MarketsThere are so many exciting events on every weekend in and around Cape Town – so many that I sometimes lose track.

So, to help me get more organised, I’ve decided to start a regular weekly post containing the best (in my opinion) of what’s on during the weekend ahead…  as well as highlights in the coming weeks (some things need to be booked in advance).

So, taken from my events calendar, here are my top picks for this coming weekend!

In Cape Town:

JOY Market. Saturday 9am to 3pm.
Love Project shop, 55 Kloof Street Cape Town.

A new market giving locals the opportunity to “support various community projects and meet the people who make a difference while enjoying festive food and family entertainment.”

I’ll be going because organisers say they want to “work with Community projects and other organic producers and uplift the community” – and I think that should be supported!

Biscuit MillNeighbourgoods Market – Saturday 9.00am – 2.30pm
Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock (directions)..

Busy produce and craft market housed in a beautiful old sky lit Victorian warehouse as well as a newly-opened courtyard at The Old Biscuit Mill in Albert Road, Woodstock.

Great place to find organic and sustainable food and other fresh produce (but go early if you want to find a parking spot anywhere near the place!).

Porter Estate Produce Market – Saturday 9am to 1pm (weather permitting)
Chrysalis Estate, Tokai Forest

Outdoor fresh produce market with loads of food and crafts.   A wonderful way to spend a crisp winter’s morning! Go early for the biggest choice of goods.  R5 parking fee.

Around Cape Town:

Nitida Farmers Market flyerNitida Farmers’ Market.  Saturday 9am to 1.30pm
DURBANVILLE – Nitida Wine Estate

Monthly feast of fresh farmers’ produce at the Nitida Wine Estate in Durbanville.  I’ve not yet been, but man o man it sounds divine, and I’m planning to head out there tomorrow if the weather holds out…

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2008 – Friday 25 July to 3 August
STELLENBOSCH – various locations

The actual festival runs from 31 July to 3 August at the Paul Roos Centre in Stellenbosch, but this weekend marks the start of the run-up ‘Wine-Week’, which includes a range of activities hosted by various wine farms in the Boland.

Breedekloof soets and soup weekend – Friday 8am-5pm (programme), Saturday 9am-4pm (programme).
BREEDEKLOOF VALLEY – (90km outside Cape Town)

This sounds like the perfect winter festival… A celebration of ‘home-made country soups, crackling fireplaces, dessert wines and country hospitality’ taking place in the Breedekloof Valley.  Other activities include art exhibitions, red-wine barrel tasting, blending your own wine, cellar tours, cheese and olive tastings, live music and entertainment.

Let the weekend begin!


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