Where Eastern Cape fes­ti­val-go­ers can feed their minds, hearts and tum­mies too

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Where to feed body and mind at two arty fes­ti­vals

PLETT ARTS FES­TI­VAL 25 June – 9 July

How would you cre­ate a feast in­spired by an artist – one a ‘hard-drink­ing, pas­sion­ate woman’ and an­other ‘ded­i­cated to con­ceal­ment’? Chefs in Plet­ten­berg Bay have been tasked with cre­at­ing ex­quis­ite meals to serve af­ter screen­ings of Frida (about Mex­i­can sur­re­al­ist Frida Kahlo) and Pol­lock (Amer­i­can ab­stract painter Jack­son Pol­lock). At The Fat Fish (044-533-4740), three chefs are ref­er­enc­ing key works like ‘What the Wa­ter Gave Me’ to cre­ate a fiery Mex­i­can menu cel­e­brat­ing Frida’s ‘ro­man­tic and pas­sion­ate re­la­tion­ship with Mex­ico and its men’. There will be dishes from var­i­ous re­gions – think po­zole (a hearty soup) and mojo pork Cubanos. Mean­while, over at Emily Moon (044-501-2500), Alex Olivier is craft­ing a French-themed meal with Mid­dle Eastern in­flu­ences in hon­our of ‘wild guy’ Pol­lock. Ex­pect colour, ‘ab­stract plat­ing’ and a party – there’s a spirit tast­ing with the movie. The fes­ti­val also features a ‘twi­light me­an­der’ street fest and sun­set con­certs on the beach. For the full pro­gramme, see A new hotspot in town • ‘You know it’s go­ing to be a good evening when you’re served bub­bly with candy floss,’ a lo­cal said about Nine­teen 89, a chic cafe, pub and fu­sion restau­rant. Owner Ja­son White­head was born in 1989 and the spot is full of pop cul­ture ref­er­ences: Back to the Fu­ture, any­one? Try the 250g fil­let steak with Jame­son whiskey and mush­room sauce. 081-306-2618


The most fa­mous place to feast in Gra­ham­stown dur­ing the fes­ti­val – and where ac­tors, mu­si­cians and per­form­ers gather – is The Long Ta­ble (083-960-2366), a pop-up eatery and bar in St Ge­orge’s Hall at 108 High Street. Any­thing can hap­pen, from ac­ro­bats per­form­ing on­stage to late night strag­glers raid­ing the fridges. Folk like Wil­liam Ken­tridge, Ke­si­van Naidoo and Gcina Mh­lope have all dined here in the past. ‘Once the whole packed hall joined in and sang “Imag­ine” as the recorded ver­sion by John Len­non played,’ says co-owner Michele Klop­pers. Four long ta­bles re­place karate and yoga classes in St Ge­orge’s for the oc­ca­sion. ‘It has the feel of a me­dieval ban­quet, with can­de­labras and lamps’. The West African peanut soup is a firm favourite, but there’s lots of choice in­clud­ing cur­ries, roasts, and ve­gan dishes – and malva pud. The am­ple wine list keeps all lu­bri­cated un­til the kitchen closes. PS: Gawie’s Cof­fee Sta­tion parks in The Mon­u­ment’s foyer again, while The Village Green mar­ket moves to Vic­to­ria Girls’ High. na­tion­al­sarts­fes­ti­ A new hotspot in town • Ma­jor Frasers (Op­po­site the Arch, 38 Som­er­set Street) opened in May. This ‘re­laxed but so­phis­ti­cated’ craft pub and eatery is in a court­yard (with gas heaters and blan­kets in win­ter, fear not). They of­fer sim­ple, good, fresh food, in­clud­ing pizza, a clas­sic kudu burger named ‘The Mo’ af­ter the man­ager and a veg plat­ter. Also craft gin and beer. 063-548-2903

CLOCKWISE,FROM TOP LEFT The Fat Fish; a cor­ner of The Long Ta­ble; Emily Moon

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