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The Mzansi International Culinary Festival (MICF) celebrates Women`s Month with delicious food and wine experiences to suit every palate.

Sponsored by the Office of the Speaker at the City of Johannesburg together with the Joburg Market, the festival takes place from 8 to 10 August at the Braamfontein Recreation Centre in Johannesburg.

Other partners of the festival are the UN Women, South Africa Women Entrepreneur Network DANSKO shoes and Destiny Cuisine.

This inaugural culinary festival takes place over three days, including a one day cooking competition, fusing the great tastes and riches of the African and international culinary scene.

The MICF is a festival that celebrates the culinary scene holistically; providing workshops for female students in the hospitality industry, lectures by renowned female chefs, media moguls and businesswomen; a gala dinner as well as a fiesta for food enthusiasts.

It will feature top chefs from around the world, like Janice Wong, Singapore’s Best Pastry Chef in Asia for two consecutive years, Senegalese’s Rougui Dia, French anthropologist and one of the few black female restaurant head chefs in France, Ska Mirriam Moteane award-winning author, chef, newspaper columnist, TV from Lesotho, Joy Samake of Sierra Leone’s Balmaya restaurant, Xoliswa Ndoyiya who has two decades cooking for former President Nelson Mandela and his family and has a best-selling published cookbook, Irish Darina Allen- leader of the Slow Food movement in Ireland, TV personality and owner of Ballymaloe Cookery, Siphephisiwe Ncube, Culinary Lecturer from Zimbabwe School of Hospitality and Alicia Wilkinson – Silwood School of Cookery and author of Getting into the industry | Kitchen politics and Cracking the International Market.

“We are delighted to be part of this culinary festival especially since August is Woman’s Month. MCIF will also be launching MICF Chefs Association aimed at assisting to change policy and protecting the rights of female culinary workers from chefs to waitresses”, says Councillor Constance Bapela, Joburg’s Speaker of Council.

Councillor Bapela will be one of the keynote speakers at the Gala Dinner hosted by the City on 8 August 2014. She says that the City has ongoing projects, events and initiatives that support women in the City.

“Events like these help us to raise awareness of the importance of living healthy lifestyles, gives us a platform to talk about food security and starting food gardens”, says Bapela.