Monday, 3 November 2014

The Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014


Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
I experienced the Good Food & Wine Show for the first time this year, so thought I'd share a taste of what it was like (haha, pun totally intended). It was at first pretty overwhelming - there were so many stalls and so much to see, lots of little demo areas all over with interesting people to watch, as well as the celebrity chef theatres which were at an extra fee. I tried to take lots of pics, but unfortunately they aren't the best as it was really busy and it's pretty difficult to get good pics in such a crowd without getting all up in people's faces. But I think it gives you a good idea of the general vibe...

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Wicked Donuts
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Bella Vita Farm
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Rose's Cordials


Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Rose's Cordials
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - La Petite France
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - La Petite France
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - La Petite France
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Ginja Food Magazine
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Snowflake
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Snowflake
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Wakaberry
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Eureka Mills
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Arriba Chocolates
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Chilli Chocolate Chefs
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - The Coffee Theatre
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Sugar Tree Roasted Nuts
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Granny's Fudge Shop
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Spekko Cook Idols
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Hayden Quinn
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Forest Fairies
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - The Little Cake Company
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - The Tea Merchant
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014

Some items that stood out for me...
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Peugeot and Meals on Wheels
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Peugeot and Meals on Wheels
Peugeot and Meals on Wheels got together to create a life-size Peugeot model car made entirely of freshly baked cake smothered in fondant icing. Slices were sold to the public to raise money and awareness for Meals on Wheels. Pretty cool!

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Scoop Me s'More
Scoop Me s'More - "S.A's first customisable ice cream cookie sandwichery." This looks like a fun concept that hasn't quite been done in this way on much of a scale in SA yet. I had a chocolate brownie and snickerdoodle biscuit with coffee ice cream combo, and it was delicious!

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Willow Creek
Willow Creek Olive Oils had some incredible new flavour infusions, and I deeply regret not getting some of this. I sampled a few and they were incredible! Persian Lime, Blood Orange, Garlic, Parmesan, Jalapeno... I'm going to have to seek them out and get me some. 

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Kuhestan Cordials
Kuhestan Cordials come in delicious flavours and make fantastically refreshing drinks for those hot Durban days by the pool, braais and picnics.

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Balsamic Beads
This was something I hadn't seen before - Balsamic Beads! Looks kinda like caviar, and would be great to fancy up salads, snacks or any meal really. They're 100% vegan with no added sugars. 

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Andrew Draper
I also particularly enjoying getting to watch well known Durban chef, Andrew Draper from Harvey's Restaurant. He's really entertaining to watch and shared some great tips during the process of his demos. 

Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Andrew Draper
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Andrew Draper
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Andrew Draper
Happiness is... Durban Good Food & Wine Show 2014 - Andrew Draper

Others that deserve a mention: Wicked Donuts who are relatively new and have some incredible donut flavours, Rose's Cordials who have a new range of delicious flavours as well, and La Petite France who specialise in handmade cheeses but have really great preserves as well, like Rose Petal Syrup. (all pictured above)

It did strike me that the event didn't represent the Durban food scene very well at all. We've got some great Durban restaurants and artisanal foodies, as well as the more "common" Durban food fare, and I found their absence rather glaring. Would have also loved to have seen a specialty coffee and tea section... maybe an idea for next time.

Overall however it was an enjoyable general experience and there was so much more that isn't represented in these images (things that didn't suit my specific taste). Well worth a visit!


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7 comments :

  1. Wow... so many things I didn't get to see. Lovely post & now I'm hungry. x

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  2. Thanks for giving us the tour through your lens!

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  3. BRB, just going to go buy ALL of the food.

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  4. Thanks, Nadia! Yes, there was sooo much! :)

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  5. You're most welcome, Ellen! :)

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  6. Wow, so much food! I'm sure you had fun! ..and didn't have to eat so much after this... ;)

    xo
    Kreetta

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