Food stalls and crate talks: A nifty guide to feasting at Visa Street Food Festival 2017 ?

With spring upon us, foodies are stepping back outside just in time for this year’s Visa Street Food Festival 2017. The event – comprised of festivals in two cities and a conference – aims to pay homage to South African street food culture and is set to take place in the country’s culinary capitals of Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg festival (10 September) will be hosted at Common Ground in the Maboneng Precinct, the Cape Town leg (2-3 September) of the event at Side Street Studios in Woodstock and the Visa Studio Food Conference — a one-day food event that aims to change the way we think about food — will take place at the end of August in Cape Town.

The vibey inner-city neighbourhoods will be bursting at the seams during the festival, and filled with food stalls serving up delectable eats, upbeat live music and crate talks geared towards food entrepreneurs. While the conference is made up of interactive talks, business insights, great food and workshops.

To help you plan your approach to one of the South Africa’s favourite food events, we have compiled a handy guide to outdoor feasting and entertainment.

10and5’s top dishes to try

Toro Loco

Location: Visa Joburg Street Food Festival
What: Big and bold flavours of Spanish paella and Argentine meats is what you can look forward to at Toro Loco.
Hot dish: Paella marinero packed with seafood, rice, vegetables, saffron and other seasonings simmered together in a low sided pan.

The Rogue Cheddar

Where: Visa Joburg Street Food Festival
What: This mobile mini-food truck will melt the heart of any cheese lover. The Rogue Cheddar sell gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches made from high quality ingredients sourced locally and sustainably.
Hot dish: The ‘Sweet Cheesus’ sandwich comprised of artisanal sourdough bread smothered with lashings of handmade farm butter and stuffed with locally produced cheeses and sweet caramelised onions.

Knickerbocker Ice Cream Company

Where: Visa Joburg Street Food Festival
What: On the lucky and likely chance it’s a scorcher, you’ll need to know the whereabouts of an ice cream stand. The Knickerbocker Ice cream Company will be providing gelato-style ice cream, luxurious thick milkshakes and traditional Belgian waffles.
Cool flavour: Dairy vanilla.


Where: Visa Cape Town Street Food Festival
What: LionHeart is an online-based Pâtisserie Studio founded by extraordinaire pastry chefs Nikki Albertyn and Karmen De Reuk. The business partners are motivated by a shared infatuation for sweet, sugary treats which shines through in all of their creations.
Hot dish: A state-of-the-art rocket pop.

Tao’s Yum Dim Sum

Where: Visa Cape Town Street Food Festival
What: Tao’s Yum Dim Sum will be bring traditional Chinese delicacies to Side Street Studios. Expect an assortment of dumplings, stir fry, Poke bowls and spring rolls.
Hot dish: A portion of tasty and tender vegetarian steamed dumplings.

Top talks to hear

Dawood Petersen

Who? Dawood Petersen is the owner of fusion food restaurant Mamasan.
Where? Visa Joburg Street Food Festival
What? Mamasan is an eatery founded by Dawood and his wife Lauren Jill Petersen, located on 7th Street in Melville. Their menu draws on popular Cape Malay dishes and their tastes as inspiration. The entrepreneur will be sharing stories of his experience growing up within the Cape Malay community and how this has inspired him to open Mamasan.


Where? Visa Food Studio Conference
Who? Chips! is an online publication and occasional zine which explores food at the intersection of culture.
What? Chips! Will be performing a live reading at the Visa Studio Food Conference.

Zayaan Khan

Where? Visa Food Studio Conference
Who? Green activist and co-ordinator of Slow Food Youth Network.
What? Zayaan’s work seeks to understand the nuances of food systems. At the conference she will divulging her studied interests: food security, preservation and the art of food.

Gary Kurt Smith

Who? Gary Kurt Smith is a social entrepreneur and management consultant. He owns and operates UBUNTU Business Consultancy.
Where? Visa Joburg Street Food Festival
What? Ubuntu Business provide entrepreneurial and business skills and practical on-site training and coaching to the members of urban farming cooperative, the Kotze Rooftop Garden Project. Gary will be chatting to audiences at the Street Food Festival about the involvement of his enterprise in supporting and maintaining these hydroponic gardens, which bring agriculture to the heart of inner city Johannesburg.

Ming Cheau Lin

Who? Ming Cheau Lin is freelance copywriter and food blogger with a background in patisserie.
Where? Visa Cape Town Street Food Festival
What? Originally from Taiwan, Ming blogs about her island nation’s rich cultural cuisine as Butter Fingers. In her talk she will be exploring how her East Asian heritage and South African upbringing have led her along her food journey.

Katharine Jacobs

Where? Visa Cape Town Street Food Festival
Who? Katharine Jacobs is the online editor of Eat Out, and has also worked as online editor of Woolworths TASTE, and as the Cape Town editor and news editor for ArtThrob.
What? Food writing is a coveted job among culinary fanatics. Katharine will be speaking on her illustrious career in food journalism, her day-to-day and living the dream, eating her way through top restaurants across South Africa.

Find out more about the festival and book your tickets now.

*This article was made possible by Visa Street Food Festival

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