I love pizza and pasta, so where better to go than the Pizza and Pasta Festival in Cape Town? Surprisingly enough, it’s the first of its kind! Food will be supplied by Tru Pizza, Posticino, The Pizza Punk, Col’Cacchio, Some Oaks Bistro, The Pasta Factory, Bella Italia and Scandalous food truck, to name just a few. Scandalous’ Jeroen has promised to bring traditional Agnolotti, little pasta pockets filled with slow roast lamb and pecorino cheese…. Throw in music by Majozi, Sean Koch Trio, Daniel Baron & Minx and we feel we are on to a winner with this festival. So we had a chat with organisers Foosic – get it, it’s Food and Music – about the serious business of pizza: No. Bananas.
How did you come up with a pizza festival?
“We have a strong love for Pizza & pasta so we decided to create an event around it 🙂 We have over 30 years experience in the event game, so we are starting to create events based on what majority of people love. Including ourselves!”
So as a pizza lover, what is the best pizza topping?
“Has to have avocado, a meat ingredient and it is never complete without feta :)”
What should never, ever, be allowed near a pizza?
“Pineapple and banana.”
I hear you. Fruit has no business on a pizza. So do come on down to Tokai’s Market at The Range on September 16th, this Saturday. There are two sittings, the first from 11 till 5 pm, the second from 5 pm till 10 pm, seating is limited to 1500 people per sitting. More info here
Laughter, it’s good for you. There’s a science to it and more and more research is being done to the scientific benefits of laughter. As the Mayo clinic puts it: Laughter is no joke. It is seriously good for you. It lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, a good belly laugh even tones your abs! How’s that for a workout…
When I am feeling a bit glum I like to watch Eddy Izzard, or Michael McIntyre. Couple of hearty har hars and I’m right as rain!
And as luck would have it, Michael McIntyre is actually coming to Cape Town January 18th and 19th, get your tickets here! Not everybody’s cup of tea, McIntyre is often considered too safe and bland, even irritating, by people who prefer their comedy with more swearing and controversy, but Michael has got plenty to laugh about as he was the highest grossing comedian in 2012!
Stand up comedy
Nothing like some live comedy to boost the spirits, and Cape Town has plenty of home grown talents ready to get you giggling. Cape Town Comedy Club started as a pop-up in 2005 but now there are five comedy filled nights per week at The Pumphouse. Voted one of the ten best comedy clubs in the world by Traveller.com! Even better, to chase away those Sunday Blues you pay only half price on Sundays….
Cape Town Comedy Club, The Pumphouse, 6 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Afric
The principle behind Hasyayoga, or Laughter Yoga, has very little to do with humor and everything with the benefits of unconditional laughter. Apparently your body doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and the fake version. During a session you learn how to laugh for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by relaxation. There’s even a Skype Laughter Club in case you can’t get to the center. More info on their website. Want to start right away? Here’s a neat video! .
Get up there yourself: take an improv class!
Nothing quite like making people laugh to get a rush. It’s also a great ice breaker: people will like you much better if you’ve made them laugh first.
Even seasoned comedians struggle with getting a resounding laugh going sometimes, including Michael McIntyre who once said in an interview: “I like the stage lights to be bright so I can’t see people because I will inevitably only see the ones who aren’t laughing. Sometimes I embarrass myself terribly and stop the show and say, “What’s wrong with it? You don’t seem to be having a fun time.”” So don’t worry if some of your jokes fall flat! Improv classes in Cape Town at Improguise.
Mama City Improv Festival
And once you are hooked on improvisation, you simply must check out Africa’s one and only International Improv Fest, founded by reporter and improv veteran Eva Gilliam. Eva is our hero because she really believes in improv and even financed the first edition of the festival herself. That takes some dedication! For the second edition she decided to go for crowdfunding, read all about the campaign and Eva’s love for all things improv here!
What makes you laugh? Please let us know!
Mama City is Africa’s one and only international improvisation festival, happening right here in Cape Town October 24th – 29th. We are always up for a good giggle, so we had had a chat with feisty founder Eva Gilliam about improv: “when people like it – they REALLY like it”
Tell us a little about yourself….
“My name is Eva Gilliam. I grew up in New York City, and studied Anthropology and Filmmaking. I’ve been a journalist, videographer and media trainer in Africa since 2001, working often in post-conflict zones for the UN and International Broadcasters, and also with youth in media production.”
How did you get into improv?
“When I started University at Barnard College (all women) in NYC, I saw posters for an audition with a campus improv troupe. I didn’t really know what improv was, but I was eager to meet people and get involved with anything. I auditioned and made it! I spent the next two years learning and performing with The Six Milks comedy improv troupe and I’ve had a love relationship with Improv ever since. I moved to Montana after college and started a troupe there. Then when I moved to DRC in Africa in 2001, and I was improv-less until I found The Long Shots in Cape Town in 2012 who took me in!”
Why do you think Cape Town needs their own international festival?
“Up until last year, Cape Town only had two improv troupes, there was little to no collaboration, and doing improv, the best part is being challenged, playing with others, broadening your horizons! With a festival, we could bring in teachers for the current improvisers to learn more, as well as play with international performers, and grow our audiences with the attraction of International acts. I think improv audiences are special. It’s not for everyone, but when people like it – they REALLY like it. Unfortunately most people in CPT don’t know about improv, or that we have it locally – so the festival is a way to bust out of that – grow the audience. As a consequence of this, more audience members with hopefully want to try improv out – and they can do that at the festival – or at the classes taught by The Long Shots or Improguise locally. And more people taking classes means more troupes in the future, which means more people to play with for all of us. We can’t go wrong!”
Why are you raising money with an Indiegogo campaign?
“In our inaugural year, I took the financial risk personally. It was something I believed in so much I was happy to do it. And we proved it could work! We also got to introduce everyone to the idea and the feedback was great. This year, with the pre-sales and support from Indiegogo we’re able to plan better, bring a more diverse group of teachers and not pay out of pocket! 🙂 “
Why should all of us flock to Mama City Improv?
“If you want to be amazed by your fellow humans, come to MCIF. If you need laughter therapy, come to MCIF. If you’ve always heard about improv and want to know more, come to MCIF. If you want to expand your mind, think out of the box, and watch human, emotional, hilarious theatre, come to MCIF!”
Obviously, you need tickets, so click here!
I love competitions, especially when there’s something really nice to win, such as tickets to the fab Open Book Festival! So yes, two tickets were up for grabs, and the winner is….
The lucky winner has been notified, please keep an eye on our Facebook Page because we’ll be starting all sorts of new competitions all the time!
Now that’s my kind of sustainable activity: bit of saving the planet, great food, lots of dancing. In a beautiful forest. Surrounded by wildlife. “Active not anxious” is how Greenpop want to make you feel about sustainability and nature. eFoodies spoke to Greenpop’s Zoë Gauld about their next big tree planting event: Hogsback Tree Planting Festival in the Amathole Mountains!
Zöe Gauld: “We try making tree planting fun. Our whole mission is to make green popular, that’s where our name comes from: Green Pop! We are a Cape Town based social enterprise, we do urban greening and reforestation projects across Southern Africa.