The third instalment of Cape Town Street Food Festival promises to take you on a tastebud adventure
It used to be that uttering the words “street food” would conjure up images of meals that were consumed in the wee hours after a night of partying. Today, however, vendors have made street cuisine into an art form, bringing new takes on old favourites, gourmet cuisine using only the freshest ingredients and reinventing what we’re used to.
From walkie-talkies, gatsbys, koeksisters and smileys, the third annual Street Food Festival pays homage to our food culture by dishing up authentic South African street foods, pavement-style. Taking place once again at Woodstock’s Side Street Studio on 4 September, expect to see some of Cape Town’s best-known food entrepreneurs in their element as they share with spectators the secret to their success. “This year, we have an amazing line-up of conference speakers: from Rashaad Pandy (who claims to have invented the gatsby), to Lufefe Nomjana (Khayelitsha’s spinach King). We also have a Samoosa Eating Competition and the Max Bagels ‘build your own bagel’ bar,” says Hannerie Visser, Street Food Festival director.
Launched in 2014 – in the Mother City, of course – The Street Food Festival was an immediate success attracting over 2,000 people, and last year Johannesburg was included. This year promises to be bigger than before.
Highlights at this year’s festival include the “Pigs’ Head” lunch by renowned chef Bertus Basson, free bagels from the Max Bagels Build-Your-Own bagel bar for the first 200 tickets bought, talks with Alice Toich about her food journey and plenty of food to entice your taste buds. On 2 September, preceding the festival, there will be a special Indian-themed Street Food dinner designed by Studio H and created by Food Jam chef Jade de Waal – the menu will be inspired by their travels through India as well as South Africa’s rich local Indian food heritage.
“We will be serving authentic street fare made with quality ingredients at this year’s Street Food Festival. Look out for foods like freak shakes (a cereal and flavoured milk bar), limited edition black pizza from Pizza Piaggio, and Street Food cocktails by Hope on Hopkins gin,” says Hannerie.
Expect an out-of-this-world culinary experience that will change the way you look at street food. Tickets available online at Quicket (goo.gl/lwLAt4).
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Street Food Festival ZA: Cape Town