Gourmet food, craft drink and coffee were the order of the day as an intimate crowd gathered for the inaugural uMapheka – Cook Out at Drifters Raceway in Cambridge, East London last Saturday.
The smell of burgers, boerewors rolls and pizza were sure to get taste buds aroused while children made good use of the go-karts.
Organiser Smangaliso Mkunyana said the aim of the market is to give exposure to upcoming chefs.
“This craft and gourmet food space is mostly for young chefs to empower themselves while making money doing what they love,” Mkunyana said.
He added that there was an “unfortunate” stereotype mentality that a black person cannot host this type of event, especially in East London.
Gourmet Chefs, consisting of Siviwe Henna, Ntsika Madikiza and Onela Soga, specialaise in gourmet burgers and are currently awaiting certification from the Blue Ribbon Chef School.
“We came together to create this brand to create a new take on fast food in East London. We’re hoping to venture into the restaurant scene in addition to the private functions we do,” Siviwe Henna said.
“This market is different and it’s a great idea. There’s more of a variety of what’s on offer here, and it really has a lot of potential,” said barista and owner of The Daily Grind owner and barista Shayne Taylor.
For those into stronger drinks, Beacon Crossing-based Craft Liquors had a variety of drinks for sale.
Yenkosi Eats specialises in scrumptious iGwinya (vetkoek) burgers, complete with a home-made burger patties.
“I started in October 2017 on my son’s birthday where I started experimenting with food on my son’s birthday in October 2017 to try and come up with a creative way to make something unique,” Yenkosi Eats owner Tina Matshabane said.
uMapheka – Cook Out is set to take place on the last Saturday of every month from 10am until sunset.
For more information, call 067-222-1624 or visit their Facebook page “uMapheka – Cook Out”.