Cape Town’s Woodstock area is quickly becoming the place to see and be seen. As creatives take over the office spaces, art galleries pop up on corners, trendy eateries scoop up awards and craft breweries and distilleries replace crumbling factories,Woodstock is proving itself as Cape Town’s best thing since since skinny jeans.
So where better to host not one, but two, festivals that celebrate South Africa and its foodie heritage and future?
This past weekend Woodstock was transformed by the Street Food Festival that saw a food truck take over where pizzas were served out of Tuk Tuks, delicious pork bun rolls and hungarian flatbeds had crowds queuing, free gatsbys from McCain kept the struggling artists happy, and a hearty lamb curry from a Malmesbury farmer warmed the stomachs of the most hungry.
Just down the road the Woodstock Winter Beer Festival was also kicking off with the best of South Africa’s craft beers on offer, including a few specialities for winter such as Drifter’s interesting peanut-butter brew. Everson’s new mulled cider is what had the cold Capetonians coming back for more and although the festival was the first of its kind, I am sure there will be many more to follow.
The day was capped off with an authentic 5 course African meal at Hope on Hopkins distillery – Cape Town’s first gin distillery that even whipped up a surprise in the form of a mopani worm gin!
Each course was sneakily revealed underneath large sheets that covered the tables and cutlery was an optional extra. Goat curry and tilapia filled our bellies but the star of the show was the tiny miracle fruit that magically turned a lemon from sour to sweet – the expression on everyone’s face was just priceless! The perfect ending to an utterly delicious day…
The Street Food Festival will be visiting Johannesburg on 1 August. For more information or to buy tickets click here.