Get ready for the festival that not only feeds our ears, but our tummies, too. After a successful 2016 edition there, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is back at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit in Midrand, Johannesburg, this year.
Last year’s festival saw scores of patrons enjoying food and great music, and, of course, legendary musicians The Jacksons gracing our shores alongside great local and international talent.
This year’s stage will buzz with music from artists including rapper Common, kwaito group TKZee, DJ Black Coffee, musician Thandiswa Mazwai, British duo Soul II Soul and more. Pop-up restaurants and street food vendors will be cooking for foodies in attendance, including gourmet dishes from local and international chefs.
The little ones will get to meet their favourite DStv characters in the Ben 10 augmented reality experience, PPG-yourself stations where they can create their own Powerpuff Girls-inspired characters, and meet-and-greets with other characters. Additionally, there will be educational games, two PlayStation trailers, and the three- to five-year-olds can bounce to their heart’s delight in the Bounce KinderGym.
The fifth edition of the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival seems set to be even bigger than all the previous ones.
“This year our aim is to surpass the success of 2016, which itself enjoyed exceptional public support due to the world-class quality of the international and local acts, the high standard of local chefs, the enticing gourmet food market, and the hugely popular Kids' Zone,” says Lloyd Cornwall, festival director of the DStv Delicious Festival.
“The festival is a highlight of the gastronomical year due to its eclectic entertainment and fusions of foods that please all tastes, whether traditional or contemporary. The growth of satisfied festival patrons is testament to our unique recipe.
“The main components of its success are: international and local artists, international and local chefs featured in various pop-up restaurants and cooking theatres, channel activations, brand activations, an interactive kids’ zone, South Africa’s biggest gourmet street food market, and a world-class dance arena.”
The festival has become something of an annual tradition. Visitors from other South African provinces and even countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region make their way in droves to Gauteng for the festival.
“Delicious is the biggest food and music festival that draws multitudes of visitors from across the SADC,” says Siphiwe Ngwenya, the CEO of the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA). “It attracts more than 40 000 revellers over two days, with many of these from neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Mozambique and Lesotho.
“There are many others who travel to Gauteng for the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival from other provinces within South Africa. The benefit of the influx of lots of visitors on the economy of our golden city region is immense.”
The music performances will take place as follows:
TKZee at 3pm
Black Coffee at 4.30pm
Thandiswa Mazwai at 6.30pm
Bongo Maffin at 11am
Omar at 12.20pm
Femi Kuti at 1.25pm
Alexander O’Neal at 2.30pm
Imagination feat. Leee John at 4.55pm
Soul II Soul at 6.15pm
Tickets are still available from Ticketpro, ranging from R495 per person, per day to R800 for weekend passes. Tickets for children aged three to 13 cost R250, and packages are available as well.
You don’t want to miss out!