Cape Gourmet Festival: Good Food and Wine
The Good Food & Wine Show offers a smorgasbord
of gourmet delights, providing unparalleled culinary bliss.
Tighten your apron strings! The Gourmet Festival’s premier
event, the Good Food & Wine Show (GFWS) will be making Cape
Town cook from 24–27 May at the Cape Town International Convention
This is your chance to clash pots with the best chefs in the business,
get shaken and stirred with the country’s leading bartenders
or pick up that espresso machine for a bargain.
This year the GFWS stays with the international trend towards organic
food with the Organics Pavilion, which will see the launch of the
first-ever in SA, Organic Freedom Project.
In addition, the new Coffee Theatre gives you the chance to find
out why we’re having a passionate affair with coffee and witness
the first-ever National Barista Championship.
This will definitely sort out those who know their espresso from
their cappuccino. Professionals in other fields will be on hand
at the famous AEG Chefs in Action Theatre in association with Pick
‘n Pay, BP Gas and Easylife Kitchens. Action chefs this year
include 10 international stars – all of whom have made it
big on BBC food shows – and treble the amount of local heroes.
From the from the well-know Reza Mahammad to showbiz wizard James
Tanner; from the indomitable (and daunting) master Gennaro Contaldo
– who trained Jamie Oliver, by the way – to the urbane
and drop-dead gorgeous Ed Baines, the list is a veritable feast
of the best experiences international kitchens can offer.
Others include the grand masters Martin Blunos, Reto Mathis and
Brian Turner, the madcap Andrew Nutter, super pastry chef Rudolph
van Veen of “Sex, Cakes & Rock n Roll” fame and
Steven Walpole. All have been flown out courtesy of Swiss International
The new Afrox Best South African Restaurant Chefs Theatre, which
is presented in association with Eat Out magazine, serves up our
stunning local talent. Catch up with Chef/patron George Jardine
and find out why his restaurant, Jardine’s is so successful;
or watch the delightful Marlene van der Westhuizen sparkle with
her food and wine pairings; or share the shear joy of cooking with
the brilliant Jenny Morris. Meet Mornè Botha, Executive chef
at the luxurious The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay as he will be seducing
South Africans with his delectable cuisine, or find out why Matthew
Gordon’s Franschhoek restaurants are must-visits and explore
what Shane Sauvage likes to term “Afro-Parisian cuisine”.
Maybe you’d like to see what the stunning young Nicky Gibbs
served up for the likes of the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney,
tap into the talented skills of Coco Reinarhz and watch award winning
chef Michael Broughton weave his magic.
The good services of Nationwide Airlines has made it possible for
GFWS to bring in this splendid selection of chefs from all over
You can’t miss the Savanna Light On Your Marks, Get Set,
Cook! Show hosted by the fabulous Justine Drake. Watch a cook-off
between your favourite celebrity chefs as they create their original
masterpieces in only 20 minutes from a mystery basket of goodies.
You be the judge and put your chefs to the test.
Join the action at the LG Hands-on Workshops, in association with
Checkers and Easylife Kitchens, where you get to cook trendsetting
dishes with the latest, most innovative celebrity chefs on LG’s
state-of-the-art kitchen appliances. We give you an assistant, a
recipe, all the ingredients – even a goodie bag with an apron
and oven gloves – all you need a passion to cook and have
some fun doing it!
The GFWS also provides an opportunity to taste the winning 2007
wines from the Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards. Robert
Joseph, the founder of the International Wine Challenge and an eminent
UK wine connoisseur, chairs the panel of international and local
judges who made their selection from among hundreds of South African
“This has been the biggest, most exciting and vigorous tasting
yet,” says Joseph.
“The results will send out all sorts of invaluable messages
to wine producers across the Cape.” Joining him from Russia
is Igor Serdyuk, author of several books and editor-in-chief “Magnum”
Magazine a monthly wine and spirits publication. He is expected
to make an important contribution to the tasting panel and provide
a new perspective to South African Wines seen against the enormous
potential of the Russian export market. He will also be giving a
“The Russian Market – It’s challenges and it’s
potential.” Sample the wines yourself, and see whether you
agree with what the experts have chosen.
