On Friday the Good food & Wine Show opened its doors to Durban at the Durban Exhibition Centre.
Having visited on opening day shortly after lunch, I found to my disappointment that although it was peacefully quiet- making it perfect to view everything calmly, there were quite a few stalls un- open or still busy setting up.
Met the amazing sisters, friends of mine who make up the Chilli Chocolate Chefs team at their gorgeous stall. Unfortunately Entertain the book which they launched at the show was unavailable to purchase at the time and I will most definitely be ordering mine this week.
Made my yearly purchase of olives from the team at Romesco – olives abound at the show, but this brand is amazing in that the olives are stored in olive oil along with herbs and garlic which add amazing flavor. The olives are available in various flavors making it perfect for differing palettes. I use the oils to spread on baguettes as well as to drizzle over salads.
This years stash of goodies included a deliciously refreshing cordial from KishMish and thee most amazing and delicious all natural yoghurt from the Gourmet Greek .
Happily, we also came across a new brand selling a pure coconut water drink- variants included grape and pineapple or just au naturel. Coco V which is the brand name uses coconut water from sweet Vietnamese coconuts, these drinks are amazingly healthy and I had firsthand experience with a coconut water drink and it’s amazingness recently in New York when both legs gave in to cramps from my knees down to my toes, unable to buy any medication and being almost in tears and unable to walk, hubby hurriedly purchased a pure coconut water drink which I gulped down, within minutes there was relief!
Overall, the show was oh Kay, not as good as past shows and quite disappointing in the lack of open cooking shows like they had last year.