Delicious Festival 2015: Explosive cuisine and music

By Lungz Mathupha

The 2015 Delicious International Food and Music Festival is here

If you’re a lover of good food and music, but you haven’t been to the Delicious Festival – what are you waiting for? It’s SA’s biggest food and music extravaganza and this year, it returns to Jozi with headliners Chaka Khan (Yes, the living legend herself) and Louie Vega.

The festival will take place at Waterfall Polo Estate in Midrand on Saturday, June 6. This year’s culinary experience will be hosted by MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood, and also features exciting cook-offs at the Food Network pavilion with Reza Mohammed (who calls himself a ‘hybrid torn between two world’ due to his Indian and British influence), vivacious Siba Mtongana of Siba’s Table and ‘The Giggling Gourmet’ Jenny Morris.

The festival promises mouth-watering food that’s fresh and locally produced, and inspired by cultures from around the globe to appeal to all tastes. As Festival Director Lloyd Cornwall says, “If it’s got something to do with the kitchen, then it’s got something to do with Delicious.”

It’s a massive festival so if waiting in a queue gets you down, despite the awesome music around you and general upbeat ambience – get there early.

10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan is set to light up the stage with her sensational vocal abilities, while belting out hits like I’m Every Woman, Tell Me Something Good and Aint’ Nobody. Funk, soul, R&B, disco and jazz fans cannot miss this.

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For those who are keen to get their dance moves going to the sound of epic house music beats, look no further than the godfather of global house music – Louie Vega. The award-winning DJ mixes everything, from salsa and afro-beat, to jazz, hip hop and soul – and it’s amazing.

Other performances include Drizbone Soul Family, eclectic soul group The Muffinz, MuzArt and Unathi Msengana will pay tribute to the late Miriam Makeba and Cape Verdean ‘Barefoot Diva” Cesária Évora during her set titled Tribute to our African Queens.

Tickets are available from www.ticketpro.co.za. These vary from general access (R450pp) and Delicious Lounge (R900pp) to Decadance Luxury Lounge (R3500pp) tickets. The latter is complete with all the bells and whistles for true enjoyment, in style – VIP parking, private viewing balconies, full upscale canapé and tasting menu for lunch and dinner, plasma screens and fully staffed with waitresses, hostesses and bar staff. Kids Access for children under 12 is at R200 per child, and includes access to the DStv Kids Zone.

Don’t say we didn’t tell you.

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About the author, Lungile Mathupha: A wordsmith in the making and cupcake advocate who is passionate, adventurous – except camping (meh), always a student and one day hopes to live off love, cooking, laughter, good books and writing – bliss.
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