Foodies and lovers of fun, wine, whisky and beer, rest assured, there's no shortage of food festivals in Gauteng – so much so that you might have difficulty deciding which ones to go to. We've put together a list of five of our favourite foodie fests to help make your choice easier.
Whisky Live Celebration, Pretoria (17-19 May)
American writer Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough.”
If you'd like to test his theory, head to the Whisky Live Celebration at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria from 17 to 19 May. Learn from local and international whisky connoisseurs as they talk you through the flavours and complexities of a variety of whiskies.
Also on the menu will be biltong and droëwors, and there'll be an on-site deli where visitors can buy a variety of ready-to-eat meals, soft drinks and coffee.
Can't get enough of whisky or whisky festivals? Then also diarise Whisky & Spirits Live that will be held in Sandton in November.
Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival (1-2 September)
According to the official website of the Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival, the idea of a having a wine and food festival in the area was born more than 13 years ago during a (slightly tipsy) conversation between neighbours over wine and a backyard braai.
Now the festival attracts thousands of local and international wine, music and food lovers each year.
Visitors can look forward to tasting the Cape's finest wines, feasting on delicious artisanal food, learning more about South Africa's best holiday and weekend destinations, and listening to live music.
Keep an eye on www.sowetowinefestival.co.za for venue details, etc.
Street Food Festival ZA, Maboneng (8-9 September)
The annual Street Food Festival ZA will, once again, celebrate South Africa's food culture by offering authentic street foods, pavement-style. Last year's festival featured a food market with a variety of mouth-watering street foods, live music and "crate" talks by food industry leaders aimed at entrepreneurs.
The festival will take place at Common Ground, 6 Staib Street, Maboneng. You can opt for a one-day or weekend pass. Buy tickets here.
DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, Kyalami (22-23 September)
This year, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will be taking place over the Saturday and Sunday of the Heritage Day long weekend.
Being one of South Africa's most popular festivals, an estimated 40 000 people are expected to attend over the two days. Last year's line-up included Grammy award-winning artist Common, as well as TKZee and Bongo Maffin.
More information about ticket prices and where to buy tickets will be announced soon.
Tops at SPAR Bierfest, Pretoria (2-3 November)
Put on your dirndl dress or lederhosen and suspenders and come say "prost!" at the Tops at SPAR Bierfest at Time Square at Menlyn Maine from 2 to 3 November.
Imagine you're thousands of kilometres away at the original Oktoberfest in Munich as you enjoy a variety of Bavarian beers and treats to the sounds of a traditional oompah band.
Spoil yourself to freshly baked giant salted pretzels with mustard, bratwurst (German sausage), bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes) and sauerkraut (finely cut pickled cabbage) ... delicious!