South Africa’s culinary event opens in Cape Town on Friday, 2 June until Sunday, 4 June at the CTICC, followed by the Johannesburg show at the Ticketpro Dome from Friday, 28 July until Sunday 30 July, culminating at the Durban Exhibition Centre from Friday, 27 until Sunday, 29 October.

The latest food trends will be dished up, and South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of food personalities, including headline chef, restaurateur, and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, also known as J’Something, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music as he is also the leading man of the band Mi Casa.

Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony, Lisa Raleigh, Sherwyn Weaich, and Vanessa Marx will also appear at the Good Food and Wine Show, in addition to Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel), Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel) and Tinashe Nyamudoka (The Test Kitchen) – who will all share some of their fine wine knowledge with show attendees.

Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food and Wine Shows in 2016, and the 2017 Good Food and Wine Show is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare, the biggest elephant cake in the world, and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe. The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore, including Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol.

North meets south

British chef, White, has been dubbed the world’s first celebrity chef. White was 33 when he was awarded three Michelin stars and still, holds the title as the first British chef and the youngest chef to earn this honour. He featured as a star judge and guest on MasterChef Australia where he was called ‘the godfather of modern cooking’.

White has also trained famous chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone, and Shannon Bennett. After retiring from the kitchen in 1999, White became a restaurateur and has published several books, including the best-selling cookbook/autobiography White Heat.

“I was last in South Africa in 2014 so I am excited to be returning in 2017 to headline the Good Food & Wine Show for the first time,” says White. “As much as I will be sharing my culinary journey with the visitors attending the shows, I am also looking forward to transferring knowledge and experience to some of the top local talents in South Africa and partaking in the diverse food culture this beautiful country has to offer.”

Van der Westhuizen is South Africa’s first Michelin star chef and owner of JAN Restaurant in Nice on the French Riviera. Also, a photographer, food stylist, writer, entrepreneur, and businessman, Van der Westhuizen’s Middelburg origins set the foundation for his Boereseun and French twist cooking style on Boerekos.

All visitors to the show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking at the Chefs’ Table, which are smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the chefs, taste their food, and sample some of South Africa’s top wines.

“We want to engage with visitors and involve every one of their senses,” says Maria Chieppa, managing director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa. “We have used taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound to tell a 360° story about food and wine. It’s a great occasion for food lovers, families, and professionals to enjoy food and wine at all levels.”

The show hosts nine theatres, of which seven are free of extra charge for entry, serving up even more value for those attending. The Good Food and Wine Show theatres include Eat Well/Live Well, Wine Theatre, Baking Theatre, Cake Deco Lab, Chefs’ Table, Chefs’ Open Theatre, Cooking with Chefs, the Kids Deco Lab, and the SCASA Barista Championships – a new partnership with the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA) partnership and the show to host the 2017 Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Barista Championships.

Ticket prices

The early bird online prices are valid up to one week prior to each show. Thereafter, the door prices are applicable. Children under 12 can attend for free and Fridays are free for pensioners.

Door price:

  • Adults: R160 – A one entry ticket for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday;
  • Senior citizens over 65: R110, Friday free – Valid with proof of ID for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Students: R110 – Valid with proof of student card for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Age 13-18: R60 – Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Age 0-12: Free, only with proof of ID;
  • Two-day pass: R260 – Valid for two entries either Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday or Friday and Sunday;
  • Three-day pass: R380 – Valid for three entries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday;
  • Wine combo: R200 – General one day entry admission with wine tasting glass and six tasting coupons; and
  • Wine glass and tasting: R60 – Wine tasting glass with six tasting coupons.

Online price:

  • Adults: R144 – A one entry ticket for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday;
  • Senior citizens over 65: R100, Friday free – Valid with proof of ID for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Students: R100 – Valid with proof of student card for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Age 13-18: R50 – Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday;
  • Age 0-12: Free, only with proof of ID;
  • Two-day pass: R210 – Valid for two entries either Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday or Friday and Sunday;
  • Three-day pass: R350 – Valid for three entries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and
  • Wine combo: R180 – General one day entry admission with wine tasting glass and six tasting coupons.

Opening hours for Cape Town – CTICC:

  • 10:00-22:00 – Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June; and
  • 10:00-18:00 – Sunday 4 June.

Opening hours for Johannesburg – Ticketpro Dome

  • 10:00-21:00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July; and
  • 10:00-18:00 Sunday 30 July.

Opening hours for Durban – Durban Exhibition Centre

  • 10:00-21:00 Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October; and
  • 10:00-18:00 Sunday 29 October.

You can buy tickets here.

For more information, visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za.