Last weekend saw local and international flavour at the Good Food and Wine Show. Held from 27 -29 May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, event attendees were lucky enough to brush shoulders with kitchen icons George Calombaris, Adriano Zumbo, Jenny Morris, J’Something, Sarah Graham and Siba Mtongana.
I had a great time meandering around the Good Food and Wine Show, which at first felt quite overwhelming by the size of the show! There were product stalls in every corner, catering to all foodie’s needs. From sweet treats to healthy goods, there was something for everyone. My favourite meal was cooked up by Toro Loco, a local company which specializes in Spanish Paella…
Apart from the food highlights, the Good Food and Wine Show had some amazing things to see and do at the show:
The Sensorium was a fantastic conceptual stand set up at the entrance to the show. Visitors could enter the space and choose from a variety of different stations, which featured different sensory elements. Aimed at taking you back down memory lane, the combination of smell and sounds at each station would remind you of a certain food you associated with the sensory elements.
The super fun Cooking with Chefs cooking kitchen allowed you the opportunity to get a hands on cooking lesson from well known chefs such as Jenny Morris.
A monstrous, life-sized rhino cake weighing in at a whopping 750kg was on display to raise awareness around rhino conservation and to help fund the Rhinos in Africa Foundation.
Lastly wine lovers were able to see and smell some unique South African and international wines at the wine wall. With scents of pencil shavings and watermelon, there was unanimous surprise from all wine wall visitors.
My personal favourite stands from the Good Food and Wine Show 2016:
I absolutely am a sucker for anything sweet. It doesn’t matter the time of day- wake me up and feed me a tart! The Queen of Tarts is the perfect blend of well priced and fantastic flavour. They sell a great selection of interesting cupcakes (cookies and cream, humming bird, sweetie pie) as well as a phenomenal range of tarts (rolo, salted caramel, lemon meringue, pear). I purchased a sweetie pie cupcake and a pear tart. They were both great, with the tart being my personal favourite of the two.
The Real Food Factory does real food ingredients just right. Their pestos are delicious, with their winning flavour being the shiitake mushroom. Consisting of only Italian parsley, olive oil and shiitake mushrooms, this pesto will add another depth of flavour to your meal. An unusual, yet crowd pleasing condiment that you can also purchase from the Real Food Factory is their Raw Pickled Zucchini.
EPA’s product offer you a burst of flavour and a real kick from their sauces and pastes. Their uncooked, banting friendly products are a must have in your kitchen to jazz up a meal in no time. While most of their products are chili based products, they did have a few unusual products for purchase. I was quite surprised with their Lemayo Basil cooking / dipping sauce, as well as their Sundried Tomato Garlic Feta! The feta, while quite garlicky, is unlike any store bought cheese as it pops with flavour.
Domino Farm is a goat oriented farm, featured not only delicious cheeses but also a range of pestos and pates. They sell a range of pates, such as their unique Goat’s Milk Feta Pate with butternut and chilli! I personally enjoyed their cheese range, with another delicious and distinctive cheese being their pinotage raw milk cheese (cheese soaked in wine). If you enjoy cheeses which you are familiar with, their camembert is a real winner and won’t disappoint.
If I told you I bought and ate 6 packets of fudge in one week, would you believe me? Their fudge is just that good. Selling a wonderfully wide variety of flavours, The Fudge Master’s fudge is the perfect balance between creamy, sweet and tasty. I tried just about every flavour on offer, and bought 1/4 of the flavours for sale. My personal flavours are the Turkish Delight, Clotted Cream, African Amarula and Peppermint Tart. Apart from tasting great, the fudge is also gluten free, 80% organic and contains no egg.
For the love of good, dark chocolate, make sure a box of Winston and Julia chocolate lands up in your hands. Featuring a delectable range of chocolate, from your classic nuts coated in chocolate and slabs of dark chocolate, to the fancier fruit and chocolate. My ultimate favourite was the Fabulous Fig & Date, as well as their dark hot chocolate.
Selling some of the most delicious sour dough bread, this new comer to the artisan bread baking is talented and creates some delicious loaves. Not only are their breads good, but they feature some sweet treats, such as their croissant budding and chocolatey brownies. The best part about Loaves on Long is that they have a bakery in the heart of Cape Town, at 33 Long Street.
If you are passionate about a good cup of coffee, Gugulethu Coffee will hit the spot. Owned and run by a passionate young entrepreneur,Bongani Rasmeni, who saw a gap in the market for coffee shops owned by black men, took the idea and ran with it. Bongani Rasmeni serves his House Blend of “Gugs coffee” with a smile, and was by far the friendliest Barista at the Good Food and Wine Show.
My absolute favourite healthy product on the local market now. I’ve always been a fan of almond nut butter, but Buttanut’s Macadamia Coconut Rooibos nut butter is taking my love for nut butters to a new height. I’m nutty about nut butters 😉 Seriously one of the best tasting nut butter’s on the market, a teaspoon of the good stuff over an apple kicks all sweet cravings away, and packs in protein at the same time. My obvious top choice in flavour is the Macadamia Coconut Rooibos, with a second favourite being the chocolate. Their stand at the Good Food and Wine Show was also a real winner, as their toast taste bar was a phenomenal idea.
For anyone desiring alternative to to cow’s milk, almond milk is your answer. This versatile milk is not only great in coffee, but is also a superb product to bake with, make desserts from and poured into cereal. Almond Breeze had a bright stand, with a wonderful coffee bar serving thee most amazing almond milk cappuccino’s. If I hadn’t been aware, I would never have known I was drinking a dairy free coffeep!