South Africa’s still nearly white-dominated food scene, long a source of frustration for those of colour trying to break into it, has fuelled a collective called SA POC at the Table, comprised of people of colour in various sectors of the food industry. On 13 February, it held a food conference in Cape Town, the first ever for people of colour in South Africa, with some 80 in attendance, to talk about transformation.

Talk of black stories that need to be told, forgotten ingredients to be celebrated and “pearls and diamonds” dominated the inaugural SA POC (People of Colour) at the Table food conference for people of colour, held in Cape Town this month.

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