Cape Town Street Food Festival 2018

Cape Town Street Food Festival 2018

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This tasty annual event is a dazzling smorgasbord of some of the best food trucks and gourmet pop-up stalls in the Cape.

The Cape Town Street Food Festival is back for its fifth year in a row, with Side Street Studios once again playing host to this ever-popular market. The entrance fee (R50 per day; R80 for the whole weekend) gives you access to some utterly delicious, proudly South African street fare, such as vinegary fish and slap tjips, Gatsbys stuffed to capacity, and some of the best – straight off the fire – braaied grub, prepared by some of South Africa’s best street-food vendors.

Take it to the streets

Here’s a lineup of what you can expect from the three-day feast:

The Launch
This year the fun is no longer condensed into a mere two days, but also features 10 days of smaller pop-up events leading up to the exciting food-filled weekend, such as food walks and movie screenings, kicking off with a launch party at The House of Machines on Friday, 31 August to begin the week of festivities the right way.
When 31 August 2018
Where The House of Machines, 84 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town

Street-Food Night Market
The night market is back, featuring popular local food vendors such as Hokey Poké, Beijing Opera, Stack That, Lion Heart, Lotus Food Truck, Wingmen, Pizza Piaggio and many, many more.
When 1 September 2018
Time 5pm – 9pm
Cost R50
Where Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Street-Food Sunday Market
The second day promises more delicious food, drinks, live music and free talks.
When 2 September 2018
Time 11am – 5pm
Cost R50
Where Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Food Entrepreneur Talks
Like in previous years, a handpicked selection of industry veterans will be giving informative food-related talks (or crate talks as they’re affectionately known), which are free to the public if you have purchased a festival ticket. The big-name foodies include Abdurageem Randall of Dial-A-Koeksister (whose Sunday-morning deliveries bring delicious, warm koeksisters to your door), Bianca Hansen of Toast Ale (who brews beer using unsold bread loaves and unused crusts), former My Kitchen Rules SA contestants Gomotsegang Modiselle and Oginga Siwundla who have since opened their own restaurant, The Hot Skillet, and Jeremey Barty, founder of Breadrev – an organisation built to uplift communities through artisan bread.
When 2 September 2018
Cost Free with a full festival ticket
Where Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

SFF Loves…

…is a newly launched initiative where the Street Food Festival chooses a new cause to support each year. This year, they’ve teamed up with Pimp My Kitchen (an initiative that converts informal street-food stalls into fully equipped, healthy and safe kitchen trailers) by creating an online pop-up shop, and a soon-to-be-announced physical spot at the event, where festival-goers can purchase a selection of kitchen goods to be donated to the cause.

If you’re into food that is good, honest and simple, you don’t want to miss this annual event. Not only is it an opportunity to try out a variety of new tastes, textures and flavours; you’ll also have a chance to learn about the industry (and how to make a business out of your passion for food).

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