Plan your weekend: Street food and wine festivals, heritage day celebrations and more

This weekend, head to Jozi for Taste of Joburg, eat street food in Durbs, or head out to the winelands or up the garden route for wine festivals and Plett’s inaugural food festival.


Taste of Joburg

Taste of Joburg (Montecasino)
This year’s Taste of Joburg will be hosted at Montecasino from 24 to 27 September, showcasing 12 of Joburg’s finest restaurants. Participating restaurants include Eatery JHB, Gwefey, A la Bouffe, Escondido Tapas and Wine and Rabbit in the Moon. There will be a wide range of boutique exhibitors, food producers and award-winning wineries, all providing plenty of delicious food and drink for sampling and purchasing. Standard ticket prices cost R80 online and R100 at the door and include entrance and a tasting glass. Premium ticket prices are R180 online and R200 at the door and include a tasting glass and R100 of festival currency. To pre-book your tickets, visit iTickets.


Durban Street Food Festival (North Beach)
This festival celebrating sociable street food will take place from 24 to 27 September. Visitors will be able to enjoy a showcase of some of the city’s most interesting food, culturally specific fare and homegrown staples. A wide range of vendors will sell organic veggie dishes, chicken walkie-talkies (feet and necks), bunny chow, craft beer, shisa nyama, and Halaal, vegan and vegetarian fare. Republik will also be offering their gourmet burgers. There will be jazz, hip-hop, comedy and acoustic music and dance performances on stage. The festival will take place at 8 Morrison Street from 11am until 10pm each day. Four-day tickets are R150 and daily tickets at the door cost R50. To book your tickets, visit

Winelands and The Garden Route

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (Franschhoek)
Visit the beautiful Franschhoek Valley as wineries open their doors to #Braai4Heritagefhk at the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival on 26 and 27 September. Sip on a glass of Franschhoek wine paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame in honour of Braai Day. Participating farms and restaurants include Allée Bleue, Antonij Rupert Estate, Boschendal, Haute Cabrière, Cosecha and Maison Estate. The weekend pass costs R120 per person and includes entry to the participating farms, a tasting glass and wine tastings. Pre-book through to avoid disappointment.

Heritage Dinner with Arendsig Boutique Wines (McGregor)
Head to scenic McGregor this weekend and enjoy a beautiful, lantern-lit evening in the festival marquee with good food and great wine. The three-course heritage dinner will include West Coast mussels and smoorsnoek with pot bread, Karoo lamb shanks, and a traditional baked pudding for dessert. Each course will be paired with a glass of Arendsig Boutique wine. Tickets are priced at R350 per person, including wine and live music. To book your spot, email or call 072 693 4052.

The samoosa starter at Emily Moon in Plett. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The samoosa starter at Emily Moon in Plett. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Plett on a Platter (Plettenberg Bay)
This first ever food festival to be held in Plettenberg Bay will run from 23 to 27 September. The event will put on five full days of delicious food over the Heritage long weekend. Fresh food markets will be open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, offering guests the chance to shop for a variety of locally produced and handmade items. They can also look forward to chefs’ demos and extravaganzas at some of the area’s world-famous hotel restaurants. Every meal from breakfast to dinner and everything in between will be on offer, with set price points. Breakfasts will cost between R50 and R95; lunch from R75 to R95; and dinners from R100 to R200. To take a look at the full list of participating restaurants and find out more about their specials, click here.


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