Red Carnation Hotels Heritage Month


South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on 24th September and the Red Carnation Group of Hotels have had their chefs conjure up a proudly South African Heritage Month menu. We’re lucky to have these dishes as our own truly unique contribution to the cuisine world!
There are 3  special ‘heritage dishes, which will be on offer at the South African Red Carnation Hotels – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & SpaBushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and The Oyster Box Hotel.

Twelve Apostles Executive Chef , Christo Pretorius has devised a ‘Gourmet Boerie Roll’, a somewhat more luxurious version of South Africa’s stalwart boerewors roll!
Enjoyed around numerous braais in SA, this one will put yours to shame, as he’s given it a contemporary makeover and will be serving venison wors on a toasted baguette, garnished with spicy tomato smoor & beetroot chutney, with crispy sweet potato wedges. Take that boet!

Floris Smith, Executive Chef at Bushman’s Kloof, is renowned for his take on bobotie – a traditional South African dish consisting of spiced minced meat, baked with an egg-based topping, which dates back to the days of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. His specialty ‘Cederberg Lamb Shank Bobotie’, is topped with a special Rooibos egg custard, in honour of the lodge’s Cederberg location and is made with curry powder, leaving a slight ‘tang’.
I can only imagine how flipping delicious this is and have put it on my ‘to-eat-before-I-die’ list!

And Executive Chef Kevin Joseph, at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga stays true to his Durban colours with his famous chicken ‘Bunny Chow’.
Ask any Durbanite for their suggestion on their cities most recognisable dish and they’ll tell you it’s a Bunny Chow, or ‘Bunny’.
The exact origin of this massive curry ‘sandwich’ is an ongoing debate, but is thought to date back to the 1940s and it’s meant to be eaten with your hands, so be prepared to be elbow deep – but smiling – in delicious curry sauce. .
This one is served mildly spiced, with the chicken curry & gravy inside a hollowed-out loaf of bread, with the remaining bread on top.

All 3 dishes will be available at each of the hotels and are priced at R115 each.

For bookings or more information, please visit the hotel websites.
Twelve Apostles Hotel & SpaBushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat | The Oyster Box Hotel




Durban Markets Aug/Sept

Here are your market details for August/September 2015.
You might notice there is no date for Market at The Square in Umhlanga – this market has now closed, check their facebook page for details.

Friday 28th August:

The Litchi Orchard Night Market – Salt Rock
Morningside Night Market – Morningside Sports Club
Bellevue Night Market – Bellevue Cafe, Kloof
Sunday 30th August:
Wonder Market – Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga

Friday 4th September:

Roof Top Night Market – Musgrave Centre, Level 5
Saturday 5th September:
I Heart Market – Moses Mabhida Stadium – it’s their annual SPRING SALE market!
Sunday 6th September:
Hillcrest Country Market – Hillcrest Primary School Hall
The Play Market – Giba Gorge – moved a week earlier to accommodate Hill2Hill cycle race

EVERY Sunday:

The Morning Trade – 15 Station Drive, just off Umgeni Road
EVERY Saturday:
Shongweni Market – Shongweni


Giveaway: Durban Bierfest tickets

It’s time again for the Durban Bierfest – an oompah-filled weekend of beer tasting and bratwurst.
This popular annual beer festival takes place for the 5th time at Suncoast, over 2 days with day and night time sessions, on 4th & 5th September.
A mix of live entertainment, music and food ensures that the event is an epic German-inspired celebration, all taking place inside a 4000-seater tent, modelled on the Munich Oktoberfest.

Festival goers are able to choose from a variety of packages, including pre-booked tables with meals and costume hire.
I’ve got FOUR double entry Uber Bier Hall tickets to giveaway – so check out the details on how to enter at the end of this post!

The Braumeister Package: R875/person

  • Premium 3-course traditional Bavarian Meal
  • VIP seating
  • Dedicated Fraulein to your table
  • Complimentary limited premium bar
  • Premium costume accessories
  • Complimentary 1L Bierfest stein per person
  • Complimentary can of JIGUJA Detox Drink
  • Glamcam photo

The Brauhaus Package: R445/person

  • Traditional 2-course Bavarian Meal
  • Complimentary limited bar
  • Costume accessories
  • Glamcam Photo
  • Complimentary can of JIGUJA Detox Drink

Über Bier Hall DAY TIME ticket: R195/person

  • Entrance to the event
  • 1 complimentary 500ml bier
  • His / her apron
  • Free bier tasting
  • Free can of JIGUJA detox drink
  • Glamcam photo

Über Bier Hall NIGHT TIME ticket: R215/person

  • Entrance to the event
  • 1 complimentary 500ml bier
  • His / her apron
  • Free bier tasting
  • Free can of JIGUJA detox drink
  • Glamcam photo

Standard Bier Hall DAY TIME ticket: R125/person

  • Entrance to the event
  • Free bier tasting

Standard Bier Hall NIGHT TIME ticket: R140/ person

  • Entrance to the event
  • Free bier tasting

There is an additional R20 at-door price.
For more info and to book, please visit the Bierfest website.


Just for Ask Ashe readers, I’ve got FOUR double entry Uber Bier Hall tickets to giveaway –
one set for the day time session and one set for the evening session!

All you have to do to enter is:
1. Like Ask Ashe on facebook if you have not already
2. Either leave a comment here on this blog post, or on facebook, or on twitter and tag @askashe, telling me which session you want to attend – day time or night time.
You can word your tweet like this: ‘I want to go to the Durban Bierfest day/night session with @askashe’

Competition closes at midday on Tuesday 1st September 2015 and winner will be announced on facebook.
Ticket details on where to collect/redeem will be sent to the winners by the event organisers.
1 person will win a double set of Uber Bier Hall day time tickets and another person will win a double set of Uber Bier Hall night time tickets.
Tickets are only valid for the Durban Bierfest event and are not transferrable for cash.
Transport to and from the event is not included and you’re encouraged to #DRINKSMART and get home responsibly!


Durban’s first Burger Fest

This week is not the week to be on diet, no sirree…
The team from The Morning Trade bring you Burgerfest this Thursday, from 5pm at The Plant on Station Drive.

Firstly, The Plant is the new name for the venue which hosts The Morning Trade Market – they’ve spiffied up the outside wall and it now sports a very on trend black, with a funky logo:

Secondly, Burgerfest aims to assemble the best burgers on offer in Durbs – and I for one am delighted.
There’s been so much hype around smashburgers and ordering your food yourself off a list, blah blah blah – well I tried Rocomamas and I hated it – everything from the garish decor and loud music which gave me indigestion, to the feeling that I was being duped in an adult version of Spur – it was not my vibe and I will not be back.

Burgerfest coincides with International Burger Day on Thursday and from the looks of the facebook page, some mighty fine burger fare is going to be on offer, with veggie lovers also catered for. And I saw a yummy version of a chip made from pap too – should be interesting.
For more info, check out their facebook page, but here are the details you need to know:

Thursday, 27th August 2015 at 5pm until 10:30pm
The Plant at No: 5 Station Drive
Entrance: R20



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