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Street Food Festival Launches SFF Loves The Month Before The Festival

The annual Street Food Festival is returning for the 5th time to celebrate street food in all of its glory. From custodians of South African street food culture, to those who have settled here bringing tastes of home with them, or even food trucks making foods inspired by the streets of foreign cities. The festival has it all.

Each year the event is conceptualised and produced by culinary-minded experience designers, Studio H. African flavours have become a worldwide trend and serves as the inspiration for this year’s festival.

Following the success of previous years, in 2018 the Street Food Festival will be expanding to include 10 days of festivities, which will kick off with a launch party at House of Machines in Cape Town on the 31st of August. Smaller pop-up events like food walks and food movie screenings will lead up to the two big market weekends in Cape Town and Johannesburg, dishing out all the good things visitors have come to expect. This includes local food talent serving your crispy, saucy, fried or fresh pavement-favourites and live DJs spinning the soundtrack to the day. The festivities will culminate with an after-party in both cities.

As always there’ll be an unmissable line-up of talks by local food entrepreneurs. In Cape Town one can listen to talks by Dial-A-Koesister, whose Sunday morning deliveries bring delicious warm koesisters to your door; Toast Ale who brew beer using unsold bread loaves and unused crusts; former My Kitchen Rules SA contestants, Gomotsegang Modiselle and Oginga Siwundla, who have since opened their own restaurant, Hot Skillet; and Jeremey Barty, founder of Breadrev – an organisation built to uplift communities through artisan bread.

In Johannesburg one can listen to Trevor Chomumwe, host of The Hello Dinner Club, a monthly pop-up pan-African dining experience; Kgosi Rampa and Sifiso Dlangamandla, the co-founders of Soweto’s hip LoCrate Market, and the Makhelwane Festival where houses along Poka Street in Soweto are transformed into eateries and art galleries over three days. Also speaking are Boitumelo Ramashaba, founder of Thirst Trap Juices, and Mokgadi Mabela of Native Nosi, a black female-owned bee farm near Tzaneen producing organic, indigenous honey and other products.

Gird your taste buds! Much-loved South African mayo brand Nola will be stirring up some tasty nibbles and showing you how even just a dollop of Nola can #CreateAStir and transform your favourite dishes.

This year the Street Food Festival launches SFF Loves: an initiative that will identify a different cause each year to support. For 2018 SFF Loves will be will be partnering with Food Forward SA, an organisation that collects surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to redistribute to verified partner NPO’s that run food programmes feeding thousands daily. SFF Loves will be launching an online and physical pop-up shop at the V&A Waterfront where virtual-versions of South African street food favourites like the Gatsby, bunny chow and vetkoeks will be sold. The pop-up shop will feature a display of the street food meals crafted. All the proceeds will go to Food Forward SA to assist them in alleviating widespread food waste and hunger in South Africa.


Confirmed dates:

SFF Loves Pop-up Shop

31 July – 6 August 2018. 9 am – 9 pm

V&A Waterfront, at the Lamp Court 1st floor

*NB the online shop will continue running beyond 6 August 2018.

Cape Town

Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront


1 September 2018 17:00 – 21:00 | Entrance R50

2 September 2018 11:00 – 17:00 | Entrance R50

Weekend pass: R80

Get your tickets here: Quicket.co.za

Food Walk:

4 – 7 September


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Common Ground, 6 Staib Street, Maboneng

8 September 2018 11:00 – 17:00 | Entrance R50

9 September 2018 11:00 – 17:00 | Entrance R50

Weekend pass: R80


Get your tickets here: Quicket.co.za


Food Walk:

3, 5 & 7 September


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For more information, contact Kagiso at kagiso@studio-h.co.za

Keep an eye on Street Food Festival ZA or follow Street Food Festival on Instagram,  Twitter or Facebook for updated line-ups and event announcements.

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