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Visiting a South African Street Food Festival

Visiting a South African Street Food Festival

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Woodstock is a suburb located on the slopes of Devil's Peak, a part of the mountainous landscape in Cape Town. At first sight, it looks like a dilapidated neighborhood, but just walk for a little bit and you can start seeing what makes it one of the hippest neighborhoods in Cape Town: the old buildings give the neighborhood a vintage look, and everywhere you can find graffitis and street art. Plus, it is host to many festivals, including the Street Food Festival which we visited last weekend.

An ominous look at Devils Peak.

An ominous look at Devils Peak.

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It was only for a weekend, thus the fact that the festival started on Saturday at 5 pm was a letdown. It was that or going on Sunday so we chose the first. We were coming from Blouberg so it is quite easy to get there, there's almost no traffic and we were there in about 20 minutes. 

The location had a kind of "rough around the edges" look.

The location had a kind of "rough around the edges" look.

I went there on a mission: to meet in person the legendary "walkie talkies", or chicken feet. I am a firm believer that the best way to get to know a culture is through its food, and I am very curious about South African food, and African food in general, so much that I bought a book called "Cooking from Cape to Cairo", hoping that I can recreate some of the recipes. Never had I thought how unfamiliar and foreign some of these foods would look to me: some uses ingredients that I haven't even heard of; and others I have to get used to them over the years, like vetkoek, bunny chows, or koeksisters. It is also surprising to me that my South African husband, despite being very knowledgable when it comes to street food (or junk food), has never tried some of these curiosities. I also wanted to try the famous "dim sum", so I was happy to see a lot of Chinese food stands. We also saw a stand with a spit braai: something that I am not really fond of, to be honest. A little lamb body is displayed for everyone to see while it's being cooked. I find the practice a little morbid, especially now that I am almost a full-time vegetarian. I guess to each their own.

That's the best photo of walkie-talkies I could take.

That's the best photo of walkie-talkies I could take.

Delicious mini vetkoek.

Delicious mini vetkoek.

The prices were affordable but we couldn't eat it all! So we tried vegetarian dumplings and spring rolls, and couldn't resist the temptation when we found a food stand with unicorn foods! Yes, they are beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat them, and very, extremely sweet!

It was very interesting for me see foods of which I have talked in my blog posts, but have never tried; like Greek food, and also see how some of the foods are made like the paella. All in all the festival seemed to be very well organized, and it had a fun and festive atmosphere all around, we were only sorry that it was just for a weekend, and that we expected more food stands.

Have you even been to a street food festival? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments!
 

Cape Town's Street Food Festival | FoodieFoodMood.com

Cape Town's Street Food Festival | FoodieFoodMood.com

If you are interested in visiting Cape Town, I have chosen some tours that might be interesting to you: Cape Town is very cheap, a few dollars can go a loooong way! By the way, and since we are talking about Cape Town, I wrote a piece for CityscapeBliss.com, where I tell you about 8 reasons why you'd like to move here! 


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