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Free Tickets to Park Acoustics – Feb 2016

Park Acoustics Feb 2016

Man alive! Time flies when you’re having fun. Feels like just yesterday we had the 1st Park Acoustics for the year, and here we are again… ready for round 2 for 2016.

This month’s Park Acoustics is going to be huge… so make sure you get your tickets ASAP before they get sold out. Yes, you can buy tickets at the gate, but I have a sneaky suspicion that this month is going to sell out… so go grab your tickets online now at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za/tickets/.

Last month’s chicken wings were quite the hit, so in addition to Pulled Pork and Smoked Boerie Rolls, Borries & I will be ready to feed your hungry little face with smoked chicken wings again… so make sure you bring some extra cash for that little piece of snack-heaven.

Park Acoustics Feb 2016Win 1 of 5 Tickets!

Feeling Poor (or even just stingy)? Well, it’s real easy to win 1 of 5 tickets… Simply do any (or all) of the following (Entries close midnight tonight, 18th Feb):

  1. Comment below telling me who your favourite act (music or comedy) is this month, or
  2. Drop me a tweet (and tag @parkacoustics & your favourite band/comedian), or
  3. Share your favourite Park Acoustics pic on my Facebook page, or
  4. RT the following tweet

In addition to your free ticket, you’ll also get a Pulled Pork Burger or Boerie Roll. SCORE!

So get those entries in, polish your party shoes, and I’ll see you up at the fort!

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African Beer Emporium Sneak Peek

African Beer Emporium December Sneak Peek
African Beer Emporium – December Sneak Peek

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll probably know how much I love beer, and sometime in December last year I was lucky enough to be invited to check out the African Beer Emporium (ABE) at a sneak peek event. Well… the guys at ABE are doing another sneak peek event and this time you get to go as well (I’m giving away tickets to Saturday’s party a little later on in this post).

ABE is located at 012 MARKET ON MAIN… that is 385 Helen Joseph (Church) Street in Pretoria, and before you all jump up and down about not wanting to visit the Pretoria CBD… I’ve been there a few times now, and they have secure parking and the venue is #NextLevel… there’s no reason for you to avoid it.

In their owns words:

African Beer Emporium (ABE) is an upmarket restaurant/bar which will focus on delivering local and foreign visitors a taste of Africa in an unprecedented way and with exceptional style. We will stock a large variety of African beers and our menu will feature signature dishes from all over the continent. ABE is the brainchild of the creators of Capital Craft and this latest venture is the spearhead of the 012 Central initiative which aims to bring the inner city back to life.

African Beer Emporium Sneak Peek Invite
ABE Sneak Peek Invite

So come on down to African Beer Emporium on the 30th January and check what the fuss is about. Doors open at 10h00, and if it’s anything like the last party, the live bands and DJs are gonna keep you entertained until late into the night. For more info you can check the facebook event: ABE Sneak Peek Event

I mentioned free tickets?

Simply RT the tweet below and on Thursday morning I’ll pick someone at random who is gonna walk away with a double ticket to the party on Saturday. Easy!

 

 

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Beer Tasting Challenge

Beer Tasting Challenge
Beer Tasting Challenge

I was hanging out at Capital Craft (aka my office) the other day and the barman was telling me about a buddy (Wim van Vuuren) that claims he is the “beer tasting guru”. OK, fair enough, Wim works for Jack Black and knows a lot about his beer, but I spend enough time drinking the stuff, that I believe I can take him on.

1 beer led to another and before you know it, the guys at Capital Craft agreed to sponsor the beer if I challenged him to a beer tasting. Who says ‘No’ to FREE BEER? #ChallengeAccepted! OK, technically it’s a #ChallengeAcceptedToPoseAChallenge, but that just seems awkward.

So Wim, if you really are the “Beer Guru”, put your beer where your mouth is:


Pick a date, and I challenge you to a beer tasting at Capital Craft… and just to make things a little more interesting: The loser has to wait on tables, in a french maid outfit, for 2 hours. Keen?

"Beer Guru"
“Beer Guru” prefers pink champagne

P.S. This is going to be TOO easy… I searched Wim’s profile for a pic of him drinking beer, and the closest I could find was one where our “Beer Guru” is sipping on some pink champagne.

