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Sunshine, Seafood and Sprinters

The 2019/2020 #SummerOfChampions has been one for the memory books –
thrilling finishes, epic on-course entertainment and a passion for fashion! As
the Cape Town racing season comes to a close it seems fitting to end off with
a race day that embodies all things symbolic of the Western Cape – juicy,
freshly cooked prawns, warm summer sunshine and an impressive sundowner

view over Kenilworth Racecourse.

It’s a race day filled with Graded races – including the Cape Derby (Gr 1), the Khaya
Stables Diadem Stakes (Gr 2), the Vasco Prix du Cap (Gr 3), the Cape of Good
Hope Nursery (Gr 3), the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery (Gr 3) and the Selangor Jet
Master Stakes. It may sound like a mouthful (pun intended), but the only thing more
appetizing than the line-up of equestrian champions fighting it out for those titles, is
the thousands of freshly cooked prawns awaiting race goers at the Cape Town
Prawn Festival on the 22 nd of February at Kenilworth Racecourse.
“The Cape Town Prawn Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Few things bring friends and family together better than wholesome, delicious food
coupled with live entertainment and beautiful Cape Town summer days” says Bryn
Ressell, owner of Vasco de Gama Taverna in Green Point which has become an
institution for Portuguese food and sport watching in Cape Town – making it fitting
that the Vasco sponsored, Prix du Cap, falls on the same day as the Prawn Festival.
“All feature race days are exciting, but the Prawn Festival in particular brings an
entirely new vibe to the racecourse. It’s heart-warming to see so many people, from
all walks of life, on-course enjoying the days offerings – whether it be the horse
racing or the food”.
Prawns will be on sale at R99 for 25 prawns, which includes chips, rice and a choice
of sauce. For those who are not avid seafood enthusiast, there will be a variety of
alternate food vendors on the day to ensure your culinary desires are catered for.
Entrance on to the racecourse is free and includes live entertainment and
entertainment for the kids. Giveaways worth more than R50 000 will be given away
on the day, including R20 000 worth of household appliances to one lucky race-goer.
“Apart from the amazing display of equine talent on the day, there is so much to see
and do at the Cape Town Prawn Festival and it can be simply summed up as a day
of food, family and fun” says Jehan Malherbe of Khaya Stables, proud sponsors of

the Diadem Stakes. “Few race days have so many graded races on the card,
promising race goers an action-packed afternoon. Couple that with delicious prawns
and live entertainment and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic day at the races!”
Join us at Kenilworth Racecourse on 22 February to close out the
#SummerOfChampions with a bang. Whether your heart lies with the horses, your
mouth watering for the prawns or if you’re looking for a day out with friends and
family – diarise the Cape Town Prawn Festival for a day of sensory delights!

Event details
Date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Venue: Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town
​ Corner of Rosemead Avenue and Wetton Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Time: Gates Open at 11h00
Transport: Parking is available on the in-field at Kenilworth Racecourse off Wetton Road for all guests . Guests are urged to use
taxi services which will be present on the day. Pedestrian entrance on Wetton road.
Tickets: Entrance is Free
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