As we walked out of the food and wine filled hall at the CTICC, our bellies were full and our hearts were happy in the warm glow of good wine. The Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show 2014 certainly did not disappoint!
It was our first time visiting the show at Inrichmint Media and we were bursting with excitement as we approached the bustling hall. Much to our delight we were greeted at the door with the smell of freshly cooked food and the happy smiles of vendors wanting to share their amazing products with us. After quickly grabbing our goodie bags and paying for a wine glass and tasting coupons our journey into the world of the Good Food & Wine Show began – and what a journey it was!
After a quick look around the hall to see what all there was on offer, we stopped off at the Lions Den to listen to an interesting and rather tasty pitch by Andre Moya from Mojo Foods for a great prize! The Lions Den was a new and innovative initiative at this years Good Food & Wine Show. It was a live theatre designed to provide a platform for local culinary innovations. Each contestant was given 20 minutes to pitch their product and convince us, the audience, that they deserved the prize of a business start-up package worth R500 000! This was such a great initiative by the Good Food and Wine Show and got us very excited for the future of the South African culinary world!
Next up on our agenda was the Two Greedy Italians hilarious show in the Celebrity Chef’s Theatre. This was perhaps the highlight of the show with the comedic antics of Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo entertaining us while they made all kinds of fresh pasta and yummy Italian sauce to background music from the Godfather, as Italian do!
Inspired by the Italian culture and running on a high from the Two Greedy Italians show, we made a dash for the infamous Wine Route where a number of fine wines and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were on offer. Here there were a number of utterly delightful wine farms offering up their finest varietals of reds and whites. One of our favourites was Ayama! Besides the fact that they have delicious wines, the hospitality that exuded from the stand was welcoming and made us feel very at home. While sipping on a scrumptious pinotage, we were informed about the farm and what they offer. Although they do not currently have a tasting area, one is being built, as well as a restaurant. However, the lack of a wine tasting room should not stop you from visiting! The Italian owners welcome guests to pitch up and taste their offerings when they are in the Perdeberg Mountainous region. They will also be starting a new initiative whereby you can press your own olive oil to take away – so exciting! Another very interesting and educational wine stall for those with a sweet tooth was Klawerwine which had an amazing dessert wine, African Ruby Vermouth, infused with Rooibos and a undertone of buchu. Besides these there were many other good wine stalls from Simoncello’s alcoholic chocolate drink (need we say more?) to Madonna’s exclusive & unique wine boutique. There is too many to name!
After we had drunk our full it was time to head on to lunch – yes lunch! This was taken by the fun & quirky food trucks. We opted for what Miesies had to offer and were not disappointed! Once our growling tummies were somewhat satisfied we moved on to explore the endless amount of stalls that filled the hall. We ate bugs at the Pestuarant, we got free Fry’s by hash-tagging #freewithfrys, got lost in the Tea Merchants teas and chatted to the Food Bank ladies as they promoted their worthy cause. We even got to blog in the bloggers lounge and ate mini Marcel’s cones!
Once we were fully satisfied we decided it was time to head home, our souls were content and our stomach’s were slightly larger than before. What a delightful event this was, Inrichmint Media will certainly be at the Good Food & Wine Show 2015! Joburg don’t miss out as the show comes to you from the 31st July – 3 August and Durban it will be coming your way from the 24th – 26th October!