Gauteng Taste of Africa Experience at the Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival

Gautengers are in for a treat this week and I for one am jealous!


Gauteng tourism is bringing the ‘Gauteng Taste of Africa Dining Experience’ to the 10th Tops at Spar Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival.   The festival is set to give goers the chance to taste world-class cuisine available in Soweto and  at the Maboneng Precinct.

The participating distinctly – African restaurants will the House of Baobab, Blackanese, Kahawa Club, Roots Restaurant and Lapa La Rona, while the sounds of Africa will ignite the food-theatre space with performances by Senegales and Congolese musicians.

Says Gauteng Tourism CEO, Dawn Robertson: “The Gauteng Taste of Africa Experience is about bringing the deiciousness of the Maboneng Precinct to Soweto so that visitors to the 10th TOPS as SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival can discover some of the amazing African-inspired cuisine being served by Gauteng’s hottest restaurants.  What’s on offer from these restaurants is but a taste of what Gauteng has to offer when it comes to African cuisine.”


About the restaurants:

House of Baobab is one such restaurant located in the heart of the precinct.  It is set to delight with its authentically- African food and drink, while Blackanese, one of Maboneng’s newest restaurants, will tantalise taste buds with African-Asian fusion cuisine.  Kahawa Coffee Club is a promoter of all things African and will only be selling coffee made from Fairtrade African beans, served up with decadent sweet treats.

Soweto’s Roots Restaurant & Gallery and Lapa La Rona will be showcasing their five-star township-inspired cuisine to the festival-goers.

The 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto & Lifestyle Festival is happening from 4 – 6 September, 2014 at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.  Festival opening times are:  Thursday & Friday, 6 – 10pm and Saturday 5 – 9pm.

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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