Your guide to getting the most out of the 10th anniversary edition of SA’s premier food, music and lifestyle festival
Bring your sun hat, your shades and, most importantly, your most dazzling smile and fashion A-game for those selfies – and get ready to put your best foot forward as the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival Powered by LottoStar parties its way into the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on 23 and 24 September 2023.
“We’re gearing up for an epic 10th anniversary edition, with enhanced security and traffic management, reduced capacity, free water stations, a larger variety of artisanal food and product traders, an easier payment system and more bar frontage than ever before,” says Funeka Peppeta, Media Director, DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.
“We’re pulling out all the stops to ensure an awesome festival experience for everyone – it’s all systems go for the Heritage Day weekend!”
Here’s our essential guide to this year’s landmark 10th festival – everything you need to know to make sure it’s an experience to live on in the memory banks, the social media feeds and the history books!
What to bring
Bring sunscreen, a hat, a camping chair and/or a picnic blanket. Small hand-held umbrellas are permitted. And, of course, wear comfortable shoes because you’re going to be partying like a pro all day long!
What to leave at home
Please don’t bring your own cooler boxes, picnic baskets, food or beverages. Remember, DStv Delicious is a foodie festival and you are here to sample the flavours of the world! You’ll be spoilt for choice with more food vendors and more bar frontage than ever .
Also note that no beach or golf umbrellas or pillows will be permitted in the grounds and the drinking of alcohol in the parking areas is strictly forbidden. There is also a no pass-out policy in place. Please find the festival rules here.
The festival is once again a cashless zone, vendors will accept all major bank cards.
Unlimited free water will be available at the festival’s new hydration stations, or for purchase at the beverage stands.
How to get there
Parking is limited (see below), so we recommend using the Gautrain and/or a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Bolt to get to the event. There will be a dedicated ride-hailing drop-off and pick-up zone for festival-goers, to avoid traffic congestion.
Parking at the festival will cost R400 at the venue, but if you pre-purchase a parking ticket online, it will only cost you R100. Remember, first come, first served!
In order to ensure safe access to the festival, all patrons are required to download the Ticketmaster app, which provides world-class security around all ticketing aspects of the festival. There will be security at the main entrance to Kyalami, and throughout the precinct, during the festival. Additional security has been arranged to ensure your safety (and a stress-free festival experience) over the two days.
On Saturday 23 September 2023, gates open at 10am and the show ends at 9.30pm. On Sunday 24 September 2023, gates open at 10am and the show ends at 8.30pm. Get there early to secure the best spot!
Main Stage line-up
Saturday 23 September will see sets by DJs Oscar Mbo, Murdah Bongz and Kent, as well as performances by Ringo Madlingoz, Lamiez Holworthy, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Nigerian superstar Tems and our very own Grammy winner, Zakes Bantwini.
Sunday’s Main Stage line-up includes teen trio Biko’s Manna, plus Greg Maloka, Oskido, Joyous Celebration, Incognito, Shalamar and iconic American R&B hitmaker Maxwell.
Plus, witness a unique performance that will give you a taste of what to expect from Clash of the Choirs South Africa!
Channel O Drip Dance Stage line-up
Channel O will be bringing the vibes with fun activations and giveaways at the dance stage, where the energy will be kept high and the vibes kept cool!
On Saturday 23 September, groove to the sounds of Dato Seiko, Scorpion Kings, Myztro, Daliwonga, Stunna, Yahoo, Dbn Gogo, DJ Mdu and LeeArt.
On Sunday 24 September, catch Venom, Nobantu, Kelvin Momo, Toss, DJ Zinhle, Murumba Pitch, Tyler ICU and Kwesta on the decks.
Food stalls and trucks galore
A cosmopolitan blend of mouthwatering flavours – from the kotas, shisanyama and dombolo (dumpling) burgers of Mzansi to chimichanga, assado and chimichurri sauce from South America – awaits visitors to this year’s festival.
Keeping it local will be traders such The Gourmet Shrine, the winner of the 2022 Soweto Kota Festival, plus peri-peri chicken from Poppy’s and wings and ribs from Wing Republic. Stop by Dunky Donuts for a sweet treat and sample Mexican street-food tacos from Mocharitos, or head to the LuviesFood truck with its Asian-inspired dishes such as bao buns.
Enjoy an expanded vegan and pescetarian offering, courtesy of Exotically Divine (for incredible fusion vegan African cuisine), The Prawnery and The Trout Palace.
DStv Home of Entertainment
True to form, DStv is curating an out-of-this-world festival experience featuring some of the most popular channels on the platform as well as awesome partner activations, while giving visitors a chance to walk away with great merchandise … ensuring you feel right at home at the Home of Entertainment!
Worried about missing out on your favourite weekend sporting action? Fear not. The DStv Home of Entertainment has a spacious patio with big screens, shade and plenty of seating to view all the MotoGP, football and Rugby World Cup sporting action live and in comfort.
Mzansi Magic, 1Magic and Mzansi Wethu
Experience fun photo booths and meet-and-greets with stars from some of your favourite local TV shows throughout the Delicious weekend, including 1802, How to Manifest a Man, My Brother’s Keeper, KwaNjomane, Kokota and Clash of the Choirs.
Immerse yourself in the Telkom gaming lounge at the DStv Home of Entertainment area. Stay powered up and connected with our internet access and charging stations, experience the virtual world through our engaging VR Pods, and explore our Connected Home area with consoles for endless entertainment. The Telkom Lounge is where your entertainment and connectivity dreams come to life!
