Good Food and Wine Show pulls into Durban
28 October 2015
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Welcome back to the next edition of Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now. I’m Brad Brown. We’ve got another returning guest on today’s podcast and we had on a few weeks ago to talk a little bit about the Good Food and Wine Show that takes place nationally in the three major centres here in South Africa on an annual basis and it’s a great place to welcome back onto the podcast, general manager of the Good Food and Wine Show, Heidi Warricker.
Heidi, welcome back and the Durban exhibition or show is just around the corner not too long to go now and I wanted to get you back on just to talk a little bit about Durban in particular and what people can expect. The last time we spoke you said that Durban was the latest edition to the Good Food and Wine Show family. Durban’s an interesting one, out of the three major centres it often imposes its own unique sort of challenges. Have you found that with Durban this year once again?
Rick Stein is a headline act
Heidi Warricker: Absolutely. You know Durban is obviously our coastal town, a very healthy city with a very proactive tourism operator. I mean Durban Tourism is one of our major sponsors and we’re very excited to have the support and have them on board. What’s particularly exciting about Durban this year is that we are bringing an amazing headline chef in Rick Stein. Rick Stein is an English chef, he’s a restauranteur, he’s a cookery book author, a television presenter.
I don’t know if you know Rick Stein, Seafood King and he’s written some 20 cookery books and he’s written an autobiography which I’m currently reading at the moment called “Under a Mackerel Sky” which is completely enlightening. He’s made 25 cookery programmes and he’s also cooked for the likes of the Queen and Prince Phillip and Tony Blaire and Margaret Thatcher and French President Jacques Chirac.
Rick is best known for his love of fresh seafood, preparing seafood, sustainable fishing and sustainable seafood and he really made his name in the 90’s with his earliest books and his television series which was based on his life as a chef and the owner of a seafood restaurant in Padstow.
So it’s just a huge coup for South Africa, for Good Food and Wine Show to be bringing such a phenomenal headline chef to Durban and it’s so fitting. I mean it’s Spring time and it’s seafood and I mean you couldn’t get anything better than a Rick Stein as a headline chef and we’re doing some very exciting things with Rick.
He’ll be doing a breakfast, an exclusive breakfast in Johannesburg before he heads into Durban and then we’ve also got him at the Oyster Box for a breakfast as well. A morning with Rick Stein which will be a Rick inspired breakfast and all the chefs happen to be staying at the Oyster box, lucky them.
Then we’ve got Rick at obviously the Good Food and Wine Show and he’s also going to be doing a fishing trip in the early hours of Friday morning so he can go and experience catching a bit of Snoek or a bit of Geelbek. That I think they’re going to be looking for so some great experiences with Rick whilst he’s here in South Africa.
Durban really attracts the best
I mentioned that Brent Owens again Brenty from Masterchef Australia will be in Durbs. We’ve got, oh goodness the hugely popular TV chef and renowned star of India restaurant Reza Mahammad, Spice Prince and our fantastic Jenny Morris also known as the Giggling Gourmet. In fact, Jenny Morris will be hosting the Romancing the Stove Theatre at Good Food and Wine Show this year.
This is basically an area where couples are invited to come and join Jenny for live interactive cooking lessons. They get to show how to create food that lifts moods and it’s very sensual and it’s celebrating special occasions. It kind of adds a bit of spice to their lives so it was actually launched at Good Food and Wine Show Durban last year.
It was an absolute hit so that’ll be back again on the show this year. Obviously we’ve got the Rugby, Brad. That’s really quite important to mention. It’s the Rugby World Cup Final on the weekend of Good Food and Wine Show.
Our fans will be very excited to hear that we will have big screens, lots of promotion, craft beer, boerie rolls, rack of ribs and Prego rolls etcetera on sale. The big game and you might even get the opportunity to spot a celebrity chef in a theatre and we’ve also got the Sharks players visiting Good Food and Wine Show and our favourite mascot Sharky.
BB: Oh brilliant, so it’s a bit of everything for everyone which sounds like a lot of fun. You mentioned the Romancing the Stove theatre but all the regulars like the celebrity chef, the sort of displays and exhibitions, those will be there, what else can people look forward to at Durban?
So much more to look forward to in Durban
HW: Well, we’ve got a baking theatre which is really exciting. I mean baking is making a huge comeback around the world and is one of the hottest food trends currently. We’ve got the baking theatre, we’ve got, I mentioned the Slow Food theatre, we’ve got Well I Am theatre and the Well I Am theatre is a health and wellness theatre.
So an opportunity to get to discover the latest in Banting and nutritious foods and it’s an interactive area which is an extension of the health hub section of the show. So we also have exhibitors in that health and wellness space. You’ll get to meet with health and fitness expert Lisa Raleigh who will present the latest trends and favourite, you know health and wellness brands and healthy tasters and demonstrations and products and you know that kind of exciting element to the show.
We have a new one called Short Chef, Skinny Chef and this is an extension on Masterchef as well because our Masterchef contestants, South African contestants. You may remember that wonderful Siphokazi who’s just 1.3 metres tall. She came third in Season three of Masterchef.
Then Claire and they were actually roommates during their boot camp for Masterchef South Africa and they became very close friends and so they were based in the top 12 and they will be presenting at the show. Roxy, who was the winner of Masterchef will also be presenting in the Short Chef, Skinny Chef Theatre and that’s quite exciting because I mentioned that we’ve got Brent Owens, winner Australia and we’ve got Roxy winner South Africa, so we might even have a cook off between the two of them.
BB: That would be amazing and of course all the best wines South Africa has to offer as well.
Wine is a huge part of the show
HW: Absolutely and what’s really important to mention is that we’ve also got a Little Einstein’s Kids Zone so moms, dads, you can bring your kiddies through. They’re professional child minders, it’s R25 an hour. You can leave your kids with them. They’ll have loads and loads of fun.
There’s a full programme and lots of goodies being given away to the kids while you get to enjoy your wine on the wine walk so basically you can kick off with a smoothie in the Well I Am Theatre when you arrive at Good Food and Wine Show and end off with a nice glass of red.
BB: Hey, couldn’t be much worse than that. Heidi thank you so much for that. It’s going to be an amazing weekend. The dates, the 30th of October to the 1st of November, I’ll pop all the details on the website as well. Tickets, people can they arrive at the door? Do they need to pre-book tickets, Heidi?
HW: Tickets are available on Computicket as we speak. Do plan your day so go through to our website. All of our programmes are being uploaded as they’re being finalised so get the opportunity to go to our website, goodfoodandwineshow.co.za, plan your day. Have a look at all the theatres and the programmes and we’ve also got a, I didn’t mention actually which is really exciting.
We’ve got the Great Curry Cook Off which is going to be our final demo in the Celebrity Chefs theatre which is a team of four celebrity chefs. Team A and Team B competing against each other with a Durban Best Curry so don’t forget to get that one as well. You can purchase tickets on Computicket or you can get your tickets at the door but obviously if you want to avoid the queues best to book them online.
BB: Easy as that. Heidi Warricker thank you so much for your time here on Old Mutual Live. Much appreciated. We look forward to catching up again soon.
HW: Awesome Brad, we look forward to seeing you at the Durban Show.