I’m Marriam Essa-Sayed, a proudly South African Muslim.
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A good time out was had, this afternoon, strolling through the stalls at the Good Food and Wine Show 2016 in Johannesburg, which took place this weekend.
Seems a few things have changed from the many years I have been visiting this show, apart from the ‘Coca Cola Dome’ now relaunched as the ‘TicketPro Dome’ , the actual show and exhibitors seems to have, sadly, diminished in size. The venue this time round seemed a little too large for this year’s #GFWS (*Good Food and Wine Show). Tickets could either be bought online or at the door. There wasn’t much of a crowd, so we opted to buy the tickets at the door, paying R140-00 per person , which was just for the food show, if you were interested in the wine part of the show an extra amount was charged for.
The Very 1st exhibition that literally hung over your head as you walked in was a display of Toasted Breads, a strong message coming through as you walked the exhibit, regarding food wastage and how better to preserve food for better consumption, WELL DONE #GFWS on creating this awareness!
I loved meeting a few of the exhibitors, and off course getting to sample a couple their goodies, bearing in mind there isn’t much for at such shows with halaal options.
It was Great meeting Faranah Osman from Rayyan Cuisine, who imparted some very interesting facts on spices we use almost everyday. Thank you dear Faranah for so graciously taking some time out to chat with me.
Do keep an eye out on up-coming blog posts as I feature some of the products I got from the Show.
Now I LOVE TEA, as much as I do coffee, and this year my taste buds were in for a treat, Ayesha Nagdee and her Husband Rishaad, had showed so much passion for their Girnar Instant Premix Tea Blends, that it rubbed off onto me, enthusiastically buying a good few boxes. I know what tea I will be enjoying on this chilly evening in Johannesburg.
A big thumbs-up for the new re-vamped ‘theatre’ at this year’s #GFWS , where a number of the big name chefs we get to watch on the telly, so gracefully took on the stage to share, and interact, with the audience. So whilst this had a great response to those sitting and watching the chefs in action, there were also smaller set-ups amongst the exhibitors stands, for cooking and baking fanatics. The sound on microphones from the smaller setups however, did seem drowned out by the larger theatre arena.
There was also a very impressive exhibition by the South African Cake Decorators Guild, showcasing some of South Africa’s most beautiful cake creations, from novices to master class cakes. I can proudly say, South Africans, know how to bake and decorate.
For me the most beautifully setup exhibition had to be the ‘Incredible India’ stand, so vibrant and inviting, making you want to hop onto the travel bandwagon, heading to this mystical land.
So whilst I sit and enjoy my evening tea, dreaming of lands far away, I do hope you get to pop in at the next #GFWS when it showcases again, in your city.