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.
E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Wednesday, 25th April 2018 @ 6:36pm
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.
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’:
E-mail sent by Brian Dick, Tuesday, 13th March 2018 @ 4:22pm
In the heart of Johannesburg is a hidden secret. On the banks of the Braamfontein Spruit is a winery - Gerakaris Family Wines - and we have an invitation to a wine pressing and tasting of the family wines. Few of us get to watch the process of pressing the grapes and this will be an opportunity to learn more about the process involved in wine making.
The winery in Craighall park is beautifully set under the trees and we will serve a range of South Africa's premiere raw milk cheeses, breads and pickles to compliment your wine tasting.
Time:- 14h00 - 17h00
Date:- Wednesday 21st March 2018 (Public Holiday)
Where:- 20 Marlborough Avenue, Craighall Park.
(Next to Colourful Splendour Nursery)
Find 'Gerakaris Family Wines' on Google Maps
Because of the venue, there is limited space. Book early!!
Bald Ibis Harvest Festival
There is a second unusual wine event taking place this month.
The Bald Ibis harverst festival will take place at Rose Cottage Fouriesburg on Saturday 24 March 2018.
The festival is all about the wine and it is both unusual and very special.
In 2008 John Critchley planted Pinotage, Shiraz and Pinot Noir vines. The first two were chosen because they are low risk cultivars and Pinot Noir was planted as a test cultivar. Added to these were lesser well-known vines such as Tannat,
Chambourcin and Viognier.
The vines are grown organically and fed with worm compost that is made on the farm. They are watered on a drip irrigation system with water coming from the mountain, 1.5km away. The grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in tanks in the cellar and then stored for about 15 months in oak barrels.
John tells us 'In 2013 we picked enough grapes to make 4 barrels of wine which made 1 200 bottles and The Bald Ibis was born. The wine is named after the 11 Southern Bald Ibis that nest on the Kopje and feed in the vines. Like them, the vineyard in the Eastern Free State Highlands – at 1 700m above sea level, one of the highest in the world – is unique and soaring to new heights. Under The Bald Ibis label, we made a Pinot Noir, Pinotage, Pinotage/Shiraz blend and a Shiraz.'
A small selection of local food producers and restaurateurs has teamed up to provide a selection of food to compliment the wine. All the produce on the day are locally sourced from small scale farmers and slow food producers. The festival would make a wonderful weekend away in a sunning part of the country