Good Food & Wine Show 2012 Experience

Who attended the Good Food and Wine Show last weekend? I did.  Let me tell you about my experience…..

It was jam-packed foodies and non foodies. However, that didn’t stop one from having fun, sampling, buying, wining etc.

My highlight of the show was meeting and watching one of my favourite food network stars, Reza Mahammad, do a demonstration. He cooked a delectable Pulao dish, which is in his cookbook, “Reza’s Indian Spice.” He is funny, entertaining and he knows how to keep his audience engaged. The man had us in stitches throughout the demonstration! Loved every minute!  I even managed to get a pic with him.

Personally, I thought there was a lot of sweet stuff being exhibited with brands such as Sweet Temptations, Jennings Fine Foods, Milanos, Chocolates by Tomes, Sally William’s Nougat, the list goes on. The nice part was getting to sample before purchasing.

Let me share with you a few products/ brands that caught my attention:

Saldanha Tuna – They have very interesting flavoured tunas.  People went past the sampling stage and just engaged themselves in eating and devouring the stuff, if I am not exaggerating. That’s how good it was.

Sweet Temptations – I love their wide variety of fudges. I tasted the different types until I couldn’t taste anymore I just had to buy.

Madagascar Chocolate (@madecasse)- Delicious! That is all I can say. They are worth a try!

I enjoyed Dutch Waffels! They were scrumptious!

Pies from Fry’s Vegetarian were good too.

I kept on going back for some more pork patties at the South African Pork exhibition stand.  They were just mouth-watering.

I also enjoyed chilling and sippin on some cocktails at the whisky cocktail lounge.  Walking in between exhibition stands with all the crowds had me exhausted.  Plus, the waiters/waitresses were just awesome!

I really wanted to taste and buy some wine but it was too full on the wine exhibition side.  Ah well, I guess you win some you lose some.

As I was about to leave, I bumped into a colleague, she had tons of stuff with her including the Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry gift pack with two tiny winy enamel mugs.  She was saying, “This was only 40 bucks, can you believe it?” I went and bought myself a gift pack as well. One needs some good old brown sherry in this cold winter weather.

Well, that was my experience.  Did you attend the show? How was your experience?

If you missed this year’s show, make sure you attend it next year.  All the cool people are there!  Follow them on twitter @goodfoodSA or check out the website:


Author Info


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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