Award winners and master chefs converged in Cape Town on May 29th through June 1st to celebrate innovation and creativity in kitchens from all over the world. The Cape Town International Convention Centre played host to the 15th anniversary of one of the country’s most popular culinary events, The Good Food and Wine Show. This annual experience featured meals that introduced new sensations and world food trends as well as thought provoking means of foraging and sustainability.
Palettes from around the globe were represented in the show, which included renowned Thai chef Vichit Mukura, Robertson Herbs and Spices chef and pioneer of Cape cuisine Cass Abrahams, and local South African Masterchef winner Deena Diado to name a few. To the delight of the crowd, many of these cuisine creators made news releases available and handed out personally signed cookbooks to those who attended the shows.
We had a stupendous experience trying out Chef Cass Abrahams dish at the Celeb Chef Theatre. Abrahams prepared a traditional Cape Malay Cuisine with a gourmet twist; it consisted of smoked snoek and savoy cabbage with a ginger mussel sauce.
Based on the exhibitor’s product selections, it appeared as though vegetarian cooking seemed to be the order of the day.
A highlight of this year’s show was the Celebrity Chef Theatre presented by Woolworths and Robertson Herbs & Spices. Attendees that had made an early reservation were elated to see international and local chefs in action as they were preparing dishes up close and personal. The Convention Centre had specially designed demo kitchens produced for the event. Another favorite event was the Food Trucks Go Gourmet feature, which showcased the growing popularity of food trucks around the Cape Town area. Eight of the city’s best mobile food vendors were on site to provide gourmet street delicacies.
Crowds were enthused over interesting new products as well as Good Food and Wine Show favourites such as the Sally Williams Decadent Nougat, Willow Creek (we loved the truffle infused olive oil) and Pesto Princess to name but a few. Amongst the great wine estates were Zevenwacht, Solms Delta (who brought out a fabulous new sparkling Shiraz) & Ashbourne.
Cape Town is not the only location to host the Good Food and Wine Show this year, as Durban will be hosting it on July 31st through the 3rd of August and Johannesburg on the 24th of October through the 26th. Tickets are still available for both shows.