Hangout With Heather

Hangout With Heather brings you your weekly dose of lifestyle and entertainment news and reviews every Friday. Heather shares about all her favourite things, new restaurants, events on the go as well as fashion, competitions and more, not to mention exclusive interviews with local and international celebs and movers and shakers. If you love the finer things in life – then you will want to make sure that you Hangout With Heather every week.

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06
AUG

Yahto Kraft releases new single ‘Washed Away’ and Reach For A Dream’s ‘Slipper Week’

It’s a brand new month, and what better way to start that off than with brand new music and some new brand ideas and innovations too?

This week Heather chats to the talented young singer, Yahto Kraft, who has just released a brand new single called ‘Washed Away’ that features some really powerful lyrics that we can all take something away from.

The Top 10 Miss South Africa contestants were announced this week, this is one product that keeps innovating and blazing trails and Heather cannot wait to watch the finale in October – but there are loads more news coming before then, so do stay tuned!

Reach for A Dream have innovated with their ‘Slipper Week’ which is next week and encourages you to not only donate but snap a selfie of yourself in your slippers and you can also win with Wimpy – a great way to keep the dreams of youngsters with terminal illnesses alive, even during the lockdown, well done!

Get hands-on in the kitchen this weekend with a tasty pancake recipe thanks to the team from Capsicum Culinary Studio and you can support ‘World Elephant Day’ with Balance Wines next week as well, and help to keep our wild elephant populations from extinction.

Spotify has released some epic playlists featuring the top downloaded and streamed female South African artists just in time for #WomensDay and you can also WIN with Soviet Denim too, you have until Sunday to enter Heather’s Women’s Day competition to win a fabulous ladies hamper consisting of a pair of takkies and backpack – make sure to enter, you don’t want to miss this one!
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31
JUL

Pecha Kucha celebrates #WomensDay and The Dark Kitchen will ‘Humble Your Grumble’…

This week Heather chats with Bjorn Salsone from Pecha Kucha, about their first-ever online event (Heather is speaking at this event as well) – taking place next week, as well as with restaurateur, Larry Hodes from The Dark Kitchen – their pizzas are everything as they come with an extra ‘9th’ slice!

From City Lodge Hotel Group who are reducing waste and introducing an environmentally friendly bathroom amenities ‘Zero’ range to the teams from The Breast Health Foundation and Hot91.9FM who are hosting an online Cancer Fundraiser for ‘One Step At A Time’ – the aim is to reach 2 million steps, and call on all South African’s to participate on the day.

Get hands on in the kitchen with this weeks yummy comfort food recipe for Mac ‘n Cheese from Chef Anita Faku from Capsicum Culinary Studio (yummo!) or book yourself an ‘isolation staycation’ at the beautiful De Hoop Nature Collection and take your family away for some time in nature, safely and with fullest health protocols.

WIN – a bottle of Elgin Ridge’s the. Cabernet Franc 2015 – this is valued at R 5 000 for the bottle, only 9000 bottles were released a few years ago and is a certain addition for any wine lovers collection.
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24
JUL

Hospice Wits Night With The Stars Fundraiser & Brand Hubb launch unique online gifting platform…

It’s always a good day when it’s a Fri-day, and Heather is back with all your latest in entertainment and lifestyle news, and two exclusive one on one interviews this week – the first with Jan Malan from Umzingeli Productions about this years Hospice Wits Night With The Stars annual fundraiser that will still be going ahead – just with a totally new pandemic friendly format – a great cause and one that Heather is delighted to be supporting again.

She also chats with Rob Anderson the CEO of Brand Hubb, who have recently launched a unique and exciting online gifting platform called Chip In, that could not come at a better time, and offers an innovative way to give gifts especially now during lockdown – give the gift they really want!

A brand new dining experience is heading our way soon in the form of Kulture, which is located in Pretoria and is set to artfully blend contemporary dining and West African flair (yay!) in an epicurean experience like no other and Heather shares more.

Keeping the laughter flowing, local comedians Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake are at it again, this time their show ‘Married, but Not To Each Other: Lockdown Edition’ is coming your way online in August and promises to be a night of great laughter.

Looking after our environment and our wellness is important to and Heather shares more about Nature Box, a unique vegan, holistic approach and additive-free range of hair and skin products which is set to not only get you smelling great, but leave you feeling better about looking after the environment, and yourself.

