A world of wine awaits at the Good Food and Wine Show

Wine lovers can look forward to uncorking new tasting experiences as they discover the degustation area at the Good Food and Wine Show taking place from Friday, 27 May to Sunday, 29 May 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

A celebration for the senses

A top note in this food and wine fest will be the experiential Wine Wall where visitors can see, smell and sip some of the best wines from both South Africa and abroad.

The Wine Theatre

Designed to turn enthusiasts into connoisseurs, the Wine Theatre will see some of the country’s celebrated sommeliers - like Tuning the Vine’s Ewan Mackenzie and the Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces’ Pearl Oliver - spilling their wine and food pairing secrets.

Mackenzie (aka the Wine Thief) is the winner of several Sommelier of the Year South Africa awards. In his current career, he utilises his decade-long experience not only to source but to produce fine wines for both local and international markets. In addition he’s the curator of Cape Town’s monthly wine event, ‘Tuning the Vine’ which takes people on a wine and food pairing tour of the inner city.

Beverage manager and head sommelier at Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Oliver is passionate about a burgeoning wine culture. She has served as MasterChef South Africa’s sommelier judge and as a wine panel judge for WineLands magazine, Ultra Liquor Best Value Awards competition, Garagiste and the SA Top 12 Shiraz challenge. She is also the chairperson of the WellsFaber Best Value sommelier wine panel.

At the theatre, you’ll be able to meet the makers of your favourite wines - like Frans Smit of Spier and Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle, as well as treat your taste buds to a grappa tasting with George Dalla Cia. What’s more, the Vineyard Hotel will be doing food and wine flavour profiling in their own special way. The South African Sommeliers Association will also be on hand to guide guests through the world of wine. Be sure to have four wine tasting vouchers to qualify for entry to each session. 

A barrelful of exhibitors

In addition to sampling wines from an array of exhibitors from well-known wine farms to small cellars, visitors to the show can get to grips with the latest gadgets. Calorie-conscious connoisseurs can see Slim Lady Wines’ new sparkling variety, while those preferring their wine with a difference can try Ice Tropez’s sparkling wine cocktail which features a blend of rosé, white peach and carbonated water

You can also catch the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirit Awards in which eight wine farms will be participating.

Additional areas for exploration

Don’t miss out on the other six areas at the show, including Lifestyle, Wellness, Beer and Alcohol, Market and Street Food, Baking and Gourmet. Each will offer visitors opportunities to interact with exhibitors, uncover the latest trends and take part in entertaining and informative hands-on experiences.


Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show Promises a Fresh Sensory Experience

The Good Food and Wine Show, the continent’s premier culinary event and exhibition platform will open its doors at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday the 27th of May to Sunday the 29th of May 2016, sating the appetites of audiences hungry for a fresh show.

Under the expert guidance of new owners, Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (FMEA) - one of the world’s leading operators in the exhibition industry - this year’s Show will feature a brand new look and feel and be packed with juicy new offerings and immersive experiences for the whole family. The show also offers attendees bang for their buck with a bigger show, more seating and space in which to explore the latest trends, take in talks and enjoy interactive experiences with chefs, experts and special guests in the various theatres.

A fresh approach

In keeping with the recently revealed ‘Fresh’ theme for this year’s show, eight exciting focus areas appealing to the tastes of both new and seasoned visitors will be introduced. These include Wellness; Lifestyle; Wine; Beer and Alcohol; Kids; Market; Baking and Gourmet.Under each focus area, audiences will get to interact with exhibitors, uncover the latest trends and take part in entertaining and informative hands-on experiences.

According to Maria Chieppa, Managing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, “With food and drinks touching so many areas of our lives, we felt it only fitting to design the Show in a way that reflects this. We also believe that offering an experiential element adds to the magic of the event – creating memories for our visitors.”

Curator Hannerie Visser, has designed a show that will allow the thousands of anticipated visitors to explore and enjoy the latest trends in lifestyle and design, and experience a number of unique sensory experiences associated with good food and wine. What’s more, the Show, in its new format, promises to be a platform at the disposal of the industry. “It’s a space to connect, share, and to enjoy one of the best things in the world – Food!” says Visser.     

