Road to DStv Delicious: Your guide to getting the most out of the festival

DStv Delicious in Johannesburg on 21 September 2019.
DStv Delicious in Johannesburg on 21 September 2019.
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We’re only a few days away from one of South Africa’s biggest food and music festival, the DStv International Food and Music Festival Festival, and for those that were lucky to get tickets, last-minute outfit shopping and planning may be at the top of their minds.

Luckily, DStv has planned a guide on how you can get most out of the festival. Here’s a list of 16 essential things you should know before heading to the festival:

What to bring

Bring sunscreen, a hat, a camping chair and/or a picnic blanket. And, of course, your appetite for awesome summery fun in the sun – and settle in for an epic weekend of food and entertainment. 

What not to bring

No cooler boxes and no picnic baskets. You are at the festival to sample the amazing food and beverages on offer so leave your food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and bottled water at home. Also note that no beach or golf umbrellas or pillows will be permitted in the grounds, and the drinking of alcohol in the parking areas is forbidden. A strict no pass-out policy will be in place at the festival.


The festival is a cashless zone, operated by Howler. The festival organisers advise General Access ticket holders to preload their Howler wristband with money online before they get to the festival. But, top-up stations will be available on site should you need to load more cash. 

DStv Delicious in Johannesburg, South Africa, on S
DStv Delicious in Johannesburg on 21 September 2019.

How to get there

Parking is limited, so it is recommended you use the Gautrain or an e-hailing service to get to the event. There will be a drop-off zone just inside the main gate. 


Parking at the festival is limited and will cost R100 in cash, payable upon your arrival at the festival. If you need to use your own car to get there, arrive early with cash in hand. It's a first come, first park. VIP hospitality ticket-holders are requested to print out their parking permit and display it on their dashboard and you will be directed to the VIP parking area. 

Gate times

On Saturday, 24 September 2022, gates open at 10:00 and the show ends at 21:00. On Sunday, 25 September 2022, gates open at 10:00 and the show ends at 20:30. 

Main Stage line-up

Saturday sees Nigerian superstar Burna Boy headlining the Main Stage along with his sister Nissi, as well as Stereo MCs, G-Force and Major League DJz, and local kwaito legends Mdu, Kabelo, Thebe, Arthur, Trompies and Dino Bravo. 

Sunday’s Main Stage line-up features neo-soul star Angie Stone as well as Babyface, Digable Planets and G-Force, plus Simphiwe Dana, Zenzi Makeba Lee and Msaki delivering an unforgettable Miriam Makeba tribute.

Channel O Drip Stage line-up

Saturday’s dance party will be pumping with the sounds of amapiano and rap by Mellow & Sleazy, Mr JazzIQ, Blxckie, Kamo Mphela and DBN Gogo.

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What to wear

Stylist outfit are encouraged but be sure to wear comfortable shoes. 

Mr D Delicious Food Mile

There’s a mile of food vendors just waiting to dish up delectable global cuisine from Greek street food to kotas and shisanyama.

My Kitchen Rules

A pop-up express restaurant with singer J’Something and David Higgs will offer takeaways inspired by the contestants on the show, as well as exclusive masterclass cooking demonstrations. 

BBC Studios Ice Cream Café

Here you can create a refreshing experience that brings five BBC Studios channels to creamy, dreamy life. At the BBC Studios Ice Cream Café, thanks to the team from Ice Cream Ninjas, you can experience an ice cream stall with a fun, interactive twist.


In addition to soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages, festival-goers can quench their thirst with beer, vodka, gin and tonic. For all those festival-goers looking for a non-alcoholic option, there will be non-alcoholic beer will be available at the festival. 

Chefs with Compassion

Support NGO Chefs with Compassion by purchasing a plate signed by the amazing Chef Nti for just R50. 

Proudly South African Village

As the country’s #BuyLocal advocacy campaign turns 21 this year, Proudly SA will host 21 member companies who will be selling their delicious food and beverages at the festival, from an irresistible ginger drink to amadombolo


There will be security at the main entrance to Kyalami, and throughout the precinct, during the festival.

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