A fun new lifestyle programme called The Insider SA is set to launch on SABC3 early in August and will take viewers on an incredible journey, sharing the stories of individuals and businesses that inspire us all to make better choices and create meaningful experiences in our lives.
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17
JUL

Lenerd Louw embarks on a journey of self-discovery, The Gourmet Grocer and more…

This weeks show is a bumper show, as Heather chats to Lenerd Louw, a Capetonian businessman who gave it all up to head around the world on an incredible journey of self-discovery and growth, and she also catches up with local entrepreneur and restarateur, Larry Hodes who has transformed his local café in Birdhaven in to a Gourmet Grocer that supports the local community.

AFREEFEST shares the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ and freedom with a totally free streaming concert featuring local and international artists, this Saturday 18th July in celebration of Tata Madiba’s birthday, please do join in and donate if you are able.

International Hotdog Day is a thing – it's celebrated every year on 22nd July, and if you love hotdogs as much as Heather does, find out more about some little known hotdog facts and also some funky toppings, thanks to the team at Capsicum Culinary Studio.

Get creative in the kitchen this weekend, with this yummy winter warmer recipe courtesy of Air France KLM, their Prawn Bisque recipe will warm the cockles of your heart for sure!

It is with a heavy heart that Heather shares that Joburg Theatre’s annual pantomime, Cinderella will not be going ahead this year, but the team are planning on being back with you next year to bring the laughter and fun that we all enjoy at the end of every year with the annual panto.

WIN! Heather is delighted a hamper from Mix Bar and The Cocktail Collection to give away valued at R 500 AND an incredible 5* Tau Game Lodge opportunity to WIN a FREE night stay when you book 2 or more nights – stay tuned to find out more!
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10
JUL

Werner Bekker releases new single ‘To Memory’, local more…

This week it’s a bumper show – Heather is utterly delighted that SA is starting to thrive again and local businesses are opening their doors – and supporting local at this time is really important.

Heather also chats exclusively with talented local musician Werner Bekker, who has released a brand new single ‘To Memory’ recently and finds out more about the inspiration for the song, and what else he has been up to during lockdown.

Cape Summer Villas is offering some incredible travel specials, book now and travel later, you will want to find out more about these, and Click2Collect is an online alcohol ordering service that allows you to pick up from your closest participating bottle store, without having to stand in queues!
Mix Bar and The Cocktail Collection have not been idle during the lockdown, they have launched a quartet of delicious signature serve cocktails that you will want to get your hands on – and if the name ‘Net Nie Nou Nie Negroni’ doesn’t grab you, we are not sure much else will!

Tryn Restaurant at Steenberg Wine Farm is now open for breakfast and lunches, so do support them if you are in the area, or if cooking at home still suits you best, why not get hands-on with an easy 4 ingredient Chocolate Cluster recipe from Capsicum Culinary Studio to make with the kids this weekend.

Local funnyman Chris Forest teams up with celeb chef Pete Goffe-Wood for an online cooking event that will have you in utter hysterics! ‘Don’t Burn Your Sausage’ is a must-see and features the pair back together again on the 18th July after a long absence.

WIN! Heather is delighted a hamper from Mix Bar and The Cocktail Collection to give away valued at R 500 AND an incredible 5* Tau Game Lodge opportunity to WIN a FREE night stay when you book 2 or more nights – stay tuned to find out more!
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03
JUL

The Wine & Food Tourism Awards innovates, tasty recipe, wine deliveries and more…

Happy July month – how excited are we that we have officially passed the halfway mark of winter! Heather is celebrating in true style of course – with great food ideas, a tasty recipe to warm the cockles of your heart – and some ideas of things to get up to (Level 3 permitted) this weekend.

This week Heather also chats with Margi Biggs, the organiser of the annual Food & Wine Tourism Awards about what the team have planned for the 2020 awards, how people can enter their fave establishments and more.

The team from RADA have launched their July month ‘Comfort Campaign’ and call all South African’s to make a difference (it doesn’t need to be big or expensive) to help others – find out how you can make a difference.

