The event that I was waiting for has finally been. On a warm Wednesday night I set off, armed with some friends, to the 2nd of three, Tuning the Vine Inner City Walks, on 11 November.
Last year was the first Tuning the Vine ever. That one was held at "The Lookout" and we loved every moment of it. I blogged it on my old site at "A finely tuned event".
The plan for 2015 was a walk through the heart of Cape Town, incorporating bars and venues to showcase both themselves and the amazing wines etc on offer. The spoiler version is that it was loads of fun and great to be out, running around at night, in Town like teenagers lol. We got to taste some great wines and see venue's that I've never been to. Ever.
Yeah, I'm that cool that I don't go to cool venue's (whatever. Stop laughing at me!)
So on the assumption that being an adult (well I am) and that I work a full time job 5 min's from where I live in the deep south (I do), that I don't get to Town all that often to party it up during the night (I also seem to require waaaaay more sleep post 35 years old as opposed to pre) ....I don't get to go be trendy in Town. So Tuning the Vine opened the door to one night of awesomeness with my crazy friends!
Right, so now that I have rambled, lets get on to the Inner City Walk itself and the nitty gritty of it.
Tuning the Vine is the brain child of the amazing Shereen Amos (she's the one holding the hoop) She came up with the TtV concept and is the hardworking person behind the whole thing. She has help, but hats off to her for the wonderful work she does. I have unbelievable respect for Shereen Amos and want to be like her when I grow up!
It was BUSY. We were a group of 9 who met at 18h30 at the first point. This was a mistake. My suggestion to you: make a plan to get there earlier. Parking was a bit of a schlep but not totally awful, but one of the bigger issues was that because we got started late, we didn't get to taste any snacks.... by the time we got to the places everything was gone and we were STARVING, so rushed the last few stops. Also as we found out, you don't have to start at point 1. You can start at any spot that has the flame symbol on the map. So we walked to the end, and did it all backwards.
Don't do it in a big group and try to all go to each place as one . THIS WILL NOT WORK and will drive you nuts. There are loads to taste and you WILL run into people you know and stand and chat and lose people, and not be done when everyone else wants to go. Do yourself a favor and maybe just do this in pairs or 4's. Too big a group and it gets complicated.
Do eat before you do the walk and pack so snacks in your bag if you are really smart. There is a LOT of wine...you will get tipsy and hungry and not have time to stop for food on the walk. We allowed 3 hours do do the walk and it was not enough. You are fighting through people at venues and esp the smaller ones get CRAZY full. As mentioned earlier, there were no snacks anywhere to be seen when we went round. The hungry hordes had consumed everything by the time we arrived. It sucked cause we really were looking forward to tasting snacks with wines.
Do wear comfortable shoes and don't bring more crap with than you need. There is a lot of walking and you have to carry it around with you! I just grabbed a slingbag that i could leave across my front for safety sake.
Do take your sense of humor with you. It will be busy, you will get hot, and you will be bumped ... deal with it.
Do enjoy yourself safely. It is town and there are odd people around. Keep yourself aware of who is near you when you are walking and stick to the busy routes between venues. Watch your bags. We didn't have anything happen, nothing went missing and we had a great time cause we took responsibility for our safety.
#You must try the Tempel Rum at Honest Chocolate. There are no words!
#Make sure at Mint that you go downstairs to the underground tasting.
#Do yourself a favor and park where you plan to end....then walk to the other end to start. Trust me, you will thank me when you get to the end of the night and your car is right there.
#Start as early as possible. Leave work early if you must.
GREAT IDEA: One of my friends (Megan) that was at TTVICW2015 with me that night, suggested that a Tuning The Vine app would be awesome, where you could use tagging to see where you are and what is at the spot you are in. We struggled to find one or 2 venues slightly, and this would a) help with mapping and b) let you see a bit of info about the venue etc.
This was a crazy, fun night of running around town and seeing places that we had never been too. It was a bit of a pain to fight through some of the crowds, but I was so stoked to see the way this baby grew since last year. It's a toddler this year...so sorta standing, still a liiiiiiiiiittle wobbly, but massive fun to experience.
If you were at TTV 2014 do NOT expect the same laid back experience. This is fast paced and busy and crazy, but totally worth it.
Thank you for joining me on the night: Megan, Angelo, Nicole, Riaan, Chloe, Sean, Gina, Mark. Great night, great friends.
Cheers for now
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