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A Cape Town Celebration of Food

The Gourmet Festival is an exclamation mark on the Cape culinary calendar. The festival usually begins in mid-May with the announcement of the Swiss Air wine awards, followed by the Table of Unity—a fund-raising dinner on the slopes of Table Mountain. The last weekend in May, thousands visit the Good Food and Wine Show at the International Convention Centre for three days of foodie exhibitions and presentations by international celebrity (TV) chefs, cooking courses, wine tastings, coffee salons, and more. Food-related events throughout the city during this period in May include special-priced menus at restaurants to coax hibernating locals out as the chill of winter sets in. The festival culminates with a gala banquet prepared by a team of the visiting and local chefs. 021/797–4500. www.gourmetsa.com.

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