this weekend. We’ve put an event guide together for you, so don’t worry theres plenty of exciting entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.


The Nissan Easter Festival 2018

Date: 24 March – 01 April 2018

If you are looking for a nonstop fun-filled programme over the Easter weekend which includes an Easter Egg Hunt, dog agility show, Lipizzaner show, horse carriage race, fancy dress class and so much more, then you will not want to miss the Nissan Easter Festival 2018! There will also be a family market to wander through and a Kids Zone to keep the kids entertained – the perfect family event!


Easter Celebrazione at Montecasino

Date: Friday, 30 March 2018 to Monday, 2 April 2018 from 10:00 – 20:00 daily

Montecasino is celebrating all things family at Montecasino’s Easter Celebrazione! You can expect loads of fun for everyone! Test your fitness levels at the Giant Inflatable Park on the Piazza, tap into the wild side and try the Bungee Experience, taste delicious food from roaming vendors and shake hands with the Jelly Tots Man, or let the kids take part in some action-packed fun in the Nerf Gun War Zone. You can also hunt for Easter Eggs, have your face painted, meet the Easter Bunny, watch the latest blockbuster movies, and even make your own pizza! There’s something for everybunny and memories to be made around each corner – don’t miss it! And it wouldn’t be an Easter Celebrazione without a Treasure Hunt! Join one of the two speggtacular treasure hunts on Easter Sunday – and keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny!


The Rand Show 2018

Date: 30 March – 08 April 2018

Joburg’s biggest day out is back and promises to be bigger and better than before! The Rand Show is the perfect family outing, offering something fun and exciting for both young and old. Guests can visit the interactive Food Theatre for culinary delights and displays, the Science & Tech Laboratory for edutainment for all ages, and The Man Cave which offers men a sanctuary filled with plenty of gadgets, bikes, tools and whiskey!


Easter Folk Market & Fairy Festival

Date: 31 March 2018

Don’t miss the magical Easter Folk Market and Fairy Festival where you can spend the day meandering through a real forest, spot the fairies and see their little houses along the Faerie Trail. Make sure you put on your prettiest fairy outfit and fairy wings, as they will be taking photos of all their visitors – big folk and little folk, even four-legged friends dressed as fairies. Enjoy the beautiful craft stalls under the trees, treat your taste buds to delicious artisanal food stalls and trucks, yummy fresh baked goodies, fresh hot cross buns and home-made Easter eggs. Craft beer, pink gin cocktails and drinks in coconut eggs will also be available on the day.


Easter Egg Hunt At The Weekend Market JHB

Date: 31 March 2018

Easter isn’t Easter without an Easter Egg Hunt! So, if you’re looking to treat your kids, then don’t miss out on the Easter Egg Hunt at the Weekend Market JHB. There will also be loads of fun entertainment and rides to keep the little ones busy at Kids World. And for the parents, the Prawn and Food Festival will be running on the same day!


Source: http://www.joburg.co.za/



Trout with Macadamia Pesto and Bean Salad


Trout with Macadamia Pesto and Bean Salad

Its Easter! Which means we can all look forward to a long weekend, Easter eggs and fish! But we not deep frying or pickling our fish this year are we? Nope because this dish will have you out of the kitchen in no time so you can fully enjoy the holiday and relax.



  • 500g sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 4 (about 180g each) Trout fillets
  • 300g green beans, trimmed, blanched


  • 75g macadamias, toasted
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves, firmly packed
  • 1 small garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place potato on the prepared tray. Drizzle with 1 tbs of the oil. Season. Roast, stirring halfway, for 30 minutes or until golden and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, for the pesto, process the macadamias, coriander, garlic and lime rind in a food processor until finely chopped. Combine the lime juice, oil and water in a jug. Add to macadamia mixture, with the motor running, in a slow steady stream until well combined and smooth. Season.
  3. Place the onion in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand for 3 minutes. Drain well. Place the onion and lime juice in a large bowl. Season, then set aside to macerate.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Pat the skin of the Trout dry with paper towel. Season. Cook Trout, skin side down, for 2 minutes or until crisp. Turn and cook for 1-2 minutes or until just cooked through. Transfer Trout to a plate to rest.
  5. Add the sweet potato, beans and 1 tbs of the pesto to the onion mixture. Toss gently to combine. Divide among serving plates. Top each with Trout and a spoonful of the pesto.


Source:  taste.com.au


Meet Me At Dawn

Meet Me At Dawn

Television actresses Pamela Nomvete and Natasha Sutherland who have stayed firm favourites among TV audiences for the past two decades will star at the Market Theatre in the South African premier of Meet me at Dawn directed by the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice 2015 recipient Lesedi Job.