Follow Wim (@wimpvanvuuren) and I (@BraaiBoy) on twitter to see if he accepts the challenge, and more importantly what the outcome is.

 

 

*Sponsored Post Notice: Besides sponsoring the fuel (beer) for this challenge, this post was not paid for by Capital Craft, Jack Black or any of the other brands I mentioned.

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Win tickets to the 1st Park Acoustics for 2016

Park Acoustics January Banner

As far as months go, January must be the worst of them… It most likely started off with a hangover, and then got worse by sending you back to work/school. However it does have 1 redeeming quality… It ends with a kickass party in the form of Park Acoustics!

We’re starting the year with a bang and we’re super happy to welcome Matthew Mole, Monark, Josh Kempen, Mind Pool, Maddy Behrens and our resident DJ Michael Lesar. Comedy is spot on with Dusty Rich, Loyiso Madinga and Lazola Gola.

Park Acoustics January Flyer

As per usual, we’ll be there to feed your hungry faces with Pulled Pork and Smoked Brafia Boerie Rolls, and if we get our asses into gear we’ll have a limited number of smoked chicken wings available as well. So make sure you get there early, we’ll only have about 50 or so wings available. Leave your weapons and bad vibes at home, but bring lots of cash for the bar and the other market stalls.

Of course you’re always welcome to bring your own chop & dop and come tan them on our fires for free (remember to bring your own cutlery though).

Tickets are available at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za/tickets/ for R150.

Win 1 of 5 Tickets!

Feeling Poor (or even just stingy)? Well, it’s real easy to win 1 of 5 tickets… Simply do any (or all) of the following:

  1. Comment below telling me why January sucks/sucked for you, or
  2. Drop me a tweet (and tag @parkacoustics & your favourite band/comedian), or
  3. Share your favourite Park Acoustics pic on my Facebook page, or
  4. RT the following tweet

 

In addition to your free ticket, you’ll also score a Pulled Pork Burger or Boerie Roll. #Winning!

So get those party shoes ready, and we’ll see you at the monument on the 31st!

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Another Guinness World Record Attempt

Braai Marathon Guinness World Record

This time next week I’ll be at the V&A waterfront in Cape Town, just about ready to kick off another Guinness World Record attempt. This time I’ll be taking on the team record for the longest continuous braai together with team mate Pieter van Dalen. Not only will Pieter & I be attempting to crack the team record, but Richard Knoetze will be taking on the solo record as well… That’s 2 epic braai records over 5 days on 1 stage all in support of BraaiPolar.

FlyerAt the risk of sounding like some sort of infomercial, I need to tell you that wait… there’s more: At the same time we will be playing host a mini Braai Expo, acting as the stepping stone to an annual Braai Expo that will showcase Braai Innovation in South Africa in years to come. The objective of all of this is to raise funds and awareness for BraaiPolar, and all proceeds will be going to them, so bring your wallets and support the stalls as well.

So if you’re in Cape Town any time from 14-20 December, please make your way down to the V&A Waterfront (we’ll be there 24/7 braaing up a storm, so pull through at 04h00 in the morning if you must) and come say Hi.

We’d obviously prefer it if you came down and high-5’d us in person, but if you can’t do that, then catch all the action live on YouTube (Streaming for 5 continuous days that may be another Guinness World Record):

Of course I’ll be sharing a whole bunch of pics and behind-the-scenes arb videos on twitter, facebook & instagram as well… so make sure you’re following me there… and while you’re at it, make sure you’re following BraaiPolar (facebook & twitter) as well for even more cool content.

EDIT: We’re still looking for someone to hook us up with an “interview couch” as well as meat & veg to be sold in the stalls (we could even set you up with your own dedicated stall if you want to go big). You’re guaranteed some awesome exposure if you get involved… Besides the hordes of feet passing through the Waterfront, we’re expecting tons of media coverage in addition to the 13 cameras that will be on us at all times. So please get in touch if you’re keen.

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Win tickets to the last Park Acoustics for 2015

Park Acoustics November 2015

It’s time for one big last Park Acoustics bash for the year, and when I say it’s gonna be big, I mean REALLY big. Instead of happening on the last Sunday of the month like it always does, it’s going down on a Saturday (28th Nov) and instead of ending around sunset, we’re gonna be rocking it all the way until midnight.