At the Salticrax Fine Wines & Spirits Theatre you get a chance
to mix-and-match your favourite toppings on Salticrax and learn
to pair them wine, beer or spirits. Or let the experts take you
on a tour of the wine regions or show you what to look for in a
classic malt whisky.
If you want to improve your cocktail skills you can get some hands-on
experience at the Bartender’s Workshop Bar in association
with Havana. This year the trend is toward fresh fruit. So select
you three favourite fruits at the fresh fruit market and let the
cocktail wizards mix you up a personalised cocktail – and
you can have that shaken or stirred.
The GFWS has always had its thumb on the culinary pulse and with
so much interest being generated from the East, it’s delightful
to see the centre point of the show going to the Flavours of the
East Pavilion and the Eastern Mosaic Theatre, sponsored by Spekko
Here, the cuisine secrets of Japan, India, China and the Middle
East will be revealed, and you’ll be able to stock up on all
those exotic spices you’ve always wanted in order to make
the perfect Asian dish.
There’s lots of hands on demonstrations at the Easy Off Bang
Chefs Come Clean Theatre, where chefs the answer your questions
about kitchen hygiene. The event is hosted by Brian Turner, president
of the Academy of Culinary Arts, chairman of the UK Hospitality
Skills Board and an honorary professorship at Thames Valley University
because of his work and commitment to The London School of Tourism,
Hospitality and Leisure and catering education in general.
Take your kids to the Peter Rabbit Kids Zone and try their delicious
range of organic snack foods that have no added salt or sugar, and
is GM and wheat free. Let them be entertained and learn about healthy
eating from motorbike-mad celebrity chef Steven Walpole, co-presenter
guru Jane Wake (Celebrity Fit Club) of a new 10-part television
series, Kids Fit Squad.
You won’t be able to leave the GFWS without picking up some
bargains from among the vast range of cooking utensils on display,
from coffee machines to corkscrews and a whole lot more. Hundreds
of companies ranging from small producers through to the big brands
and supermarkets promote their products at the GFWS and provide
you with a chance to pick up some great additions to your kitchen
– at bargain prices.
When you’re feeling like a rest between all this fun, grab
a great cup of coffee and some bites and chill out in the Gourmet
Club Lounge while watch the whole show on the big screen television.
Or go groove to the mellow sounds in the Delightser and Heart Radio
104.9 Jazz Lounge.
The GFWS is a must for all. Extensive research and intensive sessions
with focus groups of visitors reveal that the Show apart from being
great fun generates export opportunities, facilitates getting listings
with major retailers and shapes food and drink buying habits.
So whether you just want to watch a celebrity chef up live and close
or learn a new skill, or if you’re involved in the food world,
you must visit or exhibit at the Good Food & Wine Show, South
Africa’s largest and most premier lifestyle event.
Good Food & Wine Show highlights:
• The AEG Chefs in Action Theatre in association with Pick
‘n Pay, BP Gas and Easylife Kitchens
• The Afrox Best South African Restaurant Chefs Theatre in
association with Eat Out magazine
• LG Hands-On Workshops
• Bartenders Fruit Market
• The Salticrax Fine Wine & Spirits Theatre
• The Flavours of the East Pavilion featuring the Eastern
Mosaic Kitchen proudly brought to you by Spekko Rice.
• Organics Pavilion
• The Coffee Theatre and first National Barista Championships
• Easy Off Bang Chefs Come Clean Theatre
• Bartender Workshops Bar in association with Havana
• Shopping extravaganza – bargains galore!
Good Food & Wine Show participating chefs:
Top International Chefs
1. Martin Blunos
2. Brian Turner
3. Reto Mathis
4. Andrew Nutter
5. Rudolph van Veen
6. James Tanner
7. Reza Mahammad
8. Ed Baines
9. Steven Walpole
Top Local Chefs
1. Jenny Morris
2. Morne Botha
3. Marlene van der Westhuizen
4. George Jardine
5. Mathew Gordon
6. Coco Reinarhz
7. Nicky Gibbs
8. Michael Broughton
9. Shane Sauvage
For more information call 021-797-4500 or go to www.gourmetsa.co.za
Entrance is R70 for Adults and R30 for children under 12 &
Tickets can be purchased at the door or book through Computicket
and only pay R65 for your ticket! 083 915 8000. Alternatively book
now through our offices for your one way ticket to foodie heaven.
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