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What’s on: 15 must-visit events for foodies

SA is buzzing with tons of fun foodie events this month. From checking out the Gourmet Street Food Market in Jozi, to tucking into Greek food in Durban North, these are the upcoming events you don’t want to miss.

Gauteng

DSTV Delicious Festival (Midrand, Johannesburg)

The DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, has become the most popular Springtime outdoor music attraction in Johannesburg. It is the event where foodies and great culinary creatives share their passions at the Delicious Mile: the festival’s Gourmet Street-Food Market. This year you can expect an even bigger and better gastronomical experience at this extensive market.
When: 22 and 23 September
Where: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Corner R55 and Allandale Road, Rietfontein 2-Ir, Midrand, Johannesburg

Moonshot Sessions at Moonshot Café (Pretoria)

Stop by at Moonshot Café and enjoy an evening of music in their restaurant and Sky Bar. Tune in to sounds from Adelle Nqeto along with Urban Village.
When: 27 September
Where: Menlyn Corporate Park, Block A, 4th Floor, Corner Garsfontein Road and Corobay Avenue, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria

Cradle Gin Festival (Muldersdrift)

Cradle of Mankind at Glenburn Lodge & Spa will host an exclusive Cradle Gin Festival in Mulderdrift for the first time. 20 different craft and international gins will be showcased and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase them at show prices.
When: 23 September
Where: Glenburn Lodge, R374, Kromdraai Road, Muldersdrift

Gin cocktails. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

Taste of Portugal (Kempton Park)

This is an event where you’ll have an opportunity to taste Portuguese food and craft cuisine. Highlights include live cooking shows by chefs Chakall and Jardim.
When: 20 to 24 September
Where: Red Roman Shed, Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni

Around the world in 80 bites (Pretoria)

This event, held at the Meadow Green Restaurant in Irene, will showcase a variety of cuisines from all around the world.
When: 3 August to 26 October
Where: Irene Country Lodge, 391 Nellmapius Drive, Centurion

Inside at Meadow Green Restaurant Photo supplied.

KwaZulu-Natal

Heritage Day Vegan Braai at Botha’s Hill Market (Durban)

Head down to Botha’s Hill Market with friends and family and join in for a bring and share braai on Heritage Day. Take along some of your favourite veg and take part in a day of fun.
When: 24 September
Where: Botha’s Hill Market, Old Main Road, Outer West, Durban

Chefs’ Club Sunday at The Chefs’ Table (Durban)

The Chefs’ Table in Umhlanga hosts the Chefs’ Club Sunday series to showcase some of the most talented chefs in Durban as well as South Africa. Each lunch features a different chef and ending off the September series this month, is Constantijn Handiek, formerly of Hartford House.
When: 23 September
Where: The Chefs’ Table, 1 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks

Durban Cheese and Wine Festival (Durban)

Treat yourself to a selection of fine cheeses and over 20 of South Africa’s top wines. You can also tune in to local sounds and enjoy a picturesque view.
When: 23 September
Where: Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Cheese and wine. Photo by Lana Abie on Unsplash

My Big Fat Greek Food Festival (Durban North)

Head out to the “My Big Fat Greek Food Festival” and indulge in all things Greek. Taste items like, locally made Tzatziki or Moussaka made with fresh aubergines and much more.
When: 22 September
Where: Hellenic Centre, 6 High Grove, Durban

Western Cape

Heritage Day Braai at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Enjoy delicious country-style food and weekend family braais at The Bistro at Grande Provence, starting on Monday, 24 September.

The Heritage Day Braai will be held under the oaks on the lawns of the new Bistro. Meat lovers can sink their teeth into a variety of braai specialities prepared on the coals in traditional half drums. The Bistro’s harvest table, laden with fresh salads, home-baked breads and sweet treats, completes this easy-going lunch experience. Wine is as important as the food at a braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence wines, you will be spoilt for choice.

The Heritage Day Braai and subsequent weekend braais on Saturdays and Sundays, are available at R320 per person for adults and R160 per child under 12. The braai starts at 12noon and pre-paid booking is essential. Call 021 876 8600 or email reservations@grandeprovence.co.za.
When: 24 September
Where: Grande Provence Wine Estate, Main Road, Franschhoek.

The Bistro at Grande Provence. Photo supplied.

Heritage Day at Lanzerac (Stellenbosch)

Lanzerac will be hosting a special dining experience, showcasing a wide selection of unique dishes from each of their dining venues, to celebrate national Heritage Day and mark the official re-launch of the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa.

Guests can savour on delicious, wholesome food while exploring the newly renovated restaurants, Manor Kitchen, Taphuis and Craven Lounge. Expect a warm welcome with a glass of Lanzerac MCC and canapés.
When: 24 September
Where: Lanzerac Wine Estate,  No. 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

The Lanzerac Wine Estate. Photo supplied.

The Ultimate Craft Beer Tasting (Cape Town)

If you appreciate a good ‘brewskie’, the Cape Quarter is the place to be. Offering a tasting of their finest range of locally brewed crafted beers.
When: 21 and 22 September
Where: Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point

Craft beer. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

Gabrielskloof’s Overberg Braai (Bot River)

Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate and Chef Frans Groenewald will celebrate South African heritage on September 23, braai fires to serve up delicious traditional delicacies with modern spin and tasty Overberg specialties.

The renowned estate is located on a hilltop outside Bot River – a mere 80 minutes from Cape Town – where it commands sweeping views of the Babylonstoren Mountains and surrounding fields of the Overberg. Tickets for the Overberg Braai @ Gabriëlskloof are R375 per person. To book, call 028 284 9865 or email restaurant@gabrielskloof.co.za
When: 23 September
Where: Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate, R43, Bot River

Brandewyn en Boerewors Fees (Cape Town)

Head down to Hillcrest Quarry for the first B&B Fest. It will run over the course of two days with Saturday reserved for adults only (No Under 18`s). Sunday will be a family day, where entry is free for all children under 12.
When: 22 and 23 September
Where: Hillcrest Quarry, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

Meerendal Farmers Market (Durbanville)

Explore the Meerendal Farmers Market from 1 September 2018. Enjoy great local craft beers at the bar, experience a Meerendal wine tasting or simply fill your basket with delicious treats and snacks while tuning in to some live entertainment. The market runs over a series of Saturdays.
When: 1 September to 22 December 2018
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

Eastern Cape

Donkin Street Festival (Donkin Village)

The community of Donkin Village is keeping things ‘local and lekker’ at the Donkin Street Festival. They invite guests to join in as they celebrate the creative hub of Port Elizabeth. Enjoy good food, art and music.
When: Sundays from 12 August 2018 to 7 July 2019
Where: Heritage Café, Constitution Street, Central, Port Elizabeth

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