I am feeling completely empty and depressed today. Why? Because my visit to the Good Food and Wine show is something of the past, until next year of course!
I have a long standing love relationship with the Good Food and Wine show and go every year. You can see my post about my experience at the show in 2009 here! At the 2009 show I was impressed with the young chef, Tiaan Langenegger. He can currently be seen on the Kokkedoor show broadcasting on KykNet on Thursday nights! It seems like I have a good eye for young and upcoming chefs?!
At the show in 2010 I was very impressed with the cute Dieter Voight, Pasella presenter and the wonderful Jenny Morris aka the Giggling Gormet. 🙂 Read my post about the 2010 show here.
Last year, Buddy Valastro or as he is also know the cake boss, stole the show and I loved the Cake competition. I am also a big fan of Indian cuisine and Reza Mahammed was very impressive at the demonstrations at the Spekko rice stand in 2012.
The Good Food and Wine show is always changing and it is a new experience every year. I personally think the show just gets better and better and this year’s was the best so far.
Right at the entrance to the show, as always, is the Sea Harvest stand. Although I missed Pete Goffe-Wood at this stand, I enjoyed Sarah Graham’s fresh and young approach to food. She demonstrated some delicious, easy and quick dishes with the Sea Harvest products. She is a food blogger and published her first book, called Bitten last year and you can currently see her on SABC3 on Sundays on 16:00 with her cookery show, also called Bitten. One very enjoyable part of this stand is that you get tasters of the food that is being demonstrated.
After a quick stroll through the hall and exhibitors it was time for Eric Landlard’s live demonstration at the Checkers theatre. He is a great entertainer and demonstrated the most delicious looking salted caramel chocolate cake and a green tea and jizu tart. I was so impressed that I just had to buy his latest book, called Chocolat. Unfortunately I could not get him to sign the book. 🙁
One of the highlights of the show is “Tafelpraatjies”. It is a beautiful stall and we went to see Herman Lensing, Food Editor of Sarie’s food demonstration. Although I have seen Herman at Food demos at the Cheese and Wine Festival for two years in a row, this was much more personal. There is only space for approximately 30 attendees and we were seated at beautiful decorated tables. I would have loved to attend more demos at this stall!
The show will definitely not be the same without the very entertaining Jenny Morris and here she can be seen cooking up a storm at the Decadent Desserts Theatre!
Friend and fellow blogger, Nina Timm is cooking at the Phillips stand and I tasted cauliflower soup and the most delicious rice pudding served with warm blueberry sauce. She is also doing a hands-on cooking workshop at the Woolworths real food theatre at 18:00, today and she is cooking at Tafelpraatjies, on Sunday. We had a coffee and a nice chat with Nina.
Although I would have loved to attend more shows and demos it was time for us to leave. We bought some lovely olives, wines, Ina Paarman goodies, toffees and other lovely goodies and headed home.
Although the ticket prices for the shows and demos are quite expensive it is really worth every penny and I would recommend this foodie event to any person!
A cute sweet and biscuit gingerbread house at one of the exhibition stands: