Consisting of half the world, womxn have the collective power to affect stock markets, policies, corporate and creative industries, their own lives, and the lives of the network of womxn around them. FOOD XX (pronounced: /fuːd eks eks/) is a platform and movement that delivers life-changing and empowering content for womxn by womxn in the food and drinks industry in South Africa.  FOOD XX consists of two events — FOOD XX annual symposium and awards dinner — dedicated to creating a safe space where womxn can help other womxn to achieve their dreams, provide support and have much-needed conversations.

Nominations for the first ever FOOD XX awards are now open. Anyone can nominate someone (you can also nominate yourself) by simply sending an e-mail with the name and a motivation for the nomination to

Please note that ‘womxn’ refers to all persons who identify as womxn.

The categories are:

Giving Back — Change-makers who are enriching the community through food and drink. We are honouring individuals and large- and small-scale social enterprise initiatives.

Front of House —Sommeliers, managers, waiters, maître d’s and everything in between.

In the Kitchen — Celebrating all womxn working in kitchens (big and small) around the country.

Alcohol – All the shakers and stirrers, winemakers, brewers and spirit creators raising our glasses.

Fresh Voices in Food — Celebrating the bloggers, Instagrammers and journalists we turn to when we’re hungry for food stories.

Farming — From food growing to animal husbandry and urban gardening, this one is for the soil sisters.

Entrepreneurs —From agri-preneurs to restaurateurs, this award pays tribute to the passionate and innovative pioneers who are redefining food in the way we grow it, make it, sell it and eat it.

Food Stylists — This is for the visionaries shaping how we look at food.

Food Heritage — For the guardians preserving and growing the provenance of our rich food culture.

Food Educator — For the teachers and mentors dedicated to sharing knowledge and encouraging future innovators.

Sustainability — This award celebrates the modern-day Demeter committed to helping us rethink and protect every part of the food chain from animal welfare to fair labour practices and environmental preservation.

Future Food — for the solution-driven visionaries challenging our approach to food in a quest to create a sustainable food future.

Food Icon — Food is sustenance, food is health, food is culture. This award honours the custodians of all that is food.


Confirmed Dates:

Day 1: FOOD XX Symposium: Womxn in Food
Date: 12 February 2019
Venue: V&A Waterfront
Day 2: FOOD XX Awards Dinner: Womxn in Food
Date: 13 February 2019
Venue: V&A Waterfront

Purchase tickets here.

As an extension of our celebration of womxn in food, we’d also like to invite you to help us in supporting the attendance of womxn in need. All you have to do is purchase a sponsored ticket and we’ll distribute the tickets to selected benefactors.


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