Get up close and personal with industry giants

A highlight of every Show is catching the celebrity chefs in action at the Chefs Open Theatre. This year, visitors will be delighted to hear that there is no additional cost to see local and international chefs, the likes of George Calombaris, Adriano Zumbo, Jenny Morris, J’Something, Sarah Graham and Siba Mtongana in action.

Adriano Zumbo also known as the ‘Sweet Assassin’, ‘Patissier of Pain’ and ‘The Dark Lord of the Pastry Kitchen’ is Australia’s most celebrated patissier. He first rose to fame on MasterChef Australia with a series of incredibly difficult desserts and has just finished filming his own TV show, Zumbo’s Just Desserts. He says, “I am really excited to be coming to South Africa and can’t wait to take part in the Good Food and Wine Show. I look forward to making sweet memories with visitors to the Show.”

Those wanting to put their own culinary talents to the test can cook alongside these gastronomic greats in the Cooking with The Chefs Theatre. Alternatively, they can add to their résumé of recipes at the Masterclasses on offer at the Chefs Table. 

Tickets to tick all the boxes

Perhaps the most significant change to the Show, outside of its format is the unprecedented access and flexibility of the new pricing model. For instance, those wanting to spend a delightful day out with the grandkids should pencil Friday into their calendars now - pensioners get in for free on the Friday (and only pay R100 on the Saturday and Sunday) and kids under the age of 12 get in free. Tickets, available via Computicket and at the door are priced as follows:

  • Adults: R 140 (At the door and valid for one entry only on any of the days)
  • Early bird special: R126 up until  20 May 2016 (Pre-sales  at Computicket only, valid for one day entry only and can be used either on Friday or Saturday or Sunday)
  • ensioners: R100 (Free on Friday)
  • Students: R100 (Valid only with proof of student card)
  • Age 13 - 18: R50
  • Age 0-12: Free
  • Purchase 10 or more tickets: R100 each
  • Weekend Pass: R190 incudes entry on Saturday and Sunday only and excludes wine glass and tasting vouchers
  • Wine Combo Ticket: R160 (Includes show entry, wine tasting glass and 6x wine tasting vouchers)
  • Wine Glass & Voucher Booklet: R40 (Includes tasting glass and 6x wine tasting vouchers)
  • Wine Tasting Ticket: R30 (Includes  6x wine tasting vouchers)
  • Chefs Table: R600 (intimate 90 – 120 minute session with a celebrity chef, maximum 30 people per session, includes Q&A and book signing but excludes book, photos
    and tastings of food demonstrated)

Whatever ticket you choose to buy, be sure to set the day aside. Show organisers promise a highly entertaining and interactive day out – with loads more seating so you can catch your breath and enjoy the sensory space at your leisure.  


Convention centre takes top honour

According to IOL - A building well known to ‘Capetonians’ now ranks among the country’s best businesses.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has just been awarded the Top500 title of South Africa’s best managed companies.

The Top500 research method was developed with the help of UCT’s Development Policy Research Unit. It examines companies based on three factors – financial performance, empowerment and policy and accreditation.

The method identifies the top five companies from each of 100 different business sectors. The CTICC not only made the list, but came first in the exhibition and conference facilities category.

The convention centre is home to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, business conferences, trade shows and more.

Since its opening in 2003, the CTICC has created 91,000 direct and indirect jobs. The Top500 award comes after its most successful year.

During the 2014-2015 financial year, the centre added R3,4bn to South Africa’s GDP and R3,1bn to the Western Cape’s gross geographic product.

The convention centre’s chief executive, Julie-May Ellingson, attributes the accolade to

“The CTICC’s impressive financial performance over the past 12 years combined with its proven economic and social sustainability achievements, ongoing empowerment initiatives and internationally recognised management certification”.

 Of last year’s earnings, 28% were from female-owned companies, 67% were from small and medium-sized businesses, 90% were from companies locally based and 86% were from broad-based black economic empowerment companies.

The B-BBEE (BEE) accreditation was launched by the government in 2004 to address challenges black people face regarding equal economic participation.

