This year’s three-day Appetite Fest 2019 promises to be bigger and better than the inaugural festival of 2018, with an extra day added to give food adventurers more time to explore, as well as more gastronomical experiences and spectacular entertainment. In the cast of culinary artists already confirmed for Appetite Fest 2019 are Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Shannon Bennett of MasterChef Australia. Joining them for this year’s tour to South Africa is the winner of MasterChef Australia 2018, Sashi Cheliah.
“We have extended the Appetite Fest by a day, made it a spring time event and cooked up an array of new experiences that festival-goers are going to love. Amongst these are the ‘Cooking with…’ workshops where food enthusiasts will have the opportunity to actively cook alongside some of South Africa’s celebrity chefs. MasterChef Australia’s charismatic judges will also be hosting Master Classes, giving their fans an opportunity to meet their favourite ‘Aussies’ and watch them in action in the intimate setting”, says Brett Hoppé, the General Manager at Time Square.
Conceptualised by Time Square’s eclectic team of food, beverage and entertainment specialists, Appetite Fest 2019 is an exciting platform to explore the tastes, flavours, sights and sounds that make living in South Africa great. The Sun Arena and outdoor areas will once again be transformed into a fairground of inspired food, drinks and entertainment experiences.
In the Sun Arena, a wide range of exhibitors including craft brewers and distillers, artisan food producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries will offer a bounty of the country’s finest foods and drinks to test-taste and purchase. Visitors can also watch international and local celebrity chefs show-off their culinary prowess in food theatres and be part of interactive question and answer sessions.
Outside, gourmet food trucks will serve up a diversity of exciting street food, while comedians, DJs and bands will keep visitors entertained in vibrant, authentically South African festival-style. There will also be themed zones for the ladies, guys and kids. For the ladies, think craft gin and sushi and for the guys, think bikes and beer. Children will be safe and entertained in the access controlled, safe and secure Kids Zone with professional and caring child minders. Activities include jumping castles, go-karting, jungle gyms, ball pit, face painting, a children’s cooking theatre, coordination games and their very own kid’s food court. For the older crowd, there is Magic Company.