V&A Solve

Welcome to our first-ever Seafood Fest

Welcome to our first-ever Seafood Fest

Activism around the food value chain gained urgency during the Covid-19 pandemic. The V&A Waterfront is among those who are deeply engaged. We want to support and expand possibilities for our food ecosystem; but on a systems level we also have a deep commitment to opportunity, sustainability, and inclusivity. 

SOLVE@Waterfront and Makers Landing are therefore excited to invite all interested and concerned people to our inaugural Seafood Fest on April 1st and 2nd. It’s a festival showcasing and celebrating all things seafood. Cooks will be able to browse and choose from selected, sustainably caught fresh fish, and participate in demo classes; visitors can expect a great food vendor mix, live local music and more.  

In partnership with Mikateko Media/ Koe’Sister Magazine and The Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation, we will host a series of discussions focused on the challenges faced by the fishing industry and the communities it serves. Contributing to the dialogue will be Western Cape fishers, and other partners from across our ecosystem. We will also be exploring varying views on what ‘sustainable’ means to each of us, and how this should inform our purchasing decisions as both chefs and consumers.  


Friday 31 March 

Talk/ Workshop with chefs from V&A Waterfront restaurants, and small-scale fishers: “Simplifying seafood at The V&A Waterfront”. 

Time: 09h30-11h00  

Facilitator: Dr Judy Mann – Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation 


  • Craig Smith – WWF
  • Chris Kastern – Abalobi 
  • Buyekezwa Mamaila – DFFE 
  • Shamera Daniels – SDB Consulting 
  • Michael Marriott – Marine Stewardship Council 

Saturday 1 April 

Demonstration Class 1: 13h00 – Sustainable Fish Masterclass with I&J and chef Reuben Riffel

Panel Discussion 1: 14h00 – Beyond the Blue: Fisherwomen from West Coast in partnership with Koe’Sister Magazine. Facilitator – Ingrid Jones  

Panel discussion 2: Consumers view: 16h00. Key questions to ask when choosing seafood 

Sunday 2 April 

Demonstration Class 2: Koe’sister Magazine:  Pickled Fish Demo 

Demonstrator:  Terry Fortune

Time: 12:00pm  

Demonstration Class 3: Beyond the Blue: 14h00 – Michelle – Snoek Vlekker

Kids Activities:  11h00 – Under the Sea Kids ClassesTime 

Music from 10:00- 20:00pm on Saturday and  10:00- 18:00 on Sunday  

  • Date : 31 March 2023
  • Time : 9:30 am (Africa/Johannesburg)