Food and wine highlights on the FynArts menu will include the sixth annual Wine Plus series of tutored tastings, held this year at The Wine Glass and featuring some of South Africa’s most renowned winemakers. There will also be a pop-up kitchen, special lunches, tastings, talks and demonstrations.

Festivalgoers will have two opportunities to get up close and personal with David Higgs, one of South Africa’s best known, most awarded and internationally acclaimed chefs. David will be doing a cooking demonstration in the FynArts pop-up kitchen at the United Church on Friday 14 June at 15:00.  As part of the Strauss & Co series of talks, he will also be interviewed by local hospitality consultant and executive chef, Garth Stroebel, on Saturday 15 June at 9:30 in the Municipal Auditorium.

From humble beginnings cooking breakfasts in a small Cape Town hotel almost three decades ago, David has been with various prestigious establishments such as Meerendal and Rust en Vrede in the Western Cape and Johannesburg’s Saxon Hotel. Saint, a spectacular new restaurant of which he is a founding partner, opened in August last year, and has reportedly become the go-to pizza and champagne destination for Sandton’s trendy, up-and-coming business crowd.

David launched Food Cycle, an initiative that aims to educate children in poorer communities about the benefits of proper nutrition and to encourage healthy eating habits. He did this with a project that merges two of his greatest passions – food and cycling.

“I was told stories of young, talented kids who rode with the professionals but were unable to reach their potential due to lack of energy and ‘hitting the wall’ far too early in races,” says David. “The bigger picture became far clearer when we were informed that the kids hadn’t eaten breakfast and had only water in their bottles. We are trying to alleviate this problem through the Food Cycle project.”

David is a judge on the local reality show My Kitchen Rules SA on M-Net. The title of his first cookbook, Mile 8, which was launched last year, refers to the Namibian coast where he caught his first fish and where his food journey began in the small coastal town of Walvis Bay. He will be dipping into this book for his FynArts cooking demonstration.

To purchase tickets, visit www.hermanusfynarts.co.za or contact 060 957 5371.

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