Well, the year is certainly off to a speedy start.  I had to pinch myself when I realised that it’s the last weekend of January, already…  But, as month-end always seems to be packed with activities, I’m not feeling too hard done by!

Here are my top picks for the weekend ahead.

French Market at Alliance Francaise

The French Market outside Alliance Francaise has moved from Wednesdays to Fridays, and will be held this morning from 10am until 2pm. This is a market that sells “genuine imported French cheeses, traditional breads, foie gras, rillettes, terrines and pâtés, chestnuts, vinegars and other condiments”.

Venue: Alliance Francaise (155 Loop Street)
Date & Time: Friday 10am – 2pm.
Contact: Suzanne 083 300 6725 or suzanne@frenchmarket.co.za

Constantia Waldorf Night Market

Love this market!  Monthly summer night market at the Constantia Waldorf School, in Spaanschematriver Road (next to Peddlars).  It’s a feast of wholesome food and gourmet delights, hand-crafted products and has a wonderfully festive atmosphere.  A great way to spend a Friday evening, especially if you’re looking for a laid-back option.

Venue: Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschematriver Road, Constantia.
Date & Time: 5pm to 9pm (on every last Friday of the month, in summer).
Contact: John on 0826310421.

Nitida Market

Friday (evening) and Saturday (morning).
Here’s what’s on the cards: “Ready to eat or take away food on Friday night with the accompaniment of award winning Nitida wines, Hamburgers, Curries & Thai Cuisine. On Saturday – come early for breakfast & fill up those empty cupboards! Meat from our local butchery for the traditional local Braai, chilli products to die for (can personally recommend the sweet mustard) – Free range Eggs & Chickens, Organic Nuts, Dried Fruit, Olives & Oils. This & plenty more is available from 45 different stalls on both days”.

Venue: Nitida Estate, Durbanville
Date & Time: Friday 28 January from 5pm – 9.30pm | Saturday 29 January from 8.00am – 12.30noon.
Contact: Getha Havenga 083 651 0699

Quadrant Market

New morning market held in Claremont.  “Stalls will be set up on the leafy Library Square that forms part of the precinct, and visitors will have the choice of a wide variety of items for sale. These include designer clothing, freshly baked breads, artisan goods, boutique wines, homemade preserves, olives, gourmet food, seasonal items, crafts, artwork from local artists and plants & herbs”.

Venue: Library Square at The Quadrant, Wilderness Rd, Claremont
Date: every Saturday from 29 January 2011
Time: 10am-2pm
Contact: Candice Botha 086 077 7232 or 082 802 2436 or email quadrant@swishevents.co.za

Hathersage Market (1st birthday)

This lovely food and goods market is held on Hathersage Farm, in Somerset West.  It has a wonderful vibe, set by the riverside and under trees, and has some delicious treats on offer.  This weekend marks the market’s 1st birthday, and there will be plenty of festivities and giveaways to celebrate.

Venue: Hathersage Farm, Gordon Road, Somerset West (map)
Date: Sunday 30 January 2011
Time: 9am-2pm
Contact:  Sharon – info@tomarketwithlove.co.za

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