Good Food & Wine Show opens in Johannesburg this week


Words: Jag Communications

The Good Food & Wine Show comes to Johannesburg this week with one of the strongest line-ups of chefs in years, as well as new attractions such as the kitchen and Romancing the Stove.

Adriano Zumbo, now Australia’s most celebrated pastry and dessert chef, known for his croquembouche tower, V8 cake and fairy-tale house on MasterChef Australia.

Popular MasterChef Australia winner Brent Owens will be one of the star attractions at the Celebrity Chefs Theatre. Owens explains what audiences can expect: “I have a couple of easy recipes for the audience to cook at home, and then I have a couple of hard recipes, that will even test me on stage. There is also a MasterChef favourite of mine in there but you will have to come to the show and see!”

Also appearing in the Celebrity Chefs Theatre is Adriano Zumbo, now Australia’s most celebrated pastry and dessert chef, known for his croquembouche tower, V8 cake and fairy-tale house on MasterChef Australia. “I am definitely bringing my famous macarons but with a South African twist! I will also be demonstrating some classic Australian flavours and desserts, well my modern take them anyway,” he says.

John Torode is seen weekly on South African televisions screens as the popular UK MasterChef judge. He explains what audiences can expect from his show: “It’s going to be all about understanding the basic building blocks of cooking and how from just a few special bits and pieces great food can be made.”

Also on the Celebrity Chefs Theatre line-up are cook, TV personality, author and raconteur Tom Parker Bowles; Reza Mahammad, a firm favourite with South African television viewers ;Jenny Morris aka the Giggling Gourmet and Siba Mtongana, presenter of Siba’s Table.

Booking for all shows is at Computicket.

Other big names in other venues at the show are MasterChef South Africa judge Benny Masekwameng, Coco Reinarhz now appearing on SABC3’s Little Big Cook Off and celebrity chef and author Yudhika Sujanani, known as the “Curry Queen of Bling”.

There will be more than 200 exhibitors at this year’s show enabling visitors to discover what’s hot and trending on the culinary circuit in food, drink and appliances. There will also be delicious tasters, loads of free goodies and competition giveaways.

The Baking Theatre is one of the Good Food & Wine Show’s most popular attractions and will answer all your baking questions from icing to Banting cakes. Romancing The Stove is a new feature for the Johannesburg show, in which couples are invited to come and join Jenny Morris for live interactive cooking lessons where they are shown how to create food that lifts moods, celebrates special occasions and adds a bit of spice to their love lives.

Be entertained by live appearances by local celebrities from leading SABC 3 shows such as Top Billing, Isidingo and Expresso in the SABC Theatre. This year’s show boasts a new health hub section where health and wellness expert Lisa Raleigh will be present at the kitchen. Premium wine estates and wine farms bring the finest of the Cape to Gauteng. Visitors will be spoiled for choice in the show’s always popular Wine Walk.

The Good Food & Wine Show Johannesburg
Dates: Thursday, July 23, to Sunday, July 26.
Venue: Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome), Corner Olievenhout and Northumberland Roads, Northriding
Hours: Thursday, July 23, to Saturday, July 25, 10:00-20:00; Sunday, July 26, 10:00-18:00
Cost: R130 for adults, R110 for pensioners, R110 for children 13-18 years old, R50 for children 7-12 years old, free for children under the age of six.
Tickets: Available through Computicket ( or at the door.
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