Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Taste of Durban cares for the environment and we have a surprise for you dear reader

Caring Initiatives An Integral Part of Taste of Durban

This year’s Pick n Pay Taste of Durban is back at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World (Suncoast) from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July.  Chefs from a selection of Durban’s top restaurants will be creating special menus of starter-sized dishes, designed to reflect their individual philosophies, whilst showcasing seasonal and regional ingredients.  In addition to the exceptional food experience, this year’s show is embracing two initiatives,  as a contribution to a greener, more caring society.

“We are proud to be ‘green’ in so many areas of the show together with our environmentally aware sponsors, partners and exhibitors,” says festival director, Justine Drake.  “Taking the environment into account and ensuring best practice in terms of sustainability can only add to the  flavour experience that epitomises the Taste philosophy.”

Naming sponsor Pick n Pay places great priority on environmental issues and actively promotes and operationalise sustainability in their core activities.  Pick n Pay  is considered to be South Africa’s “greenest” retailer with multiple green awards to its name. Pick n Pay continues to research, innovate and apply its findings to business practises and ultimately share their journey with their customers, in order to assist them in reducing their own impact on the environment through adopting more sustainable lives.

The Pick n Pay Taste of Durban has also partnered with green companies such as Interwaste and Green Home in order to ensure a more sustainable event.  Interwaste provides the environmental management solutions for Taste Festivals by providing recycling facilities on site at the event and doing a carbon footprint assesment to ensure that the event’s carbon footprint is kept neutral. 
Green Home Products is South Africa’s leading biodegradable food packaging supplier and all plates, bowls, knifes, forks, and spoons are environmentally-friendly and made from natural and renewable resources that are 100% biodegradable after use.              
From a social and community perspective, The CTA Benefit Stage, a social responsibility initiative, Cape Town Angels, has teamed up with the organisers of Taste Festivals South Africa to bring a coast-to-coast charity challenge to Durbanites. They will host the all-new Call to Action (CTA) Benefit Stage, where a line-up of local artists will provide entertainment, donating their time and talent for free, as an act of active volunteerism.

In doing so, they will call foodies to do the same, by challenging them to support local charities showcased at the event with their own time and talent donations. One such organisation will be the KZN Branch of ASSITEJ SA, a NPO aimed at transforming society through children's theatre and so ‘changing the world one child at a time’.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
What, Where, When, How…

Festival times:
-           Friday 25 July: 18h00 - 22h00
-           Saturday 26 July: 12h30 – 16h30; 18h00- 22h00
-           Sunday 27 July: 12h30 – 17h30

Taste of Durban Festival SCOINS
The South African Gold Coin Exchange is the official sponsor of the festival currency, Scoins. Scoins can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Scoin Sellers walking around the festival grounds.  Visitors use Scoins to purchase sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibiting restaurants, bars and exhibitors.  Each Scoin is worth R5.  Change is offered in Scoins only.

Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on or Pick n Pay tickets on

-           Standard Ticket – *R80 - Entrance to the festival including a glass
 -          Premium Ticket – *R180 - Entrance to the festival including a
            tasting glass plus R100 worth of Scoins (the official currency)

-          Taste Clubhouse Presented by DStv Ticket - R685 - entry to the festival, a free tasting glass, R150 Scoins, a private clubhouse to use as a base for the show with a complimentary bar service (wine, malt and soft drinks) plus a Taste of Durban Gift.

 The Umhlanga Life / Taste of Durban Giveaway

The good folks from Taste of Durban have given us 3 x double tickets to pass on to our readers.

Question: Where is Taste of Durban being held this year?

Send your answer, name and contact number and email to Fred

Update: This giveaway is now closed. 

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