‘#LoveLocal Festival’ this month

2017-10-18 06:00
Kamini Pather is the celebrity chef at The #LoveLocal food festival this weekend.PHOTO: supplied

Kamini Pather is the celebrity chef at The #LoveLocal food festival this weekend.PHOTO: supplied

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LIBERTY Midlands Mall will be hosting The #LoveLocal Festival from October 20 to October 22.

The festival features Pietermaritzburg’s local favourites – from our favourite home-grown and handmade jewellery, clothing, accessories and home wear, to our favourite foods, celebrities and chefs.

The #LoveLocal Festival has an awe-inspiring line-up, of six South African chefs, who will be partnering with great celebrities to offer the Midlands­ a weekend to remember.

Over the past four years this food festival has been a huge success at Liberty Midlands Mall, and based on high demand, the annual festival has grown and adapted to become something much more.

The #LoveLocal Festival is not only about food - it has evolved, and will be celebrating everything we love about our beautiful city of Pietermaritzburg and surrounds.

Liberty Midlands Mall will be transformed into an artisanal marketplace filled with an array of exhibitions and marketers, gathering the best of Pietermaritzburg­ all under one roof.

“Provenance is such a buzzword at the moment,” says #LoveLocal Festival curator Roberta Thatcher.

“We all want to know where the products we buy come from and who made them.

“The #LoveLocal Festival is a celebration of all things local. It will give Liberty Midlands Mall shoppers the opportunity to meet the people behind the products, and see the amazing work that is being created in Pietermaritzburg­ and surrounding areas.”

Headlining this year’s “Chef’s Theatre” is Kamini Pather­.

She is a celebrity food blogger, radio and TV host, style icon, kitchenware creator, multiple-award-winner and winner of MasterChef SA 2013.

Pather will be returning to her home province and giving us a demonstration of her love for food through a saucy cook-up.

Other chefs include Granny Mouse Country House & Spa Executive Culinary Artist, Wayland Green, Lorenzo Giliomee­ of Fordoun Hotel & Spa, Culinary General Manager at The Midlands Kitchen, Terrence Ford, Cheryl Govender from The Cake House Erica Brown from Sõlfood.

Joining in and assisting the chefs during selected slots will be Stephanie Saville from The Witness, and celebrities Darren­ Maule and Keri Miller (East Coast Breakfast), Zola Zeelovin (Gagasi FM), Bongani Mtolo (East Coast Drive), Midlands Meander’s Marketing Co-ordinator, Stephanie Soogrin­, Shirdika Pillai (Lotus FM) and a football star from Maritzburg United.

Carefully curated installations celebrating Pietermaritzburg, its history, its industry and everything we love about this great city will be seen and felt all around the mall.

Some of the local artisanal goods on offer include fudge, biscuits, olives, baby clothes, home-ware, fashion items and more.

Muhammed Varachia, Liberty Midlands Mall General Manager said: “Pietermaritzburg is rich in culture, food, and goods, but it is also very rich in its sense of community.

“There are many wonderful products being made in the area­, and we wanted to provide the platform for these producers to exhibit their goods and share them with our community.”

Children will also be entertained at the cupcake decorating station, which will be equipped with all things fun and yummy, like icing and sprinkles to let their imaginations run wild.

If you stock any locally manufactured products on your shelves and would like to be a part of the #LoveLocal Festival Marketplace Exhibition which takes place in the Centre Court, send your requests to roberta @lamano.co.za

— Supplied

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