Durban Street Food Festival Brings the Heat

A recap of the first Durban Street Food Festival

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Get your tickets for #DSFFsummer here  (16 - 20 December 2015)

Over Heritage Day Weekend (24-27 September 2015) Durban saw the birth of something new: a street food festival. More than just a market in a converted warehouse, the Durban Street Food Festival brought together people from across the range of the city’s diverse cultures, using food as its medium. And what better way to do it?

From curry to shisanyama, boerie rolls to soji, and masala pineapple to vetkoek burgers, there was something for everyone at DSFF. Out to Lunch’s funky food truck serving vegan treats made waves alongside Shisa Mfethu’s braai chicken and Sugarlicious’s multi-coloured macaroon ice-cream sandwiches. 

Deli Delights at Durban Street Food Festival

Not to mention the line-up beyond the food. Talented young singers, dancers, traditional musicians, chanters, bands, DJs, comedians, speakers and poets served up food for the soul over the 4 days of the festival. As festival-goers whiled away the Heritage Day weekend with beats, burgers and beers, something magical brewed: togetherness. The boerie-lovers vibed with the vegans, the hip-hop heads jammed to kirtan music and coffee-drinkers sampled artisanal iced tea.

When the sun went down, the day’s chill gave way to a celebration fueled by some of Durban’s finest young musicians, featuring the likes of Veranda Panda, DJ Bhashkar and Aewon Wolf. The artists that appeared over the course of the festival were 100% Durbanites who represented acoustic, Indian, African, hip-hop and electronic music genres. 

Underground Zone Dance League at Durban Street Food Festival

If all this sounds good to you, don’t worry. You haven’t missed out. Durban Street Food Festival is back for a second course! Over 6000 hungry Durbanites (and lots of tourists too!) chowed their way through the first festival, and the next one is going to be even bigger. More food stalls, more music, and an awesome new venue: 102 Florence Nzama Street. The building was due to be demolished by the Durban City Council, but was saved at the eleventh hour by the Durban Art Gallery staff, who saw its potential as a conservation centre. The space speaks directly to Durban Street Food Festival’s values of urban regeneration. We are honoured to welcome you to explore a slice of Durban‘s history.

Durban Street Food Festival Summer Edition is running for five days over the Reconciliation Day long weekend, from 16 to 20 December. On Friday 18 December #DSFFsummerwill be sharing the space with the sixth annual Interpret Durban visual arts competition and exhibition. On Thursday 17 December there will be a series of interesting and informative Pecha Kucha presentations focused on food and street culture in Durban.

In essence, the event is about showcasing and celebrating Durban’s diverse heritage and creating conversations about reconciliation through our food and culture.

Get your tickets for #DSFFsummer here