Last night saw the unveiling of Toffie Food Festival‘s MENU magazine, the ultimate guide to the 167 best meals in Cape Town. Held at Church, guests were treated to oranges containing freshly squeezed orange juice (squeezed by The President’s Peet Pienaar himself), as well as a surprise treasure hunt.

‘Shopping malls killed our food culture,’ says Peet, in the ed’s letter of MENU. ‘Everyone just goes to the malls. There are almost no good butchers left in the Cape Town CBD or street stalls selling Xhosa or Afrikaans food. Yet food is what most people can be creative in; everyone has to do it, food tells us who we are and where we came from.’

‘That’s why we decided to put together a guide about the best meals in Cape Town. When I decide to get food, I choose a place based on what I feel like eating. This issue of Menu magazine compiles some of the best food experiences in the city. The visuals show food dropped on floors at home and in the street, because the best pizza always lands on the floor. We wanted to show the diversity of the city through food and the people behind it.’

Don’t miss the inaugural Toffie Food Festival happening at the Cape Town City Hall from 3-4 September. Full programme details and tickets available here.


  1. Aren’t the stakeholders in this Menu Magazine ashamed of themselves for wasting food (pictures of food on the ground) just to look ‘edgy’. I’m disgusted and ashamed to be Capetonian if this is how good Cape Town food is defined. Sick people – you could have used that wasted food to feed many hungry children. Even if the photographs are manipulated and the food isn’t real, just the thought of it sickens me. I sincerely hope all involved with this publication are ashamed of themselves.

  2. Got to agree with Karen, ‘edgy’ pics of ‘wasteland’ food just not appetising enough to appeal to an audience with a moral compass or even to a wide enough audience who appreciate the art of design.

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