Who/what is Slow Food Mother City? Well basically they’re a group of people who:
Celebrates, protects and promotes foods that are good, clean and fair.
Good food is delicious, natural and part of our cultural heritage.
Clean food is grown sustainably, in an environmentally responsible manner.
Fair food is produced by farmers and artisans who have food sovereignty: they are free to choose how, when, where and what food they produce, and are properly remunerated and respected for their work.
So that’s like totally guilt free eating. I like it.
The idea for this event was that there’d be a sweet market from 6pm to 7pm where local producers would be offering up delicious treats like handmade chocolates, nougat, ice cream, biscuits and cupcakes. You’d use this time to stock up on goodies and then move on to watch the classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971. As I’m a huge sugar freak, this was right up my alley.
Tickets were R65 but then you also got vouchers to the value of R25 to spend at the sweet market. (although – I needed way more than that. hehe)
I bought some sweet treats from the following 2 stalls below:
Here’s a close-up of the red velvet cupcakes:
I almost finished off these guys as well – cause they looked way too happy for my liking…
The market was packed – guess lots of folks are suckers for sweet things like me. I also got to sample one of the best scones I’ve had in years and I did some chocolate & biscuit tastings as well. Luckily I had decided to walk there and back, at least that helped to work off some of that evil stuff…
Of course in keeping with the theme of the evening, there was a golden ticket hidden under someone’s seat. The lucky lady who found it won a hamper of goodies from each of the stalls at the sweet market. Can you say “sugar coma”? My movie partner Dax arrived with some slap chips he had sneaked in from Dias Tavern next door. Great idea as I definitely needed something to level out all that sugar.
Now on to the main event… How freakin’ messed up was that movie!?! haha. I can’t help but feel that everyone who worked on it was on acid (it was the 70s after all). I know Johnny Depp got quite a bit of flack for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in the 2005 remake. People said he was way too creepy… but seriously, you guys should check out what he had to base that character on!
Gene Wilder played the original Willy Wonka, this is him here:
Charlie was played by Peter Ostrum, now a veterinarian who lives with his family in the Lowville, New York:
And then how the hell did they get away with dressing up “the vertically challenged” like this!?!
That song they kept singing haunted me for days…”Oompa loompa doompadee doo, I’ve got a a perfect puzzle for you. Oopma loompa doompadah dee, if you are wise you’ll listen to me…” CR-EE-EE-PY
But, as weird as it was – I have to say… I really enjoyed it! I’m also slightly strange, so I guess that’s why.
After the movie, the sweet market was still open for a bit – which meant I could sneak in a last minute taste of the delicious looking handmade ice cream from The Creamery:
Well done to Slow Food Mother City for putting together such an awesome event. I had a great time and I’m really looking forward to the next one.
PS. Wanna become a member of the slow food movement? You can join Slow Food Mother City for only R70 per year (check out their website for info on how to do so). Once a member, you’ll be included in their newsletter, you’ll get to take part in their organised initiatives and you’ll get advance notification & member discounts on all events.