03 September 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Stylin’ in Soweto

The 8<sup>th</sup> Tops Soweto Wine Festival promises to be a blast – with great food, fabulous music, beautiful people and over 900 different South African wines to choose from.

Gautengers are gearing up for the Tops Soweto Wine Festival, which takes place from 6 to 8 September at the University of Johannesburg (Soweto Campus).

In association with Food Network, this fun festival is bigger and better than last year and promises to be a cracker of an event, with music, food and over 900 delicious wines on offer.

Wine tasting at the Tops Soweto Festival

The festival has an interesting history – it came into being around a braai in Pretoria when good chums Mnikelo Mangciphu and Lynn Woodward were sipping wine out of Soweto Beer Festival glasses. A brainwave hit after a glass or 2 – they'd put together a wine festival in Jozi’s most famous township.

The Soweto Wine Festival was launched in 2005 at the Ubuntu Kraal in Orlando West, and was attended by 1 500 people. It moved to the University of Johannesburg in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength; last year, the festival attracted a record 8 550 people over 3 days.

The festival has an interesting history – it came into being around a braai in Pretoria when good chums Mnikelo Mangciphu and Lynn Woodward were sipping wine out of Soweto Beer Festival glasses.

A good place for the young and trendies to hang out

Says Mangciphu (co-founder and owner of Soweto’s Morara Wine and Spirit Emporium): 'It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s black and it’s beautiful. There will be no other festival like the 2012 Tops Soweto Wine Festival! This year our focus is on providing a gorgeous, safe place for our valuable visitors to have fun, learn about wine, dine with friends in our Tops Food marquee, dance to live music, and much more – not forgetting the more  than R100 000-worth of prizes to be won.

'There are a couple of new additions in the pipeline that are very exciting and will add great value for all who attend the festival.'

One exciting new addition to the festival is the fact that there is a new associate sponsor – DStv's Food Network. 

Nick Thorogood, Food Network's senior vice-president of content and marketing UK and EMEA, says: 'We’re excited to be on board as associate sponsor of the festival this year. South African wine and food is tantalising, diverse and full of flavour, and we're pleased to be helping educate people within the Soweto region by showcasing the best of the best that the country has to offer.'

The Nederburg Wine and Food Taste Theatre Experience is no doubt going to be a highlight – where participants can learn about the fine art of food pairing. The Cape Wine Academy is also hosting a stand (for those who want to learn more), and there are also travel exhibitions to encourage visitors to take trips to the winelands.

There’s music, wine, fun vibes and a whole lot of home-grown bonhomie for the taking.

The Tops Soweto Wine Festival runs from 6 to 8 September 2012 at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg, from 6pm to 10pm on the Thursday and Friday, and from 5pm to 9pm on the Saturday. Tickets cost R120 per person and are available online from www.webtickets.co.za.

A good time is to be had by all

Category: Food & Wine

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