This, in my opinion is an event worth going to! I have been twice to the event in Cape Town and when I could not make it this year to the event I gave away tickets.
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Take a mouth-watering, lip-smacking, delectable, tantalising and unequivocally delicious culinary adventure …Celebrate five years of Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum this spring.
Taking place from the 15th – 18th September at the Montecasino Outdoor Event Area, the Taste Festival will take visitors on a flavour voyage of discovery with taste sensations from around the world. From French cuisine to Spanish, Afro-Asian to African and Italian to Indian, guests of the festival are sure to sample some of the best cooking that the City of Gold has to offer.
Showcasing fourteen of Joburg’s top restaurants and chefs, namely Marthinus Ferreira and dw eleven -13, executive chef Nancy Kinchela of The Saxon, executive chef Andrew Atkinson of Piccolo Mondo at The Michelangelo Hotel, executive chef Nicky Gibbs of La Belle Terrasse at The Westcliff, chef/patron Zane Beer of Oliva Bar & Kitchen, chef/patron Coco Reinarhz of Sel et Poivre & Le Petit Sel, Jafta Hatshejame of Jazz Maniacs’ Restaurant at The Soweto Hotel, Allistaire Lawrence of roots @Forum Homini, Bellagio Restaurant with chef/ patron Louise Castle, Thava Indian Restaurant with patron/chef Mathew Abraham and Philippe Frydman, Claudio Uccella and Pino Bonzella of The Mastrantonio Group, Philippe Wagenfuhrer of The Gray Restaurant, executive chefs Simon Davey, Lawrence Catherine, Gregory Gautier and Philip Turnbull of La Bonne Table presented by Lonrho Hotels and the Vivace Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton with executive chef Vonique Van Zyl. Taste brings these chefs together to serve the fabulous, trend-setting signature dishes that have made them so popular with foodies and critics alike. This impressive list of participating restaurants and their world-class chefs will guarantee that there will be something sensational for every palate.
Taste of Joburg offers an amazing array of entertainment features to ensure that festival visitors participate in every aspect of this ultimate gourmet eating and drinking experience. Back by popular demand, the Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre will again host Johannesburg’s top chefs in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges, entertaining tutorials. A new addition to this year’s show is the Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience, an interactive, hands-on area where guests will create three simple, stylish and utterly delicious canapés while an expert pairs each canapé with a wine to compliment the flavours. More foodie features include Flavours of Africa by Lonrho Hotels, The Radisson Blu Sandton Experience, The Saxon Experience and The Gray. Don’t miss the DStv Cookoff in the Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre on Saturday 17th September.
Be sure to check out the Fine Brandy by Design by Distell, World of Wine, Jagermeister, Nederburg and San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna features, all of which will showcase the drinks that complete a meal – it’s not just about quenching those “thirst buds”, but also giving visitors the opportunity to mix and match flavours to get the best of every bite.
Celebrate Johannesburg’s local food heroes at The Small Producers Market where you will find delicious hand-made cheeses, pestos, homemade jams and sweets, as well as exotic ingredients and herbs to inspire home-chefs to create their own culinary masterpieces. Visit the Forest Fairies for sweets and handmade nougat, Dolce for Italian chocolate, or pick up a cupcake from Chlo lo!
Visitors are invited to take a walk through the Taste & Buy Experience and discover a mouth-watering array of gourmet food suppliers and try delicious wines as well as speciality food and ingredients to take home such as Romesco Olives, Braeside Meat Market, Sally Williams and Scheckter’s Organic Energy.
For those visitors who crave a more exclusive experience, there is the Taste Club House presented by DStv, aprivate lounge that serves as your base for the show. The ticket price comes with fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary premium bar facility, a free tasting glass, R200’s worth of Festival Crowns (the official Festival currency) and a fabulous Taste of Joburg gift.
For our smaller visitors, the Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg in association with Orbit Chewing Gum has created a KidzZone hosted by Little Cooks on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. Fun activities for all ages are the order of the day which should keep the kids entertained while Mom and Dad enjoy the delectable delights the festival has to offer.
In addition to all of this, Taste 2011 is serving up a dose of Green Awareness, along with naming sponsors Pick n Pay and Orbit Sugar Free Chewing Gum, who both place great priority on environmental issues and actively promote and enforce sustainability in their core activities. The Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum has also partnered with green companies such as Interwaste and Green Home in order to ensure a more sustainable event.