You may have sighed and thought “not another food festival” (although surely that would only have been people who don’t love food? But for argument’s sake…) when you heard about Taste of Durban. Let me illuminate you about why this one is going to be different, then.

We all love the Good Food and Wine Show with its innovative chefs, international names and big brands and it is going to be very exciting to welcome it back to Durban in August but it is definitely something that lands on our shores to offer us something new that we can’t necessarily get here. Taste of Durban, on the other hand, is all about celebrating everything the Durban food scene has to offer. Durban’s best chefs and restaurants will feature strongly – my favourite three are all there: Cafe 1999, 9th Avenue Bistro and the sublime Hartford House – and there will be plenty of demonstrations, tastings and culinary creativity to interest hard-core foodies and food-lovers alike.

Tast of Durban is on from Friday 27 – Sunday 29 July and there are some important things to note about the festival. Firstly, the show will be open in sessions. On Friday, the session is from 18:30-22:30; Saturday has two: 13:00-17:00 and 18:30-22:30 and on Sunday it’s from 12:00-17:00. The other thing is that the only ‘currency’ that will be accepted at the stalls is crowns, which are worth R5 each. Crowns can be purchased at the show but if you buy a Premium (R200) or Taste Clubhouse Experience (R685) tickets, some crowns are included. The standard entry price is R80 with no crowns.