The streets; where not only the city but local cultures come alive. Where languages, lives and customs collide….
Cow cheeks, mielies, samoosas, shisa nyama, bunny chows, gatsbys, rotis and vetkoek will be ready and waiting for the hungry and the adventurous at South Africa’s Street Food Festival on the 26th of July and the 1st of August!
The festival, that started in 2014, attracts some of South Africa’s best street food vendors and will be serving up street treats at the Side Street Studios in Woodstock on Sunday 26 July before making it’s way up north, for the very first time, to Johannesburg at the Hazard Gallery in the Maboneng Precinct on Saturday the 1st of August.
Showcasing many of Cape Town’s favourites, be prepared to chow down on all the goodness that Max Bagels has to offer, the heavily dark brews of The Department of Coffee, Didi’s Burritos little wrapped bundles of joy, the tasty delights from Meisies Kitchen food truck, the unforgettable meat of Southern Smoke and Argies’ proper Argentinean asado.
Whereas in Joburg you can expect to nab something delicious from The Counter, the wonderfully loud and atmospheric Sumting Fresh, the Middle Eastern and African flavours of Tutto Laffa’s yellow food truck, meaty Greek love on a stick from Soul Souvlaki, Maboneng staples Little Addis, saucy nibbles at Ribs, Wings ‘n Things, all the fun that comes with a Braaied Mielie Lady and a Roasted Nut Lady, with Grounded Smoothies to wash it all down.
You will have the opportunity to not only try new things and rediscover classics created with love and crafted care at the street food market but to learn from some of the big names in South Africa’s food industry at the festival’s day-long congress. “By showcasing our South African street food culture, we hope to inspire and empower people to pursue their love for food as a career,” explains Hannerie Visser, Street Food Festival Director.
The day finally culminates in a dinner designed to celebrate African cuisine, prepared by the Max Bagels guys (Matthew Freemantle and Andrew Kai) in collaboration with local African immigrant cooks. On the night you look forward to (depending on availability of produce, of course): Nigerian bitter leaf soup, Malawian grilled tilapia with nsima (pap), Zimbabwean mopani worms, Somali style kid meat stew and Ghanaian plantain milkshakes.
Book now to taste and learn your way through the South African streets. Admission to the market is free, whereas the conference is R300 and the dinner is R350. Tickets can be booked at Quicket.co.za.