How to survive a Cape Town food fest

You’ve got your ticket, your stomach’s rumbling and you’re ready to devour one of Cape Town’s legendary food and wine festivals. Before you start your eating, take a whip through our foodie fest survival guide…

Find your wayCape Town is very good at creating traffic jams around big events, and when thousands of people pour into the suburb of Green Point for Taste of Cape Town the roads get slower than a slow-cooked pork belly. Make use of Cape Town’s ever-improving public transport options instead, such as the MyCiti bus service.

Slap on sunscreen
We’re not in Oslo anymore, Toto. The sun down south is hot, hot, hot … don’t even think of stepping out without a hat and sunscreen. And while you may be tempted to stick to Chardonnay, staying hydrated with delicious Cape Town water will keep you enjoying the festivities without that pesky visit to an after-hours emergency room.

Make friends
Capetonians, as the locals are known, are by and large a friendly bunch. If you’re not sure how to pronounce melktert (milk tart, in English) at the Neighbourgoods market, or are wondering why Devil’s Peak Brewing Company got its name: ask. Chances are a friendly local will help you out.

How to pay
Cash is king when it comes to festivals, especially at low-key offerings like the Cape Town Street Food Festival. Few vendors will accept card payments directly, although large events will accept major credit cards at ticket booths.

And, don’t forget your phone: the homegrown SnapScan app is growing in popularity, allowing you to make card payments by scanning a QR code with your smartphone. It’s becoming accepted at an increasing number of merchants across Cape Town, so it’s useful even when you’re not on the festival circuit.

Don’t drink and drive
First, it’s just plain stupid. Second, it’s illegal and the residents of Cape Town Central Police Station are not the locals you want to hang out with on a Friday night! Third, there’s no excuse to drive under the influence. Metered taxis are plentiful in and around Cape Town, and Uber has roared into town. Fire up the app to get home safe and sound.

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