The Wine & Food Tourism Awards 2019 judges in Innovation

Monday, 3 June, 2019
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The Innovation category of the Wine & Food Tourism Awards 2019 will be judged by marketing thought-leader Steve Massey, strategic marketing expert Mac Mabidilala as well as tourism professional and co-founder of the Oranjezicht City Farm Sheryl Ozinsky. Read more about them ...

Steve Massey

Steve Massey is a veteran of over 40 years in marketing and advertising. After working in Cape Town, London, New York and Dusseldorf for some of the world’s leading advertising agencies, Steve settled back in Cape Town and he, and his partner, started their own agency with the Ogilvy Group as the major shareholder. Steve has retired from Ogilvy after 20 years and now has a marketing strategy and creative consultancy called The Voice of Reason.

Having travelled the world, Steve was fortunate enough to sample some of the best food and wines available at various top global restaurants. Over the years he has built a reputation for entertaining friends and colleagues with delicious food and outstanding wines. 

Mac Mabidilala

One of three experts judging the innovation category of the 2019 Wine & Food Tourism Awards, Mac Mabidilala is an emerging market strategic marketing specialist, having worked in 12 African countries for a number of multinational corporations.

His interests include brand building and innovation within the African context, as well as discovering the best that our continent has to offer in travel, food and drinks.

In 2019, Mac graduated with an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School, specialising in strategy and innovation.

Sheryl Ozinsky

Sheryl Ozinsky has been involved in making things happen in Cape Town for a very long time. She headed up Cape Town Tourism for six years and helped to establish the city as one of the world’s favourite tourism destinations.

Sheryl is one of the founders of the Oranjezicht City Farm, a non-profit project celebrating local food, culture and community through urban farming in Cape Town. She’s also responsible for establishing the popular weekend farmers’ market at Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront.

About the Wine & Food Tourism Awards:

The aim of the Wine & Food Tourism Awards platform is to recognise those individuals and teams who have made exceptional contributions to the development and promotion of the South African wine and food tourism industry.  Jean-Pierre Rossouw serves at the awards chairperson, overseeing the judging panel in three categories: Innovation, Service Excellence and The Authentic South African Experience. 

The Service Excellence category sees tourism and hospitality expert Horst Frehse, conferencing specialist Gwynneth Matthews, and wine industry marketing and communications consultant André Morgenthal as judges; while founder and owner Judy Brower, hospitality entrepreneur Janet Pillai, and wine marketing fundi Su Birch serve as judges in The Authentic South African Experience category.  

There will be a maximum of three honourees in each category. 

Participants may nominate as many wine and/or food establishments as they wish, in any or all of the categories. Nominations could be submitted via the website,  The closing date for participants to submit their nominations is 30 June 2019. 

The honourees per category of the Wine & Food Tourism Awards 2019 will be announced at the Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2019, taking place on 18 September 2019 at Spier near Stellenbosch.  This is the fourth time this annual conference is being presented.

The 2019 event, themed “The Future of Wine & Food Tourism”, will as per previous years provide an invaluable platform for participants to network and keep abreast of what is hot and happening in South African wine and food tourism. Go to to view the programme and line-up of speakers. 

Save 51% by registering before 30 June (early bird registration)!

Go to for more information, to register for the conference, and to submit awards nominations.

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Steve Massey
Steve Massey

Mac Mabidilala
Mac Mabidilala

Sheryl Ozinsky
Sheryl Ozinsky

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