February is the month of love and whilst most restaurants will be fully booked and over-priced this Valentines weekend, why not delay the celebration by a week and spoil the one you love with an action-packed day and a seafood feast at the Cape Town Prawn Festival on February 22.

Kenilworth Racecourse plays host to the Prawn Festival, which not only means thousands of succulent, freshly cooked prawns available for sale as the name suggest, but also promises an adrenalin-pumping days-worth of racing – with no less than five graded races carded, including the Grade 1 Cape Derby. The race day concludes what has been a thrilling 2019/2020 #SummerOfChampions, providing race-goers with a fitting climax to the end of the Western Cape racing season.

 “Racing fans can look forward to another feature-filled race day which is a real treat just 3 weeks after the SunMet“ says Clyde Basel, Phumelela Racing Executive. “The Cape Derby has such a rich and illustrious history and always provides a nail-biting finish for the connections and spectators alike, making it a special race to witness live.”

The Grade 1 Cape Derby is a race for three-year-olds, run over 2000m. It was first run back in 1925 as the Western Province Derby for a stake of £600 and won by a filly named Desert Born. Over the years that followed, the race was run over different distances, at different courses and under different names (including the Cape of Good Hope Derby) before returning to Kenilworth Racecourse in 1949 where it has remained ever since. 

The supporting programme for the Cape Derby includes 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 – providing an action-packed day for racing enthusiasts. 

Equine action aside, the Cape Town Prawn Festival promises to be a day of culinary delights with thousands of kilograms of succulent, freshly cooked prawns being sizzled and sautéed on the grills. At just R99 for 25 prawns (which includes chips, rice and a choice of sauce), there will be few better Saturday lunch offers to consider. Couple that with live entertainment for adults and kids alike, an on-course market and prizes worth R50 000 to be given away on the day – including R20 000 worth of household appliances to one lucky race-goer – and you have the recipe for an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Whether you attend for the racing, the prawns or the on-course activities, we recommend you come hungry – both for food and entertainment – both of which will be provided in abundance as we close out the #SummerOfChampions in the Western Cape.

Gates Open at 11am.

Transport: Parking is available on the in-field at Kenilworth Racecourse off Wetton Road for all guests who have pre-purchased event tickets. 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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Date: February 22
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE


Kenilworth Racecourse
Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/257200098244680/
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