• The foodie focus at Decorex Cape Town includes an interactive Jar Exchange for Ladles of Love, a restaurant inspired by African beadwork, live DJs at the Best Bar in the City, and a substantial “menu” of pop-up flavours and experiences. Tune your tastebuds at the CTICC, from 16-19 June 2022.


    Visit this interactive stand to participate in a Jar Swop initiative to donate preserved foods to Ladles of Love. Swop your full jar, and your story, for an empty jar to keep paying it forward. This concept comes from the “kitchen” of FOOD XX, a platform dedicated to women in food.

    Consisting of half the world, women have the collective power to affect stock markets, policies, corporate and creative industries, their own lives, and the lives of the women around them. FOOD XX identified the need for a safe space for women in food to build networks, celebrate and support one another, and have much-needed conversations to find solutions together. FOOD XX is dedicated to empowering and celebrating women and the LGBTQIA+ community in the food and drinks industry.

    FOOD XX is active via its awards, conferencing and subsidiary events that deliver life-changing and empowering content for women, by women. And now, it is launching its FOOD XX JAR EXCHANGE at Decorex Cape Town. Plus, people can also start nominating their favourite women in food for this year’s awards at Decorex Cape Town. 

    For centuries, women have preserved food and their cultural heritage through the age-old tradition of canning, jamming and pickling. The dedicated FOOD XX stand will be an exchange hub where anyone – and not just women – from all over the peninsula will come to swop a jar of their preserves with a card attached sharing the story and recipe of the food in the jar. If you don’t make your own preserves, you are welcome to donate the store-bought variety, with a shared anecdote as to why it’s your #fave – anything from jam to gherkins, pickled onions, beetroot, and even kimchi! Each donor will then receive an empty jar, courtesy of Consol.

    After Decorex Cape Town, the full jars of food will be donated to Ladles of Love. The recipe story cards will be compiled into an online archive and the exchange zone will be moved to Makers Landing at the V&A Waterfront to keep the Jar Exchange going.

    FOOD XX was founded by Hannerie Visser of Studio H, a culinary-minded design team offering creative brand solutions from strategy and new product development to innovation workshops, trend reports and content creation. Their work is driven by the senses, defined by science and innovation, and their approach is deeply rooted in exploring a sustainable future.

    Studio H has designed and produced work for a number of clients including MasterChef South Africa, Moët & Chandon, V&A Waterfront and Nando’s. This is alongside developing their own in-house projects such as S/Zout, a water scarcity project; Chips, an independent digital food magazine; Street Food Festival in Joburg and Cape Town, and the Food XX network.Jar exchange

    See you (jar in hand) at the show!


    Experience this contemporary restaurant interior by moea design studio only at Decorex Cape Town. The studio was founded by Cassandra Twala and Johanna von Stein, with the intention of using design to honour all forms of life – the word moea, translated from Sesotho, means, air, wind or spirit. 

    The studio works on architectural, interior design and creative consulting projects. “We ground ourselves in the visceral process of making and soar in the process of ideating and storytelling,” they say. Twala is also a 2022 ambassador for Decorex Africa. 

    To bring Njano to life, moea set about to design a restaurant space which takes a minimalistic approach to a traditionally maximalist African cra. The use of beads and beadwork is the driving motif for form, repetition and collective structure. Expect larger-than-life beads that create striking visual landscapes. The menu is equally inspiring!


    Winery of the Year for 2022, Spier’s award-wining vintages will be on offer, as live DJs pour out their sounds at this vibey central bar. As a catalyst for connection and networking, Decorex Africa aims to facilitate the interactions which lead to extraordinary ideas and innovative design. Where better to do that than at the most exciting bar in the city? 

    “After years absent of in-person interaction, we want to create a space which allows for collaboration and leads to better, brighter ideas. Meet fellow designers, vendors and sponsors from the industry and expand your imagination,” is the irresistible invitation from Decorex Africa creative director, Bielle Bellingham.


    In true pop-up spirit(s), coffee, gin, and craft beer will make for surprise refreshment stations – we’re not saying who, when, or where, only that they’ll be there! The longer you linger, the less you’ll miss!


    Image credits for Jar Exchange:

    Photo @parisbphoto
    Styling @studio_h_ / @juwan_9


    16 – 19 June 2022


    Thursday 10am – 6pm

    Friday + Saturday  10am – 6pm

    Sunday 10am – 5pm


    CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa


    Get your tickets online via iTickets: https://itickets.co.za/events/465969 or at the door.

    For more information about Decorex:

    Please visit https://decorex.co.za/ , contact +27 (0)11 549 8300 or email [email protected].

    For more information about 100% Design South Africa:

    Please visit www.100percentdesign.co.za.




    Fatima is the editor of Food&Home. Trained in English Literature and recipe development, she can be found eating her way through Cape Town armed with a cookbook in her bag and her camera at the ready.