A company’s BEE score is based on the seven factors ranging from black ownership and management to skills training and socio-economic development.

The CTICC’s high percentage of BEE clients and its percentages of small, female-owned and local clients contributed to its success in the empowerment sphere of the Top500 judging.

It is currently expanding its existing building to include the new CTICC East facility, which has a budget of R832m.

“The CTICC expansion project will be the catalyst for the CTICC’s ongoing contribution to skills development in the city, province and country, making it an African trade and investment destination of choice.

“This is especially important in the light of the increased investment into the African continent positioning it as the ‘next big thing’ in business,” said Ellingson.






Jazz Festival to boost local economy

Cape Town once again plays host to travellers from all over the world visiting the city for the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), which takes place on the first weekend of April 2016. According to Bruce Deneys, Director of sales and marketing at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, a five star hotel in Cape Town.
"This increasingly popular event attracts in excess of 37,000  people each year, and provides a much welcomed boost for the local economy," says Deneys.
As a result of  the recent ‘mini-festive season’ of back-to-back public holidays during March, Deneys says that the hotel has witnessed an influx of travellers to the region over the period, and that the internationally recognised CTIJF will only boost these numbers as local and international tourists alike flock to the city for the event.
“It was reported that 37 000 music lovers attended the Jazz Festival over the two festival days in 2015. However, the festival brings more than music and tourists to the city – it brings opportunity for employment, upskilling of labour resources and business to hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments city-wide,” says Deneys.  
Given the challenging economic climate, all sectors in the Western Cape have been challenged to contribute to positive economic change, and the local hospitality sector has met and exceeded the challenge, says Deneys. Based on most recent figures, the 2014 CTIJF alone created 2,723 jobs and contributed R 553.3m o the local economy – almost double that of the festival’s contribution to national GDP before the recession of 2008. 
“The festival doesn’t only provide revenue for the event itself, but for all participating suppliers and members of the hospitality sector. Guests travelling to Cape Town spend money on accommodation, restaurants and transport providers, as well as in local retailers. This surge of visitors also creates jobs as providers seek to meet the increased demand for products or services,” says Deneys. 
Small and medium enterprises are also set to benefit from the hosting of large scale international events such as the CTIJF, especially small local businesses such as catering companies, security firms, audio-visual engineers, media specialists and accommodation operators.
He explains that given an event such as the CTIJF can contribute so significantly to the local economy, it is a huge boost and inspiration to the entire hospitality sector. “This event consistently proves that the arts, culture and hospitality sectors are major role-players in the broader South African economy.
“The City has the potential, through the promotion of the CTIJF and other similar events, to continue the development of a sustainable event tourism industry that can boost the sector and continually contribute to the country’s economy, especially in light of current economic challenges.”
Discussing South African tourism numbers in general, Deneys believes that the number of travellers to the region will continue to increase as a result of the weaker Rand. “The weakening Rand has made it even more expensive for South Africans to travel abroad, resulting in many instead looking to travel and holiday locally. Meanwhile, for international tourists, the favourable exchange rate is making travel to the country even more affordable,” concludes Deneys.

CIS Expo highlights Operation Phakisa’s offshore opportunities

With signs of renewed momentum in the Government’s oceanic economy initiative, Operation Phakisa, local industry attention is focusing on off-shore oil, gas, energy and related maritime opportunities opening up along South Africa’s extensive coastline. Two major co-located trade exhibitions – Oil and Gas Africa 2016 and Maritime and Offshore Marine Africa 2016 – provide a perfect platform to showcase products and services, and build business networks in these sectors. The exhibitions form part of the five-in-one Cape Industries Showcase, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 13 to 15 July 2016.


R63m in inquiries for Century City Conference Centre already

Century City Conference Centre has already fielded inquiries to host events valued at around R63m, even though the facility is not due to open for almost another year. The centre forms part of the R1bn, mixed-use Century City Urban Square and will be able to host up to 1,900 people in 20 venues. The conference space has been designed to offer flexible configurations to cater for a variety of events and will boast both fibre optic and wireless internet connections.  

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