Food and wine expos cater to the growing trend of gourmet edutainment. For serious foodies, epicurean experiences and knowledge go hand-in-hand, and if it’s hands-on that’s even better. From demo kitchen to farmyard – the only thing these food-fans love more than food, is food for thought.

Did you know?

More than 17 tonnes of cheese were consumed and purchased during the most recent Agri-expo Cheese Festival.

South African food and wine expos are a delicious learning experience. Foremost, they offer the fun and flavour of a food festival, but with added benefits: learning from the best talent in the business, one-on-one time with an expert, and meeting like-minded people who care about food as much as you do.

Shows and expos like the Good Food & Wine Show, A Taste of Jo'burg and RMB Winex offer the ultimate one-stop-shop for lovers of food and wine by bringing together chefs, cheese and winemakers, food producers and industry experts under one roof. The stature of these events attracts overseas participants too, so you get local and international learning – yummy!

Global trends towards sustainable and organic production have changed food and wine from an area of connoisseur expertise to something that affects and interests us all. Being über concerned about what you eat and drink is no longer a matter of snobbery – it’s a life-changing consideration for our planet.

South African food events like the annual Agri-Expo Cheese Festival are all about supporting and honoring local food prodcers. They provide a starting point for making informed alternative eating choices, supported by a harvest of tasty, healthy food and drink to help make up your mind.

Food shows like the Swartland Show offer educational food quests of a different kind. There’s much to be learned, and tasted, from people who live off the land. Farming and agricultural shows help us to re-connect with nature, the farmer, the food chain – and family. What could be more important than teaching our children that how we nurture the soil, plant crops and raise livestock today, profoundly affects how they will eat tomorrow.