Good Food and Wine Show serves up SA’s hottest Food Trends

Good Food and Wine Show serves up SA’s hottest Food Trends

This year’s Good Food and Wine Show is the ideal event to start brushing up on the latest and hottest #FoodTrends. Know your kombucha from your kimchi? Still buying your nut butters and pickles? There is a whole world of healthy food trends transforming the way we’re eating at home.

South Africa’s premier culinary event is coming to Johannesburg between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 July at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate.

Among the chefs who will be giving the inside scoop on food trends in 2017 are Sarah Graham, cookbook author and host of Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, and Sherwyn Weaich, aka The Gourmet Bushie.

For Graham, low and no alcohol drinks, fermenting and healthy snacks are en vogue. And she feels that homemade nut butters and nut milk have been overlooked, and are due for their time in the spotlight. “Homemade versions of nut milk and butters are far healthier and cost-effective than what you can buy at the store,” she says.

Making your own bread from scratch is a trend she doesn’t see disappearing fast. And with spring not too far away, salad jars are perfect for picnics, braais or al fresco dining.

For Weaich, 2017 is all about learning to do your own pickling at home. “Every year as a family tradition I make pickled fish the way my grandmother taught me. However, I’ve diversified the recipe and pickled chicken wings and my own jams and preserves, which I bottle and use at home with fruit and vegetables.” Pickling is not only fun, it also stretches your rand further and cuts down on food waste.

And if you’ve started pickling, why not start growing some of your own herbs?  “Growing your own, be it in the garden or potted on a kitchen counter, allows you to spend less on your monthly groceries with no harmful pesticides added to your food,” he says.

In addition to Weaich and Graham, a bevy of big-name stars, including the world’s first celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be dishing up the latest foodie trends.

All visitors to this year’s show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre – first come, first serve. We have created a unique VIP experience as well. Reserve VIP seats at the show and taste culinary art in the VIP Lounge while interacting with the chefs. This is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the Good Food & Wine Show and its most popular theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Chefs’ Table: smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the chefs taste their food and sample some of South Africa’s top wines.

Waste not want not

For Van der Westhuizen, cutting down on food waste is a trend that everyone should get behind.

Via his Leftover Mondays initiative, he has been promoting ways to reduce food waste at home, such as planning ahead and using everything in your pantry. “For instance, the tomatoes you didn’t use in your salad today can make a delicious relish tomorrow”. Cutting down on portion sizes also helps. “Make a mind switch and let value centre on the quality of the ingredients,” he says.

And this is a trend that the organisers are firmly behind. Visitors to show will get to learn about how food is wasted, and what we can do to make sure we squander less. In addition, all leftover food from the show will be donated to FoodForwardSA, a charitable foundation that helps feed those in need. It collects edible surplus food and redistributes it to non-profit organisations, who feed thousands of hungry South Africans every day.

Maria Chieppa, managing director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, said when it comes to combating food waste, knowledge is power.  “We want to show our visitors how they can cut down on throwing away food. This not only helps the planet, but you can make delicious recipes with kitchen scraps, such as croutons made from old bread.”

There’s more at this year’s Good Food and Wine Show

In an exclusive first, headline chef, restaurateur and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, popularly known as J’Something, will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music as this multi-talented personality is also the leading man of popular band Mi Casa.

In addition Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu and Neill Anthony are also on the Good Food and Wine Show’s menu, in addition to headline sommeliers Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel) and Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel)– who will all share some of their fine wine knowledge.

This year, the show hosts nine theatres, of which seven are free of extra charge for entry, serving up even more value for those attending. The Good Food and Wine Show theatres include: Eat Well/Live Well, Wine Theatre, Baking Theatre, Cake Deco Lab, Chefs’ Table, Chefs’ Open Theatre, Cooking with Chefs, the Kids Deco Lab and the SCASA Barista Championships – a new partnership with the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA) partnership and the show to host the 2017 Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Barista Championships.

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Ticket prices for Good Food and Wine Show 2017

The early bird online prices are valid up to one week prior to each show. Thereafter the door prices are applicable. Children under 12 can attend for free and Fridays are free for pensioners. Tickets are available online at and Ticketpro for Johannesburg. Prices range from R160 for adults and R60 for children aged 13-18 up to R380 for a 3 day pass.


Marco Pierre White (SOLD OUT) 2,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 2,500.00


Marco Pierre White 1,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 1,500.00
J’Something 800.00
Jenny Morris 800.00
Lentswe Bhengu 800.00
Sarah Graham 800.00
Neill Anthony 800.00

Good Food and Wine Show opening hours:

Johannesburg – Ticketpro Dome

10h00-21h00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
10h00-18h00 Sunday 30 July

For more information on GFWS please visit or email or call +27 (0)21 702 2280.