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Soweto Food and Lifestyle Festival will focus on ingredients grown in Soweto

This article first appeared in City Press.

by: Grethe Kemp | 12 Feb 2017

Nonprofit organisation Sibahle Community Project will be pairing small-scale vegetable producers and urban farmers in and around the area with the chefs and food vendors at the event. These entrepreneurs are young grassroots small-scale farmers who farm everywhere from backyards to abandoned schools.

“In doing this you’re creating an introduction and providing the possibility for the farmers to see that there’s a market for that kind of thing,” says volunteer project coordinator Rachel Prince.

“The pairing will feature the Sibahle Community Garden at the Tladi Clinic, about a kilometre from where the festival is happening, as well as the Siyazenzela Permaculture Farm at the Phiri Primary School,” she adds.

“The long term goal is that these relationships between food producers and farmers will be ongoing, and that the collaboration doesn’t last just for the festival.”

Apart from pairing growers and producers, Prince also runs tour experiences around Soweto, which focus on the gardens.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see what’s happening on a deeper level. We’ll do it by bike and give people an opportunity to go into the farm. We’re looking at an experience where people will be able to taste and pick and experience the vegetables on the farms.”

Go to to find out more about the project.

To book a food tour with them, phone Prince on 072 152 3867

There is a lot of great foodie stuff going on at the festival this year. Here are three you should look out for:

1. All the food will have wine suggestions
A collection of top chefs have selected boutique wines that will pair well with the food on offer. So, if you buy a burger at a food truck, the menu will have a suggestion of which wine would complement

2. The cause-and-effect taste theatre
Every night will feature three free 45-minute classroom-style wine and food pairing sessions, where you can learn how to combine wines with kasi-style food.

3. Slow food will take centre stage
Slow Food South Africa is about advancing seasonal and local produce, whose aim is to “bring pleasure back to the table, educate consumers about where their food comes from, defend agricultural biodiversity, build strong sustainable food communities and create a system that makes good food available to everyone.”

Caroline McCann from Slow Food SA will be creating a slow food experience for guests at the festival.

Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival tickets are available through and at Pick n Pay outlets.


Friday and Sunday passes: R150. Saturday pass: R180

Dates and times:Friday, March 3: 6pm to 10pm. Saturday, March 4: 12pm to 10pm, Sunday, March 5: 12pm to 6pm

To win double tickets to the Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival, SMS your name, surname, email address, province and the keyword SOWETO2 to 34217

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