There will be 4 stages/dance floors this month which are being headlined by GOLDFISH and supported by guys like Shortstraw, The Black Cat Bones, Cortina Whiplash, BCUC, The Oh So Serious and many many more.

Park Acoustics Braai

As per usual, we’ll be there to feed your hungry faces with Pulled Pork and Smoked Brafia Boerie Rolls, so you can leave your weapons and bad vibes at home, but bring lots of cash for the bar and other market stalls. If you think you can do a better job yourself, bring your own chops and you can tan them on our fires for free (remember to bring your own cutlery though).

Tickets are available at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za/tickets/ for R200, if you buy your ticket at the gate on the day they’ll set you back R250.

Feeling Poor (or even just stingy)? Well, I’m making it real easy this month to win 1 of 5 tickets… Simply do any (or all) of the following:

  1. Comment below telling me why you deserve a ticket, or
  2. Drop me a tweet (and tag @parkacoustics & your favourite band), or
  3. Share your favourite Park Acoustics pic on my Facebook page, or
  4. RT the following tweet

In addition to your free ticket, you’ll also score a Pulled Pork Burger or Boerie Roll. #Winning!

So get those party shoes ready, and we’ll see you at the monument on the 28th!

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October Park Acoustics

Park Acoustics

Technically this post’s title is a lie… There is no Park Acoustics happening in October  this year. Say What??? Nope, no Park Acoustics in October… However, it is going down on 1 Nov though. Which is good news for me, I was really bleak when I heard the line-up and thought we’d still be in America for “the last Sunday in Oct”… but we get back on the 28th October… so… I’ll see you at Park Acoustics!

The other good news is Continue reading October Park Acoustics

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Heritage Month Braai Makeover with Loot.co.za

Loot Braai MakeoverEarlier this month I got a call from the guys over at Loot.Co.Za asking me if I would help them give 2 very deserving ladies a braai makeover in the spirit of celebrating heritage month.

Westlake in the Cape, is a small community barely 2 blocks down from Loot.co.za’s offices and one of the guys that works there brought it their MD’s attention, that Phelokazi & Bulelwa work almost every day, from midday until 22h00 at night, braaing up some chow for their friends and neighbours. Rusted and rickety braais made up the tools of their trade and there could therefore be nobody more deserving of a braai makeover… hopefully giving their respective businesses even the a smallest of boosts.

I’m always up for a braai, and if I can make someone else’s day by doing so… even better! So I hopped on the plane and we got to work. While these ladies started off very shy and reserved at first, I managed to really connect with both of them off camera. I got some tips for braaing the perfect runaways, and I shared some of my spices in return. I could see Bulelwa was impressed, and she said she would definitely be using it from now on. Phelokazi was not as convinced, her fish oil and secret spice mix was all she needed for her runaways… Oh well… you win some, you lose some 🙂

Some old school #ShisaNyama vibes for today's #SupaBraai

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While I’ve had runaways many times before, some of our crew hadn’t… and I managed to convince our camera guy to get in on the action… his response: “It tastes just like chicken?“… well, duh 🙂



Boerewors Rolls All Around
Boerewors Rolls All Around

Once both ladies had received their new braais, I was afforded the honours of giving the new braais a test-drive and braaied some boerie rolls for everyone, even getting a few of the neighbours to pull in. And despite typical wet & windy Cape Town weather everyone had a ball! Thanks a million to the folks at Loot.co.za for inviting me to be part of this initiative and allowing me to meet some awesome people, and all the best to Phelokazi and Bulelwa and their braai businesses.

Have you ever tried runaways (or walkie-talkies)? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on twitter (@BraaiBoy) and Facebook.

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The dangers of pulled pork

Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork – Deliciously Dangerous

Nearly 4 years ago my “partner-in-braai”, Borries, and I started playing around with smoking meat (aka American-Style BBQ). At first it was just so that we would be able to compete in America. One of the first things we learned to do was Pulled Pork, and we quickly realised that this was something that us South Africans have been missing out on for years, and so we began introducing it to the Park Acoustics festival-goers. What we didn’t realise was the danger it posed!

