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Above: Tastic Table of Unity,


A feast of fine cuisine and gourmet events takes to Cape Town's streets, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops when the 8th annual Cape Gourmet Festival lifts the lid on the wonderful world of food from 9-25 May 2003. As one of only seven 'Cape of Great Events' endorsed by the Western Cape Tourism Board, the Festival has earned its rightful place as the country's premier gourmet event with a plethora of scrumptious food and wine related events taking place in South Africa's Gourmet Capital. This year's sizzling cast of international chefs includes tasty master chefs from the UK, USA, Italy, China, Ireland, Australia and India who'll descend on the Mother City to indulge locals in a menu of the latest flavours, trends and styles from across the globe. South Africa's finest chefs are joined by Boston's Ken Oringer, chef and co-owner of Clio Restaurant; Italy's famed export, Valentina Harris, who has her own cookery school in Tuscany; Ken Hom, the leading authority in Chinese cookery, and Indian chefs of the prestigious Taj Group for a fortnight of non-stop culinary action. This year the enjoyment of fine wines with food takes prominence when celebrated connoisseur and founder of the London International Wine awards, Robert Joseph, brings his flair to the Festival. All the international chefs are flown to Cape Town, courtesy of SWISS International Air Lines, who have pledged their support of the Gourmet Festival in line with their commitment to quality, innovation and service that makes them so undeniably Swiss.

The Cape Gourmet Festival is all about serving a unique menu of irresistible culinary events that saturate the senses in world-class style. The pinnacle event of the Festival, the Good Food & Wine Show (22-25 May), sees the flocking together of thousands of lovers of food and wine to a world of tastes, flavours, workshops and live culinary action under one roof. Fleur du Cap Restaurant Week (9 &endash; 25 May) showcases Cape Town's restaurant scene when more than 40 handpicked local establishments offer inspiring two-course meals with fine Fleur du Cap wines at very reasonable prices. Fellowship is the essence of the awe-inspiring Tastic Table of Unity (18 May) when South Africans of all walks of life sit down to a spectacular gourmet luncheon on the slopes of Table Mountain in aid of the Festival's mayor beneficiary, Red Cross Children's Hospital.

Local is lekker when the Grand Opening Celebration (11 May) embraces all communities with authentic local cultural cuisine and street entertainment in the heart of the city. The Connoisseurs Celebrity Chef Dinners (19 &endash;24 May) offer unparalleled gourmet dinning when the international guest chefs create their magical gastronomic masterpieces in collaboration with executive chefs at the Table Bay and Cullinan Hotels. The Table Bay also offers a sublime afternoon High Tea prepared by world-class festival pastry chefs.

The Festival ends with a glamorous Grande Finale Gala Banquet (23 May) of untold gourmet and glamour when the visiting master chefs supported by the Table Bay's finest prepare an unsurpassed culinary feast in aid of Red Cross Children's Hospital. Since its inception the Festival, has raised more than R2 million for Africa's only dedicated children's hospital.

The Gourmet Festival not only brings the world on a plate to South Africans, but also promotes local cuisine worldwide as one the newest members of the prestigious World Gourmet Club.

Acting as an umbrella organisation for top-level international gourmet events, the Swiss based World Gourmet Club gives new meaning to the concept of gourmet tourism by promoting the exchange of international culinary expertise and facilitating trips to culinary events all over the world.

Internationally acclaimed and locally loved &endash; the Cape Gourmet Festival is an exceptional eating drinking shopping, looking, learning and laughing experience that caters for everyone's taste.



Cape Town's Good Hope Centre is transformed into a gastronomic hub of a multitude of foods, exciting exhibitions, innovative workshop interactions and irresistible bargains when the Festival's highlight event &endash; the 6th Good Food and Wine Show &endash; opens its doors as Africa's largest food and beverage expo from 22-25 May.

Come and share in the hottest cooking tips and savvy secrets when the elite cast of South African and international chefs cook up a storm in the Chefs in Action Theatre or pep up your cooking skills under their watchful eyes at an interactive Hands-on Workshop of your choice.

Discover a brand new World of Wine, Beer, Ale and Spirits and take a seat in the world-class Good Taste Wine Theater, were celebrated connoisseur and founder of the London International Wine Awards, Robert Joseph, takes centre stage with his entertaining wine presentations. This foremost wine expert and publishing editor of UK Wine Magazine also chairs the all new SWISS International Air Lines Wine Awards, to honour the best wines at the Show. It's here where the spotlight will fall on smaller and lesser-known wine estates!

For workshop bookings contact the Gourmet Festival: Tel: (021) 465 0069. more…


A handpicked selection of Cape Town's finest restaurants offers delicious two-course menus and superb Fleur du Cap wines at very reasonable prices from 9-24 May. The marriage of good food and wine and the upliftment of quality standards of wine waiters lie at the heart of this tasty fortnight and staff at participating restaurants will be educated on the selection and serving of wine prior to the event. All mineral water will be sponsored by L'Aubade - pure mountain water bottled by the Franschhoek Water Company.

CONNOISSEUR CELEBRITY CHEF DINNERS: 19-24 MAY Enjoy unparalleled gourmet dining as top international guest chefs create their magical masterpieces in collaboration with executive chefs at leading Cape Town hotels.

Boston chef Ken Oringer teams up with Richard Makinson of the Table Bay Hotel to treat fine dining connoisseurs to the ultimate sophisticated dining experience in the hotel's landmark restaurant, The Atlantic, from 19-21 May.

The spicy Indian chefs will be flown in from the land of herbs and spices to join Executive Chef Craig Elliot at the Cullinan Hotel for an authentic Indian buffet in the Peach Tree restaurant from 19-24 May.

Tuck into a sublime selection of afternoon treats, made to perfection by top-class Boston pastry chef Alex Stupak, in the luxurious lounge of The Table Bay Hotel from 19-24 May.



Join celebrities and fellow South Africans for an awe-inspiring gourmet luncheon in a marquee on the slopes of Table Mountain in aid of Red Cross Children's Hospital on Sunday, 18 May. This year, funds and hearts will go out to the hospitals Trauma Unit. A unity loaf, baked by the Amy Biehl Foundation, will take pride of place down the entire length of the table, symbolising peace in the Rainbow Nation.


The Festival kicks off with a homegrown celebration to embrace our own cultural cuisine in the heart of Cape Town on Mother's Day, Sunday, 12 May. It's an outdoor fiesta with plenty of mouthwatering eateries, a local arts and crafts market as well as a colourful platform for the city's traditional and contemporary music.

The Festival pulls out all the stops with a glamorous Grande Finale Gala Banquet at the Table Bay Hotel on 23 May. This sophisticated black-tie affair pampers guests to a spectacular intercontinental 4-course banquet. Each visiting master chef, supported by the Table Bay team, will create a signature dish for the evening which culminates in a charity auction with sensational items going under the hammer in aid of Red Cross Children's Hospital.

For more information on the Cape Gourmet Festival happening from 9-25 May in Cape Town, contact the Gourmet Festival offices at Tel: (021) 465 0069,

Fax: (021) 461 0294 or visit the Festival website at www.gourmetsa.com.

Issued by:Gudrun Clark Communications
On behalf of: Cape Gourmet Festival

P O Box 27203 Rhine Road 8050, Suite 81
Roeland Square Cape Town 8001
Contact: Leanne LootsTel:
(021) 4620520; Fax: (021) 4620526
Contact: Christine Cashmore
Tel: (021) 4650069; Fax: (021) 4610294

Photos at top of page and below by Sellwynn Davidowitz, Cape Town

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