Events

Mandela Day Volunteering

Monday, 18 July

09h30 – 17h30 (09h00 – 18h00 via shuttle)

Philippi Village (shuttle from/to V&A Waterfront)

R100 BOOK TICKETS (coming soon)

Celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela in a day of volunteering at Philippi Village joining community members and staff from the V&A Waterfront, working together on food garden preparation, seed sowing, tree planting and other activities. Tour Philippi Village on arrival and learn about its work across food systems, entrepreneurship, art and community development. Then get hands dirty assisting farmers with preparing for the next phase of food ecosystem development, leaving a tangible benefit for the local community. Enjoy a lunch together at the Village cafe, Phunga, made with ingredients from the Village as well as surrounding farms and featuring dishes created from recipes contributed by local residents. Expect to build relationships with new people, and with a place that will keep you coming back.

A shuttle takes volunteers from/to the Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront


Food Shopping Futures

Wednesday, 20 July

09h00 – 14h00 (doors open 08h00 – 15h00)

OZCF Market (V&A Waterfront)

R600 BOOK TICKETS

Discounted tickets available for students, civil society and community-based organisations. Please enquire.

Who sells us our food – and who produces it – reveals a lot about the system that gets food onto supermarket shelves, into online shopping carts, to spaza shops and onto our menus. This interactive mini-conference looks at emerging alternatives to mainstream food retail – as well as fundamental changes within mainstream retail – for clues about what our future food shopping and consumption might look like, and what difference that makes for our health, our wallets, our farmers and our planet. Hosted by Miles Kubheka, restaurateur, founder of Wakanda food accelerator and SA Harvest board member.

Alternative Food Systems: How farmers markets, food buying clubs, stokvels and food shopping beyond mainstream retail are challenging and changing our relationship with our food and the people and places that produce it. With Sheryl Ozinsky (Oranjezicht City Farm Market), Liesl Stewart and Abby Fehrson (Good Food Club), and Andrew Ardington (Food Club Hub), moderated by Zayaan Khan, food activist, researcher, educator, facilitator and artist .

Informal food trade in transition: With nearly one-third of all fresh produce purchases from spaza shops, hawkers and other informal traders, what does the future of food buying look like as the journey to formality gains momentum? With Rosheeda Müller (South African Informal Traders Alliance), Paul Bester (Informal Economy Development Forum), Simon Peters (YeboFresh) and Adeola Oyebade (Kalesanwa solidarity finance co-operative), moderated by Solophina Nekesa (ICLEI Africa)

High-tech food futures: Exploring how technology is enabling the manufacture of meat and meat alternatives, and taking a glimpse into the future of tech-enabled, AI-empowered retail. With Dr Belinda du Plessis (Tshwane University of Technology), Dr Kyle Naylor (Mzansi Meat Company), Tozie Zokufa (A Greener World) and Mkhululi Silandela (WWF), moderated by author and journalist Leonie Joubert.

Tickets include coffee and snacks during breaks.


Feeding our Future

Thursday, 21 July

10h00 – 14h00

Philippi Village

R120 BOOK TICKETS

Discounted tickets available for students, civil society and community-based organisations. Please enquire.

Thursday, 28 July

10h00 – 14h00

Bertha House

R120 BOOK TICKETS

Discounted tickets available for students, civil society and community-based organisations. Please enquire.

Our nutrition is intertwined with our hunger, but many in South Africa struggle to eat healthy food for a host of reasons. Critically, we have a generation of children growing up medically stunted from chronic or recurrent undernutrition, who now face lifelong challenges regardless of their adult diets.

These sessions provide a closer look at how we are feeding infants and their mothers – including before and during pregnancy – and give insight into the broader problems with food and nutrition in South Africa across all ages and segments of the population. The sessions explore what different choices or changes we might make that result in a better nourished society, including exchanges of practical steps being implemented in communities today.

Each session centres around a screening of the short documentary Feeding Nosipho, an exploration of the Nourished Child Exhibition, and a series of conversations facilitated by Dr Jane Battersby. Lunch is included.

These sessions are designed for members of local Early Childhood Development Centres, community kitchens, community health workers and clinics, to be able to come together and share approaches, practices and challenges coming out of their respective communities.

Two identical sessions will be held, one in Philippi on 21 July and one in Mowbray on 28 July, with each including members from communities active in the Nourished Child project and other vulnerable, underresourced communities in the Cape Town area.


Recipes for Partnering

Friday, 22 July

BY INVITATION ONLY

A 4-hour interactive and participatory workshop for smaller organisations wanting to connect with government, focussed on identifying opportunities and co-creating practical approaches to ‘bridging the divides’ in the food system. This intensive learning engagement will be led by the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) and the African Centre for Cities (ACC) with the aim of strengthening partnerships across the food system.

While this is an invite-only workshop for participants from local government, academia and civil society, Food Dialogues will share video interviews on tools for partnership. A  ‘Recipes for Collaboration’ handbook on partnering will be the produced output based on the workshop, which will be shared across Food Dialogues platforms.


Dialogues Through Food

How does food itself speak to us? In addition to thoughtful conversation about food, we will also engage in dialogues through food, using the medium of food to help us think more deeply and broadly about the food we eat, share, choose, prefer and celebrate. 

In a series of culinary experiences, ranging from participatory cooking demonstrations to dinner theatre, noted chefs will each present plates of food that help us think more deeply and broadly about the food we eat, share, choose and celebrate.


