What’s it about?
The Hartiwood Food and Film Show is a feast for all the senses. The very best of local and international culinary cinema is paired with an elite artisan food and wine market.
Less than an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Hartbeespoort is blessed with natural beauty and agricultural abundance – all of which has resulted in a thriving artisanal food scene. It is also the epicentre of South Africa’s cinematic success story; Hartiwood films. This multi-award winning production company not only makes movies but also allows fans to enjoy an epicurean experience. Former film sets from the Hartiwood classic French Toast have been converted into an elegant eatery: French Toast Coffee Café. This replica of a Parisian café – complete with Eiffel Tower and retro-chic drive-in style screens allows for the ultimate in dinner and a movie deluxe.
In line with the Parisian-style architecture of the venue, it has been decided to give the 2016 Hartiwood Food and Film Show a Francophone flavour. Food films will have a French focus. During the day, stalls at the food market will be grouped according to French culinary categories and there will also be enclaves for Francophone diaspora dining with contributions from French speaking North, West, Central Africa and the French speaking African Islands such as Mauritius and Reunion. The Francophone influence of Huguenot cuisine on South Africa will be explored and relished.
Tickets can be bought at the entrance on the day of the show
Children (4-12): R30pp
Would you like to be an Exhibitor?
Hartiwood food and film show is the premier food event in the North West Province. Held at the grounds of the French Toast café and film set in Hartbeespoort, this festival of flavour show cases the area’s gastronomic treats and treasures while also offering stimulating cinematic appeal.
Hartbeespoort is an ideal hot spot for a cool festival. It is an affluent, food focused community with a thriving organic and artisanal agricultural and epicurean scene. Locals recognise and relish good food making them an ideal buying pool from which to draw custom. In addition to the townsfolk, Hartbeespoort is also a popular weekend destination for affluent day trippers from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg. It is anticipated that there will be considerable local and out of town interest in the food and film show.
In addition to numerous prestigious local exhibitors we also have bookings from Cape and international food and drink producers. The participation of celebrity chef Coco Reinarhz also adds culinary cachet. This combination has excited considerable media interest and coverage has been promised (both before and after the event) by print, TV and radio journalists.
The wide selection of food, films and fun offers something to suit every palate and wallet. Book your stall now to avoid disappointment…
Phone: 078 592 6953
A feast of films
GetIt Magazine Article
We all love gawping at gastronomy. Whether it is the cultural clash of French baguettes v Indian biryani in the recent Hundred Foot Journey that gets your salivary glands going or the faux- orgasmic deli scene in When Harry Met Sally, reel food is really delicious.
Who can forget the culinary charm of Lady and the Tramp’s fabulous doggie-style spaghetti seduction scene? Hands up those of you who think that the aforementioned Disney classic is infinitely sexier than the kitchen carry on in 9 1⁄2 Weeks. You get the point. From Kerri Russell and her perfect peach pies in Waitress to the nauseating burger binge of Supersize Me, movies and menus are inextricably linked. We may not all be able to get to Tokyo, but through the magic of cinema we can watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi and savour the visual feast of flavours served up by the world’s best sushi chef. Our taste buds can travel into Hispanic heaven with the glorious food film, Tortilla Soup.
Which is why it is so wonderful that the Hartiwood Film and Food Show (HFFS) is coming to Hartbeespoort on 11,12, 13 September 2015. This food and film festival is set to offer the very best of local and international culinary cinema and also an elite artisan food and wine market (entrance fee R50 for adults and R30 for children). Elegant evening events are planned, whereby R300 buys a night of fine food and superb cinema.
Hartbeespoort is an ideal hot spot for pairing food and film. Super-close to Johannesburg, Pretoria, Brits and Rustenburg, the tiny town is blessed with natural beauty and agricultural abundance – all of which has resulted in a thriving artisanal food scene. It is also the epicentre of South Africa’s cinematic success story; Hartiwood Films.
This multi-award winning production company not only makes movies, but also allows fans to enjoy a cinematic epicurean experience. Former film sets from the Hartiwood classic French Toast have been converted into an elegant eatery on the main road into Hartbeespoort. This replica of a Parisian café – complete with Eiffel Tower and retro-chic drive-in style screens, allows for the ultimate in dinner and a movie deluxe. In keeping with the Francophone vibe of the venue, HFFS market goers should expect the finest of French cheeses, patisserie, bonbons and booze accompanied by the very best of local deliciousness.
Those wishing to apply for a market stall, or want to buy tickets to attend the films and market should visit www. hartiwoodfoodandfilmshow.co.za for more information. Eat, drink, watch. A jam-packed cinelicious experience awaits…
Food & Home Magazine (September 2015)
High Life Magazine (September 2015)
‘I feel just like I’m in my home town,’ declared actor Thierry Ballarin, star of 2014’s French Toast, an Afrikaans romcom set in Paris. Not Parys in the Free State, Paris France. Rand-euro exchange rates made it cheaper for film company Hartiwood to build a replica of a Parisian café in the shadow of an Eiffel Tower in Hartbeespoort than to film on location in France. At 14.5m high, this tower is much smaller than the 304m original, but it is exactly to scale, and the town in which it finds itself is so much smaller than the French capital that it is equally impressive. Architect Ellen Wilken and civil engineer Dudley Brown spent three months working on the five-ton steel structure, precisely replicating the original – right down to the colour of the paint on the steel girders. Once the movie was done, the film set opened to the public as the French Toast Coffee Café, and locals have taken to their new landmark like ducks to orange sauce – taking selfies next to the tower and ‘sealing their love’ on the adjoining Parisian-style padlock bridge. This month tables will be set up under the tower for gala dinner and movie evenings, catered by chef Coco Reinardz (11-13 September). Hartbeespoort’s Eiffel looks out over not the City of Lights but the majestic Magaliesberg and its eponymous dam – where there is a mini Arc de Triomphe. But that is a story for another day…