Saturday was the Johannesburg leg of the Street Food Festival. The festival consisted of a day market which had different vendors selling their preferred street food, a food entrepreneurs workshop and a dinner party that highlighted African street food. Initially I was simply going to partake in the day market but a friend of mine blessed me with a ticket to the Food Entrepreneurs Workshop.
The workshop centered around the food industry and how to approach certain aspects in the industry that included the media, social branding, food trends and what is African food (and a Gin tasting of Hope On Hopkins gin. A South African distilled gin. Find out more about it on http://www.hopeonhopkins.co.za) Now I wont bore you with a long explanation of what I learnt but I will say that it was an extremely eye opening experience and made me question the authenticity of my cooking. African food is often not looked at as high class cooking/food and we often neglect our roots and look to other kinds of cooking that do not speak honestly about who we are as people. I have had to ask myself the question “what is my food identity?” I haven’t found the answer yet but I’m making more of an effort to incorporate food and flavours that I grew up on and are true to who I am in my cooking.
The highlight of my day? Meeting my food crush. A man called Guy Bower; owner and head cook of The Bowery. He specializes in corporate catering and believes mobile kitchens are the future of catering in South Africa. He epitomises my food dreams; easy, unpretentious, flavourful and resourceful cooking. Check out the bowery on http://www.thebowery.co.za
As part of the workshop, Guy and his team where challenged to make 50 different variations of grilled cheese sandwiches in 45 minutes. He made 65. I only managed to taste 3. Now, I make a mean grilled cheese but this was just amazing. There was the generic variants of cheese and cold meet to Nutella grilled cheese sandwiches. I was in awe.
In conclusion, Saturday was a true highlight in my life, an experience I’ll always cherish. I went alone but quickly got over feeling like I should have been experiencing it with someone else. I met some amazing foodies and tasted some amazing food. Take a look below at some of the moments from the festival.
People selling all kinds of sweet goods
Hope On Hopkins Gin
I watched this man make what is called Laffa bread
Asian cuisine was also on display