Anyone that knows me, knows that Good Food & Wine is one of my favorite shows of the year, and, because of how many I've attended, both in CT and Jo'Burg, I am quite critical of this show.
We arrived around 10am with baby in tow and dived right in. Right off the bat I could see a heap of new products and vendors. I personally love the Dome as it is a lovely cool venue and super spacious.
As per every year, the show was jam packed with goodies to eat, goodies to cook with, celeb chefs and more, but what was obvious this year when we walked in, was that the layout was different and while the regulars were in attendance, their were a lot of new traders there too.
Special note: A product that I couldn't try this year due to nursing, was Malfy Gin. That said, I cannot wait to get my hands on it as soon as I can. The aroma is amazing and I have a feeling this is a product to keep a look out for
Lets jump in, with some of my top products at this years show:
Last year we bought 2 bottles of this new butter based piri piri and were so dissapointed ...WHEN IT RAN OUT. We cried "WHY did we not buy more", stupidly forgetting that this homegrown gem is available for order online! We were delighted to find them again at this years show, and that they have expanded with a new oil based product to go alongside the yummy butter based original. Smooth and creamy, it has a nice bite without being ridiculously hot.
But be warned... do not just buy one bottle of this....you are going to eat it with EVERYTHING. Go check them out at : Delagoa Bay online
The Real Food Factory
So there are lots and lots and LOTS of traders that do condiments to go with stuff and on stuff. You can fall over dead from an overload of chutneys and pestos and mushroom things...but, this was one of the nicest brands I found. What also helped was that the young people in the stall weren't pushy, but really showed a love for the product they were selling. And what a product. We bought the Hemp seed and Coriander Pesto, as well as the Shitake Mushroom with lemon and ginger. Cape based (Kommetjie) they can be found on Facebook
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Nova Choc -oh-late
So I don't want to tell too much about this rock star chocolate product, as we will soon be doing a full stand alone product review. However, let me tantalize you with just a little taste... When I got hailed to try a nibble with the promise of a great sugar free chocolate, I was very skeptical. I've had sugar free chocolate, it's not tasty. But, on their promise that this was the best, I popped a piece in my mouth and was STUNNED. Smooth, creamy, sweet and just plain yummy, this stuff is AMAZING. They do various slabs as well as balsamic blends and the most amazing hot chocolate. Go check them out on Facebook, but keep an eye on the blog as we will have them here for a full product review SOON!
The current movement all over SA is to get rid of plastic straws. I've seen some funky glass ones, but have been worried to use them due to just something extra to break. Imagine our surprise in finding Foreva Straws. As they say "ForEva Reusable, Dish Washer Safe, Eco Friendly Drinking Straws. Why Wouldn't You Have A Set In Your Kitchen Draw? Think Green Drink Clean." We bought a pack to do our bit, and cause they are such a smart home option. Check them out on Facebook
The smaller cooking spaces allow for the public to get up close and personal with local chefs. Neil Anthony (a personal chef hero of mine) and J-Something (I got to meet him briefly) were two of the many chefs doing their thing at the show. This personal interaction with the public adds to the fun and makes the GF&W show something special.
One thing that REALLY impressed me, was the baby room. As a new (my little girl is just about to turn 3 months old) mother who is exclusively breastfeeding, going out is a bit of a story. You worry about where you can go to nurse, or change your baby (and no, those ugly drop down tables in the loo are NOT an option for me) What I LOVE about GF&W being held at the Ticketpro Dome, is that Phillips Avent have a permanent baby room in the venue. However, not only is it a space to feed, it has been well thought out for use by Moms or Dads. You enter into a large room with space to sit and spaces to change nappies and a counter with bottle warmers on it. There are 4 separate rooms with doors, for nursing, each with a table, comfortable chair, plug point and second seat. What is great with this is that dads can come and sit with mom while she is nursing, or can take their kids in the main room to change a nappy without encroaching on a nursing moms privacy. This room sets the dome head and shoulders above other venues, and makes the GF&W show such a pleasure to attend. I spent far longer at the show than I have any other since my daughter was born, as the stress was gone. I nursed her twice while we were there, and did a nappy change ... without a worry. WELL DONE to eveyone on this point.
All in all I give this years show a 8/10. Enjoyable, full of variety and value for money, we went home full of tasters, our wallets lighter of cash and with a heap of new products to look out for. Most importantly though, we cannot WAIT for GF&W 2018!
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