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In a weeks time this delicious event is on its way to Durban. All foodies like myself mark out all food events as they are so few we have in Durban and its about the only time we get to meet other Food Bloggers.

This year we have the likes of the gorgeous British chef James Martin , Ms Cupcake who is well known for her famous vegan cupcakes and Anjali Pathak from the Pathak family of spices. As an ardent foodie lover and my addiction to the UK this trio make me so happy.

On the local front we have Jenny Morris who is so amazing and inspiring , I met her last year at the show and fell in love with her passion for food and life, Deena Naidoo the winner of the first season of MCSA and the lovely Chef Benny Masekwameng .Hopefully I get to meet this awesome chefs .

I love the fact that the GFWS showcases new proudly South AFRICAN products and that the public get to sample them and get special show discounts on the prices.

As always there are show attractions:

• Brilliant Baking Theatre
Baking is gaining world-wide popularity and this theatre is devoted to all things sweet, baked and tempting. This interactive theatre – headlined by Ms Cupcake – features baking workshops, recipe and technique demonstrations. There will be opportunities for visitors to ask the experts all the dos and don’ts of baking.
• Celebrity Chefs Theatre
One of our most popular theatres, the Celebrity Chefs Theatre is where our local and international celebrity chefs will be whipping up their signature recipes and demonstrating delicious recipes which visitors can recreate at home. Catch James Martin, Ms Cupcake, Anjali Pathak, Vivek Singh, Jennis Morris, Benny Masekwameng and Deena Naidoo.
• Creative Coffee Theatre
The Durban Good Food and Wine Show plays host to the SCASA Coffee Competitions’ KZN Barista Championship Regionals at a dedicated Creative Coffee Theatre. This is an interactive hands-on workshop zone where visitors and trade can learn from professional baristas how to create speciality coffees, create latte art and make the perfect cuppa. Find out who are Kwa-Zulu Natal’s best baristas at the Regional Barista Championships.
• Durban Bites
Featuring some of the city’s top restaurants and restaurateurs courtesy of Durban Tourism.
• MasterCurry Competition
Amateur cooks have been invited to submit their favourite tried and tested curry recipe. Thirty-two participants will be cooking off at the show with the finals taking place on Sunday, August 11. The overall winner receives a trip of a lifetime: A five-day luxury holiday for two, sponsored by Incredible India, to the culinary mecca of India. The winner will also experience the majestic Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s glittering bazaars and ancient palaces and temples.
• Outdoor Good Food & Wine Bar
The Outdoor Good Food & Wine Bar takes centrestage in the outdoor arena at the Good Food & Wine Show. Sip on your favourite cocktail; enjoy an iced cold beer or take in the sunshine with a glass of your favorite wine or a bottle of bubbles – we have it all for you in this zone, which is surrounded by Durban’s favourite restaurants serving mouth-watering samples of their signature dishes – it’s a highlight of the Good Food & Wine Show and open until way after sunset.
• Rhodes Sishebo Theatre
In the heart of the Cultural Quarter of the Durban Good Food & Wine Show is the Sishebo Theatre. It is here that we keep the pot boiling with mouth-watering demonstrations by leading chefs from well-known township and local cultural restaurants, famous for their delicious stews, using the full array of traditional canned Rhodes products as essential ingredients to make the perfect “sishebo.”
• Spekko Spice Table
Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy the sharing, preparing and tasting of cultural foods, either traditional or contemporary. The setting is intimate and the audience will sit in a home-style kitchen and enjoy the hospitality of the Spice Table hosts who will interview well-known community celebrities who have a common passion for food and storytelling. Spice Table comes to life with wonderful anecdotes and delicious food and is authentic, down to earth and welcoming.
• Woolworths Little Chefs Kitchen
Sponsored by Woolworths, there will be hands-on workshops for children aged 4-7 and 8-12. Chef Barry Farnan is in charge of the theatre which will get youngsters to pick their own vegetables from a vegetable garden built especially for the show. Young cooks will find out where ingredients come from and learn to cook in a series of fun yet informative classes including how to make hamburgers, one-pan pasta and fruity pancakes. Tickets will be sold at the door.
• Woolworths Real Food Theatre
The future of a healthy nation is to encourage people to eat nourishing food, to respect what comes from Mother Earth and to understand the role of sustainable food. These important elements form the core of Woolworths Real Food Theatre which is one of the innovative and exciting new interactive theatres at this year’s Durban Good Food & Wine Show. The Real Food Theatre will have hands on cooking workshops with a focus on natural sustainable ingredients. It will host visiting celebrity chefs Anjali Pathak, Ms Cupcake and Jenny Morris alongside Durban’s top chefs who will be sharing their food philosophies with visitors. They include Graham Neilson of 9th Avenue Bistro; Marcelle Roberts of Café 1999; Brandon Louwrens of The Grill Jichana at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel and the first winner of MasterChef South Africa Deena Naidoo.

So if you had no plans to go I suggest you do !