Ice-cold slushies, 360 photobooth, VR gaming, A-list playlist for vibes and stylish merchandise will be the order of the day for visitors to the African Bank lounge at the DStv Home of Entertainment zone. Come and visit, walk away with great spot prizes to help you enjoy the festival.
Festival-goers are invited to come and experience a taste of one of MSC’s premium products onboard MSC Splendida. MSC Yacht Club – the only way to cruise this summer! Come and discover the future of cruising, where privacy meets luxury.
Mercedes-Benz is excited to be the vehicle partner for this year’s festival, which is set to be nothing short of amazing. Experience the latest Mercedes-Benz products and immerse yourself in thrilling interactive vehicle activations.
Patrons are invited to enjoy a delicious Sasol Delight experience, sampling Sasol’s new range of coolers and Sasol Delight Coffee. Come and savour mouth-watering wings; BBQ or fried garlic chilli-flavoured quarter chicken and chips; the newly launched Mzansi Crispy Chicken Burger and the Boerie Beef Burger.
Windhoek is the ideal beer to complement food on a hot summer’s day. Take advantage of the 100% Real Combo – buy three Windhoek beers and receive a complimentary food voucher from Wing Republic. It’s a tasty deal not to be missed!
This year, Flight Centre takes a turn in the bustling streets of London – famous for Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum and Tower Bridge. Come to the hospitality entrance (using your VIP vehicle access pass) and immerse yourself in the city of the iconic red bus and old-school phone booths. Up for grabs: vouchers to use towards your next London trip and stand a chance to win two return flights to to London on Air France.
Proudly South African
Come and support local businesses at Proudly South African’s access-to-market pavilion, with 16 member businesses taking over the Proudly SA Delicious Mile and the Proudly SA Lifestyle Village.
Delicious offerings from Kota King, Sumting Fresh, 2 Selai and Corner Dladla Pizzeria will be available, while The Vegan Chef will also be serving creative, inspiring cuisine. For traditional palates, TM Innovation, Cosmo Dumplings and Yamama Gemmer will be on hand to satisfy all the desires of those seeking a culinary experience on a plate or in a glass.
The Proudly SA Village is selling amazing local memorabilia, fashion and accessories, with merchandise from Chepa Streetwear, Memuka Plastic Mats (which can be used as seating at the festival), Afrikan Passion Designs, African Mama’s Crafts and 100KM Icons Merchandise.
Up for a challenge? Take part in the Local Is Lekker-inspired competition, with amazing prizes up for grabs at the festival.
COKE STUDIO is turning up the heat, featuring the extraordinary talent of COKE STUDIO Collision artist Young Stunna who will set the Drip Channel O Dance Stage on fire with an electrifying performance.
COKE STUDIO will also have an immersive activation space where visitors have the opportunity to go on a journey filled with Music, insta-worthy moments, and an exclusive view of the Delicious festival from an elevated Boombox.
Delicious Festival Trader Academy Powered by FoodBev SETA
In an exciting development for local job creation, a trader academy is being launched at this year’s festival to train up 50 SMMEs in the food and beverage sector. These up-and-coming food entrepreneurs will be given a rare inside taste of being part of the DStv Delicious action before embarking on an intensive training course. In addition, five SMMEs that attended the 2023 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City will showcase their products, which the 50 academy students will use to whip up delicious samples – from honey and mustard chicken wings to mocktails made out of flavoured tea!
Experience heritage in true Simba style at the Simba Steakhouse Steakout lounge – a braai inspired setting that offers attendees a place to relax and socialize. Simba will take you through a “chip” down memory lane, and you will get the opportunity to sample the new Simba Steakhouse Beef Flavour, while interacting with braai master Chef Benny who will be sharing his hot braai tips.
Discover the magic of skin tone perfection with Estée Lauder’s iconic Double Wear. Learn how to put your best face forward – with confidence! Visit the stand for quick, personalised shade matching in minutes.
Easigas is the approved LPG supplier for the festival, supplying vendors with gas for their stands and being on hand to replenish gas cylinders when needed. Easigas will also be training vendors and festival crew on the safe handling and storage of LPG, making life simply Easi for them.
Cadbury’s ice cream
Relax at the Cadbury Ice Cream chill zone setup and indulge in the creamy and delicious Cadbury ice creams to keep you cool and fresh. Come and find out how you could also win awesome prizes while you eat more ice creams! Cadbury Ice Cream You Already Know You’re Going To Love It!
Come and enjoy pockets of relaxing seating areas, from high chairs and tables on a viewing deck to a colourful lounge where you can kick back and enjoy a Vuse. There will also be a charging station for your devices and various photo-taking opportunities in the Vuse ring chair and photo booths. Say cheese! 18+ only. This product contains nicotine and is addictive. For adult nicotine or tobacco consumers only.
A dedicated team from Domestos will be visiting high-traffic public areas during the festival to wage war on germs by regularly wiping down surfaces – ensuring a pleasant and hygienic festival experience for all. Guests can also look out for free samples and vouchers.
So, tick off that check list, climb into those Proudly South African threads and get ready to party! The 10th annual DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is brought to you by DStv in association with LottoStar, as well as Mercedes-Benz, Telkom, African Bank, Sanlam, Sasol, Drip Footwear,, Windhoek Beer, Flight Centre, Proudly South African, Coca-Cola, Gauteng Tourism Authority, Delicious Festival Trader Academy, FoodBev SETA, CATHSSETA and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, in proud association with Primedia Broadcasting radio stations 947 and 702.
General admission tickets are R950. Book your tickets via Ticketmaster, or visit the DStv Delicious website for more details.
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