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Taste of Durban 2013


The Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with Orbit Sugar-free Chewing Gum, now in its second year, is being held at Sun Coast from 26-28 July.  Lining up to show off their skill and talent are chefs Marcelle Roberts from Café 1999, Louise Potgieter from Havan a Grill at Suncoast and award-winning executive chef, Jackie Cameron, from Hartford House. Representing a selection of Umhlanga’s top eateries are Chris Glocke from BAR-BA-COA Argentinian Grill and Butcher Boys, Themba Mngoma from Little Havana and Tony Kocke executive chef at elements café at The Beverly Hills.  Lucy Markewicz will be flying the colours for Freedom Café and popular Indian restaurant Amaravathi Palki, brings the total of participating restaurants to nine of Durban’s best.

Seeing ‘Green’
Implementing sustainable, environmentally responsible initiatives is a key focus of all the Taste festivals. Every effort is made by the organisers, sponsors, partners and exhibitors to make the event as ‘green’ as possible.
Eskom’s 49m energy-saving campaign, will make it’s first KZN appearance, at the Taste of Durban 2013. Launched a year ago, the 49m campaign aims to encourage all South Africans to lead energy smart lifestyles and ‘do their bit’ to save electricity, in order to ensure a sustainable future for the country.

In addition, The Taste of Durban is proud to be hosting the KZN launch of the 49M Energy Efficient Cookbook, compiled by Angela Day, offering the perfect recipes tips for reducing the high carbon footprint in the kitchen.  Angela Day aka Jenny K and the 49M team will demonstrate recipes from the cookbook, which visitors can buy as they sample the prepared meals.  Jenny is The Star’s newspaper’s food and nutrition author, responsible for writing the popular weekly columns.

Naming sponsors Pick n Pay and Orbit Sugar Free Chewing Gum, both place great priority on environmental issues and actively promote and operationalize sustainability in their core activities. Each company continues to research, innovate and apply its findings to business practises and ultimately share their journey with their customers, in order to assist them in reducing their own impact on the environment through adopting more sustainable lives.

Interwaste has been commissioned to provide the environmental management solutions for Taste of Durban by providing recycling facilities on site at the event and doing a carbon footprint assessment to ensure that the event is indeed staying green and keeping its carbon footprint neutral.

All plates, bowls, knifes, forks, and spoons used at The Taste of Durban are environmentally-friendly and made from natural and renewable resources that are 100% biodegradable after use.

Besides the participation of a selection of Durban’s favourite dining spots, the 2013 offering brings a host of other ‘must-do’ experiences. 

These include:

The Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre – top local chefs will showcase their culinary skills in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges and entertaining Q & A sessions.

The Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience – an interactive area where guests can learn to create simple, stylish canapés and how to pair each of them with a range of wines to complement and balance the flavours.

LINDT Studio – Switzerland’s finest chocolate house will have their Master Chocolatiers on hand creating delicious LINDOR truffles and fresh pralines.

Simply Asia and Singha Beer Experience – A unique Thai dining experience with food prepared by authentic Thai chefs from the Land of Smiles.

Asara Bistro Box – Asara will release some of their Vineyard Collection and speciality range wines in Durban, which will be paired with a selection of gourmet burgers and chocolates.

The Consol Mixology Theatre – an interactive studio where visitors learn how to master the art of stunning seasonal cocktails.

Castle Milk Stout Experience – SA’s premium stout makes its first appearance at this year’s Taste of Durban.

Sevruga Sushi & Sparkling Lounge – Sevruga at Gateway, will be offering various sushi and wine pairings for visitors to enjoy.

To book tickets:
Visit ITickets on or Pick n Pay tickets on

Media Enquiries:  Joanne Hayes, Tumbleweed Communications

Cell:  083 6277249      e-mail:


What, Where, When, How…


Festival times:

Friday 26 July: 18h30 – 22h30

Saturday 27 July: 13h00 – 17h00; 18h30- 22h30

Sunday 28 July: 12h00 – 17h00


Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on or Pick n Pay tickets on

– Standard tickets cost R80 (includes entry & a tasting glass)

– Premium Tickets cost R180 (includes entry, R100 worth of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass)

Taste Club House presented by DStv tickets cost R685 – enjoy the comfort of a private lounge that serves as your base for the show. The ticket includes fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary bar (wine, malt and soft drinks) in a private clubhouse to use as your base for the show, a free tasting glass, R150’s worth of Festival Crowns (the official Festival currency) and a fabulous Taste of Durban gift.

*          Taste of Durban Festival Crowns

Crowns are the Festivals’ official “currency”, which can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds.  Visitors use these Crowns to purchase sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibiting restaurants, bars and exhibitors.  Each Crown is worth R5.  Change is offered in Crowns only.


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