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Good Food and Wine Show a roaring success

THE Durban Good Food & Wine show attracted record crowds this year.

THE Durban Good Food & Wine show attracted record crowds this year.

Visitors flocked to the four-day event in their droves to enjoy the many attractions at the show, especially in the Celebrity Chefs Theatre where chefs such as James Martin, Vivek Singh, Anjali Pathak and Ms Cupcake conjured up some delicious dishes.

However, the exhibitors to this year’s show were also delighted as business was brisk and many sold out of stock.

One of the most popular exhibits at the show was the Inverroche Distillery which produces unique blends of gin. This family-owned business was “absolutely over-the-moon” at the interest their products had been generating.

Tea was a big draw card at the show and a regular exhibitor is Tea Merchants, which offers visitors 50 different flavours and tastes. Owner Phillip Tobiansky feels this year’s show offered more food and people were enjoying the tea on offer.

Visitors with a sweet tooth were amply catered for and one of the stands that was busy was Sweet Temptations with its 26-flavoured variations.

Jack Daniels, which gave visitors a taste of its new Tennessee Honey brand, had queues snaking round the stands and coming back for more.

A big attraction at this year’s show was Love Laugh, which provided visitors a range of proteas bearing such names as Madiba and Venus and proved an ideal gift.

Sugar Tree Roasted Nuts attracted attention from visitors and manager, Zama Mahlaba, said business was booming and their roasting machine was working overtime to cope with the crowds. Also happy with the state of affairs was Paul Vermeulen, sales manager of The Greenleaf Olive Company, who said business had been great and they doubled their business on some lines over last year and they were running short.

One of the hottest spots at the show was The Little Herb Garden whose owner, Karen Dames, has been growing chilli on her George smallholding and making her potent sauces for more than 13 years. She has exhibited at all the Durban shows and rates the 2013 event the best ever.

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