Crafting Through Joburg

Wow - What a fantastic evening.  

Our first Translating Joburg, was such a hit. 50 of us gathered together in the beautiful space at Nomads and Co in Parktown North to taste local beers, wine and gin, meet people, and catch up with old Jozi natives. We all left having learnt something new about Joburg and particularly the Craft industry.  

“I have had so much fun tonight, please do this again.” 
“It was lovely to meet such a range of people, and so inspiring to see the dedication behind producing your own wine / beer or gin." 

The night kicked off with informal networking and tasting SMACK beer / The Parks Wine and Time and Anchor TAD gin. All paired with delicious canapés such as crostini with rare ostrich and spiced berry drizzle and crostini with grilled mushroom and spiced berry drizzle (veg from Masterchef runner up Phillipa Robinson and Love and Lemons. 

Then was time for our Panel discussion, to learn how on earth one goes about establishing a Craft business, and what is all the excitement about around the Craft movement. We learnt how complex crafting your gin really is, taking 15+ hours for each run (which current founder Shanna Rae does in her spare time holding down a full time job whilst waiting for the legalities and paperwork to all come through - somewhat like waiting for a work permit………..)! Due to the complexity and science behind crafting the gin, no two brands will ever be able to produce the same taste, even when using the same technique and ingredients. 

Brett Chrystal and Stuart Campbell told us all about the Garagiste movement, which started in France (making from your garage) and represents anyone making less than 9,000 litres (12,000 bottles - so still ALOT of wine). We are very proud of our Parkhurst boys for beating off all the Cape Town competition to win the National Garagiste Wine Championships 2015, they even gave away their final bottle of award winning Cabernet Sauvignon on the night!  

Finally the wonderful Brett taught us all about Craft beer and encouraged the audience to have a go, stating how easy it is. Just go buy a kit and give it a try! Brett heads up Joburg Brew, and supplies Craft Beer directly to your door, he strongly recommends going into the Maboneng to do a beer tour at our local SMACK republic.   

We then broke for cold drip ginger infused ice brew from Urban Grind! Plus opportunity to write down any questions you have about living in Joburg, from whats the best health insurance, to where to go for brunch, or best safari lodge.








“having grown up in Joburg, its been such a great opportunity to share the places I love, and to learn about new hidden gems that I am now going to explore.”    

Hannah Co Founder of Translating Joburg

“the vision behind Translating Joburg is to encourage both expats and Jozi natives to experience Johannesburg as if you only had 6 months left here, to explore new places, revisit old favourites, and to see it through a fresh pair of eyes."  

To join other Joburg'ers exploring the best of our city - sign up here 

JOIN us at our next Translating Joburg event is all about Fashion on 18th April.  

Want to host your own pop up shop? Start your own label? Magazine fashion editors, handbag designers, ShweShwe creators! Joburg best in the industry will be joining us to share all their tips on how to get started, and what makes Jozi fashion industry unique. 

Of course we will have all the other elements, from Burning Questions through to networking and more opportunities for you to get involved in.

For more information on how we can support you if you are new in town - please click here