I was lucky enough to win a set of double VIP tickets to the “Delicious Festival” this week-end, courtesy of Checkers. Having attended the “Taste of Joburg” last week (having won tickets to that too!) I was a bit skeptical. The “Taste of Joburg”, though mildly entertaining for a Sunday afternoon proved disappointing, mostly because neither I nor my mother drink much plus we had a 7yr old in tow, so we jettisoned it in favour of Wimpy and the Bird Park. Perhaps had I gone with a more boisterous crowd it may have been more exciting but it was hot and some folks got a bit too unsteady on their feet for our liking.
The “Delicious” festival however was a feast for all the senses. Described as “A food festival for music lovers or a music festival for food lovers”, there was something there for everyone. A kids entertainment area (although this time my niece opted to stay home with her parents) proved very popular with the younger set and the setting of Blue Hills Equestrian Estate is a marvelous choice. With rolling fields and horses to be seen to all sides and (relatively) fresh air, one can imagine you’re right out in the countryside.
Having made our way to the VIP area, which after the heat of the afternoon proved deliciously cool, we had a drink in the tent and enjoyed the hugely entertaining Black Byrd and Khuli Chana before making our way back down to the plethora of stalls to decide on what to eat. On the way we waved at the Masterchef SA contestants as they showcased their talents in the DSTV stall. We were literally spoilt for choice as the food stalls spread over multiple rows, not to mention three pop-up restaurants led by internationally renowned chefs Aldo Zilli, Ed Baines and John Burton-Race. Because we were too late for the whole gourmet restaurant thing, we walked around the artisan market, sampling Belgian Chocolates, Turkish Delight as well as the surprisingly good Chickpea Fudge, picking up goodies to take home and had a lengthy debate on what to eat. Finally we decided on Brisket rolls from the ‘Laughing Dog” stall. A mound of freshly made brisket resting on a bed of onions infused in stout on top of a soft home-made roll. Decadently, lip-smackingly good. The music got even better in the afternoon. Prime Circle rocked the stage, the impossibly beautiful Lira, MiCasa and Danny K were all fantastic and headliners Jamiroquai were just utterly fabulous. The VIP tents were certainly the place to be, several celebs were spotted, not mentioning any names but OMIGOD, was that Idris Elba???!!!
Even though I was lucky enough to garner VIP tickets the entrance fee of R380 may prove too steep for some, although it certainly didn’t deter the crowd this weekend!
All in all, it was a fantastic day and truly a delicious experience. Thank you so much to Checkers for the tickets and kudos to DSTV, Checkers, Ocean Basket, The Sunday Times and the Sowetan for organizing a wonderful event.
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