Lucky Friday the 13th… and if it’s anywhere near as propitious as this crazy (sneakily winter-like) weather, I’d be tempted to stay right at home.  But, when there are markets to be explored, events to be enjoyed and expeditions to be embarked upon,  there’s no way I can resist heading out into the great outdoors.

We’ve revamped our ‘what’s on‘ page to include some highlighted and upcoming events in addition to the bulging events calendar – and, as always, here’s what’s on this weekend, and beyond.

africa_adorned1Africa Adorned

12 November 6-9pm, 13-15 November 10am-5pm.  Design Afrika, Woodstock (find out more)  Tel: 021 448 9761

An exhibition celebrating the richness of African Creativity… possibly a good place to find unique Christmas presents?

cape_quarterCape Quarter Food & Brandy Festival

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 November from 10am to 5pm.  Cape Quarter, Somerset Rd, Greenpoint. (find out more)

A week of launch celebrations culminates in this foodie fest.  Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris and Alchemy of Gold bring two days of culinary creativity with the chefs and personalities from the more than 15 restaurants and specialist food stores that are on offer at Cape Quarter.

forbiddenfruit_festivalForbidden Fruit Festival

13-15 November ’09.  Worcester.  Tickets cost R290 for the weekend (R350 at the gate).

A combination of music and food festival that sounds quite intriguing.  Musical entertainment will be provided by the likes of local bands Zebra & Giraffe, Prime Circle, Cherry Vinyl, Just Jinger, Aking, Kurt Darren, Josie Field, and more.  In addition, if you love your food, you’ll be in for an “awesome, memorable and delicious experience” with a variety of dishes prepared by local restaurants, specially ordered picnic lunches and wine tastings from the area’s Wine Estates.  Sounds fun! To find out more, visit

burgundy_marketBurgundy Estate Wholesome Sunday Market

Sunday 15 November ’09.  9am-2pm.  Burgundy Estate, Durbanville Wine Valley.  (event info)

A new market launches this weekend at Burgundy Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley.  The 5-star Clubhouse will host a number of stalls offering homemade speciality and gourmet fresh food and drinks with a wholesome flavour. The Market will also offer top quality decor, gifting, clothing and jewellery, as well as a variety of ‘wholesome activities’ for adults and young ‘uns alike.

kalk bay fresh etcKalk Bay Fresh Etc Market

Sunday 15 November ’09.  9am-2pm.  Kalk Bay Community Centre, Main Road, Kalk Bay (opposite Dalebrook beach)

This small monthly market offers up organic veggies, moreish confectionery and cakes, speciality culinary oils, honey, olives and olive products, biltong, and natural skincare products – not to mention the excuse to visit the very beautiful Kalk Bay (not that one needs an excuse!)  As always, I’ll be popping in at Kassia & Figg next door – absolutely positively my favourite food stop on the planet.

freemarket_Cape Town ‘Really Really Free’ Market

Sunday 15 November ’09.  1pm-5pm.  Zandvlei, Muizenberg. (find out more)

A novel concept:  a market where you don’t pay a cent for anything you acquire.  Yep, everything is free – no cash, no bartering, no swapping.  So if you’re curious, or have some stuff or skills you’d be happy to share, get yourself down to Zandvlei in Muizenberg this Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.  If it rains on Sunday the event will be postponed until the following Sunday (22 November).  More info posted on the event’s Facebook page.

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