4 July 2012 by Robyn Campbell

Taste Festival comes to Durbs

This winter, get to Durban for the city’s Taste Festival – a 3-day foodie feast filled with flavour.

Durban joins the ranks of the world’s great food cities as it prepares to host the inaugural Taste of Durban festival from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July 2012.


										Taste contemporary cuisine

With Taste Festivals in Jo’burg and Cape Town already an annual event, Durban, with its mix of African, Indian and colonial culinary influences, adds welcome diversity.

The Taste Festival format, where top city eateries and chefs set up pop-up restaurants and serve bite-sized versions of dishes from their menus, is already a huge hit with food lovers the world over.

With Taste Festivals in Jo’burg and Cape Town already an annual event, Durban, with its mix of African, Indian and colonial culinary influences, adds welcome diversity. 

Ordinarily, travel agendas rarely permit food lovers time to get to know a city, gastronomically speaking. With a Taste of Durban, you get to taste the best the city has to offer under 1 roof, for just a few crowns (the festival currency, worth R5 each) per plate.

The Durban festival looks to be a standout event, because, to my knowledge, this is the 1st time kasi cuisine (township food) will feature at a Taste Festival – so don’t miss Max’s Lifestyle Taverna's homemade boerewors (farmer's sausage), spicy mutton and samp casserole, or mogodu (tripe) and amadombolo (dumplings).


										Decadent desserts

Also, lady chefs dominate the line-up, with the likes of Jackie Cameron (Hartford House), Marcelle Roberts (Café 1999) and Louise Potgieter (Havana Grill & Little Havana) showing the men how it’s done.

And proving why it's the benchmark for fine dining in Durbs year after year will be the multi-award-winning 9th Avenue Bistro.

Spicing things up are the Jewel of India, Simply Asia and Versailles restaurants, along with guest chefs from Thailand.

In addition, there’ll be wine, beer, mixologists whipping up trendy and exotic cocktails, excellent local brandy and plenty of champers. Check out local produce at the Small Producers’ Market and gobble gourmet goodies at the Taste and Buy Experience.

From masterclasses to hands-on cooking demos, it’s all going on at the Taste of Durban Festival.

And, there’s another good reason to join the feast: this year’s festival charity is the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, a privately run, registered non-profit organisation committed to on-the-ground assistance in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhinos.

For more information, go to the Taste Festival website.


										Try tasty Thai food

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