The Cape Town Street Food Festival took place at Side Street Studios in Woodtsock, which is probably the hippest location of all time!
Cape Town Street Food Festival food talk workshop
Last year I missed out on the first ever Street Food Festival in Cape Town, so this year it wasn’t gonna happen again.
In fact, the boyfriend and I bought tickets to the Street Food Festival Entrepreneur Talks, which awarded us the opportunity to hear from some of South Africa’s coolest, and most inspiring food people.
Our tickets set us back R300 each, but the workshop ran from 10am – 3pm, with breaks in between to browse and munch of course.
We also received a bagel for breakfast, and were plied with delicious snacks and drinks all day, including DIY cocktails, Spier wine, JuiceBox juices, and Cove cold brew coffee. The lack of water was real though!
Food talks best speakers
My favourite speakers of the day were definitely Abigail Donnely, (editor of Eat Out magazine, and food editor of the Woolworths Taste magazine) Uno De Waal, (owner of Between 10 and 5), and Karen Dudley (owner of The Kitchen , and newly opened, The Dining Room)
Abigail gave a talk on food styling where she divulged some sneaky industry secrets including the use of car oil for waffle syrup, brown paint for a toasty looking roast chicken, fake ice cream made from white Wooden Spoon margarine, and coloured gels inserted into the cracks of fake ice cream for that berry swirl effect.
She does state that she’s not at all into these things though, and does her best to keep things as natural as possible. Especially for her work at Taste – which I buy religiously!
Uno, spoke on social media, and what struck a cord with me was his determination to stay both authentic and consistent at all times. He had a few things to say about trolls too – mostly that they’re “assholes.”
Karen was so passionate and energetic! She spoke about how to make food your business, and tackled the issue of providing the customers with what they want, while staying true to yourself, and still making money. She referenced the movie Big Night throughout her talk so I have to get my hands on it! Anyone watched it??
Browsing the food on offer
In between talks, the day was spent browsing delicious food stalls, snapping pictures of delicious food, checking out epic street art, and soaking up the Sunday sun.
Being in and out of talks, I didn’t get to do as much eating as I’d liked. Next year I plan to head there for breakfast and lunch – there’s just THAT much on offer!
Or maybe I’ll buy a ticket to their dinner. This year it was African inspired and tickets were R350. Maybe see you there??