Food for thought at the Bedford SoulFood Festival

APRIL 15, 2015

The third annual Bedford SoulFood Festival is set to present lessons in the finest farm-style cuisine and celebrate seasonal local food at various different venues in the Eastern Cape town from April 17 to 19.

The festival will host a number of demonstrations, presentations and special meals on a variety of homegrown topics, such as chef workshops, gardening tutorials, proper meat preparation and children’s cooking classes.

Among those presenting is food blogger Jacqui Moorcroft who will share the banting recipes that helped her lose 20kg by demonstrating how to use fresh local produce on Friday at 10am and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Her slow roasted lamb with Jerusalem artichoke purée, creamy beans and salsa verde main is not to be missed.

On Sunday morning Kim van Niekerk’s is set to present her Edible Gardening Workshop Experience at Albertvale Farm.

She will demonstrate how to make compost, prepare beds, mulch, germinate seeds, sample cuttings, and harvest food and seeds for next season.

Born and bred Bedford local Kieren Morgan will present one of six interpretations of Indian cuisine at the buffet Curry Club evening on Saturday and is also a member of the family responsible for The Farm Butchery and The Butcherbird Restaurant, where a festival dinner will be held.

Patrons can also expect a Food Market on Saturday with vendors selling homemade produce, including Agave Bud pickles, biltong, artisanal breads, candles, ceramic tableware, cheeses, deli products, honey, home bakes, organic meals, mushrooms and nougat.

The festival is also dedicated to supporting the Hungry Tummies school feeding project, as well as placing an invested interest in taking young local people a step closer to careers in hospitality and food.

Find Bedford SoulFood Festival on Facebook.