Eye candy was the predominant theme this year at the Plett Arts Festival, a three week event bringing colour, sound, memorable performances and feasting on fabulous food to the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay.
Festival goers relished in music, drama and comedy, enjoyed musicians, art exhibitions and award-winning films. As always, Plett presented a one-of-a-kind backdrop to our art extravaganza and introduced the Plett Twilight Meander and Plett Peep Art this year.
The town showcased theatrical actors, visual artists, musicians and films to inspire and nourish visitors and local residents of Plett. Local artists displayed their fine art throughout the festival during individual exhibitions and the Plett Arts Twilight Meander. In only a few short years, the Plett ARTS Festival has showcased more than 150 artists. Attendance has grown since its debut in 2014, with more than 2000 festival goers in 2017 alone. With a growing reputation in excellence, Plett is firmly established as a destination for acclaimed artists, all the while cultivating local talent.
Also new this year was the introduction of a Mobile Catering & Catering for the Film Industry workshop. This was hosted by iKasi Media and Plett Tourism, and was presented by Byron de Carvalho of Shesha Caterers. The workshop forms part of Ikasi Media’s intensified local upskilling and training programme, in line with the Garden Route Klein Karoo strategy to attract film makers to our region, to prepare locals for participation in this industry. This falls in line with the food and film theme and the Plett Food & Film.
This year’s Plett Food & Film Ambassador was the effervescent Jenny Morris and the line-up was thought-provoking with an underlying theme of war. Plett Food & Film director, Cindy Wilson-Trollip, commented; “This year, we had all the ingredients of the Plett Food & Film we have come to expect – thought provoking film, excellent food, wine and well contextualized, superb live performances. Our selection of films this year all celebrated the resilience of the human spirit, which became extremely poignant viewed right now, in a time of rebuilding in our town after the devastating firestorm.”
If you happened to have missed it, do yourself a great favour and make a note in your diary right now to attend next year. The Plett Arts Festival was from the 30th of June – 22nd of July this year, so keep an eye on the website www.pletttourism.com and be sure to book for 2018.
A security officer in Plettenberg Bay saw straight through the tall tale of a suspect, and in so doing helped put a suspected repeat offender behind bars.
Fidelity ADT armed response officer Phakamisa Kakaza was dispatched to an alarm activation in Susan Street (on 21 July 2017). On his arrival in the area, he parked a short distance away to first observe the area.
“Our officer noticed an unidentified man standing at the gate to the property with a bucket in his hands. When our officer approached the man and asked why he was at the property, the suspect claimed that he had been washing someone’s car on the property,” says Steven Green, branch manager for Fidelity ADT in Plettenberg Bay.
“Officer Kakaza did not believe the explanation he was given and hand cuffed the suspect to the gate so that he could do a further investigation of the house itself. When he noticed signs at the window and the front door that there had been an attempt to forcibly gain entrance to the house, our officer contacted our monitoring centre asking for police back up.”
When the police arrived at the property they indicated that the alleged suspect had a number of housebreaking charges pending against him. The home owner soon also arrived and confirmed that nothing had been stolen.
“I am really impressed with how officer Kakaza saw straight through the lie he had been told by the suspect. Our officer trusted his gut and his training and helped put a suspect behind bars, where he belongs,” says Green.
Residents are reminded to regularly test their home security systems to make sure they are working. Green also recommends always keeping the system armed, even if you are home.
Is it Asian? Is it African? Asiacan? Actually, it’s The Golden Palm, Plett resident Chris Bosman’s newest restaurant offering.
Fragrant aromas confirm the presence of authentic Asian cuisine while the décor is a curious, eclectic mix of African influence and Asian knickknacks. A bright new addition in the courtyard at The Lookout Centre on Main Street, Plett.
Here you will find an explosion for the senses. When you read the menu, adorned with simple, compact and wonderfully tasty meal choices and after you’ve tasted the dishes, you’re pretty much hooked.
Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, food lovers are in for a pleasant surprise. Asian cuisine is not new for Plett, but as of late The Golden Palm is the only restaurant dedicated to this spicy and aromatic style of cooking. “I have a real passion for Asian cuisine and I love the wide variety of flavours and tastes this style of cooking offers. From creamy and spicy Thai curry to the clean and fresh flavours of a poke bowl. Frankly it was an easy choice for me,” says Bosman.
With a passion for simple food done well, visitors and locals have been
excited about the new restaurant. “At The Golden Palm we have a bit of a trans-continental grasp of Asianflavours. One of our house specialities is dim sum, beautiful pockets of flavour hailing from China, with three different fillings that give a good variety of taste and texture.”
The introduction of a new, trendy restaurant with a signature taste in Plett is exactly what tourism in the area needs. Tourism in Plett has been on the increase, and part of that is due to new products providing increased positive experiences. Plett Tourism very excited about The Golden Palm and Bosman’s offering of a world-class culinary experience in the area.