I was starving when we arrived at the Good Food and Wine Show, so I pretty much hit up the first thing that felt remotely right to me. It was a massive vegetarian burrito with the most delish guac, and what seemed like coriander oil. Yum. But when I looked around more closely, I felt that painful pang of food envy.
A man even had the audacity to come sit opposite me with the most regal looking bunny chow. Naturally I asked if I could snap a picture of his food before he ate it. Apparently he had a rough night the night before, and spicy food sorted that kind of problem out for him. Now you know.
Speaking of bunny chow, there were SO MANY Indian food vendors at the show, which was perfectly suited to the chilly weather outside. But if Indian didn’t tickle your fancy, there was also Mexican, Tunisian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, and of course a host of “traditional American” delights such as burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, Texas barbecue, and much more. Sarah Graham said she ate from the Turkish stall all weekend. Apparently it was just that good!
There was even a food stall dedicated entirely to avocado! Avo as a burger roll, avo as a vehicle for stuffing, avo and poached egg. Avocado, avocado, avocado! I love avo as much as the next millenial, but some of it seemed a little much to me.
Sweet treats I ogled at the Good Food and Wine Show
From cupcakes and tarts, to brownies and waffles; boy were there treats. And if you were in the mood for cake, the world’s largest elephant cake would have to do! Walking past, you wouldn’t believe it wasn’t a sculpture. One question – who gets to eat that thing when it’s all done? The majestic elephant cake was designed and brought to life by master cake designer, Dot Klerck in association with The Elephant Project. The objective being to raise awareness and funds for the plight of elephants in Africa. So now that we’ve dealt with the elephant in the room…
The treat that managed to tempt me into submission was the delightfully light, but simultaneously richly, sickly indulgent gluten-free brownie from Philosophy of Yum. The stall also won a silver award for best newcomer to the event. Queen of Tarts nearly reeled me in with their gorgeously glistening tarts, but I figured I’d try something new.
While not strictly a sweet treat, Guzzle and Wolf had the the most insane array of gourmet popcorn on offer, including the show sellout and all-time classic, salted caramel, as well as other varieties like coconut chia, and pretzel cinnamon. Their savoury varieties include strange intrigues such as marmite, and greek yoghurt. I don’t even know if that last one’s strictly savoury. What a trip.
Tipples that tempted at the Good Food and Wine Show
Since Saturday, 10 June is World Gin Day, I’ll address the gins first and foremost. Did you know that Cape Town Gin and Spirits Company was voted best gin in South Africa by the World Drink Awards this year? Their Rooibos Red won the contemporary category, while their Classic Dry won the London dry category. How have I never heard of them before?
Anyway, I did enjoy both their offerings, but their Rooibos Red is super unique, and very obviously infused with rooibos, making for a delicious drink. I also really loved Malfy Gin, produced on the Amalfi coast, and distilled with lemon. It’s smooth, refreshing, and reminiscent of Limoncello.
Not a gin, but still a spirit, I managed to try out Jack Parow’s Karate Water, more commonly known as brandy to us simple folk. I was pleasantly surprised considering I haven’t managed to acquire the taste for brandy quite yet. To me it was smoother, and sweeter than most I’ve tried. Keep in mind that I’m no expert in this field, so don’t hold me to it.
The sheer volume of wines available was miraculous, so unfortunately I didn’t get to try many in between getting to cooking demos, scoffing down some food, and browsing the spirits. If you’re heading to the show in Joburg or Durban, I HIGHLY recommend a full weekend pass.
For more on the cooking demos I attended and the chefs I fangirled over, see the first instalment of my Good Food and Wine Show experience.
Stay tuned for the next instalment of what went down, where I’ll share the cookbooks I loved and splurged on…
The Good Food and Wine Show will be in Joburg from 28 – July, and Durban from 27 – 29 October. Check out http://www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za/ for further details.