The much anticipated third annual Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair took place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November 2012 on the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, which saw over 100 talented winemakers, designers and food artisans exhibiting their wares to hungry locals. Just in time to get some early Christmas shopping done, the Fair was more of a boutique outdoor experience than a market, where handpicked exhibitors showcased a selection of good food, wine and design works including jewellery, furniture and homeware, and made for a great outing. You couldn’t miss the stylish HL stand, with top chef Coco Reinharz from Sel et Poivre cooking up tasty meals for visiting foodies, that were washed down with a selection of Creation Wines. The stand was beautifully styled by interior designer Bronwyn Cane, of BronMaryCane. Guests were seated at vintage furniture from Northcliff Antiques, which was adorned with on-trend succulent floral arrangements by Gloss Concept Floral Couture. The eye-catching wall decals were supplied by My Wall Tattoos, while Tuff floors provided slip-proof, striking black flooring, and rustic wine crates from Mica Hardware housed wine and magazines, giving the stand a homely feel. Another great collaboration was the Gourmet Theatre, where chefs Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen, Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s Restaurant, and David Higgs of The Saxon Hotel served signature dishes for lunch and dinner sittings catering to only 42 guests at a time. A must-do for next year’s Fair. The newly introduced Carpenter’s Alley attracted many curious visitors too, eager to appreciate the woodwork trends in joinery, while we took inspiration from designers like Goet & RAW, Makers of Stuff, Matblac, Sootcookie ceramics, and many more. Artisans, whether masters of food, wine or design, are the experts of their chosen craft and have perfected their skills through years of experience, resulting in the perfect product. Each year the Fair continues to grow in size and originality, and is a true celebration of South African creativity and craftsmanship. This year’s Fair saw us leaving with packets of local produce, perhaps even a new chair or two, and completely sated palate, so we simply can’t wait to see what the organisers, Artlogic, have in store for us next year… For more information see foodwinedesign.co.za.