2 weekends ago, I had a pleasure of attending the foodie dream, the ‘Taste of Cape Town’ food festival, running from the 10th-12th of April at the Green Point cricket stadium. It was so lovely.
So much food, so many food items, a lot of wine tastings, as well as different alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. From moist biltong, gourmet burgers, juicy barberqued meat (I mean proper barberque that takes hours of tender care, not just grilling or braai), fine dining cuisines from 5 star restaurants and hotels, to amazing oysters. It feels, smells and sounds like little heaven to me.
I could not imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
With an entrance fee of R100 for a standard ticket with a glass, crowns as the currency( 1 crown=R5) for any food or drinks, and a very good spread of options. There was something for everyone and so much more. I even wished I had come to all the 3 days the festival was running. Everything was very well organised, from parking, accessible venue, buying crowns and going around the different stalls. Everyone was accessible, I was impressed.
There were a variety of food items, not only lunch, which I appreciated. From olives, salts, cooking oils, biltong etc. There were a few cocktail lounges with cocktail-making classes, whisky stand, beer stands, and loads of wine stands. There was even a massage stall, and it was rather busy.
The not so good things were:
- For R100 you got entrance and a glass. A very average glass, no branding whatsoever. Let’s just say I wouldn’t even drink wine at home with a glass like that. I’m not sure if they were cutting costs.
The festival was not child accomodating at all. No efforts to cater to families with children; no children foods or drinks or space where they could play. The reality is: people who enjoy food and go to these festivals, their lives don’t start and end with food. They have families and children, and it’s not fair to exclude patrons because of the fact that they have children. If the festival was during the week when children were at school, it could be slightly understandable.
As amazing as the food was, I still walked away hungry and I’d come expecting to enjoy my Sunday lunch here. I had to go to Nando’s for lunch after the festival. Not only was the food expensive, but the portions were very small. Taster portions, for between R35-R60. Quite unreasonable if you ask me. My son was so hungry he started crying and we had to buy him the only ‘edible by a child’ food: a burger. But this was not an average burger, it was the smallest burger you’ll ever see, costing us R50. A slider is bigger than this. It only had a small patty with chorizo and a slice of red pepper. I’m not sure how they could justify the price. With his tiny 3 year old mouth, it took 4 bites and it was done! #not impressed.
I loved those oysters though! Even thinking about them is making my mouth salivate!
So with all these negatives, will I go back next year? Answer: Yes. Probably because I’m a sucker for good food. But they have to either drop the prices or increase portions to starter portions not tasters. I’ll definitely be eating before I go next year.
Overall Rating: 7/10
- Accessibility: 9/10
Food/ beverages: 7/10
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