Taste your foodie dreams at SA's Street Food Festival

2018-07-23 19:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Whether you're on the hunt for local South African cuisine or looking to travel the world with your taste buds, the Street Food Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg is set to spice up your life. 

You could be munching down on African-inspired soul food, get loco with some tacos, test your heat with a curry or three or try out the most mouthwatering new foodie trends.

Bringing you all the delicious smells from mobile restaurants, the festival is running for the 5th year in a row, ready to take the two cities on a magical journey of taste over 10 days. The vendors gearing up their stoves for the event are there by invite only, making sure you get the best of the best.

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They have also launched SFF Loves, where the festival will choose a cause to support each year. For 2018 they are supporting Pimp My Street Kitchen, an initiative that converts informal street food stalls into fully equipped, health and safety compliant kitchen trailers. Festival-goers will be able to help by buying kitchen equipment from their pop-up shop online, as well as a physical shop that is still to be confirmed.

The launch party will kick off in Cape Town at House of Machines on 31 August, followed up small pop-up experiences, food film festivals and food walks before heading into the two big market weekends where you can fry up, bake, roast and grill your way to a good time alongside sweet tunes from local DJs.

A weekend pass will put you out by only R80, or you can only pay R50 for one of the market days. The food walks are R450 per person including food.

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Cape Town 1-2 September

You'll follow the smell of delicious cooking all the way to Side Street Studios in Woodstock. Besides nourishing your stomach, you can also feed your brain with cool food talks by Dial-A-Koeksister, Toast Ale, township fine dining 4Roomed eKasi Culture and former My Kitchen Rules SA contestants Gomotsegang Modiselle and Oginga Siwundla who have opened their own restaurant since then - Hot Skillet.

Some of the vendors include Tacos Locos, Noly's African Kitchen, Township Ramen and Grill, Max Bagels and Potion Coffee.

The food walks will take place from 4 – 7 September 2018 around the Cape Town City Bowl. It will take you to six food and drink stops between 10:00 and 13:00, giving you a taste of Cape Town's hidden food jewels.

See more information here.  

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Joburg 8-9 September

Feel like a proper foodie in the Maboneng Precinct on the Common Ground. Saucy food entrepreneurs will be spilling the beans on their success with informative talks from pop-up The Hello Dinner Club, Soweto's LoCrate Market, the Makhelwane Festival where a residential street is turned into a restaurant strip, Thirst Trap Juices and black female-owned bee farm Native Nosi.

Some of the vendors include Lady Jo's Kitchen, Butter Me Up, The Filthy Moustache, Exotically Divine and Vegeata.

Jozi's food walks will take place on 3, 5 and 7 September, taking you on a jaunt through Yeoville with four food stops, after dinner drinks along Rocky Street and a tour of Ponte Tower, from 16:00 to 21:00.

See more information here. 

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