Sunday, 24 July

12h00 – 15h00

OZCF Market (V&A Waterfront)

R950 BOOK TICKETS

Seasonal Farm to Fork with Chef Lapo: Chef Lapo invites 30 diners to dine with him in the OZCF Market tent during their Sunday market on 24 July. The meal will be a celebration of farm to fork values, featuring seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, and the stories associated with those ingredients and the farmers that grew them. Some of the farmers themselves will join the lunch. Working with the idea of the hearth, and the love, fertility and life it represents universally, the meal will be cooked in the market’s wood fired oven.

Includes lunch, welcome cocktail and two glasses of wine


Tuesday, 26 July

18h00 – 20h30

Bertha House

R750 BOOK TICKETS

Heart(h) Traditions with Jane Nshuti: Rwandan chef Jane Nshuti and South African storyteller Philippa Kabali-Kagwa collaborate on a meal that celebrates traditional African dishes and hearths. Seated with 25 guests in a circle in the kitchen, the storyteller tells the story while guests are given ingredients to prepare. Chef Jane completes the meal, and as the storytelling ends all enjoy the vegetarian meal together as  conversation continues around food and community, hearts and hearths.


Four Dialogues through Food sessions will take place in the Makers Landing demo kitchen, which is equipped for 40 guests. Each session will have enriching participatory elements: cook, plate, brew, eat, drink and more! Whatever the format, these are designed to engage participants not only with the food and the ingredients, but the stories that bring them together.


Saturday, 30 July

10h00 – 12h00

Makers Landing (V&A Waterfront)

R650 BOOK TICKETS

Kids and Parents on a flavour adventure: Studio H hosts a cooking programme for kids aged 5 to 10 years and their parents. The session introduces children to flavour profiles, and the origins of ingredients, and gets them creating together in small groups, before sharing their creations together in a celebration of new flavours and new knowledge. In this session, the parents take their lead from the children! Maximum 20 adult/child pairs (40 people in total, including kids). Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Each ticket is for one adult and one child attending together


Saturday, 30 July

18h00 – 20h30

Makers Landing (V&A Waterfront)

R590 BOOK TICKETS

Fermenting traditions: African Beer and Bread: In this uniquely African take on Beer and Bread, Ukutya Club Experience presents an African ferments session. Participants will learn the story of traditional beer umqombothi, and its role in Xhosa culture, while brewing their own batch. Umqombothi then gives way to injera, as guests feast on an Ethiopian spread created around the fermented teff bread that is the foundation of Ethiopian cuisine. Maximum 40 participants.

Includes dinner, umqombothi and umqombothi to take home


Sunday, 31 July

13h00 – 15h30

Makers Landing (V&A Waterfront)

R590 BOOK TICKETS

Food Feeding your Purpose: Michele Mistry of Indikaap hosts a journey into sacred dining experiences, introducing participants to the six ayurvedic tastes, which are incorporated into a meal that is collectively prepared and enjoyed. Learn and talk about healing and spiritual traditions linked to food, and broaden your understanding of the roles food can play in our lives and cultures. Maximum 40 participants.


Sunday, 31 July

18h00 – 20h30

Makers Landing (V&A Waterfront)

R590 BOOK TICKETS

African ice cream flavours: Ice cream storyteller Tapiwa Guzha of Tapi Tapi fame hosts an African ice cream making experience, where participants will work together to create flavours from African ingredients that reveal hidden stories of the continent. Enjoy the ingredients and discover flavours in new ways through small plates that accompany the savoury and sweet ice creams. Maximum 40 participants.

Includes meal and ice cream base and flavours to take home


Food Systems Walking Tour

Daily except Sundays, 18 – 30 July

10h00 – 13h00 each day

Riebeeck Square

R400 BOOK TICKETS

Cape Town City Tour: Small group walking tours through central Cape Town will reveal the intricate connections and overlays between Cape Town’s ecological systems, history and food lineages, from pre-colonial to present day. The tour sheds light on how history shapes the modern-day food system in Cape Town. 

The tour has been created by Dr Andrew Boraine, historian and CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) and each walking tour experience is led by a local professional guide.

Includes tour and snacks along the way. Each tour limited to 15 guests.


Food Systems Walking Tour

19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30 July 2022

10h00 – 13h00 (09h30 – 13h30 via shuttle)

Philippi Village (shuttle from/to V&A Waterfront)

R750 BOOK TICKETS

Philippi Village Tour: This specially curated experience, right in the heart of Philippi Township, engages guests with food and community systems and stories. Philippi Village occupies a former concrete factory, and in addition to a library, a container retail mall, graffiti gallery and skate park, there are 8 hectares of land that is being turned into productive food space. 

Guests will meet in front of the Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront and take a shuttle to Philippi Village, where a member of the local Waterfront community, a neighbouring settlement, together with a Philippi Village ambassador, host a two hour experience that culminates with a farm-to-fork meal at Phunga, the Village cafe, inspired by recipes from the Waterfront community. 

A highlight of the visit is an exhibition of photographs of meals and recipes, and the nature of food and community, curated especially for Food Dialogues in collaboration with the Waterfront community. Guests are gifted with a recipe from a community member, connecting the guest and the community members, and giving the guest custodianship of that recipe. Another highlight will be the exhibition of new graffiti works created for Food Dialogues, focusing on food stories. 

Ticket price covers honorariums for community members from the Waterfront community that facilitate the experience, lunch and shuttle. Each tour is limited to 20 guests.


Visual Arts Exhibition

18 July – 1 August 2022

VIEW MAP (coming soon)

Exhibitions of works sharing diverse experiences within the food system will be on display at the V&A Waterfront, Bertha House and Philippi Village. These will be drawn from the work of various artists and organisations working in the food system over the past decade.

No booking is necessary.

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