Slow Food Johannesburg

About this group

We have been in existence since 2001 and have around 80 members. We host monthly events varying from taste workshops, to visits to small producers and themed dinners where we aim to learn about different products and cultural foods.

Contact Name: Slow Food Joburg
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Tel: 083 619 2419
Category: Common Interest > Food & Drink

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Rex Union Oranges - picking for Italy and Picnic lunch

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Friday, 1st June 2018 @ 6:18pm

Greetings all

“Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar.
Never spread it about like marmalade.” 
Noël Coward

Its Citrus month and we have a very special event highlighting these seasonal fruits:

Slow Food is sending Rex Union marmalade to Italy, to the largest food show in the world.  The South African team will showcase this rare product and from our experience we know the Italians LOVE the flavour of the product.  Although we have taken tasting stock to previous events we have never had stock to sell - this is a first!

Join us for this wonderful day in the country, wandering between the cirtus trees, picking the fruit and tucking into a hearty rustic lunch.

Rex Union Picking

We have gained access for the day to to raid the farm and pick the famous Rex Union Oranges (pay per bag) - as many as you like. The bags are R50 each and you can pre-buy on the ticketing site or have cash on the day.  

You too can share in getting the marmalade to Italy.  Will you donate your labour and pick us a bag which we will use for Italy?

The Rex Union is a South African variety created by George Rex and planted in an orchard opposite Hunters Rest Hotel outside Rustenburg.  It is a cross between a pomelo and seville orange, undoubtedly the best marmalade orange in SA, maybe in the world. Apart from a few trees in private gardens, these are the only trees in existence worldwide

Picnic table

For the day you are the pickers.  So it seemed only fitting that we cater with a suitable style meal. Laid out amongst the trees will be a sumptious ploughmans lunch of cheeses, pickles, breads, pork pies and ham.


The story of the oranges and marmalade talk

Hilary Biller, food editor, author, TV chef, consummate cook and committee member of Slow Food JHB, will take us through her recipe for Rex Union marmalade making.  Brian will tell us why the oranges are so important and how the Italian job came to be.

When: Sunday 10th June 12h00 (allow yourselves 90 minutes travel from Linden/Northcliff area)

Where: Lemoenfontein Farm (was Dunedin Farm) - opposite the entrance to Hunters Rest Hotel (16km before Rustenburg on the R24 from Magaliesburg.)

Cost   Members:                   R 120 
         Children under 12        R  60
         Pre-buy a bag             R  50


Bookings online only - click on:

Space is limited.

The Rex History 

George Wellington Rex III, the grandson of the more famous George Rex of Knysna,was said to have been the illegitimate son of King George III of Britain.

George Rex had nine children, but his grandson George Wellington Rex fathered no fewer than 14 with his wife, Georgina.

George Wellington Rex came to the Magaliesberg area in the mid-1880s to hunt big game. He stayed on, and became firm friends with President Paul Kruger, who by then had become a substantial land owner in the area.

Kruger ceded part of his Magaliesberg land to Rex, who then built Hunter’s Rest on the property. At first, it was a private hunter’s lodge for George Wellington Rex and his friends. It was later developed into a hotel, but the olde worlde charm and Victorian character was retained.George was a very knowledgeable, intelligent man and was given the right to practice medicine in the Rustenburg district by President Paul Kruger. 

George Rex was the pioneer of grapefruit in South Africa and he ‘evolved’ a new grapefruit known as “Rex union.” He passed away in Rustenburg on 28 March 1923.

Soweto Eat-in - Flaming Mile chefs challenge, Skaftini cooking schools challenge, HUGE market and Conference on food in collaboration with University of Johannesburg.

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Wednesday, 25th April 2018 @ 6:36pm

Evening all

The third Soweto Eat-in will take place at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday 5th May.  We have gone all out to stage a significant event to showcase numerous small scale producers.  They are coming from all over the country - Cape Town, Giyani, Haenertsburg, even Zimbabwe and of course Soweto and Orange Farm.  There will be lots of amazing fresh produce to buy as well as all sorts foodie things from all over SA. 

The Flaming Mile will feature some of Johannesburgs emminent chefs, tasked to cook their chefs interpretation of Soweto Street Food, using nose-to-tail cuts of Nguni Beef.  Five tasting portions for R100 - an absolute bargain with some stunning food expected from the team.  

Students from eight of Gauteng's cooking schools have been tasked with developing the ultimate 'Skaftini' (lunch box) for a mere R20 you can sample any of the schools imaginative creations.  They will be judged by a panel on the basis of nutrition, local, cost and of course taste.

University of Johannesburg will host 'The free peoples conference - Agriculture for radical economic transformation'.  there are six hourly discussions and each consists of an distinguished panel of academics, activists, farmers and experts and promises to be a significant event on the Soweto food scene.

The Soweto Theatre is an iconic space and provides a perfect backdrop for this ambitious event.

Bookings for The Flaming Mile and Skaftini Challenge available on

The Eat-in defines the true identity of Slow Food and we need your support at this event to support the producers and the team who have put it all together.



Invitation to the Slow Food National Conference

E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Thursday, 12th April 2018 @ 9:00pm

Evening Slow Fooders

Once a year all Slow Food members get together to discuss the road forward and share their experiences and challenges.

This year the conference is taking place on Friday 4th May at the Soweto Theatre from 10h00.  Slow Food is going through an evolution and the new direction promises to be a far more inclusive approach bringing a new exposure to the producers, farmers and artisans of our country.

You are invited to attend this event and be part of the process, contributing to the new direction as well as learning more about the initiatives undertaken across the country.

The conference is free and will include both lunch and dinner and will conclude at around 20h00

To register, simply email headed ‘Slow Food Conference’:

Name, cell number and email address

to   We will confirm your attendance by email.


Proposed National Meeting Agenda Framework

Friday 4th May 2018

10h00 – 20h00

1.  Our message

How do we define what we are and what Slow Food is, externally

2.   Our voice

How do we tell the world about ourselves – web, social media, and interviews?

3.   Our action

What projects are we going to do this year – Ark, Gardens, Events, Chefs Alliance?

4.   Our path

The evolution to Food Communities – creating, mentoring and growing.

5.   Our Story

What will we tell the world at Terra Madre – vision and planning.

6.   Our commitments

Each of us has a contribution. Shape these to our objectives and goals.

7.   Our challenges

Finances, organizational structures, visibility and communication.

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