Once again Capsicum Culinary Studio have shared a tasty recipe – this week it’s Peri-Peri Chicken, complete with all the trimmings, and if you would like some wine to go with your tasty dish, find out more about Wine of The Month Club have on offer for you.

Not in the mood to cook? The team from A Moveable Feast have you sorted with your lunch delivered to your home or office – create your own concoction, no matter what you feel like eating, and the team will come to drop it off for you – yay for lunch on the go!

Want to get out and stretch your legs? Middelvlei in Stellenbosch is open for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy their beautiful property, and also to grab a warm cup of coffee and a toasted ‘BraaiBroodtjie’ afterwards to munch on – get the family out and active this weekend, why don’t you!?

Time Square Casino in Pretoria has also opened its doors, so if you are wanting to get out a bit and gamble a bit, then this is your chance – of course, they are following the strictest health and safety protocols, and offer their patrons a chance to get out of the house, as the Sun International properties start opening up.
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26
JUN

Reveel Screens changing the billboard landscape – and Miss SA reveal Top 15…

It’s chilly in Joburg, but I have plenty lined up to warm you up on this week' show. I have a one on one chat with Tanner Rock from Reveel Digital Screens who are not only breaking the mould but innovating in the digital advertising billboard space, you will want to find out more about Reveel.

The Miss South Africa pageant 2020 have announced the Top 15 in this year's competition and the voting is now open to the public – that’s you! Find out more about the ladies, and how the pageant is changing its format amidst the current COVID pandemic.

Two events that are innovating and moving with the times are The Vegan and Plant-Powered Show who have moved this first of a kind African event to 2021, and will also be sharing an online event later this year to support local businesses, and also the Franschhoek Bastille Festival who are taking things online for 12 days in July – offering you a unique look at Franschhoek, and a chance to enjoy more around this beautiful Western Cape Town.

Looking for an easy and fun recipe to make with the kids? Then you will want to get your hands on an easy peasy Oatmeal Cookie recipe, thanks to the team at Capsicum Culinary Studio – great for snacks and lunchboxes.

One of my fave wine farms, Steenberg Wines allow you to enjoy the full wine tasting experience by bringing Cellarmaster Elunda Basson’s wines into your home through video clips to guide you through your flight of wines. You can get several mixed cases of wines to enjoy while watching the videos – it’s like being in the tasting room, but at your home.

WIN! If you love cooking, but have run out of ideas during the lockdown, then you will want to enter to stand a chance to win a Matt Preston recipe book valued at R 620 – stay tuned to find out how!
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19
JUN

Vitafuzion IV Drips a great way to boost your immune system – and more…

This week it's all about great food and wine, the things that Heather really loves – but she also loves the monthly IV drip that she has administered in her home thanks to the mobile drip service that is, Vitafuzion. This week Heather speaks to Dr Zubair Cajee, the owner of Vitafuzion to find out more about why boosting your immune system is vital, especially at this time of year.

The team from Turbine Art Fair have gotten creative in the time of COVID and moved online, with the launch of their ‘Stilled Life’ community photographic project, which is a platform that South Africans can tell their stories by submitting their own photographs, documenting ‘life in the time of COVID SA’.

If you are looking for a great investment opportunity, have you considered diamonds? The market for purchasing is perfect right now, and diamonds are certainly something that will increase in value once the economy starts to stabilise. First Diamonds offers some great advice and tips and I share more around this.

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Why not get hands-on in the kitchen with a tasty fudge recipe to celebrate International Fudge Day that took place on Tuesday.

If you want to get hands-on with some great vino and support International #DrinkChenin Day this Saturday – check out what Welgegund Wines have on offer with their tasty Chenin, and FAT Bastard Wine is bringing their Chardonnay 2019 out to play now that lockdown drinking restrictions are lifted, and it is certainly worth a look in.

WIN! Heather has a truly incredible Tau Game Lodge special with a chance to win a free night at this 5-star paradise.
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12
JUN

Music from The Saxby Twins and Soviet Denim launch model campaign for everyone…

Hope you are all keeping warm this weekend – winter has truly hit SA in a big way! Never fear, however, Heather is back with the latest in lifestyle and entertainment news – plus an incredible one on one chat with upcoming identical twin singers, The Saxby Twins who are currently making musical waves with their second single.

