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Cape Gourmet Festival: Good Food and Wine Show


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 Centre (CTICC).

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 Air Lines.
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 the country.

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 wines.

“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 workshop on:

“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 rice.

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 with fitness

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

Entrance is R70 for Adults and R30 for children under 12 & pensioners
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.

Article from Tourism Cape Town

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