WIN a Gourmet Dinner for Two with Taste of Cape Town 2013


UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCED!Taste of Cape Town 2013

Taste of Cape Town is an event I eagerly look forward to every year. I’ve been attending Taste for far longer than I’ve been writing about food. It’s always a fun and delectable evening out (usually evening, though I did attend an afternoon session once)

What’s Taste of Cape Town about?

Taste of Cape Town is a local food festival that showcases some of our top food talent (restaurants) as well as artisanal suppliers and selected retailers.

This is what the organisers say:

The Pick Pay Taste of Cape Town is the Mother City’s premier food festival and is coming to town from 11 – 14 April at the Green Point Cricket Club. 12 of Cape Town’s best restaurants will fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, including signature dishes created by our featured chefs designed to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients in an unbeatable alfresco gourmet setting.

Enjoy a feast for the senses with top chefs demonstrating live in the Pick n Pay Chef’s Theatre or learn how to create and pair simple, stylish and utterly delicious canapés with a wide range of fine wine to complement the balance of flavours in the Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience. Plus over 100 boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries will provide a bounty of the country’s finest food and drink on offer, ensuring that you can sample and shop for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market. With world class restaurants, chefs and produce, Taste of Cape Town is a sumptuous, indulgent foodie day out.

Who should go?

Love food and booze? Of course you do. Or would you like to sample tastes of restaurant food you haven’t had time or pocket to try before? You can now, by purchasing a variety of small taster plates. It’s a great way to decide if you want to visit the restaurant to sample more. In most cases the answer will be: yes! Lots of wines and other drinks will be up for a sampling too.

I find it’s a lovely way to spend time with a bunch of food-loving friends. Hit the stalls arm-in-arm and when you tire of them, disperse for a walk with your lovie, share a kiss behind a stall (I’m not saying this is what I do!), and return to join the friends.

Taste of Cape Town is about our city’s food story. You should share in it.


11 – 14 April 2013 at the Green Point Cricket Club. Check the Taste of Cape Town site for times and schedule.

WIN: An Exclusive dinner for two with Chef Bruce Robertson at his home **

Dinner at The Boahouse

Dinner at The Boahouse

When the Taste people gave me this to give to you, I took a long, deep breath. I’ve been meaning to book a very coveted table at The Boathouse but still haven’t! You’ll be eating a meal that food bloggers (i.e me) would love to get their grubby paws on. You can go on any date you choose, valid for a year.

We’ll also throw in 2 tickets to Taste of Cape Town!


1. Tell me what your favourite food in Cape Town is, in the comments section (please keep it brief) AND

2. Vist the Food and the Fabulous Facebook page and leave your name on the competition post (Like the page while you’re at it, please).


Winner will be drawn on Thursday morning, 11 April 2013.

**Terms and Conditions apply- note: Dinner at The Boathouse is available on Friday evenings only

Taste of Cape Town is about our city’s food story. You should share in it.

CONGRATULATIONS NIKiTA! You’lll hear from us soon.


Taste of Cape Town 2013

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By |2013-04-11T12:32:21+00:00April 8th, 2013|Giveaway|53 Comments


  1. Damien Swartz April 9, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

    My favourite food in Cape Town is defiantly potjiekos, A traditional Afrikaans stew, made with meat and vegetables and cooked over coals in cast-iron pots. Tremendously fun and easy to prepare

  2. Robert Shone April 9, 2013 at 6:25 am - Reply

    There’s nothing quite like waking up to rolling vineyards and sparkling wine, so I’d have to say my favourite food is breakfast (let’s call it brunch) served either at the River Café at Constantia Uitsig or Bistro 1682 at Steenberg!

  3. Bronwin April 9, 2013 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Hi love wholesome South Africa cooking. Curries and stews are still the best. Homegrown indeed 🙂

  4. Rene Mesias April 9, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    Easy one,seafood bistro style hand to mouth food. 🙂

  5. Samantha Liedeman April 9, 2013 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I love simple, comforting home cooking. Thick, hearty soups, tradiotional stews such as “waterblommetjies” green beans, cabbage stew, bobotie, “frikadels” and of course lamb curry. And who could forget the all important Sunday roast with all the trimmings: Roast leg of lamb, roast potatoes, sweet pumpkin etc, followed by sago or malva pudding and custard. hmmmmm…..

