Man. You just blink and suddenly yet another week is over. Then you blink again and realise an entire month has flown right by. Crazy. It’s very nearly that gem of a month that is February… the one we windblown Capetonians expect to be warm and as sou’easter-free as possible.

And the events are lining up. No doubt many folks will be heading to the glitzy glamorous J&B Met, but if you’re looking for other ways to spend the weekend, here are a few ideas:

Nitida ‘Degustazione’ Farmers’ Market.

gluten-free-breadsNitida Wine Estate, Durbanville. 7.30am to 12 noon.

Every month the Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville hosts their excellent farmers’ market.

It’s a veritable feast of fresh farmers’ produce in a lovely farm setting. Look for anything from free range ‘happy chick’ eggs, to freshly grown vegetables, to organic seedlings and natural dog food.

Plus, fantastic specialty breads (including gluten free) and a range of devour-on-the-spot gourmet delights. For more info contact Getha Havenga on Nitida 021 976-1467; or email

Holistic Fair, ObservatoryObs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday 1 February. 10am to 4pm. Obs Recreation Centre, corner of Lower Main and Station roads, Observatory. R8 for adults; under 16 free. Tel. 021 788-8088.

I always enjoy this rather laid back fair in Observatory. It’s colourful, it’s alternative, and it’s got some great food. Where else can you have your chakras cleansed before grabbing a couple of chickpea fudge blocks and taking a moment to consider your life purpose?

You can also find some lovely gifts here for friends and family – everything from crystals to clothing to incense sticks. Awesome.

Sustainable Living Workshop – Growing your own vegetables

sustainable workshopsSaturday 31 January. Starts 10am. Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre.

This Saturday, the Willowbridge Slow Market is hosting the first of a series of sustainable living workshops.

Stop in for a quick bite at the market and then get down to learning how to grow your own vegetables.

Cost per session is R300, or R1,000 for all four sessions. For more info, call 078 320 2594.

aristonMadhatter’s Tea Party at Ariston Garden

Ariston Garden, Dunluce Rd, Claremont. Time: 10am. Donation: R30 – to cover costs.

Ariston Garden is the surprising “green lung” of Claremont – an elemental organic garden in the middle of busy Claremont. It’s a wonderful place I visited at the end of last year (but haven’t had a chance to write about just yet, tut tut).

Find out more by taking a tour with the lovely Brigid Jackson, followed by “A Mad Hatter’s Tea-party” in the garden. What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, and sensible shoes, something to sit on. Please RSVP –

Upcoming events to look out for:

  • 6-8 Feb (Friday-Sunday)

Up the Creek Music Festival 2009. Popular weekend music festival featuring great local talent. Up the Creek turns 25 this year – and tickets are limited to 2000. Tickets: Full Weekend – R400 (pre weekend) R450 (gate), Saturday and Sunday – R325 (pre weekend) R340 (gate), Sunday – R150 (pre weekend) R150 (gate) Phone Liezel Short on 021 5100547.

Darling Music Experience. Darling. Music fest for lovers of classical and of more popular music. Venues for the concerts vary between Darlings lovely old Presbyterian Church, the modern Vereenigende Reformeerde Kerk, a picturesque wine estate and a factory turned music hall. Contact:

  • 7 Feb (Saturday)

Joy Market. The Joy market is a monthly event that gives locals a chance to meet the people making a difference and support them in various ways. These projects make wonderful handmade craft and art. Deli 55 organises the food section and you will be able to get your weekly vegetables fresh from small farms (not necessarily organic). Plus, there are local cheeses, olives and nuts that you can taste and buy per gram/kg and freshly baked breads, cookies, cakes, fudge, and quiches.

  • 8 Feb (Sunday)

Crush on Constantia. Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Starts 11.30am. Grandiose garden party in celebration of 35o years of Cape wine-making. Tickets for this event are R150 per person, including two wine tastings, live entertainment and a goodie-bag with your Constantia Valley branded wine glass. There is secure parking and a host of prizes donated by the businesses of the Constantia Valley will be given out during the day. (website)

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. ARNO CARSTENS Picnic on the lawns of beautiful Kirstenbosch whilst listening to the sounds of local bands and orchestras. 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Adult tickets from R70. Call 021 799 8783. Online bookings:

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