Caterers piling on the party

2013-07-06 00:00

IT’s the place to be and be seen.

The Vodacom Durban July is one of the biggest social events in KwaZulu-Natal, attracting punters, VIPs, fashionistas, wannabes and party animals.

Durban’s Greyville Racecourse will not only host them, but entertain them for almost 12 straight hours.

It is up to organisers Gold Circle and a variety of caterers to make sure there is enough food and beverages to feed and water the throng.

An estimated 65 000 people are expected to attend this year. For the caterers stocking the hospitality marquees, preparations started early in the week.

Staff worked 11-hour shifts on Thursday and yesterday. This morning they started at 1 am to ensure everything was ship-shape.

“There are a lot of people to feed, and we have to make sure that we don’t run out. Fortunately, the Durban July has never run out of food or drink in the past. We have never even run out of alcohol, and we won’t this year. There is plenty for everyone,” Gold Circle’s Gill Simpkins told Weekend Witness.

Gold Circle will be dishing up 2 200 kg of meat, 300 kg of crayfish and three-quarters of a ton of chicken.

Alcohol on ice ready for thirsty punters consists of 18 000 beers, 2 500 bottles of spirits and 900 bottles of wine.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.