Cape Town Street Food Festival - Hanging Out

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Hanging out

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 Fest at Side Street Studios, Woodstock

Cape Town Street Food Fest at Side Street Studios, Woodstock

 

Cape Town Street Food entrance and Lotus Food Truck

Cape Town Street Food Festival entrance and Lotus food truck

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.

Cape Town Street Food Festival Banner

Cape Town Street Food Festival banner

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!

Cape Town Street Food Festival - DIY Bloody Mary

Cape Town Street Food Festival – DIY Bloody Mary

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)

Cape Town Street Food Festival  - Abigail Donnelly

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Abigail Donnelly on Food Styling

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!

Cape Town Street Food Festival - Heat Gun Melted Sanwich

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Heat gun melted sanwich

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.”

Cape Town Street Foood Festival - Uno de Waal

Cape Town Street Foood Festival – Uno de Waal on Social Media

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??

Cape Town Street Food Festival - Karen Dudley on Making Food Your Business

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Karen Dudley on Making Food Your Business

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.

Cape Street Food Festival Matched with Cape Town Street Art

Cape Street Food Festival matched with Cape Town street art

 

Cape Town Street Food Festival - Grabbing a quick dim sum plate. SO GOOOOD!

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Grabbing a quick dim sum plate. SO GOOOOD!

 

Cape Town Street Food Festival - Argies attending to their asado meat

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Argies attending to their asado meat

 

Cape Town Street Food Festival - Some kind of delicious waffle creation with pork and slaw *drool*

Cape Town Street Food Festival – Some kind of delicious waffle creation with pork and slaw *drool*

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??

Cape Town Street Food Festival

Cape Town Street Food Festival

 

 

Written by natasha

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