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Top foodie events to add to your social calendar

This month we give you a guide to all the foodie and non-foodie events you’ll need to watch out for: Knysna Oyster festival, Bastille Festival, Food & wine festival (JHB) and the Durban July.

Honest Chocolate Bonbon Workshop 

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Date: 24 June 
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape 
Event Info: Calling all chocoholics! Honest Chocolate is holding a family-friendly workshop, giving us a peak into the magic of chocolate-making. You’ll get a first-hand introduction to how cocoa beans are transformed from a bean to a bar and make your own set of delightful bonbons to take home.  


Knysna Oyster Festival

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Date: 30 June to 9 July 
Location: Knysna, Western Cape 
Event Info: This 10-day whirlwind of sport, food (all the oysters!), wine and music is sure to delight visitors to the Garden Route. The week is packed with activities – from hand-picking fresh oysters, catching a sunset sail, thrifting at a pop-up store, dancing to live music, bending to the pilates beat to running yourself silly on the mountain trails. Prepare for an outdoor extravaganza! 


Hollywoodbets Durban July

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Date: 1 July
Location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal 
Event Info: It’s time for the largest horse racing event in South Africa, held at Greyville Racecourse. Place your bets and watch the finest horses and their jockeys race for the grand prize of R3 million. If watching horses doesn’t appeal to you, then go for the people, the outfits, the food and the grand party. The theme for this year is Out of this World – from extraterrestrials, shooting stars and planets to AI, astronauts, star gates and galaxies – gear up and get glittery!  


Bridal Expo

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Date: 1 to 2 July
Location: Kurgersdorp. Gauteng 
Event Info: Grab your fiancé, parents or bestie (and a file to collect all the pamphlets and info you can) and head to Oakfield Farm. You’ll get the chance to interact with seasoned industry experts and plan your perfect wedding day. Walk and talk through booths exhibiting everything from decor to dresses – and don’t forget to sample the food trucks, which are available to cater for your big day, too. 


House + Garden Show 

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Date: 1to 9 July 
Location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
Event Info: Visit a decor show like no other at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Think home, leisure, garden and grandeur. Expect the latest luxury tools and cutting-edge equipment, decor and appliances – and keep an eye out for the Foodie Fair and the latest in kitchenware design. 


Bastille Festival

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Date: 15 to 16 July 
Location: Franschhoek, Western Cape
Event Info: This two-day affair celebrates French heritage with foodie fair in the heart of leafy Franschhoek. Of course, it isn’t a French affair without all the signature dishes, fine wine and colourful traditions. Don your red beret and take a trip through the streets of France. Indulge in the pastries, fine dining fare, coffee, music and markets dotted in and around Franschhoek. 


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