She also chats with Dane du Plessis, Marketing Manager for Soviet Denim, who have launched their SS20 campaign and are calling all Soviet Denim lovers to enter and stand a chance to not only be the face of the campaign but also stand the chance of winning cash prizes and product hampers!

Heathers shares more about the four Miss SA judges that have just been announced, and are busy working through the over 2500 entrants received – the highest number ever, and also about local Joburg Restaurant Aurum, who are not only bringing tasty homemade, freezer-friendly goodies to you – but also donating soup to communities in need during this trying time.

Get hands-on in the kitchen with the perfect winter warmer recipe thanks to Chef Charne Wylie from Capsicum Culinary Studio, her Thai red pork curry is set to get your lips tingling during our winter snap and with Father’s Day approaching next weekend, the ultimate picnic basket from Nick’s Pick picnics is just the thing to spoil dad with – whether you are able to actually spend time with the old man on the day, or not.

WIN! Heather has a truly spoil worthy hamper from Sorbet to give away this week valued at over R800 as well as her incredible Tau Game Lodge special with a chance to win a free night at this 5-star paradise.
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05
JUN

Spotlight On features local stage talent…

This week features an exclusive one on one chat with actress Kate Normington, who is the host of a brand new segment on the online entertainment platform, &Scene. The segment, called Spotlight On, features weekly chats with some homegrown theatrical talent that are blazing trails internationally and is a must to add to any entertainment buff’s calendar.

Heather also chats more about looking after your car during the lockdown, shares about two incredible SA filmmakers making it big internationally and shares about RADA, who in June month is focussing on being grateful for, and appreciating, close friends and family.

Tokara Wine Farm has announced the sale of their highly anticipated Reserve Collection Chardonnay, including free delivery for orders of more than R 1000, and Heather, of course, has all your info.

WIN! Heather has a truly spoil worthy hamper from Sorbet to give away this week valued at over R800 as well as her incredible Tau Game Lodge special with a chance to win a free night at this 5-star paradise.

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29
MAY

Eco-entrepreneur Margo Fargo shares about re-useable straws, and much more…

As usual, it’s a bumper show with Heather today, as she not only shares about amazing drinks and eats, but also chats exclusively one on one with eco-entrepreneur Margo Fargo, who is not only changing the world and its outlook on greening and recycling but also owns her own recyclable straw company, Heather chats with her to find out more, and what we can do to help save our planet too.

The team at Nederburg Wine Farm have donated R 100k to the incredible Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund which is not only helping to feed those in need during this time, but also helping local restaurants to keep their doors open and pay their staff.

Heather shares more about International Hamburger Day, always a highlight, and yummy food delivered to your door from the team at the deli at Steenberg Wine Estate in Cape Town.

The first whales of the season have been spotted in the, now undoubtedly cleaner, waters off the coast of De Hoop Nature Reserve and Heather shares more info for whale watching enthusiasts, as well as also sharing two incredible competitions, one from Nitida Wine Farm and one from Tau Game Lodge – and we know you love competitions as much as Heather does.
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22
MAY

Stir It Up! Sauces creates a stir in the kitchen and Wintery wines

Winter is certainly in the air and this week Heather has some yummy food and recipe ideas planned, as well as chatting one on one with the founder and creator of Stir It Up! Sauces Nini Jerman, whose tasty creations are currently taking South African kitchens by storm.

Amidst all the food and wine, we must remember to exercise, and Heather shares more about 6 simple wellness tips, that you can even do at your desk to keep you in peak condition, thanks to fitness buff, and Tropika Island of Treasure contestant, Trevor Lagerway.

Capsicum Culinary Studio have shared chef lecturer Eoin’s yummy risotto Milanese recipe and this looks so tasty and really easy to make, a great idea to spice up your lockdown culinary routine.

Heather celebrated Chardonnay Day yesterday (albeit with no Chardonnay) and shares more about the two latest offerings to come out of Vriesenhof’s vineyards, as well as sharing more about the new Sugar-Free Mixer options from popular brand Fitch and Leedes (yah for flattening our curves!)

Both Roodeberg and Steenberg Wine Farms have stepped up to the plate delivering some tasty must-haves – Roodeberg Reserve 2017 with its fruity and chocolatey yumminess and Steenberg’s 2017 Merlot are MUST haves for fireside sipping in the near future.
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