Celebrity Chef Sibahle Mtongana to Spice Food amp Wine Festival

South African-based award-winning jazziest and Afro pop songstress, Berita Gugulethu Khumalo, will headline the first day of the Namibia Food amp Wine Festival opening next Friday, April 4 at the Nampower Convention Centre.

The Marketing Manager of Namibia Food amp Wine Festival Emily Nikanor says the two day festival is tailored to attract the maximum numbers of 3000 wine lovers and foodies who appreciate finesse culinary experiences. The festival, sponsored by the Food Art Namibia Foundation, is regarded as the only culinary event in Namibia that has been attracting large enthusiastic culinary audiences since its beginning in 2012. It promotes culinary arts spotlighting Namibian food products.

Nikanor says the first festival saw an overwhelming positive response and that is why it has become an annual event. Through the festival, Food Art Namibia seeks to encourage young learners from previously disaantaged backgrounds with an interests in pursuing culinary careers by offering them mentorship programs and scholarships. Nikanor adds that, through the festival they hope to raise funds for the scholarship and mentorship programme schemes. The scholarship will cover boarding, tuition, traveling to and from educational institution as well as monthly allowance.

Top attractions include South Africa’s acclaimed TV celebrity, Chef Sibahle Mtongana, of “Siba’s Table” from the Food Network Channel. “The Festival is a laid – back ambiance complimented by the sounds of live jazz bands such as the Heritage Band and Fu-jazz entertaining guests every evening. To create a never to be forgotten festival with a memorable ambiance, we have a host of top Jazz musicians,” says Nikanor.

To crown it all three top chefs such as Chef Thuti Garoeb, Co-Founder of Namibia amp Food Festival and Head Chef of Am Weinberg Restaurant, will take foodies on a journey of Fresh Pasta Making. He is known as the man behind “Flavours of Africa”, a food television series that premiered in July 2012 on Botswana television.

Chef Elias Lewo Abel, runner up in the Namibia Chef of the Year 2013 competition, will take the audiences on a journey of beef known as the Beer amp Kapana session during the festival. Chef Abel worked at some of the best establishments in South Africa, and catered at some of the country’s high profile events.

Chef David Thomas will take festival-goers on a journey of Cheese, Wine and Chocolate. Thomas led a team of Namibian Chefs and won the South African Chefs Organisation’s (SACA) Inaugural African Culinary Cup competition in 2013. He gained different experiences from bistros to fine dining and Michelin Starred Restaurants. He moved to Namibia in 2009 and opened the Restaurant Lyon des Sables. To end the festival on Saturday evening, there will be a cocktail dinner hosted by Am Weinberg Restaurant and Nouvea Wines where exquisite cuisine, 100% will be on offer. According to Nikanor the cocktail dinner is to give an opportunity to food and wine lovers to learn more about different tastes of Namibian produced wines, to support emerging local Namibian chefs and to give them an opportunity to mingle and network with like-minded people. The cocktail dinner ticket cost N$1000 (which also includes access to the festival for the two days).

A one day ticket goes for N$150.00, this includes exhibitions, wine tasting, jazz concerts and cooking demos for a day only, while two days festival ticket goes for N$250.00, this includes exhibitions, wine tasting, Jazz concerts and cooking demos for the two-day festival.

Source : New Era