THE TASTIEST DATE IN YOUR CALENDER
By: Sonam Bhagwandas and Mhlengi Mafu
The Good Food and Wine Show once again took the city of Durban by storm with mouth-watering aromas that filled the air at the Durban Exhibition Centre from Thursday, 8 August 2013 to Sunday, 11 August 2013.
Celebrity chef, James Martin, a regular face on South African television and currently one of the most watched chefs on British television, Vivek Singh of London’s Cinnamon Club who has transformed the face of Indian cooking, and the award-winning vegan baker Mellissa Morgan who is known to her legions of fans around the world as Ms Cupcake, were among the many international chefs who graced the show, presenting their culinary skills.
Also on the bill were some of South Africa’s most popular chefs and food personalities such as the Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris, MasterChef South Africa judge, Benny Masekwameng and the winner of the first season of MasterChef South Africa, Deena Naidoo.
A culinary cultural quarter is one of the new areas at the Good Food & Wine Show which was headlined by celebrity chef Anjali Pathak, who is part of the famous Patak spice family.
This vibrant area included the Spekko Spice Table where visitors enjoyed the sharing, preparing and tasting of cultural foods, either traditional or contemporary, and listening to stories from well-known community celebrities who have a common passion for food.
Pathak believes that spices and seasoning can transform food. “It is all I know, I grew up in this amazing kitchen full of spices; all of these wonderful things my mom would be experimenting with at home,” she said.
Anjali recounts her favourite food memory: “When I was about four years old, my grandmother bought me a baby sized rolling pin and traditional rolling board to roll Indian breads. Each night we would make the dough for the fresh chapattis. Then she would encourage me to roll them out in perfect rounds saying: ‘If you can make them round, one day you will find a good husband like your grandfather’.”
The show included various exhibits that catered for everyone, young and old, there was something for all.
The Crosley Radios stall, known for their vintage old school turntables, left visitors wondering its connection with the show.
“The connection we have with the Good Food and Wine Show is that there simply is no way you can enjoy a glass of good wine and not have music. You cannot separate the two as they fit so well together,” said Maxwell Tore, the stall exhibitor.
Apart from music lovers who attended the show, there were numerous students from the hospitality sector who wanted to learn as much as they could from those they looked up to in their career choice.
“We have come to the show today to learn as much as we could from the chefs. We have already learnt so much about pairing wines with certain foods and about different spices. I will definitely visit the Good Food and Wine Show every year”, said an enthusiastic Nosipho Hlubi (20), a Hospitality student.
The annual Good Food and Wine Show definitely had visitors on their toes with the many activities lined up for the four day event and lived up to the high expectations.