• Good Food & Wine Show Durban August 8 to 11- Durban Exhibition Centre
Tickets cost R75 for adults for R40 for children. This includes more free theatres than ever before. Visitors can download discount coupons for great savings on the Good Food & Wine Show website http://www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za


5 Celebrity Chefs who inspire me


Yesterday I spent an hour lost in a bookshop.I am totally addicted to books and cannot resist the smell of a new book and turning crisp pages. In my mind I already started compiling a wishlist of books I want. I lingered longer in the cookery section and pointed out to my friend which books I already had.Its amazing how many cookbooks I already own but also how many I still want. I was also able to point out several chefs who I follow and interact with on Twitter.I later told my friend how I wish I had an unlimited credit card to buy all the books I want.

The following are celebrity chefs I admire and would love to own all their cookbooks someday :

1) Jenny Morris – I totally adore this awesome South African chef, who I had the pleasure of meeting.She has a great personality that comes through her cooking.I was pretty lucky to get Jenny to sign her cookbook for me.

2) Nigella Lawson- Nigella oozes passion for her cooking, entertaining and life. Her decadent recipes are not complicated and watching her on TV cook makes one hungry very quickly. I was extremely lucky that my dearest friend bought me my 1st Nigella cookbook. one which I have had my eye on for years 🙂

3) Jamie Oliver – started following Jamie while I was in London due to his Healthy Eating in schools programe. He is down to earth, empowers the misguided youth and makes cooking easy.

4) Heston Blumenthal – this chef really blows your mind with his use of science in cookery. Love how he makes each eating experience asalute to the senses.

5)Bobby Chinn love his food journeys throughout the world

Who are your favourite chefs?
Bon Appetite

5 people I have met from Twitter….


My Twitter addiction started in August 2011 and since then has increased dramatically. I used to love Facebook but now I rarely go on to it. At first Twitter seemed daunting but in no time I found my way and totally loved it.

Since 2011 I have Tweeted 23577 Tweets and I have 780 followers. I recall my first couple of months and thinking will I ever get a 100 followers.I love Twitter as you can follow and interact with so many people all over the world even if it has a 140 character limit. My blogging journey also started due to Twitter and has grown. I have made some really awesome Twitter friends and I cant wait to meet them though I have also met several of them.

My list of 5 Tweeters include :

# Deon Govender a popular DJ from Eastcoast Radio. Deon was super friendly ad always follows back and interacts with his followers.He has some pretty cool mixes on Spreaker that you can download. So check him out on Twitter @djdeong

# Jenny Morris a much loved SA Celebrity chef also known as The Giggling Gourmet. I had the awesome pleasure of meeting the amazing soul last year at The Good Food and Wine Show. Jenny was so lovely, funny and has such an amazing personality. She even signed a copy of her new cookbook and posed for pictures. My friends were all green eyed monsters about how I knew Jenny and how she was so lovely to me. Aunty Jen as I know call her on Twitter has awesome tweets and always replies to her followers. Find her @JennyMorrisChef she will defo keep you laughing.

#Alvin Quah from Masterchef Austrailia was another Tweeter I met. Alvin was voted the most popular masterchef contestant in SA. Alvin is a bundle of laughs and has great stage personality.He was very friendly to the crowds and allowed a photo session. Check him out on @alvinquah

#Jsomething is the awesome lead singer from my favourite SA group MiCasa. I had the pleasure of meeting, a photos and chatting to this really awesome guy at The Heinken concert in CT.Awesome down to earth guy and not to mention drop dead sexy 🙂 check him and MiCasa out @jsomethingmusic and @MiCasaMusic. Listen to their music its awesome.

#Zolani Mahola from the amazing group Freshly Ground another SA star so humble, friendly and always replies to her followers on Twitter.Feel in love with her voice when she sang Sometime wow what a track…. Follow her on Twitter @zolanimahola.

Twitter is amazing I have meet some pretty awesome people both famous and not so if you aint on Twitter I suggest you try it out and then you will relaise why I call it my addiction…

Ciao for now Tweethearts….

Ps dont forget to check me out on Twitter @verushka143

I am connected


Last Friday was another day that Technology amazed me. AS part of a departmental team building we attended the GOod Food and Wine show. As a keen foodie I was very excited to see some of my favourite chefs in action. Part of my digital addiction includes the use of Twitter on a regular basis. Often i Tweet with the lovely chef Jenny Morris so meeting her or even watching her cook up a storm would have been a treat. I found myself introducing myself to Jenny as my Twitter handle of @verushka143 which she immediately knew and hugged me. It was so amazing to meet a celebrity of Twitter. Jenny reminded us to catch her show where she proudly told everyone how she and I Tweet and reffered to me as a Twit which now my friends affectionally call me. Jenny Morris signed her latest book for me which made me feel very special indeed. Later on my lovely Twitter friend arranged an amazing surprise for me which was a gorgeous signed recipe book from another great chef.Indeed my friends were all green eyed monsters but impresssed with my Twitter contacts. So yes my I love all the contacts I have made via various social networks.YES I AM ADDICTTED AND YES I AM CONNECTED!