  6. Tania April 9, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

    My favourite food in Cape Town is anything made fresh and from local ingredients that you can find at one of our lovely markets such as the Biscuit Mill or Libertas. We are blessed to have so many food lovers here!

  7. Corina April 9, 2013 at 7:22 am - Reply

    After yesterday’s chilly weather I hauled out my slow cooker, and for the next weeks I look forward to having pulled pork (a favourite with Mexican flavours), lambed tamatiebredie (gran’s recipe) or beef shin stews. So right now I would say right, soft meaty stews…

  8. Marguerite April 9, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Currently, Eastern Bazaar is my absolute favourite for creamy butter chicken and freshly made, proper, buttery naan bread. With that in mind I am really looking forward to winter!

  9. Elroy louw April 9, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

    my favourite food is steak medium rare steak and here in cape town are quite a few good steak houses none better than my own steak

  10. Belia King April 9, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I am currently in love with Sotano’s Lamb burger which is served on ciabatta and comes with hummus and tsitsiki.

  11. Natalie April 9, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Beer battered fish and chips, nothing beats that. You can dress it up on a plate with mushy peas and use cutlery or eat it straight out of the paper using your fingers. It’s great for sharing or eating on your own.

    No matter where and how I eat my fish n chips – it always brings fond memories of the ocean! Happiness Inc.

    I’m hungry now 🙂

  12. Ligia de Coito April 9, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Breakfasts in Cape Town are awesome! Fabulous French Toast (Hemelhijs); best Eggs Benedict (Cafe Milano); and I could go on and on!

  13. Anneliza Petersen April 9, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I absolutely love fragrant curries and stews!

  14. Tayana Raper April 9, 2013 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I love Butter Chicken in this cold weather and sushi is the best for any day!

  15. Pierre Swart April 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I am a proud South African and nothing beats my T Bone steake with a glass of red wine

  16. Kathryn April 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    My favorite food in Cape Town is our local Harfield Village 2nd Avenue stretch. Nothing beats being able to walk to a restaurant, share a bottle of wine & not have to drive home! There is a lot of variety, thai, sushi, burgers, pizza, indian curries…a lot of personality with the chefs & some great specials. Couldn’t choose a favorite but thai has been a big favorite because nooch & dave have had the restaurant since we moved into the area 13 years ago.

  17. Pauline Lewis April 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    A cheese and meat platter with plenty of fresh bread and a good bottle of wine to share with good friend and family

  18. Tahlia Hamilton April 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    My favourite food from Cape Town is anything from the sea- sushi, fresh fish on the braai or even calamari and chips. We are so spoilt living by the ocean- and I love the fresh selection we have.

  19. Kim B April 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Fresh fish – grilled in a lemon butter sauce with roasted veggies or a nice roti with curry. Yummy …

  20. Lisa Steffen April 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    My favourite food from Cape Town is def seafood…anything from grilled fish to prawns, braaied snoek….angelfish pate…love the smell of the ocean as well, whether it’s the seaweed or saltiness:)

  21. Cla-ouise Parring April 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    SeaFood with great wines

  22. George April 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Saigon – sushi, sweet and sour pork, potstickers, peking duck… You name it, those people have perfected it!

  23. Candice Lind April 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Fresh mussels picked off the beach. With a permit of course 🙂

  24. mikhail April 10, 2013 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Best cape town food? Masala steak and egg gatsby!!!! Whooooop whoooop (”,)

  25. Mackenzie Walker April 10, 2013 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Hard to keep me away from Charlys Bakery for cakes cakes and more cakes ( dont tell mum )

  26. Ian April 10, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

    My favourites are Tomato Bredie & Oxtail Stew

  27. Robin van Graan April 10, 2013 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Grilled Oysters with lemon juice, butter & parsley sauce, provide me with plenty of zinc,
    Aging and healing, there is a link.
    Curried eggs and Masala snoek, builds my brain,
    All these, my favourite foods, have countless gains.

  28. Gabriella April 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    My favourite food in Cape Town is a boozy, Portuguese-inspired, hearty affair – think Dias Tavern.

  29. Arusha Mangaru April 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    No one quite makes fish and chips like the Capetonians do. Be it at Texies, Mariners Wharf, Fish on the Rocks etc. The Seafood is fantastical 🙂

  30. Teneal April 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    My favorite food in Cape Town is sushi at Blue fin and Salushi. The best

  31. Lauren April 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    My favourite food in Cape Town has to be chilli poppers…mouthwatering!

