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Wine connoisseurs and food lovers will experience a taste of Africa at the 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival from 4 to 6 September at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus.

Brought by Gauteng Tourism, the ‘Gauteng Taste of Africa Dining Experience’ will give patrons a chance to explore world-class cuisine, traditionally available at Soweto and Maboneng Precinct restaurants.

The participating distinctly-African restaurants will be the House of Baobab, Blackanese, Kahawa Club, Roots Restaurant and Lapa La Rona, while the sounds of Africa will ignite the food-theatre space with performances by Senagalese and Congolese musicians.

“The Gauteng Taste of Africa Experience is about bringing the deliciousness of the Maboneng Precinct to Soweto so that visitors to the 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival can discover some of the amazing African-inspired cuisine being served by Gauteng’s hottest restaurants. What’s on offer from these restaurants is but a taste of what Gauteng has to offer when it comes to African cuisine,” said Gauteng Tourism CEO, Dawn Robertson.

Meaning ‘Place of Light’ in Sotho, the Maboneng Precinct is a regenerated inner-city district that for years was declared a no-go area due to urban decay and crime, but is now a thriving community of creative energy, featuring a mix of art galleries, private studios, theatres, markets, cutting-edge fashion and some of Johannesburg’s tastiest cuisine.

House of Baobab is one such restaurant located in the heart of the precinct. It is set to delight with its authentically-African food and drink, while Blackanese, one of Maboneng’s newest restaurants, will tantalise taste buds with African-Asian fusion cuisine.

Kahawa Coffee Club is a promoter of all things African and will only be selling coffee made from Fairtrade African beans, served up with decadent sweet treats, at the 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival.

Soweto’s Roots Restaurant and Gallery and Lapa La Rona will be showcasing their five-star township-inspired cuisine to festival-goers.

Launched in 2005, the TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival has evolved to become a celebration of Soweto’s sensational soul, helping to shape a new generation of black wine connoisseurs and wine producers, transforming the landscape of wine consumption in South Africa over its 10-year history and leading to an increase in domestic wine sales following years of decline.

Festival opening times are: Thursday and Friday, 6 to 10pm; and Saturday 5 to 9pm.

For more information and to book tickets go to www.sowetowinefestival.co.za