L’Omarins Queens Plate 2019 a lavish affair with a hint of spice

We had the chance to indulge this 2019 season in style in Cape Town at one of the most anticipated events of the year!

The prestigious L’Omarins Queens Plate 2019 was our first event of the year sponsored by Cartier, BMW, Skyy Vodka, Heineken, Anthoni Rupert Wyne, Drakenstein & Ardmore Ceramic Art.

L’Omarins Queens Plate 2019
L’Omarins Queens Plate 2019

It kicked off with an elite and fashionable Blue and White New Year’s welcome at the L’Omarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival on Saturday, the 5th of January 2019.

Kenilworth Racecourse was filled with local celebrities, hospitality with some fine Anthonij Rupert wines, a jazz band to serenade us all and it would not be a traditional Cape Town New Year without some Klopse in the building!

South Africa’s most prestigious horse racing event was filled with excitement, fashion, sportsmanship and entertainment!

Horses in full swing, drinks to quench the thirst and music to fill the void, not to mention the creative stylings of the Cape by many local designers.

Local designers brought their best foot forward with some amazing ensembles for our local celebrities and other public figures.

As the South Asian representatives, Crown the Brown was lucky enough to join in on this opportunity by proudly showcasing a local designer Elrico Zarr and being styled by Candice O’Neill, owner and founder of OnlyOco.

On your mark, get set & GO #GiddyUp!

Although fashion seemed to take centre stage, the horses were ready to race and the horse, Do It Again stole the show this year as champion for 2019!

Do It Again came first, whilst beating Soqrat, Rainbow Bridge and last year’s winner Leagle Eagle who placed fourth.

Many of those betting had a hunch regarding the champion of the day. It was no surprise to many who had their hands in their pockets!

Amidst all the excitement regarding local celebrities and the continuous betting taking place, we were delighted to see well-known faces such as Liezel Van Der Westhuizen, Nomzamo Mbatha, Siv Ngesi, Siya Kholisi, South Africa’s diamond, Tamaryn Green and so many more.

Despite the well-known talent, we felt that something was surely missing.

We were taken aback by the lack of South Asian representation regarding local celebrities being celebrated on this occasion.

We were hoping to find the spice on the palate of the prestigious Queen’s Plate. The extra toppings of Indian Cuisine and more.

The event itself was exceptional, the catering, security, entertainment and horse racing. Fine dining at its best but surely worth more representation as a nation.

Adding the Indian Spice to the Queens Plate

An event of such high status deserves representation of more than only those that capture the public eye. Crown the Brown was present to establish the diverse barriers that withhold our beautiful brown community.

We searched for many South Asian members and found one particularly well-dressed individual by the name of Karienya Kuga Kasvalu.

She reigned the floor with her beautiful blue sheer ensemble called “The Claudia”. It showcased pure elegance with spice added to the sheerness of it all!

Karienya Kuga Kasvalu

Bright colours, killer dance moves and a rhythm we all wish we had! The exuberant group of youngsters brought life to the party before the headlined after party with DJ P.J and Major League DJz.

Exceptionally well done!

The event concluded with the traditional Klopse taking centre stage. What’s a New Year’s event without the Klopse?

Furthermore, The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate was an illustrious event and one to look forward to in 2020!

The program left everyone wanting more and of course being fully entertained.

Local celebrities surely had their hands full with admirers and Do It Again brought the heat.

Crown The Brown was delighted to have been present and hopes that the next few years presents some talented local South Asian representation that we can admire.


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Crown The Brown

Crown The Brown is a writer based in South Africa 👑 🇿🇦 is focused on South Asian diaspora lookin at Indian diversity & empowerment writing for Indian Spice and Urban Asian.

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