PLATFORM DEDICATED TO WOMEN IN FOOD
FOOD XX was founded in 2018 by Studio H, a women-led business in food. It is a movement dedicated to empowering and celebrating women in the food and drinks industry, a safe space to build networks, celebrate and support one another, and have much-needed conversations to find collective solutions.
Women, who make up half of the world’s population, have the collective power to affect stock markets, policies, corporate and creative industries, their own lives, and the lives of the network of women around them.
The platform consists of:
27 - 30 JULY — CPT & JHB
This year, we decided to expand FOOD XX into a four-day programme of epic events and collaboration, because one day just wasn’t enough! FOOD XX Week 2023 offered an interactive opportunity to celebrate women-owned and women-led food and drinks businesses. It also marked the launch of the FOOD XX City Guides, Studio H’s comprehensive directory of businesses and initiatives that highlight women entrepreneurs.
This culminated with the FOOD XX Market that was held on 29 and 30 July at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. This iconic (and woman-owned) weekend destination put its best femme forward by showcasing its incredible network of women entrepreneurs. Food enthusiasts had a feast for the senses with wine tastings, special menu collaborations, cooking demos, book signings and more.
Check out the lineup below and visit the socials of the businesses listed for more information.
These celebrations were specifically curated for FOOD XX Week and involved layers of collaboration between many businesses.
Preparty at Leo's Wine Bar x Mondvol Soet x Austen Gorden
Intimate book signing with Khanyisa Malabi at JAN Innovation Studio
Getting Bubbly! Genevieve MCC & Ever Peckish collaboration
Sepials Kitchen Workshop - Gochujang and (her famous) Korean Fried Chicken
Popup dinner with Chef Jenny Ward at Hope Distillery cocktail bar, StrangeLove
Utano Kitchen's Vegginista plant-focused cooking class at Makers Landing
Odd Plate Fundraising Lunch with NOSH at Oakfield Farm
Conversations and revival through food with Folio and Food I Love You
Beijing Opera takeover at Acid Wine Bar for Last Sunday Art Brunch celebration
Cocktails vs Food - A heritage-inspired feast at One Park
Book signing with Loubie Rusch at OZCF
Cake creative - build your own cake with The Velvet Cake Co
29 & 30 JULY:
FOOD XX at OZCF Market - a spectacular culmination
Watch this space for our next FOOD XX event.
A global guide featuring women-owned and women-led food and drinks businesses, nominated by our community and curated by us. Be a change-maker and help us build the world’s largest database of femme businesses.
For all the real bread bakers, pastrychefs and pioneering cake makers
To the unsung pioneers and formidable forces/talents behind some of South Africa’s much-loved food and drink brands
All the shakers and stirrers, winemakers, brewers and spirit creators raising our glasses or the alcohol-free fermenters and soda makers.
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.
From food growing to urban gardening.
For the teachers and mentors dedicated to sharing knowledge and encouraging future innovators.
For the guardians of our rich food culture.
Food is sustenance, food is health, food is culture. This award honours the custodians of all that is food.
Sommeliers, managers, waiters, maître d’s.
For the creatives framing our food worlds through their lenses.
This is for the visionaries shaping how we look at food.
Celebrating the bloggers, Instagrammers, journalists and authors we turn to when we’re hungry for food stories.
For the food futurist, solution-driven visionaries.
Change-makers who are enriching the community through food and drink.
Celebrating all women working in kitchens.
For the new talent on the block making waves, the woman to watch this year.
Celebrating those committed to helping us rethink and protect every part of the food chain.