16 must-visit events for foodies

Spring has sprung and its full bloom has brought with it all sorts of food and drinks festivals – from a carnivore’s dream in Joburg to wine and bubbly festivals in Cape Town and a beer fest in Durban, we’ve got you covered with upcoming foodie events you don’t want to miss.

Western Cape

The Bubbly Festival: Champagne and Bubbly (Cape Town)

Enjoy bubbly tastings in style with live entertainment and tasty food. There’s a dress code, so prepare to dazzle in white and gold, with a touch of pink. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 5 October

Where: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, Cape Town


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Wine on the River (Robertson)

Award-winning wines come together with some of the Cape’s finest food from local chefs on the banks of the Breede River. From live music to boat cruises and horse rides to wine pilates – there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy! Tickets are available on Howler.

When: 11 to 13 October

Where: Goudmyn Farm, Robertson

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival (Stellenbosch)

Calling all beer-lovers to enjoy the local craft beer phenomenon. Food trucks, lush lawns and festive beats will be abound, so be sure not to miss this gathering. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 12 October

Where: Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Street, Stellenbosch

The Vegan Lifestyle Festival 2019 (Cape Town)

Celebrate sustainable and plant-based living with live music, yoga and delicious food and drinks. Tickets are available on Webtickets.

When: 19 October

Where: Herzlia Constantia Primary School sports field


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Season of Sauvignon Festival (Durbanville)

Summer is here and so is white-wine season – enjoy a food-and-crafts market with sublime wine tastings, serving as a true ode to the humble sauvignon blanc. Tickets are available on Webtickets.

When: 28 to 29 October

Where: Durbanville Hills

Bottomless Gin and Sushi (Cape Town)

Enjoy bottomless gin and a complimentary sushi platter every Wednesday at the Southern Sun. It costs R180 per person and the special is available every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

When: Every Wednesday until 31 December 2019

Where: Southern Sun Waterfront, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town


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Eat Out Steak Out (Fourways)

It’s the steak experience of the year. Top local steakhouses will impress guests with their signature cuts of steak. R350 gets you entry, a taster from each of the steakhouses at the event, a Tramontina steak knife and two free drinks. Doors open at 12pm and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 5 October

Where: The Fourways Farmers Market, Fourways

Steenberg Garden Party (Lanseria)

Enjoy Cape Town’s finest cool-climate bubbly and wine in the heart of Johannesburg. From lush lawns to harvest spreads, this is all about relaxing with great wine in hand. Tickets available on Webtickets.

When: 5 October

Where: Wanders Cricket Club, 21 North Street, Illovo


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Stellenbosch Wine Festival Joburg (Lanseria)

All wine lovers and foodies alike are invited to sip on Stellenbosch’s finest wines and be merry in Jozi. The Pick n Pay Tasting Room will impress, with food-and-wine pairings fit for royalty. Tickets are available on Webtickets.

When: 5 to 6 October

Where: The Kitchen, L’antico Giardino, Pelindaba Road, Lanseria


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Night School Mixology Masterclass (Sandton)

Learn to craft the perfect cocktail with this mixology masterclass. From date night with a difference to amazing team-building experiences, this is the boozy class you don’t want to miss. Tickets are available on Webtickets.

When: 9 and 30 October

Where: The Course, Sandton

The Curry and Craft Festival (Gold Reef City)

Explore the flavour, scent and tastes of all things curry. Be there to experience the curry cook-off – vendors will battle it out, with only one champion in each category.

When: 19 October

Where: Level 5 Parking Area, Gold Reef City

Final Friday Foodie Market (Houghton)

From waffles to gourmet sandwiches and an impressive chocolate and cheese selection, this market is the one-stop foodie spot that needs to be on your agenda.

When: 25 October

Where: Killarney Mall, Houghton


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Dinner Time Stories (Sandton)

Shock all your senses at once with this theatrical meal soiree. Book online at Computicket.

When: Until 31 October 2019

Where: Faircity Quartermain Hotel, 60 West Road South, Morningside, Sandton

Publik Wine Fair (Lorentzville)

A showcase of the best artisan wine South Africa has to offer. Enjoy a festive afternoon sampling truly unique limited production wine. No tickets sold at the door – tickets only available on their website.

When: 16 November

Where: Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville


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The Tops at Spar Wine Show (Menlyn Park)

Expect a celebration of the diversity of South African wines. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 3 to 5 October

Where: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Atterbury Road and Lois Avenue, Menlyn Park


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Hoptober Fest (Jonsson Kings Park)

Get Durban’s best craft experience, with an impressive selection of breweries and distilleries, plus a mix of street food and live entertainment. Tickets are available on Quicket.

When: 5 October 2019

Where: Jonsson Kings Park

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