Cape Town’s food culture/s

A Talk by Zayaan Khan
University of Cape Town, Environmental Humanities South

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Often regarded as a veritable food haven, Cape Town is known for a strong 'Malay' influence that is unique to the city, but also a rich multi-cultural heritage that heavily influences its cuisines where flavours, styles and techniques are fused. The unique biodiversity in and around Cape Town also provide food plants and flavours found nowhere else. But food cultures can also segregate and divide people further in an already divided city, while efforts to share across cultures can become appropriation and further reinforce structural inequities. Is it possible - or desirable - to have a shared food culture in Cape Town? How has the pandemic revealed the contours of food culture/s in Cape Town, and what must we understand and do differently as we return to a post-pandemic food experience in our lives?


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Zayaan Khan

Zayaan Khan is a food activist, seed librarian and a community-driven leader. She holds a NDip landscape, a BTech horticulture and is working towards a Master’s in environmental humanities at the University of Cape Town.

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