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Tafelpraatjies is an exciting addition to the Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show Celebrating the Afrikaans heritage

An exciting addition to this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is Tafelpraatjies which will celebrate the rich and diverse culture and heritage of the Afrikaans nation through its food.

It’s also about stories told around the table, conversations about food, recipes, secret ingredients and the cooking methods that have been part of the Afrikaans table through the generations.

Tafelpraatjies-Johan_Bakkes_3At each session, around the table, 20 to 30 guests will interact with well-known local Afrikaans celebrities: chefs, writers, local storytellers and performers who are there to share their own food and dining stories and memories. These include Johannes Bakkes, Isabella Niehaus, Dana Snyman and Lochner de Kock.

The table will be set in a way that is interesting and surprising, with décor complementing the storyteller and matching the food served.

The set will house an interactive kitchen, including an AGA oven and gas stove. ‘With a retail area forming part A retail aspect is part of the design, with there will be an opportunity to purchase décor items, bric-a-brac, CDs, recipe books, books, jams, table linen and more.

Free workshops in table setting and décor will form part of the schedule.

Another facet of the theatre is a unique restaurant concept, Searle’s Trading Post, which will demonstrate how to set a great table for lunch or dinner using items that people have in their homes, from beautiful linen and candles to antiques, bric-a-brac and kitsch. This is done with style and panache to create a ‘tafelpraatjie’ of note.

Caro Alberts will manage the kitchen for Tafelpraatjies, giving her the opportunity to showcase her flair by taking traditional Afrikaans cuisine and re-inventing it with ‘nuwe maniere en idees’. From humble pumpkin fritters with salted caramel sauce to delicacies such as koeksisters with lemongrass and ginger syrup, Soutribbetjie, Waterblommetjiebredie and biltong – it’s all about ‘wat ís nuut op die rak’.

There will also be easy to follow, back-to-basics demonstrations on doing the simple things like ‘lekker maklike beskuit, pot brood, konfyt, ‘chutney’, marmalade en padkos’.
The Cook Off presenters, all from Smile90.4FM, are Bobby Brown, Eloise Pretorius, Benito Vergitore, Tracey Lange, Maurice Carpede, Mehboob Bawa and Danie Marais.

Celebrities, chefs, cooks and singers who will be attending include:

Johannes Bakkes
He is a world traveller, author of “Samoe(r)sareis,”  “Moer toe die vreemde in en Norrevok,” and a qualified CA who lectures in business economics at the University of the Western.  He lives on a smallholding in the Paarl, and his adventurous spirit has taken him to destinations all over the world, the common thread being that these places are almost always off the beaten track!

Isabella Niehaus
This stylist, cook and market madame lives on a dune on the West Coast. She was previously a fashion editor for Sarie magazine and is currently a popular blog writer for Sarie’s “Ons-Proe Blog” and known as a “passievolle kok”.

Dana Snyman
He is a well-known and well-loved Afrikaans writer and storyteller. He has published numerous books and writes for Weg, Die Burger as well as for Huisgenoot.

Lochner de Kock
Singer and actor Lochner de Kock is also Cordon Broer for his cooking skills and his fantastic boerekos.


• Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town May 23 to 26 – Cape Town International Convention Centre


Tickets cost R110 for adults for R55 for children. This includes more free theatres than ever before. Visitors will also receive a coupon book that will allow for massive savings and specials.


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