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Women’s Month: 5 ways to celebrate women in the food industry

Follow female chefs or food bloggers on social media. Picture: Pexels/Destiawan Nur Agustra

Follow female chefs or food bloggers on social media. Picture: Pexels/Destiawan Nur Agustra

Published Aug 4, 2022

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Sisters of South Africa unite, on August 9 National Women’s Day returns and the whole country takes a day to recognise the impressiveness that is the female species.

This day celebrates the accomplishments of women and notes the changes that still need to be made in achieving equality.

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To celebrate, we looked at ways in which we can celebrate women in the food industry on this day and the rest of the month – something we don’t usually do.

Cook

You can make delicious food and create the same restaurant-like ambiance at home. Picture: Pexels/Any Lane

In this special month, treat all the important women in your life with lip-smacking recipes.

You can make delicious food and create the same restaurant-like ambiance at home. Whether you want to do something special for your mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend, or colleague, there are plenty of ways to bring that perfect smile to their faces.

Support women street food vendors

Support women street food vendors. Picture: Pexels/Darya Sannikova

These are the women mostly forgotten when celebrating women's empowerment. These amazing women are hard workers, feed their families, and educate their children with the money that they make in selling their eats and treats on the streets. So, when you meet them on the street, please don’t bargain with them - in fact, pay more.

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Buy a beer from a women-owned brewery or bar

Buy a beer from a female-owned brewery or bar. Picture: Pexels/Rodnae Productions

The brewery industry is very male-dominated but I like how women brewers are starting to step up and are growing in their numbers.

So why not support them and buy that cold beer as a way to celebrate? Well, that’s if you’re a beer fan and if you're not, a female brewer might just win you over.

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Dine at a restaurant headed up by a woman

Dine at a restaurant headed up by a woman. Picture: Pexels/Tara Winstead

Some of the country's top kitchens are run by women, each pushing South African cuisine into exciting new territory.

While the ratio of women head chefs is still a work in progress, there are plenty of places to spend your money while supporting them.

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Follow women chefs or food bloggers on social media

Follow female chefs or food bloggers on social media. Picture: Pexels/Destiawan Nur Agustra

There are many female chefs and food bloggers that are setting social media on fire currently, especially on TikTok and Instagram.

They are the ones who inspire us to be creative in the kitchen and even help us with a few tips to bring out the most in our meals.

Read the latest IOL Food DigiMag here.

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