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One year ago the V&A Waterfront, in partnership with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, opened the doors of Makers Landing, an innovative incubator for the local food industry right at the renovated Cruise Terminal. The space was built around a community with food as a passion point and cultural connector, where authentic South African cuisine and its diversity could be shared and celebrated.

Makers Landing recently celebrated the graduation of the second cohort of the Kitchen Incubator Programme and are looking forward to welcoming the third cohort in February. The incubation programme immerses entrepreneurs in an inclusive and innovative space where they will be nurtured by food industry mentors who are influential and successful in their own right. By matching natural creativity and passion for food with knowledge and new skills gained, our food entrepreneurs will be better prepared for success in what is a tough and competitive industry

While the kitchen incubator is the heart of Makers Landing, and a cornerstone of our food ecosystem, it was important in their visioning to layer the space, in creating a sustainable and tiered food community. This is reflected in their core brand positioning of  LEARN, MAKE, EAT & SHARE – ONE PLATE AT A TIME.  

The LEARNING component is represented by both the kitchen incubator and demo kitchen. Not only is the purpose to upskill and provide opportunity within the food category, but to also create a platform for thought leadership. Makers Landing invites the local food industry and anyone with a passion for food to participate in championing change. Including people who want to learn how to make their favourite from our Makers and Local Chefs.

 The MAKE component represents the people. The actual community of makers, thinkers, visionaries and advocates that make up this community.

 The EAT component manifests as a representation of the authentic South African food and it’s diversity. The V&A Waterfront wanted to create a space where one could sample and connect over local food, it’s heritage and variety.

 Finally, the SHARE component represents a table. The table is open to everyone who has a food story to tell and relish in the world of food and flavours. It was also equally important to the V&A Waterfront to create opportunities for various communities and visitors to share and connect over food through music, pop up events, entertainment etc.

 It’s the incredible stories that emerge from these pillars that creates this community, one plate at a time. 

Since its launch in December 2020, Makers Landing has experienced a year of growth and resilience, starting out at a time when the local restaurant and hospitality industry was facing one of the toughest economic climates in recent history. 

Now, 13 months later, this ambitious food community is ready to celebrate Summer days, delicious food and embrace new opportunities. 

Makers Landing boasts a busy schedule of activities and events for the whole family over the coming months. This includes; Kids Classes every Saturday and Sunday morning, Live Bands every Saturday and Sunday, Paint Pouring events, V&A Record Fairs and Kids Markets. 

There will also be a number of cooking classes and activations hosted by some of the Makers Landing tenants and a range of local chefs.  This February you will be mixing, shaping and baking your own breads to take home in The Bread Bar Bakery’s masterclasses in our Demo Kitchen. The Charming Chef will be hosting a Chocolate truffle making class that’s right in season you’ll learn tips and tricks from the best. All equipment and ingredients are included in the ticket price. You just need to bring yourself and a friend.

For more information about Makers Landing and the upcoming activities please visit https://www.makerslanding.co.za/    DM


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