The Good Food & Wine Show hands out stand awards to encourage its exhibitors to put in effort when it comes to their stands, product and service. It paid huge dividends this year for the more than 200 exhibitors who showcased the latest in food, wine and culinary trends to capacity crowds at the Johannesburg show which took place at the Ticketpro Dome.
Winners included South African classic Amarula (who promoted their latest Amarula Gold, a clear no-cream version with a lovely kick); big names such as Tastic and Flora and small exhibitors such as Raw Decadence – suppliers of fine salt, pepper and spices, many of them sourced on the African continent. Visiting chef Tom Parker-Bowles was so impressed that he took a hamper of African spices back to the UK.
The full list of winners is:
• Best Custom Design Stand
Bronze (shared ): Tastic and Incredible India
• Best Stand
Silver: ZZ2 (tomato, avocado and fresh produce suppliers)
Bronze: New Beginnings Toffee
• Best Newcomer
Pisco of Peru/Flavours of Peru
• Most Innovative
• Best Day Market
(Shared) Raw Decadence and Ceramic Grater Plate
• Best Wines, Beers, Spirits
• Best Speciality Product Display
Contessa La Cucina
The judges were Gayle Edmunds – Managing Editor City Press; Craig Millar – design expert; Anthea Petersen – Ants Marketing and Brian Dick, chairman of the Johannesburg chapter of Slow Food.
The judges praised the effort that had gone into many of the stands. Said Millar: “Great displays catch the eye and entice visitors to the stand. The whole experience is also important – great service and knowledge of the product enrich the visitor experience.”
Petersen was impressed with the attention to detail: “The Flo ra stand with its ‘grater lights’ was inspiring design. The New Beginnings stand was painted by the owner’s daughter and you could feel the love.”
It was a sentiment echoed by Edmunds: “Every year the Good Food & Wine Show is a highlight on my calendar. A greedy pig like me looks forward to tasting all the wonderful food on offer and seeing people who are passionate about food and what they do.”
Said Brian Dick: “I am delighted that so many smaller producers have been given the opportunity to share their knowledge of artisanal food and their different products. They are passionate about their fare and this was clear in their interaction with visitors to the show. And it is clear that this is what audiences want – they want to meet the small producers and know where their food comes from.”
Said Heidi Warricker: “We really thank our exhibitors for all the effort they have put in. It also demonstrates that you don’t have to be a big name with big money to win a stand award. Some small producers have also wowed the judges and visitors the show with their passion and commitment to their product.”