  32. Rene Groyer (@ReneGroyer) April 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    My current favourite food is the Teriyaki Fashion Sandwich from the Spa in Rosemead Avenue,Kenilworth.It is stunning and I cant get enough of it.Their sushi bar is really amazing.

  33. Dominique April 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Has to be a beautiful thick cut steak! Mash potato on the side.

  34. Nikita April 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    What I love about Cape Town food is that it celebrates taste buds with unique combinations of flavours that are unlike anywhere else in the country. My favourites are scallops from Wakame and cerviche from Harbour House.

  35. Zanie Pretorius April 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    All food made with attention to detail and a chef that loves making it, but if I have to choose, anything with Salmon 🙂

  36. Sally Hetherington April 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    The scallop and pork belly starter at La Colombe. Sweet scallops, tender belly, crispy crackling and smoked parsnip puree… need I say more? *drooling*

  37. Benny Ou April 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    The culinary delights in Cape Town like its people is diverse. Because of this: “fusion” would be my favourite type. The mix of flavours from different influences and culture makes “fusion” unique to our mother city.

  38. Maureen April 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    MY favourite food in Cape Town? Good company of friends and family…Fried Snoek…fresh…fresh..with Smoored Tomato and Onion…happy conversation….green fig preserve, cheese, fruits of the Cape & Coffee…Kuier…..

  39. Abigail Moodley April 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    my favourite would have to be breyani + sambals or a good Snoek braai with rooster brood 😀 nom nom!

  40. Danielle April 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Smoked snoek made by my dad on his homemade contraption with oven roasted sweet potato, creamy garlic black mussels freshly picked from a local CT beach, my lemon zest steamed asparagus with wholegrain mustard and honey glazed salmon – I’m drooling 🙂

  41. Debbie Harris April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I love traditional home cooked comfort food, like curries, braais with delicious salads, malva puddings etc

  42. Jaime Niddrie April 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    My favourite food in Cape Town? Cozy braai as the sun sets. Toasted cheese and onion sarmies, whole marinated beef fillet and grilled fruit skewers with chocolate sauce. Mmmmmm.

  43. Lita Hartman April 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    My favourite Cape food is : Anything with fresh seafood. My absolute favourite is a Cape style Bouillabaise; otherwise fresh garlicy mussels; braaied crayfish; whatever fish is caught that morning.

  44. Matthew Reardon April 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Variety of tapas, fresh seafood and wine to compliment

  45. Monique April 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    High tea at The Mount Nelson – I have a serious sweet tooth so it’s an absolute treat to enjoy all the delicious food! <3

  46. Tanya Van Wyk April 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Best believe the BEST in Cape Town is: Pan seared local duck, seared foie gras, kumquats, turnip puree, jasmine consomme with herbs:D

  47. Heleen April 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    I love the cacoon season winter and all the comfort foods to keep me warm and happy. If I can choose only one, I will have to say hearty, thick bean soup. Soups is inexpensive, healty an easy to make and everyone love a good pot of soup.

  48. Mark September April 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Fish straight from the boat, taken home and cooked immediately.

  49. juanita April 11, 2013 at 5:12 am - Reply

    I love Cape Town. We have the best cullinary city in the world! I love so may foods in Cape Town…. Braai snoek with beer bread and sweet potato, butter chicken in a freshly done rooitie, karoo lamb chops with freshly baked bread topped with sweet pinotage jam. I can keep you busy for hours!

  50. Diane April 11, 2013 at 5:46 am - Reply

    My favourite dish is tomato bredie and also love curries

  51. Charlene April 11, 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Fresh oysters and Pear Champagne from the Biscuit Mill followed by the light and fluffy Belgian Waffle.. And of course latter in the day you tuck into your bag full off goodies you just could not resist while @ the market… 😀

  52. Danielle McDonald April 11, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Pig Tails and anything Umami at the Pot Luck Club. Luke Dale Roberts is a GENIUS!… Bruce Robertson impress me!

  53. Sedicka April 11, 2013 at 6:40 am - Reply

    My absolute favourite CT foods are potjie in our backyard, sushi,seafood and anything Thai is right up there too and then of course the sweet delights at The Vineyards high tea.Bliss!

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