I love most food events, but a food event that includes my all time favourite and coolest chef in the world- Heston Blumenthal, who makes his first public appearance in South Africa, gets me extremely excited.
The event seems to get bigger each year with more and more focus on international and celebrity chefs who ‘perform’ in the main Samsung Chefs in Action Theatre. There are also five other smaller theatres with a specific niche (like Lindt, wine, outdoor and wellness) and they have a solid lineup of local talent presenting. There is a lot to do, taste and drink.
Yesterday I spent 7 hours there and didnt manage to do it all.
There are a plethora of local producers showcasing their wares, so make sure you take lots of cash, as this is also a big shopping opportunity with many stands offering special show prices.
One of the most exciting innovations at the show is the new Willow Creek Gourmet Squeeze bottle. Pretty revolutionary as far as packaging goes, and finally a way to control more carefully the amount of oil you add to your food.
After browsing around, tasting, eating and sipping, catch a break at one of the food theatres and be inspired by a local or international chef demonstrating and or talking about food.
This is a bit about what it looked like and what to expect: