Soweto Wine Fest Brings Fine Wine, Food And Style In Soweto


Entrepreneurs and SMME’s are the backbone of South Africa and no more is this prevalent than at the 11th Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival, happening from 4 – 6 September 2015 at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, Kliptown, Soweto.

Celebrating hard work, ingenuity and conviction, this year’s festival will be a showcase of those who drive South Africa’s economy and creativity from Soweto to the Cape.

Says Mnikelo Mangciphu, festival co-owner and owner of Morara Wine & SPIRIT Emporium, Soweto’s first wine shop, “If you want to understand the power of creative collaboration, then be at the 11th Soweto Wine & Lifestyle and meet the people driving the energy in Africa’s hottest destination – Soweto. This year we are celebrating SMME’s and entrepreneurs from Soweto to the Cape, the driving force of economic development in South Africa, and the vibrant, creative minds that are making home-grown magic happen. I am referring to the magnificent wine estates this year as well as the lifestyle exhibitors.”

Approximately 40 of South Africa’s top boutique wineries will be travelling from the Cape to Soweto to showcase South Africa’s most exclusive fine wines, giving Gauteng locals the rare, hands-on opportunity to discover varieties cultivated with precision by the country’s most acclaimed wine brands, including Hartenberg Estate, Haute Cabrière, Meerlust, Boekenhoutskloof’s Chocolate Block, Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons and Sijnn Winery, to name a few.

For foodies, the festival’s tantalising Soweto Street Food Experience, in collaboration with Gauteng Tourism, will showcase Gauteng’s SMME cuisine creators, including Vilakazi Street’s renowned Sakhumzi and Roots restaurants, plus eclectic pop-up restaurants serving Soweto-inspired cuisine and gourmet burgers, to delectable cupcakes, artisan coffee and even an oyster and sushi bar.




Vuyo’s Food Truck is one of the festival’s food exhibitors with a story that epitomizes South African entrepreneurs’ big, bold spirit. The owner, Miles Kubheka, was inspired to bring Vuyo, the fictional character who went from rags to riches in Hansa Pilsener’s iconic advert – “Ooh Vuyo, he’s such a beeg dreamer!” to life.

This year, the festival has gone all out showcasing the lifestyle element associated to wine and its inspirational path to fun, faith, creativity and precision, attributes often linked to the great brands and products of our time. Everyone and everything starts somewhere so selecting the brightest of Joburg’s creative talent through Soweto’s LoCrate Market seemed inevitable.

The festival will be platforming designer accessories by David Tshabalala; one-of-a-kind bicycles from Fixin Diaries; rebellious fashion from Dung Beetle Apparel; urban African streetwear from Hectic 7 Creations, and the infamous streetwear brand, Thesis Lifestyle.

Also included are Originally Kasified Clothing, the durable gear brand from Soweto established in 2013, by three creative gentlemen, Muzi Mabena, Itumeleng Boroko, and Loyiso Nxumalo.

We also have bold, vibrant African-inspired clothing by the talented Soweto designer, Bathini Kowane, and retro treasures from Tickle your Vintage, so bring your wallet and you won’t want to go home empty-handed.

On the music and entertainment front, talented Soweto-born bands that will be performing at the festival include Urban Village, jazz drummer extraordinaire Tumi Mogorosi, FangDaRhthym & Edsoul, and the eclectic DJ Doda.

Interestingly, Urban Village is a group of young, self-taught and experiential artists founded by Orlando West local and lead guitarist, Lerato Lichaba, and sensational vocalist Tubatsi Mpho Moloi. The Urban Village sound is described as South African indie folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies blended with traditional influences. This band has performed at festivals from across the world and you will be hearing them live at the 11th Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival.

If this doesn’t leave you breathless in Soweto, you are beyond help!


Friday, 4 September 2015, 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, 5 September 2015, 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, 6 September 2015, 2pm – 6pm


Friday, 4 September: FangDaRhthym & Edsoul; Boisanza; Mthuthu; and the Rhythm Sessions
Saturday, 5 September: Mthuthu; Bilal; Doda; and Urban Village
Sunday, 6 September: Doda; Bilal and Tumi Mogorosi


Friday – R130 per person
Sat & Sun – R150 per person per night
VIP ticket – R400 (access to VIP lounge with finger food, drinks, premium wines and music)

Tickets can be purchased online from, at the door or from these outlets:
• Morara Wine & Spirits Emporium – 649 Kinini Street, Mofolo Central, Soweto
• Soweto Hotel – Cnr Union Ave and Main Road, Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Soweto
• Thesis Lifestyle – 173 Machaba Drive, Mofolo Village, Soweto
• Fixin Diaries – 7th St & 2nd Ave, Johannesburg, 2001
• Roots Restaurant – Mphuthi Street, Soweto

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About Author


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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