The Good Food and Wine Show 2017 is in Cape Town this Weekend. And we’re pretty much children on Christmas morning right now! The Good Food and Wine Show is up there amongst the best “foodie festivals” of all time. If you like food, wine, and cooking in ANY sense. You HAVE to get there. The Good Food and Wine Show is so much more than an exhibition of varying food stalls. This is what we’re most looking forward to.
1. Chef’s Open Theatre
Th Chef’s Open Theatre is most likely the absolute standout at The Good Food and Wine Show every year! This year, Chef Marco Pierre White, aka the legendary White Heat, is the international headline chef, along with our very own, Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, SA’s first Michelin-starred chef of JAN restaurant in Nice. The Chef’s Open Theatre offers all attendees the opportunity to watch participating chefs during live cooking demonstrations, and is included in the general ticket price.
Participating local chefs to look forward to at both the Chef’s Open Theatre, and Cooking with Chefs theatre include Sarah Graham, J’Something, (who’ll be COOKING AND SINGING) Jenny Morris and Reza Mahammad, and private chef Neill Anthony. Pretty much the entire “who’s who” in celebrity South African cooking.
2. Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards Pavilion
If you’re serious about vino, the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards Pavilion is THE place to be. Michelangelo medal and trophy winners will get the chance to showcase and sell some of the most prestigious wines and spirits currently in the market.
First held in 1997 in Johannesburg, the Michelangelo Awards subsequently became South Africa’s most influential wine competition with a global reach. Local and foreign wines are judged by a panel of acclaimed wine experts from around the globe. All judges are hand-picked and serve on the panel by invitation only. Of course there will also be tons of craft beer available, as well as the new SCASA Barista Championships area, which will showcase Cape Town’s best coffee.
3. Eat Well/Live Well Theatre
It’s cool to care about your health! The Eat Well/Live Well Theatre is set to celebrate all things health and wellness. You’ll be enlightened by health professionals/enthusiasts doing talks and cooking demos, as well as get to sample health foods that benefit body, mind, and soul. Who knows, you may even fall in love with new a super food that you’ve never tried before.
4. Baking Zone
I, for one, am mostly a terrible baker! So whether you’re passionate about baking and baked goods, or simply need a little education on the topic, the Baking Zone is perfect. At least swing by to merely pick up a tasty treat or two. This year master cake artist, Dot Klerck has been hard at work creating the world’s largest life-like elephant cake, which will be on display at the event. Also keep your eyes peeled for other cake art on show the entire weekend.
5. Trade and Street Food Zones
Food is what the Good Food and Wine Show is all about right?! Sample local cheese, chocolate, charcuterie, and more from Cape Town’s most prestigious traders. Then head to the Street Food Zone and browse the array of local and international cuisine on offer. Good luck choosing just one meal! Maybe stay for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to ensure you get to taste all you can. Throw in a few snacks throughout your day too.
The Good Food and Wine Show starts today! Doors are open 10am – 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. General admission is R160, and tickets are available at Computicket. See you there!