It takes just one taste of our Pulled Pork for you to become hooked, and once hooked it poses a serious health risk. I was reading an article the other day about James Harrison, a 28-year old web designer, that suffered a near-fatal allergic reaction. You can read the full article here, but I’ll highlight the gist of it for you:

Mr Cat & The Jackal-Addicted To Pulled Pork
Mr Cat & The Jackal-Addicted To Pulled Pork

“James was fine up until he ate that non-pulled, mass-produced burger,” claimed witness and friend, Tarquin Cockpull, a 25-year-old entrepreneur who makes hats from decommission tea cosys. “One second he’s enjoying an elderberry craft lemonade he made from his own piss, some moss and Windolene, and the next he’s tucking into what looked like a delicious, deconstructed pulled pork and sanguine roasted chutney jus burger.”

Tarquin claims that in that moment James began to cough loudly as he attempted to swallow the “regular, chewy meat” but that his throat “literally rejected it”…

While we generally frown on people gulping down their own pee, we now realise what we have done and apologise to those of you that have become hooked, but also accept that it is now our civic duty to provide you with a steady supply of genuine Pulled Pork.

Park Acoustics September 2015If you find yourself in a situation similar to James, pull in to Park Acoustics at The Voortrekker Monument on Sunday the 27th and we’ll be in our usual braai spot ready to serve you. Tickets are available online for R120, and while there are normally tickets available at the gate as well, they tend to sell out fast, so your best bet it to get them online and avoid being turned away on Sunday.

In order to recruit more addicts, I’m giving away 5 tickets to September’s Park Acoustics (including a free Pulled Pork Burger).

How do you become addicted?

Simply RT the tweet below and I’ll pick 5 random winners on Monday.


Need any advice about your addiction? Got a comment to share, or just want to rant about the predicament we’ve put you in? You can do so in the comments section below, or reach out to me on twitter (@BraaiBoy) and Facebook

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Taste of Joburg 2015

Taste Of Joburg 2015Every year, The Taste of Joburg is the most anticipated Restaurant Festival in Gauteng… An unmissable foodie day out!

This year’s featured restaurant list is a selection of new additions and old friends ranging from Italian cuisine to Thai, French and Indian. “Selecting restaurants is always challenging because we want the show to grow every year,” says Festival Director, Justine Drake. “The expectations of the evolving Joburg palate are now such that we can afford to be a little more daring with our restaurant choices and I think our restaurants talk to that.

The full list of restaurants that will be there can be found on Taste of Joburg’s website: http://www.tasteofjoburg.com/restaurant-list/

Taste Of Joburg - Meat SliceIn addition, there will be a wide range of boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries that will provide a bounty of the country’s finest food and drink on offer, ensuring sampling and shopping for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market.Taste Of Joburg - Bar

And for those who want to try their hand at creating their own masterpieces, the ever-popular “Robertson’s Ultimate Burger Class, “The 2 Ocean’s Butcher Block” and the “Mixology Theatre” will also be on offer.

P.S. The festival works in “sessions” as follows (i.e. make sure you get there at the beginning of a session, or you’ll need to leave before you’ve had a chance to get through everything) :

Thu 24th Sept: 13:00 – 17:00Taste Of Joburg - Crowd Eating
Fri 25th Sept: 18:30 – 22:30
Sat 26th Sept: 13:00 – 17:00; 18:30 – 22:30
Sun 27th Sept: 12:00 – 17:00

 

Like facebook.com/TasteOfJoburg or follow @TasteOfJoburg on twitter for regular updates or browse on over to www.tasteofjoburg.com for more information. Tickets are on sale at iTickets from R80 and include a tasting glass… or you can win 1 of 10 sets of double tickets with me on twitter.

How do you win?

I’m giving away 9 sets of double tickets on the 20th Sept… So please feel free to enter any (or all) of the ways below:

  1. Comment below with the name of the restaurant you’d like to try out.
  2. Send a tweet telling me which of the restaurants is your favourite. e.g.
  3. RT the tweet below:

Got any questions? Pop me a message in the comments section below, or you reach out on twitter (@BraaiBoy) and Facebook.