As controversial as it might be, since the launch of ‘The Real Meal Revolution’ book the low- carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) eating plan has taken Cape Town and South Africa by storm, transforming people’s lifestyles and eating patterns. In keeping with this growing trend and to showcase ‘banting’ friendly products and suppliers, Cape Town’s first food festival paying homage to this lifestyle, called the Revolution Food Fair, will take place at Chart Farm in Wynberg on Sunday, November 30 from 10h30 to 15h30.
Aimed at promoting the banting lifestyle, the Revolution Food Fair is supported by authors’ Sally-Anne Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and Professor Tim Noakes. Around 20 stallholders will be offering visitors food and wine – both sweet and savoury – to taste as well and products to buy and take home. The product range includes, amongst others, olive and macadamia oils, coconut produce, pesto, charceterie, meat and fish, wine, bread and muffin premixes, banting coaches, a chiropractor as well as jewellery.
According to organiser, Heather Haydn, RMR changed her life. “In the beginning I was a little intimidated about sustaining this lifestyle, wondering how I would manage to eat out and keep cooking interesting and varied meals but the more research I did and the more I embraced this lifestyle the more I discovered like-minded people. We are now seeing ‘banting’ friendly menu’s appearing as well as dedicated restaurants and home meal delivery services so it just made sense to use a time-honoured Cape Town tradition of an outdoor market to showcase what’s on offer. The setting is beautiful and there’ll be music to help create a convivial atmosphere for a day out that can be enjoyed by the entire family.”
With the focus on the importance of food and eating a good meal, Haydn has selected the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) as the Revolution Food Fair’s charity beneficiary. “Food sustainability is crucial,” she says. “Their motto of ‘you can’t teach a hungry child’ resonates with me and when I learnt just what the organisation offers over 22 000 children on a daily basis, which is so much more than a meal, I felt they were the ideal match.”
“The PSFA is about nourishing children so that they can learn and grow into their true potential,” says Haydn. “ Just two examples of how this has become a reality is that Master Chef judge and chef extraordinaire, Reuben Riffel and DJ, TV Personality and winemaker, Elana Afrika are both products of PSFA.”
Besides PSFA being given a stall from which to promote their cause, 10% of the Fair’s floor space is being donated to their ongoing feeding programme.
“The PSFA is delighted to have been selected as the charity of choice for this event which promotes healthy eating,” says Charles Grey, Fundraising Manager, “All the funds raised go directly to feeding hungry school children in the Western Cape.”
The Revolution Food Fair might be about good food that is delicious, natural, low in carbohydrates, high in fats and full of flavour but its aim is to celebrate this way of eating as a lifestyle, not a diet.