Best of Local Fare on the Menu at Fourth Annual Visa Street Food Festival
Festival of authentic and innovative street food keeps growing, including a new night market in Cape Town.
In September, South Africa’s culinary capitals; Cape Town and Johannesburg will play host to a celebration of street food prepared by some of the country’s best chefs and food makers. We’re talking the type of food you’ll need both hands to eat: vinegary fish and slap chips, gatsbys stuffed to capacity and the best braai, straight off the fire.
The fourth edition of the popular festival will kick off in Cape Town at the Side Street Studios in Woodstock on Saturday 2 September with the launch of the night market, and continue on Sunday 3 September with a full day of street food, live DJ’s and free talks.
A week later, on Sunday 10 September, the festival will move to Common Ground, 16 Staib Street, Maboneng in Johannesburg.
“The Visa Street Food Festival is more popular than ever,” said director Hannerie Visser. “Street food is something everyone can relate with, and South Africans have always been fans of informal dining, whether it’s pancakes at a church bazaar or bunny chow in a corner shop. With more food trucks than ever popping up, the festival will not only give visitors the chance to taste all their favourite foods, but also create a platform where food makers can educate visitors.”
“With Visa’s payWave enabled cards and connected mobile devices, this year’s festival will be the first to go cashless. Visa’s easy-to-use and secure tap and go technology will make sampling the authentic street food easier than ever.”
Launched in Cape Town in 2014, the Street Food Festival combines a vibrant street market, where local chefs showcase the best of what South Africa’s street food has to offer, with talks by some of the country’s leading food makers.
“This year we want to close the gap between real, authentic street food that’s being served on the side of the road in townships and fine-dining restaurants,” said Fenner. “We want everyone eating everything and learning from each other. Being involved in this event is a great way for us to do that."
The Jo’burg street food menu is eclectic, from butter chicken on chips and spicy jerk chicken to footlong boerie rolls, scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches and the best thickshakes on the continent.
Festival Times and Dates:
Cape Town Saturday market (2 September - 5pm to 9pm.), which includes the first-ever night market, is R50.
Cape Town Sunday market (3 September - 9am to 4pm.), which includes vendors, free talks and live DJ’s, is R100.
Johannesburg Sunday market (10 September - 9am to 4pm.), which includes vendors, free talks and live DJ’s, is R100.
Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za and if you pay with Visa Checkout, you will get a 10% discount on your ticket price. Tickets are also available at the door.
For more information on the Visa Street Food Festival visit, www.streetfoodfestival.co.za.