The Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum is back from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 July at Suncoast. For the occasion, chefs from nine of Durban’s best restaurants will create special menus of starter-sized dishes, including their signature dishes, designed to reflect their individual philosophies, whilst showcasing seasonal and premium ingredients. Following its enormous success in 2012, Taste of Durban promises to be the most exciting ‘foodie’ event of the year, on the Durban social calendar.

Food 4 Thought, a restaurant revenue-generating project, has been chosen as the official charity for this year’s event.  ‘Food 4 Thought’ raises funds and awareness, for the expansion and work of Umthombo, a Durban-based organisation that empowers street children to be able to leave street life and take their place in the community as proud citizens.

Lining up to show off their talents at the 2013 event, are chefs Marcelle Roberts from Café 1999 and Louise Potgieter from Havana Grill at Suncoast and Little Havana and award-winning executive chef, Jackie Cameron, from Hartford House. Representing a selection of Umhlanga’s top eateries are Chris Glocke from BAR-BA-COA Argentinian Grill and Butcher Boys, as well as elements café at The Beverly Hills.  Lucy Markewicz will be flying the colours for Freedom Café and popular Indian restaurant Amaravathi Palki, brings the total of participating restaurants to nine of Durban’s best.

Festival times:
Friday 26 July: 18h30 – 22h30
Saturday 27 July: 13h00 – 17h00; 18h30- 22h30
Sunday 28 July: 12h00 – 17h00

Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on or Pick n Pay tickets on

Standard tickets cost R80 (includes entry & a tasting glass)
Premium Tickets cost R180 (includes entry, R100 worth of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass)

Taste Club House presented by DStv tickets cost R685 – enjoy the comfort of a private lounge that serves as your base for the show. The ticket includes fast-track entry to the show, a complimentary bar (wine, malt and soft drinks) in a private clubhouse to use as your base for the show, a free tasting glass, R150’s worth of Festival Crowns (the official Festival currency) and a fabulous Taste of Durban gift.

Taste of Durban Festival Crowns
Crowns are the Festivals’ official “currency”, which can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds. Visitors use these Crowns to purchase sample dishes and drinks from the various exhibiting restaurants, bars and exhibitors. Each Crown is worth R5. Change is offered in Crowns only.


Durban Taste Festival