The experience of viewing the best in KwaZulu-Natal’s décor, design and lifestyle will be suitably enhanced by sampling some of the region’s most irresistible food offerings at one of many gourmet stations and features across Decorex Durban, sponsored by Plascon. KZN’s premier décor, design & lifestyle expo, taking place at Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 25 March, promises to be a foodie’s dream as it plays host to leading local chefs and eateries all prepared to match style with extraordinary taste.
For those seeking culinary tips and examples of the best kitchen appliances on the market, the Gourmet Cooking Theatre is the first stop for hungry visitors. Here the East Coast’s top chefs will fuse the cultural influences of this vibrant city into a range of tasty meals and flavour-filled drinks that can be replicated at home. This delicious installation is all set within the carefully curated cooking theatre, giving visitors the chance to pick up on cooking tips and kitchen design trends all in one space.
One of the participants at this year’s Gourmet Cooking Theatre is Durban North-based business, We are Food, which delivers uniquely frozen meals from Upper Highway to Ballito, with a We are Food store in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre.
“This is our first time participating at Decorex Durban and we’re really excited,” said Jane Bisset, the younger sister in the We are Food sister’s partnership and head of all things food related. “We’re going to showcase a few of our ‘go-to’ dishes for entertaining – something decadent and delicious which is actually fairly easy to do! We place a lot of importance on enjoying your cooking experience in the kitchen so we will be showing the audience that there is no need to get overwhelmed by technical jargon and unusual ingredients. We want to explore some ideas that prove you can still ‘wow’ your friends with simple saving recipes and a few of our time-saving tips!”
Bissett – a Christina Martin-trained chef – said she prefers ‘one-pot’ meals that are quick to prepare and not too messy.
“I try to keep things as healthy as possible, so lots of veggies, salads and light proteins,” she explained. “My Summer obsession is a mango salad with lots of toasted seeds, coconut shavings and green veg. I would pair this with a piece of lemon-baked salmon, crispy chicken or something from the We are Food freezer.”
Wayland Green, Executive Culinary Artist at Midlands-based Granny Mouse Country House & Spa in Balgowan, said they would be featuring their signature home-style cooking which follows the mantra ‘keep it simple and do it well’.
“New and improved homes often enhance the ability to cook much better using new equipment,” explained Green. “We would like to show the public how to make use of new equipment with fabulous food and minimal impact on effort and equipment. This demonstration will be particularly relevant to new home owners, or people who’ve invested – or are looking to invest – in new kitchen appliances.”
Owner of three top regional restaurants, The Shed, The Digs Kitchen and The Workstation Eatery, James Kriel will be bringing a taste his Salt Rock-based, The Shed, to this year’s Gourmet Cooking Theatre.
“I’m all about taste so sometimes recipes just don’t fly with me. I can be more of a ‘wing it’ type of guy,” explained Kriel, who specialises in the pairing of food and drinks to match his laidback cooking style. “This year I will be making a decadent yet simple seafood starter, followed by a main dish comprising a Ramen-based bowl and, of course, a few delicious drinks to accompany this great meal!
Also featuring on this delectable line-up are renowned culinary artists and fellow Salt Rock-based restaurateurs, Delish Sisters – a sister duo who will share unique, home-style recipes.
Another unmissable demonstration by Thirst will see professional mixologists showcase their signature cocktail mixes at the theatre. Showing off their trademark bar skills will be Ryan Duvenage, bartender and trainer for the Thirst Durban and Bespoke Bar Services as well as being the owner of Bond Shed, Cocktail Guru and Flairtender; Haroon Haffajee who has placed second nationally twice in World Class Bartender of the World Competition as well as Trace van der Merwe, regional winner of the World Class South Africa competition and owner of Thirst Durban. Audiences can expect fun, interactive demos using fusions and heat transfer with some fire juggling thrown into the mix!
Food and design trends will once again converge at the Decorex Durban two-day Pop Up Market -– brought to life by The Creativity Lab – running on Thursday, 22 March and Friday, 23 March from 12pm to 8pm. In this experiential arena, visitors will get to peruse artisanal crafts suited to the #rhythmoflife interior décor and design trends while also sampling some of Durban’s finest cuisine, supplied by local eateries, in a comfortable seated area.
For a more ‘on-the-go’ option, The Rhythm Eatery – styled by The Creativity Lab – offers hungry visitors an authentic Durban dining experience with the best local food trucks exuding a mixture of enticing meal options. Come enjoy a cheesy slice of Pappa’s Pizza, some authentic asian cuisine from Wok Paper Scissors or choose for a selection of gourmet toasted sandwiches from Toasty. While this food is quickly prepared and easy to eat, The Rhythm Eatery also provides a beautifully curated #rhythmoflife space to sit back and enjoy this hearty fare.
And the Durban taste continues at the Roast Co. offering a succulent variety of signature rotisserie meats including slow-roasted lamb, marinated chickens, pulled pork and brisket.
When it comes to refreshments, Decorex Durban has some of the most enticing drink options enticingly presented in the trendiest feature settings. At The Secret Gin Bar, professional mixologists are on-hand to guide thirsty visitors through the exciting world of craft gin, while The Tasting Room Wine Bar has an enviable range of local and international vintages which can be enjoyed in a stunning space with bespoke furniture by Yard Seventeen and gorgeous fabrics from Caversham Textiles. Live music by DJ Lau Lau will complete this vibrant experience.
Whether it’s a light snack or warm beverage to keep going while browsing the best in designer and décor trends, then The Coffee Cup by Illy Caffé is the ideal spot. And, this year, the leading coffee brand has a special surprise in store for coffee lovers. On Friday, 23 March between 4pm and 5pm, visitors to the Coffee Cup by Illy Caffé can get photographs taken with three of the Cell C Sharks players who will be stopping by the stand. Visitors will also be entered into a lucky draw competition with the winner taking home a domestic coffee machine. In addition, Cell C Sharks have sponsored 10 stand tickets for the Cell C Sharks vs. Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, 14 April at JONSSON KINGS PARK. These exclusive tickets will be an envious second-place prize in the lucky draw competition.
If you’re looking for ultimate #rhythmoflife décor, design and lifestyle inspiration while enjoying some of the best local flavours, get to Decorex Durban, sponsored by #plascon.
DECOREX SA DETAILS
21 – 25 March 2018
21 – 24 March: 10am – 8pm
25 March: 10am – 6pm
Durban Exhibition Centre
Public holiday: Wednesday 21 March
Trade-focused days: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 95
Student/Pensioners – R85
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R85
Exhibitor – R85
Decorex Cape Town
27 April – 1 May 2018
10am – 6pm daily
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Public Holiday: Friday 27 April
Trade Day: Monday 30 April
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 110
Student/Pensioners – R100
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R100
Exhibitor – R100
8 – 12 August 2018
10am – 6pm daily
Gallagher Convention Centre
Public holiday: Thursday 9 August
Trade-focused days: 8 and 10 August
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 120
Student/Pensioners – R 100
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R 100
Exhibitor – R 100
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