The theme for this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is Food Waste. Find out how the event’s organisers, and certain well-known cooking personalities, are helping to raise awareness around this global issue.

Did you know that almost half of South Africa’s population goes to bed every night without food? And did you also know that in South Africa alone, 9 million tonnes of food are wasted per annum? If statistics like these make you shudder, then head to this year’s Good Food & Wine Show, where you’ll find out more about the international problem that is food waste, and what you can do to abate it.

Firstly, all food left over after the Good Food & Wine Show will be given to FoodForward SA, an organisation that gathers edible surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, and redistributes it various non-profit organisations, who in turn feed it to the hungry on a daily basis. You can get involved with this initiative by donating your leftover dry goods to FoodForward SA as well. Visit for more information.

Information and statistics like those mentioned above will be on display as part of a special Food Waste installation that forms the entrance feature of the show. Food Waste is the underlying theme of this year’s show. We chose this theme because we’re in the food industry and we want to do our bit to raise awareness about this pressing issue.

So, if you’re attending the show, you’ll first be met with some motivation to join us in battling food waste. If we stopped wasting so much food, we’d be able to feed the entire world’s population with ease!

One of our chief motivators is Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, South Africa’s first Michelin Star chef, who gives some valuable advice of his own on how to reduce household food waste. If you’re impatient to get started and don’t want to wait for the show itself, then you can read up on Jan Hendrik’s savvy saving methods via his blog:

In addition to Jan Hendrik’s advice, food blogger and TV personality Sherwyn Weaich, aka The Gourmet Bushie, offers some tips on how he manages to save food. There’s also loads of other general advice and information on how to avoid wasting specific food types, such as fruit, vegetables, bread, cereal and dairy.

Whether you’d like to learn more about cooking with leftover food or preserving surplus food, this year’s informative entrance installation certainly won’t be a “waste” of time!