Karoo Food Festival

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Date: Thursday, 27th April 2017 to Sunday, 30th April 2017

The Karoo Food Festival, a feast of food and fun, takes place in Cradock from April 29 to May 1 2017.

All appetites are catered for in the bounteous programme for the 5th Karoo Food Festival which was released in Cradock this morning.

Extra ingredients spice up the tried and tested festival recipe of masterclasses, demos, tastings, markets and foodie farm tours. A fresh adrenalin-rush is guaranteed by the spate of sporting fixtures and open opportunities in and around Cradock the same weekend. These include the Swaershoek MTB Race, a canoe marathon, trail running, golf, a 4x4 route, fly-fishing, white-water rafting and jukskei.

In addition, you can expect to mingle with the families of the Mighty Men who will be gathering for the 10th (and final) Mighty Men Conference near Middelburg.

Big news for the festival day-market (28 & 29 April) is a glamorous new venue – The Palms in Dundas Street. It’s a sprawling precinct with lots of outdoor seating under old trees and shady nooks. The professional demo kitchen, wine-tasting hall, ballroom and customised braai area all create a stylish food- and lifestyle-friendly ambience. Free demos will roll all day. There is a safe children’s play area and loads of parking close to the main entrance.

Two night markets (tapas on 28 April and ‘Karoo oppie Kole’ on 29 April) will take place in the Theron du Plessis Event Tent at Cradock High School. The menu of fresh local food from independent stalls will be accompanied by stoep-stories and live music on the side.

During the events, you’ll get a chance to assess our 20 local trainees from the Hantam Community Education Trust (Colesberg) – they are studying for an internationally accredited diploma (City and Guilds, London) in Food Preparation and Cooking. Thanks to our relationship with the Trust, they are all on full bursaries (accommodation and academic).

Our food routes take you to veg-growing hotspots in town and out onto the country roads that link our food-producing farms.

  • The Karoo Food festival founding sponsor is Theron du Plessis. Vulcan Catering Equipment fitted out our teaching bakery. Our other sponsors include AlgoaFM and PSG.
  • The Karoo Food Festival was a runner up in the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange Awards 2016.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for programme updates, or write to karoofoodfestival@gmail.com

Download the Programme