brrrrBrrrrr… something tells me winter has arrived.  Snowfalls on the mountains, heavy downpours and a rather marked nip in the air.

Which makes it a weekend perfect for indoor pursuits, such as visiting undercover markets like the ever-popular Neighbour Goods Market at the Biscuit Mill or the up-and-coming Triangle Square Market in Fish Hoek.

I popped in at the latter last weekend, and was impressed at what was on offer (look out for the next edition of Shared Earth for all the juicy details!)  They’ve even expanded into a new ‘wing’, so there’s even more seating, and plenty to eat and drink.

And, fans of markets will be pleased to know – a new undercover market is launching in July… details to follow, I promise!

So, on to the highlights of this weekend, and those to come.

Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show 2009

CTICC.  Thurs-Sun 28-31 May.  10am-9pm all days except the Sunday 31st which ends at 6pm.  Entrance is R75 for Adults and R35 for children under 12 & pensioners.  Tickets are available at WebTickets.

A feast of good food and fabulous wine at this annual gourmet show, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  I tried, several times, to contact organisers and find out what’s natural and organic, but had no reply.  

However, browsing their website, I did find a few interesting features, such as the ‘From Garden to Kitchen‘ interactive theatre, focusing on local, seasonal produce, the ‘Coffee, Tea & Chocolate‘ workshops and Cape Town Bites, offering tastings of participating restaurants’ signature dishes carefully paired with signature wines.

Nitida Farmers Market

Saturday 30 May.  8.30-1pm.  Nitida Wine Estate , Durbanville Wine Valley.

Gumboots might just be essential this weekend, as the rain keeps coming down.  But what fun, browsing stalls of fresh-baked goods, country-reared free range eggs and uber-fresh vegetables before indulging in some or other warming gourmet treat to keep out the chill.

The more humane hour of 8.30 (their winter hours have kicked in) means I might just make it for once!

The Bread Workshop

Saturday 30 May 2.30pm-6.30pm, Sunday 31 May 9.30am-1.30pm.  (program)

This is what I’m going to be doing, most of the weekend… getting elbows-deep in dough.  I’m learning how to make bread the old-fashioned way, without chemicals or preservatives – the artisan way.  I can smell the baking already…  There may still be space, so if you’re keen to come along, call Sharon on 083 682 5676 or Penny on 074 197 9051.   The entire weekend course (plus extras) costs R700.

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