Inspired by Orpheus’s desperate reclamation of his wife Eurydice from the underworld, Meet Me at Dawn is written by the award-winning British playwright Zinnie Harris. It premiered in the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2017.

Unflinchingly honest and tenderly lyrical, Meet Me at Dawn is a fable exploring the triumph of everyday love, the mystery of grief, and the temptation to become lost in a fantasy future that will never be. Two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident. Dazed by their experience, they look for a path home. But they discover that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems – and that, though they may be together, they have never been further apart.

The director of Meet Me at Dawn, Lesedi Job, is the fourth recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Award. She made her directorial debut with When Swallows Cry at the Market Theatre in 2017. Meet Me at Dawn is supported by an all-women design and production team headed by Hailey Kingston in her role as production manager and set designer. Lighting designer Nomvula Molepo who has lit more than 100 productions, award-winning costume designer Karabo Legoabe–Mtshali and stage managers Motlalepula Makhate and Malebo Mokoto will support Lesedi Job’s vision to make Meet Me at Dawn another riveting and emotional rollercoaster that will leave audiences gasping for their loved ones.

Meet Me at Dawn opened at the Market Theatre on Friday 16 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018.


Source: markettheatre.co.za.

Rooibos and Honey Cocktail


Rooibos and Honey Cocktail

In honor of our recent public holiday and in preparation of next week’s long weekend, we’ve chosen something deliciously native to South Africa for you and your mates to enjoy this weekend. Refreshing and easy to make.


Prep time: 5 mins / Cook time: 15 mins plus 1 hour cooling / Serves: 2


  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • 150ml boiling water
  • 4 tablespoons fynbos honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 500ml soda water
  • 2 tots Esperanza
  • Dehydrated lemon, to garnish

Steep the rooibos tea bag in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bag and pour the black tea into a small saucepan. Add the honey and simmer over low heat until the mixture forms a light syrup. Allow to cool. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in the rooibos syrup, lemon juice and Esperanza. Shake to combine and divide the mixture between two highball glasses. Add ice and top up with soda water. Garnish with the dehydrated lemon.

Serve immediately and ENJOY!!!


Source: astafternoon.com


How Festivals are Saving the World


How Festivals are Saving the World

With social media on the unstoppable rise and the introduction of the Artificial Intelligence era,  people take to interacting with one another in the virtual world more and more as opposed to real time interactions.


People communicate with each other via social media platforms, chat messages and special apps on their smartphones. But face-to-face interaction is becoming something of the past.

Society on the whole is suffering. 

But is social media and AI really to blame? Can we really say they at fault?  People are busy, right? Time is money and money talks. But lets be honest. New technology has made it possible to mimic human interaction without even being in the same room. In today’s modern world, things are changing and machines are overpowering us making us more gadget-dependent. 

Just imagine what would happen if you were made to stay all alone at some place for a long period of time without your phone and any kind of interactions with people? Just give it a day and any normal person would be exhausted of the loneliness. The reason behind this is that humans are social animals and we love living amidst people.

Socializing with people is such a healthy habit.



Various research studies are being carried out to understand the value and importance of socializing with striking results regarding a wholesome human being’s development.

Festivals allow people to put their smartphones away for a while, to do away with interacting on virtual media spaces and get down to real things in real life. Like letting go, enjoying live music, food and people. Festivals are a place where people go to let their hair down and get involved in the things that interest them, with the people that interest them, – out in the majestic open.

So, Go out, meet people, and see how festivals and socializing can change your worldview and your overall wellbeing.


Here are some benefits of socializing:

• Helps in building positive and constructive relationships

• Helps improve overall growth and development of an individual.

• Stress and anxiety levels can be reduced to great extent. Solutions to problems may be found in conversation.

• Exposes an individual to various kinds of people, their mannerisms, personalities, thought processes and so on. Socializing develops better understanding of human perspectives and attributes.

• Socializing is a great tool for the development of self-confidence and self-esteem.

• Evokes feelings of happiness and joy when experiencing family and friends in real life rather than online or on a screen.

• When you socialize you gain emotional, physical and spiritual comfort.

• health benefits as research reports have shown that socializing can help in preventing age related cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. As mentioned by SAGE, socializing enhances mental functioning, as the mind is kept occupied with real thoughts.


There is no denying the fact that chats, social media, emails and video calls are highly convenient modes of remaining connected to friends and family, but they lack human touch. And excitement.

Fact remains, Human connection is vital for a beneficial society. Help save the world and your youth and attend at least two festivals a year. You have nothing to lose. LIVE. LOVE. EAT.



Source: justbreathemag.com