TASTE OF DURBAN BRINGS THE SPICE TO DURBAN
By: Dhivana Rajgopaul
Cupcakes, butter chicken and flavoured vodka shots were the order of the day at the Pick n Pay Taste of Durban food festival this weekend.
The festival in its third itineration on Durban shores is a three day event which takes place at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
The event which is also held in Johannesburg and Cape Town is very popular amongst Durban residents.
Taste of Durban brings together 9 chefs prepare starter sized signature meals for the public to taste.
Restaurants such as Beluga Durban, Havana Grill & Little Havana offer three different meals ranging from braised lamb to sushi “rainbow” rolls.
The Lindt Chocolatier stall was very popular with the crowd. The stall had truffles and pralines ready to be sold while people were handing out bite sized Lindt chocolates. The main attraction was the Lindt chocolatiers demonstrating the process of how to make Lindt truffles.
Arno Rolph who has been with Lindt for a year said that they make many different types of confections beside the truffles, such as macaroon and gelato-based creations.
Robertson’s Butcher’s Block was setup to demonstrate how people can cut pork to make bacon as well as showcased the many uses of Roberstons spices in the kitchen. Braeside Butchery in Johannesburg partnered with Robertsons and they made different meat dishes throughout the evening.
“I enjoyed the Roberstons demonstration because it showed me how to cut my own pork ribs and the different ways of using Roberstons spices in the kitchen” said Logan Govender who attended the festival for the first time.
Another well liked food exhibition was Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent which served macaroons for the crowd. The owner, Daniela Rotan said that all her macaroons were handmade and are available in 50 different flavours, ranging from Cookies and Cream to Red Velvet and even Macadamia.