There is so much on the go in Durban this week that we’re really going to start feeling spoilt! The only way I can see to take advantage of everything and still get some work done is to plan, plan, plan. Here’s my week:

Monday: Visit Fat Tuesday. One of my favourite and most inspiring spaces in Durban, Fat Tuesday always has something unique and a little quirky to delight. It’s my go-to spot for a gift or just for spoiling myself. This week they are having a market with more goodies than usual at super prices. Open from 8 – 4:30 on weekdays and 9 -2 on Saturday and Sunday, get there quickly to get the goodies.

Tuesday: Catch a film at the Durban Film Festival. The DFF is something of a Durban institution – this is the 32nd edition – and one that the Durban creative community is justifiably proud of. The festival showcases a variety of local and foreign films across different genres ensuring that there is something to interest everyone. These films are not your average Hollywood blockbuster but are guaranteed to make you think or see life from a slightly different perspective. The films will be screened at Cinema Nouveau Gateway, Suncoast Casino, The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Ekhaya in KwaMashu, Royal Hotel and Ster Kinekor Musgrave and each venue has a different price (but all are less than a normal general release.) Each film is scheduled to be shown a few times so it is advisable to get your hands on a brochure from the venues or visit for more information. There is an additional side to the festival this year: a series of films dealing specifically with surfing called the Wavescape Surf Film Festival. Surfing is a passion for many and at least an interest for most in this seaside town so if you feel a bit daunted at the foreign films on offer in the main festival, take in a surfing film instead and you can still say you supported the Durban Film Festival. The DFF runs until Sunday.

Wednesday:  It is always exciting when new restaurants open in Durbs and this week I will be trying Mooki Noodle Bar in Bulwer Road. We’re suckers for Asian food (although I have to admit to generally having the calamari at the Bangkok Wok) so this is an exciting development. I will report back. For more infomation, call Mooki’s on 031 811 9199.

Thursday is the start of the Good Food and Wine Show at the Durban Exhibition Centre (D.E.C on the posters) and I will again be MCing the Amarula Outdoor Experience. I am really looking forward to meeting some of Durban’s culinary talents and learning another trick or two to improve my (very dodgy) cooking skills. The rest of the show is filled with exciting developments on the gastronomic front and for many, the line-up of celebrity chefs and foodies, like Ainsley Harriot, Rachel Allen and Jenni Morris, will be a major drawcard. I think that an evening or afternoon out sampling different dishes from the Durban Bites stalls which showcase our local restaurants is loads of fun and I have resolved to try each one of the Designer Bunny Chows they will be producing. The Good Food and Wine Show is on from Thursday to Sunday. Come and say hello if you’re there! 

So a busy, interesting week awaits for Durban Diva – I hope yours is also exciting.