The University of Johannesburg and Slow Food Johannesburg are proud to present Soweto Eat In 2017 which will take place on Saturday, October 7, at the Funda Ujabule, UJ Soweto Campus from 10:00 to 17:00.

Soweto Eat In is a unique event that brings together urban farmers, food producers, chefs schools and upcoming exciting chefs from well known establishments as well as academics, well known personalities and everyone else who loves good, clean and fair food.

A highlight of the show will be the Skaftini Challenge – a competition amongst culinary schools to produce the tastiest, healthiest lunchbox for only R20 each.

Headed up by Chef and Culinary activist Adele Stiehler van der Westhuizen, from Prue Leith Chefs’ Academy, the rules of the competition state that every lunchbox must include a protein, must also contain a 250ml drink, mist appeal to the targeted age group and must take into consideration how the lunchbox will be carried by the children. And all for a cost of R20 per lunchbox or less.

Students from the various schools taking part will be selling their lunchboxes on the day with proceeds going to Slow Food 10 000 Food Garden’s Programme. Judging the Skaftini Challenge will be five well-known foodies, including Chef Arnold Tanzer and Sunday Times’ Hilary Biller, who will decide which is the ultimate healthy lunch with the winner being announced at 16:00 on the day.

Show-goers will also have the opportunity to attend two fascinating and thought-provoking conferences:

The Izindaba Zokudla Conference 2017

Under the direction of Dr Naude Malan of University of Johannesburg, this year the Conference has a vast array of dignitaries attending and speaking. The topics being covered are:
Conversations about Food – Izindaba Zokudla Model and other conversations about old food topics. This panel includes esteemed speakers like Sarah Frazee of Conservation South Africa discussing their “Meat Naturally Programme” that proves when community have bought in to conservation goals they are able to produce meat in a sustainable value chain.
Sidla – We are Eating! Why is it that we eat only 14 super crops and a total of only 140 foods worldwide when there is such diversity available? Author and well-known personality Anna Trapido discusses with her other panellists why foods from our past hold the key to good health, good environmental practices and a new food system to feed an ever-increasing population.
City Foods for City Desserts – 10 000 Food Gardens. Well respected Audrey Wainwright of Bryanston Market PGS and Thendo Ratshitanga amongst others, discuss how urban farmers and rooftop gardens can meet the demands of providing fresh, good, clean and fair food for city dwellers.
Community Eats – Local Markets. Headed by Simagele Seko who started the Soweto Market Place farmers’ market, this panel explores how emerging farmers markets assist in bringing together the community as they grow, eat and share in common food.
Smart Food at the Push of Button. There is a fast-growing culture of online solutions for every problem and food is no different. From the Khula app that connects urban farmers with end consumers to Just Now app that offers massive discounts in retail supermarkets to avoid food waste, the panel explores the role of technology in bringing about better food in a shorter value chain.
Empty Calories Empty Stomachs – why South African children are not being fed food for their successful future. Included on this panel are the World Food Programme’s head of nutrition discussing the peculiar problem of obesity in childhood on the rise and yet nutrient deficiencies in children. How are we feeding children and why are we starving them of a successful future?

Conference 2 – Exploring Food & Climate Change Issues Through Art

In the second theatre there will be screenings of videos which will include Julia Roberts as Mother Nature in Conservation International’s promotional videos followed by a brief talk by Conservation SA about their work with communities around SA. In addition, renowned South African artist Hannelie Coetzee will briefly present how and why she burned art into Nirox Sculpture Park in Magaliesburg to promote conservation and food.

This year’s Soweto Eat In will once again have numerous farmers selling their produce which is grown in the surrounding Soweto and Orange Farm areas. Everything from raw honey to marog, visitors will find the best organic produce grown locally by incredible small farmers. These farmers are all participants in Izindaba Zokudla which is a collection of farmers that meet regularly and share information and other resources under the leadership of Dr Naude Malan.

Entry to Soweto Eat In 2017 will cost just R20pp and this includes access to both conferences as well as attendance at the launch of the Food Garden. There will also be a cash bar on site.

Safe parking will be available off site with donkey cart chauffeur rides to the venue.

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