Off the pitch, AB does not miss limelight
I’ve always been shy, he says
IF GOOD food and an exceptional once-in-a-lifetime experience are what you’re looking for this weekend, then look no further than the Appetite Fest.
Time Square will be where any gastronomic fanatic should be gathered today and tomorrow, as the first ever Appetite Fest kicks off.
The event promises not only to be just another food and wine festival, but will be offering revellers local and international food heroes.
While bringing frontline vineyards, cheese makers and a wide variety of craft brewers, the family outdoors experience will be presenting culinary artists such as Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston of Masterchef Australia fame, and a Michelin star chef from the UK.
Not to be missed are local favourites Siba Mtongana, Sarah Graham, restaurateur J’Something and Peter Tempelhoff, just to name a few.
To add to this will be displays and offerings of craft gin, champagne, pamper sessions and sushi for the ladies.
Children are also catered for by the kids zone, which will have jumping castles, a ball pit, face painting, kids cooking theatre and much more to keep them safe and entertained.
And good food wouldn’t be complete without a large variety of gourmet food trucks, comedians and live entertainment.
Times Square general manager Brett Hoppe said: “We’re thrilled to announce the inauguration of the Appetite Fest, a celebration of South African food and entertainment. This is more than good food and wine, its going to be lekker, bru.”
HAVING retired from international cricket in May, South Africa legend AB de Villiers has opened up about not chasing the limelight.
The 34-year-old announced that his South Africa career was coming to an end in May, and with an average of over 50 in both the Test and One Day International (ODI) arenas, he will go down as one of the greatest batsmen ever.
Despite his devastating exploits in the IPL and numerous other worldwide events in which he took centre stage, De Villiers doesn’t miss the limelight.
“I know nothing will compare to that feeling of scoring hundreds in a big game. Thousands of people chanting your name. But in all fairness, I don’t miss it. Not yet. Maybe a year down the line. I’m still going to play for a few years; I’ll still play a little bit around the world. But on my own terms. I’ve always been shy. I don’t really like attention too much. It’s… quite ironic. But I get embarrassed quite a bit.”
De Villiers called it quits a month after averaging a whopping 71.16 in the home series victory in Tests against Australia, indicating that he was still at the top of his game technically. However, being his nation’s talisman in all cricket formats was a draining experience, and eventually took its toll.
“It’s been unbearable at times: the pressure you have to face, performing day in and day out. The expectations that you put on yourself, from fans, from the country, from coaches. It is huge, and it’s something that’s on your mind all the time as a cricketer. And it’s definitely something that I’m not going to miss. I’m very happy to have stepped away. Absolutely no regrets.
“I was prepared to embrace it, to fight the pressure. And I’m happy that I did. But it certainly takes its toll after a while. I feel there is room for players to be more honest about it, having systems in place to make sure they keep fresh and mentally healthy.
“I was certainly not mentally ill at the time, but I can relate to the fact that pressure can really drive you down, and make you so tired.”
De Villiers also expressed his devotion to Test cricket. “I don’t understand why people are negative about cricket,” he told The Independent. “I believe it’s in a great place, but there are some areas that we need to balance out.
“T20 has changed the face of the game. It’s brought so many different people to the game, and made the awareness around the world so much bigger.
“I love Test cricket, and I think it’s going nowhere. But the ICC has a really big role to play in making sure all the formats survive.”– African News Agency (ANA)
Proteas legend AB de Villiers says he does not miss the limelight.