Kids gets to be chefs at the Good Food & Wine Show 2017

While the Good Food & Wine Show has some award winning chefs cooking up a storm, your children can also get a taste for what it’s like to be a chef, finds Angelique Ruzicka.

While international chefs such Marco Pierre White and Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be whisking away and creating some delectable dishes there’s nothing to stop you from encouraging your children to try their own culinary skills at the Good Food and Wine Show (GF&WS).

This year the hotly anticipated GF&WS takes place in Cape Town from 2-4 June, lands in Johannesburg for 28-30 July, and wraps up in Durban on the weekend of 27-29 October.

At The Kids Cooking Club, the Kids Deco Lab budding child chefs will get their chance to discover the joys of cooking at the annual gastronomic gathering. The Claremont-based organisation owned by Mo Goduka will be sponsoring the Kids’ Corner at the GF&WS in Cape Town. The club holds regular classes for children aged 2 to 14, separating these young culinary scholars into groups according to age. There are the Tiny Tots (2- and 3-year-olds), the Junior Chefs (4- to 8-year-olds) and Master Chefs (8 years and up).

At the show, youngsters aged between 4 and 12 can learn how to cook a selection of basic meals, and practice techniques such as chopping, mixing, grating and kneading. Younger children will have plastic equipment to use, as well as guides to help them through the classes, while the older kids will be allowed a bit more freedom.

What will your children be cooking?
Six themed cooking courses will be offered, including: ‘Breakfast for Champs’, where kids learnt to make a health breakfast (fruit salad and yoghurt) and an English-inspired one (omelette cups); the ‘Wrap it Up’, which consists of a smoothie and a wrap and the ‘Winter Warmer’ is a soup served with braided bread. The other courses involve creating cheese scones, frittatas and pizza.

By the end of the session, your kids should have learnt the basics of everything from fruit salad to pizza, while having lots of fun. If they want dessert, take them to the Kids Deco Lab, where they can learn a bit about cake decoration. This year, the Kids Deco Lab will focus on how to decorate cupcakes.

Meet the celebrities
In addition to the GF&WS Kids Corner and Kids Deco Lab, celebrity chefs such as Lisa Raleigh (who has just had a baby of her own) and TV star and mum Sarah Graham will be sharing their tricks on how to prepare healthy and delicious meals for the family as part of their presentations in the free live theatres at the show. There’s also the chance to see and meet J’Something, leading man of popular band Mi Casa, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music.

Ticket prices for 2017
Entrance to the show is free for kids under 12 years of age. Once inside the show, the kids programme is also free, but places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The early bird online prices are valid up to one week prior to each show. Thereafter the door prices are applicable. Children under 12 can attend for free and Fridays are free for pensioners. Tickets are available online at and Computicket for Cape Town and Durban; and Ticketpro for Johannesburg.

Door price Online


Terms and conditions
Adults R160 R144 Ticket for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Senior citizens over 65 R110 R100 Friday free. Valid with proof of ID.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Students R110 R100 Valid with proof of student card.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 13-18 R60 R50 Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 0-12 Free Free Valid only with proof of ID
Two day pass R260 R210 Valid for two entries either Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday or Friday
and Sunday
Three day pass R380 R350 Valid for three entries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Wine combo R200 R180 General one day entry admission with wine tasting

glass and six tasting coupons

Wine glass and tasting R60 Wine tasting glass with six tasting coupons



Marco Pierre White (CPT SOLD OUT) 2,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 2,500.00
Jenny Morris & Reza Mahammad (CPT ONLY) 1,500.00



Marco Pierre White 1,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 1,500.00
J’Something 800.00
Jenny Morris 800.00
Lentswe Bhengu 800.00
Sarah Graham 800.00
Neill Anthony 800.00

Opening hours:

Cape Town

10h00-22h00 Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June

10h00-18h00 Sunday 4 June



10h00-21h00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July

10h00-18h00 Sunday 30 July

Ticketpro Dome


10h00-21h00 Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October

10h00-18h00 Sunday 29 October

Durban Exhibition Centre

For more information, email or call +27 (0)21 702 2280.