Here at DECO, our tummies have already begun rumbling for the first-ever Toffie Food Festival, taking place on 3–4 September. As official media partner, we’ll be bringing you a sneak peak of the event every month until September.

A ticket to this festival will buy an entire weekend’s immersion into many different food experiences, with meals, talks, workshops and food tastings, as well as the opportunity to mingle with interesting food personalities, including Julie Powell, the world’s most famous food blogger on whose life the movie Julie and Julia was based

South African food critic and writer Anna Trapido who won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for her book Hunger for Freedom – The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela, will preside over a tasting of the foods that matter most to Madiba.

‘The Toffie Food festival is all about eating amazing food, but also talking about things like food memory and indigenous South African food culture. It’s as much about learning and forging food-based friendships and relationships, as it is about eating,’ says Peet Pienaar, festival organiser and creative director of The President design agency.

Tickets to the Toffie Food Festival and Conference include access to all five meals and tastings, as well as the Spice Room, an exhibition dedicated to spices from around the world, a cookbook and food shop, food stalls, and artistic food installations.

Tickets are limited and cost R1 300 + VAT before end June, R1 400 + VAT before end July, and R1 500 from 1 August.  For more details, email toffie@thepresident.co.za, visit www.toffie.co.za or follow @ToffieFood on Twitter.