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May 30, 2011

Good Food and Wine show a success in Cape Town

good food and wine

Photo by Deon Gurling

A filled parking arcade each day, celebrity chefs on rotation and glasses overflowing with delectable wines. These and so much more are what made this year’s Good Food and Wine Show a roaring success. Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29, the Good Food and Wine Show was a wonderland of the best gourmet and wine the world has to offer.

From the thin-crusted, mouth-watering pizzas made in the true Italian way offered at the Col Cacchio stand to the delicious blends served at the Wine Theatre, attendees were treated to the very best.

Australian gourmet guru, Jonathan Daddia, had students enthralled with his fantastic Asian cooking lesson at the Farm to Fork Wellbeing Theatre. Who knew Teriyaki sauce, salmon, soy sauce, mushrooms and garlic could taste so good together?

Not to be outdone was the chef at the Amarula Outdoor Theatre. As he leisurely roasted a leg of pork on a state-of-the-art Weber braai and demonstrated how to do it well, audiences were spoilt with shots of Amarula, a rich liqueur brewed from the authentic South African fruit and cream.

Featured at the dining section were some of the premier Capetonian restaurant stands, including those of Bistro 1869, Blues, Five Flies and Three Cities. Patrons were able to dine on their tasty offerings for a fraction of their regular retail prices.

Going to the market was an experience of a different sort at the Good Food and Wine Show’s Slow Food Market. Featuring two of the city’s most popular fresh food markets, Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market and the Willowbridge Slow Market and characterized by their recognisable red and white candy striped stands, a visit was a must.

From sweet, syrupy Dutch waffles to strong cheeses and aromatic sausage to fresh veggies, you could find it all at the Slow Food Market.

The Wine Theatre offered a tantalising tour of the Winelands with its various local brand tastings and delighted patrons with its star international wine ambassador, Vincente Traviesa from Chile’s largest winery, Concha y Toro.

There was an abundance of dessert at the Good Food and Wine Show. Cocoa delights awaited eager students at the Lindt Chocolate Theatre demonstrations and ice cream lovers ate to their hearts’ content at the That’s Gelato stand while sweet toffees, fudge, cupcakes, mousse and more could be found at various other stands.

See our photo essay of the event.

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