It’s a bumper of a weekend ahead, folks… with night markets and morning markets, fairs and festivals in abundance.  Makes one feel rather smug to be living in the Mother City, I have to say.  So, with perfect weather ahead, let’s get to it!

Constantia Waldorf Night Market

Friday 26 Feb 2010.  5pm-9pm.  Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschematriver Road (details)

Awesome new night market, held for the first time last month.  It proved hugely popular, with around 2,000 people attending, and with good reason.  The food is great and varied (and healthy), there’s organic produce, holistic wares, music, entertainment, craft and a really good vibe.

Nitida Night Market

Friday 26 Feb 2010. 5pm – 9.30pm.  Nitida Estate, Durbanville. (details)

Slightly further afield, but well worth the trip is the Nitida Night Market. Following the success of their December night market, they’ll be hosting another one, complete with delicious home made goodies and wonderful country setting.  Their usual morning market will follow at the early-bird hour of 7am the following morning.

Community Chest Carnival

24-27 February 2010. Maynardville Park, Wynberg (details)

I haven’t been to this fundraising carnival in years now, so I’m not sure what it’s like any more.  Big, busy and a bit hectic, but one used to be able to find some interesting food in between the mad crowds… Friday and Saturday always got a little too crazy for me, but if you go during the day it’s usually not quite as daunting!

Constantia Fresh Festival

26-27 February 2010. Constantia Valley. (details)

Aylesford ‘Constantia Fresh’ Sauvignon Blanc Festival is one of the first SA wine festivals to feature Sauvignon Blanc of the Constantia Valley, regional and international producers for a two day lifestyle festival celebrating the distinctiveness and freshness of the ‘wild white’ grape, Sauvignon Blanc, and its compatibility with food.

Robertson Hands-On Harvest Festival

26-28 February 2010.  Various times.  Robertson.  (details)

This boutique event will take place 26 – 28 February 2010 and offers wine aficionados and budding vintners a chance to experience the magic of harvest for a day.  Expect grape picking, stomping, wine-tasting, a harvest market and more.

Kalk Bay Fish Fare

Saturday 27 February 2010.  10.30am to 6pm. Entry R5.  Contact: 083 3384201 (details)

Awesome annual fish fare held at the Holy Trinity Church in Kalk Bay.  Gets a little busy and crowded, but you can find all sorts of delicious fish treats and then picnic wherever you can find room (sometimes amongst the gravestones, hmmm…!)

Local Goods Market at Hathersage Farm

Sunday 28 February 2010. 9am-2pm. Hathersage Farm, Gordon Road, Somerset West. (details)

Very excited about this market!  I’ve been hearing whispers about how good it is, and though I haven’t managed to see it yet, and won’t get there this weekend, I hope to do so very soon indeed.

A community-driven exhibition of the best local goods on offer from authentically slow, gourmet food and freshly picked produce to a range of carefully crafted, gorgeous gifts, flora, music and great wine!  Bring a picnic blanket and join us for an outing of browsing, lunching and shopping for great products.

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