Johannesburg

Jozi Kota Festival

Saturday Apr 6 10:00–22:00       Carr St, Newtown
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The annual Jozi Kota Festival is back on April 6 at The Station in Newtown. This unique food festival aims to showcase kasi kota flavours from around the city in one central location. The Station, previously Old Park Station, was Joburg’s principal passenger station until its closure in 1951. It’s now been converted into a beautiful event venue parallel to Nelson Mandela Bridge. 

A kota is a "stuffed bread" sandwich of sorts. We enjoyed this description by The Sanwich Tribunal.
"Spatlo, sometimes called Kota depending on what part of South Africa you’re in, is a massive sandwich, a conglomeration of multiple ingredients stuffed into a quarter-loaf of bread, covered in sauces, wrapped in plastic, and eaten on the go. It is a street food, combining elements of the polyglot cuisine of South Africa–the atchar pickle introduced by South Asian indentured servants and migrants, sausages brought to South Africa by Russian Jews in the late 19th Century, the Dutch braai tradition of flame-roasted meats, the fried potatoes that go wherever Western European settlers go. It originated in the Gauteng province, South Africa’s smallest yet richest administrative division, home of its executive capital Pretoria and its largest city, world-class Johannesburg. Yet it was in the Apartheid-era townships that Kota and Spatlo originated, not in the primarily white cities." 

Parking will be available for R50.

GET THERE WITH GAUTRAIN

The Station in Newtown is a short drive from the Park Station Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit www.gautrain.co.za for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere
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