Potjiekos brings families out

2015-05-05 06:00
David Samaai, a member of the Hobos team, shows off its chicken and mushroom entry.

David Samaai, a member of the Hobos team, shows off its chicken and mushroom entry.

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From chicken and vegetable to even a ­Hawaiian flavoured pot – contestants put their best pot forward at a recent potjiekos competition in Portlands.

Ward councillor Eddie Andrews set out to find the best potjiekos cooks at the ward 78 competition.

Twelve teams cooked off in the competition held at the Nile Way park on Saturday 28 March. Each team consisted of at least three members.

Andrews says the event was a huge success.

Three judges used their tastebuds, but also looked at food presentation, team presentation and dress code, flavour and overall teamwork which was monitored throughout the day.

“The event is part of the Decision Affects Destinies (DAD) mentor programme. The programme has three underpinning focus areas, namely self, family and community.

“Under the community focus area, focus areas one and two were given effect by using the potjiekos competition as a vehicle. The event was successful as it provided parents an opportunity to interact with their children. The event also integrated life skills components, communication, teamwork and goal setting. Those skills had to be utilised to ensure a team was able to compete as a unit in the potjiekos competition,” ­Andrews says.

Marrion Arendse, leader of the Three Musketeers team, says the day marked the team members’ first attempt at potjiekos.

“When we were invited we thought ‘Why not. Let’s just give it a try’,” she says.

Arendse says she always gets involved with Andrews’s initiatives as her children are part of the DAD project.

Another team, made up of the Block E street committee, produced two pots.

Team member Riedor Hendricks was responsible for the vegetable pot while team member Harold Johannes was ­the chief cook of a Hawaiian flavoured potjie.

“We knew there would be many teams here today and we wanted to find a way to stand out. That is why we decided to make two pots instead of just one,” Hendricks says.

His team was named the overall winner of the day, having accumulated the most points.

The competition will become an annual event in ward 78

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