24 October 2014

The third Spier Secret Festival returns to Spier Wine Farm on Friday 24th October. Local and international experts on food and wine will reveal the latest trends and inspiration in food and wine at the Spier Secret Festival conference on Friday 24th.



OZCF: Sheryl Ozinsky and Kurt Ackermann

Sheryl Ozinsky and Kurt Ackerman, two of the Oranjezicht City Farm’s founding volunteers, will be presenting the Food Dialogues Report, inspired by a 10-part series of talks about food, urban and farming issues held earlier this year. Read More

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson is a self-taught Dessert Designer / Conceptual Confectioner / Chocolate Haberdasher. Working as SOMA Confection she plays on the intersection of the senses; that place of intrigue where taste, sight, sound, smell and touch converge. Read More

Liam Tomlin

Liam Tomlin was born in Dublin, Ireland, where his career as a chef began at the age of 14. He went on to gain experience in some of Ireland and Europe's finest kitchens, eventually moving to Australia in 1991. For the next six years Liam worked with Dietmar Sawyer of ‘Restaurant Forty One’ as Chef de Cuisine, honing his skills and accumulating invaluable knowledge from one of the world's finest chefs. Read More

Marcelo “Bolinha”

Marcelo Conceição, better known as Marcelo “Bolinha” – has been working as a meat consultant in Brazil for the past 25 years. Bolinha has developed alternative methods for deboning and cutting whole animals, discovering how to create prime cuts from traditionally lesser-valued meats. Read More
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Wongama Baleni

The Department of Coffee is the first locally owned artisanal township coffee shop. It opened in July 2012 across from the bustling Khayelitsha train station and serves premium coffees to the passing crowds. Read More
Fritz Schoon

Fritz Schoon

Formerly in the construction trade, Fritz Schoon cut his baking teeth at the renowned Ille de Pain in Knysna before opening his own bakery, De Oude Bank Bakkerij, in 2010. Read More

Ole Hansen

Ole Hansen is a Norwegian salmon smoker, who has been awarded an Honorary Young British Foodie Award for “his commitment to the family business and top quality salmon”. Hansen is committed to sustainable practices. Read More


Hannes Bernard and Guido Giglio are the duo behind SulSolSal (South Sun Salt) a design and research consultancy they founded in 2012, with a specific focus on design in the Southern Hemisphere. For the Spier Secret Festival, SulSolSal are collaborating with Farmer Angus and Spier to create a special edition of Carne Do Sol (preserved meat) products that will be served to delegates. Read More

Vanessa Marx

Vanessa Marx is the executive chef of Cape Town eatery Dear Me. Marx is passionate about creating fresh food using seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. In 2013 she was awarded the Eat Out’s first-ever Rising Star award for promising young talent Read More