Slow Food Johannesburg will be hosting its third annual Soweto Eat-In at the Soweto Theatre on 5 May. The Eat-In will feature a ‘Flaming Mile’ – pairing 10 chefs with the Soweto Food Network to prepare a dish from a cut of Nguni beef, literally using the whole cow from nose to tail. R100 gets you five dishes from the Mile and a chance to vote for the winning dish.
Keeping things competitive, eight Johannesburg chefs schools have been invited to participate in the ‘Skaftini Challenge’ to create a skaftini (child’s lunch box) that is healthy, tasty, nutritious and uses local produce. Their efforts will be judged by an expert panel, according to strict criteria. Attendees can buy tickets for R20 each.
In addition to the food contests, Orange Farm and Soweto farmers will be selling their goods alongside exhibitors from all over South Africa selling produce that represents their region – lake fish from Venda, indigenous foraged foods of the Fynbos region, cheese and chorizo from Haenertsburg, to name a few.
On a more academic note, a Free People’s Conference will be hosted by UJ alongside the festivities (at no cost to participate) and will feature 6 conference sessions geared to give urban farmers information on technology, education and financial resources.
Entry to the event is free. Meal tickets can be bought in advance on Quicket here or on the day and there is a fully licensed bar at the venue.