And down came the rain… Well, never mind, there are plenty of indoor markets, and fabulous events to keep you entertained and warm.  Here’s my pick from the Mother City Living events calendar (feel free to add more as comments, if you feel so inclined)

Melkbosch Food Fair

Saturday 1 August, 9am-3pm.  Melkboschplaas, Melkbosstrand (info)

A fair I’ve just discovered, though I haven’t yet been to it.  It’s held in a big old barn yard situated on the Melkboschplaas, on the R27 opposite the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in Melkbosstrand. It is, organisers tell me, a “food fair with many many food traders from fresh and organic to wonderfully decadent”, with plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for the kids and, for dads, a big screen for sport.

Contact details: or call Haley Baguley on 084 5865 717 or 021 553 3922.

Slow Food Community Market

Saturday 1 August, 10am-3pm. Lansdowne Methodist Church (info)

The Slow Food Community Market is a mix of organic produce, traditional foods and hand made art and craft. On sale Saturday 1 August will be organic vegetables herbs, plants, raw organic honey, olives and onion marmalade. Introducing reflexology at the special price of R100 per treatment. Plus “Hot calamari, halaal roti’s and curry, boerewors rolls, vegetarian breyani ,curry, snacks and sweets, organic jams, lemon anchar, honey. delectable baked cakes, light as air cupcakes, arts and crafts, handfilled chocolates, konfyt and many more”.

Contact Sheena 083 414 8538/021 761 5411 or Petrina 083 281 7198.

Kirstenbosch Chamber Music Breakfast Concerts

Sunday 02 August ‘09.  9.30am – 12 noon.  Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Newlands. (event info)

Over 8 winter Sunday mornings Kirstenbosch Tea Room hosts a season of Chamber Music Breakfast Concerts. The concerts are held in the thatched Lecture Hall in the beautiful garden setting.  Enjoy a ‘lavish’ breakfast buffet followed by an hour of the ‘finest Chamber music available in Cape Town’. Breakfast is served from 9.30am to 10.45am, with the concert following at 11am.

Tickets cost R140 per person (R120 for Kirstenbosch members) and include the breakfast and garden entry.

Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday 02 August.  10am-4pm.  Observatory Recreation Centre – off Station and Lower Main Roads.  Entry R8 for adults. (info)

The Fair hosts a wide variety of holistic therapists, life counsellors and healing practitioners who can help you achieve the focus and wellbeing you need to live a healthy, balanced life.  Other highlights of the Fair include vegetarian and organic food, ‘green’ products, plants and herbs, esoteric books and world music, unusual handmade goods, funky clothing, body art and jewellery, décor, art and craft and much more.

Kirstenbosch Winter Concert Series:  CODA

Sunday 02 August ‘09.  18h30.  Tickets:  R100.  Kirstenbosch Restaurant. (event info)

On Sunday evenings between May and October, Kirstenbosch hosts an indoor winter version of their popular concerts at the Silvertree Restaurant. This Sunday’s performers are the very funky CODA.  The R100 ticket price includes a welcome drink and a starter.

For bookings please call 021 762-9628 or email: or visit

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