Where there is food and wine, there is always a good time! Each year The Good Food and Wine Show brings something new to the table and this year it did not disappoint. I was left with a full belly and an appetite of kitchen inspiration as there was a lot to take in, see, eat and drink!
The Celeb Chefs
This year we saw some new and regular celeb chefs join this year’s show. We had Reza Mahammad, who has become the Durban GFWS regular. Mauro Castano from the Cake Boss, local celeb chef Siba Mtongana, Hayden Quinn from Masterchef Australia, Jenny Morris and Masterchef South Africa Judge Benny Masekwameng were also present at this year’s show. For any reality cookshow foodie fan; these celebs were enough to make this year’s show special!
Live cooking shows
Each day brought new live cooking demonstrations with different international and local chefs. The one show I looked forward to was the Chef Theatre, where I was able to watch a bit of Hayden Quinn charm the crowd and tease us with delicious food.
The other live cooking demonstration show I enjoyed watching was the Spekko Cook Idols, where every day people got to compete in a cook off. Jenny Morris hosted it and did such a great job at entertaining the crowds and keeping them interested in what the competitors were up to on stage. At the end, one winner was announced and it was awarded to Marc Stockem, from Cape Town. Marc had to prepare a two course meal in one hour. Under the pressure of time and cooking in front of a huge crowd, Marc truly showed us what he was made of! He presented the judges with a starter of Asian salad and a main course of lamb with Spekko rice.
Having gone to many beer tastings this year, I was not surprised to see this year’s show had a beer route. The wine avenue was close by, where wine lovers could taste their favourites. One thing I did realise this year, was the new trending drink was cocktails made with wine! I happened to try one at the Croctails stand (which is soon to be sold at local bottle stores).
The Shongweni Farmers Market was represented well! I am so glad KZN’s popular and much loved farmers market was at the show. There were some stunning stalls from the Shongweni Farmers Market. Some of which I made sure to take some products home with me… One product from Elbows Up has been on my mind since attending the show; which means I am going to have to wake up early one of these Saturdays to find their Noughat in a jar…. I swear, I have regretted not buying that jar since!
Cakes and sweet treats were also a popular showcase at the Good Food and Wine Show. It is clear there are many talented bakers in Durbs. It was at the GFWS that I saw the biggest cake ever; and it was in the shape of a life-size car!! There were cakes in jars, cupcakes and Durban’s favourite doughnut makers (from Wicked Doughnuts) also tempted sweet tooth foodies.
Being a foodie, it’s not only difficult to just walk past a food stall, but looking at all the crockery and gadgets is just as interesting! There are some beautiful accessories for the kitchen out there…If only I had a huge kitchen to fit all these things in!
There was something for everyone; men, women and children. This show has become a family day out and an inspiration for us foodies to keep pushing for great things. Let’s face it, Durban has a lot to offer and the Good Food and Wine Show certainly showcases this!