Markets are the trendy new way for families and friends to get together on the weekend. Filled with fresh produce, culinary delights, handmade goods and local art, these social hotspots are the places to see and be seen. Recognising this growing trend, this month House and Leisure has introduced a brand new feature called Market of the Month. The inaugural article in the November issue throws the spotlight on the Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market – a charming country market in Assegay, outside Durban. For those who don’t call the humid shores of Durban home, over the next few months HL will be featuring markets across the country. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come, including dates to diarise and special events for the weeks ahead: Durban What: The Food Market is hosting a special Halloween market, just in time for All Hallows Eve. Visit thefoodmarket.co.za for more information. Date: Saturday, 27 October Where: The Food Market, Hellenic Community Centre, 6 High Grove, Umgeni Park, Durban North. Other Durban markets to check out:
- I Heart Market (first Saturday of the month); People’s Park, south side of Moses Mabhida Stadium.
- Essenwood Market (every Saturday); Essenwood Road, Berea Park.
- Shongweni Farmer’s Market (every Saturday); Corner Kassier and Alvestone Roads, Assegay (opposite the new Hillcrest Hospital).
Joburg/ Pretoria What: There will be live music and fabulous food at the Irene Village Market on the second and last Saturday of every month. Pop into the new deli, enjoy the tunes and get some shopping done in time for the festive season. Date: 27 October 2012 Where: Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts Ave, Irene. Other Joburg markets to check out:
- Neighbourgoods Market (every Saturday); 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein.
- Bamboo Farmers’ Market, in collaboration with Slow Food Joburg (every Saturday); 53 Rusternburg Road, Melville.
- Jozi Food Market (every Saturday); the Pirates Sports Club, Braeside Road, Greenside.
Cape Town/ Western Cape What: The organisers of Market at the Palms have teamed up with stylist and food lover, Isabella Niehaus, to bring you fresh produce from ‘die Platteland’. They have also introduced their sister market, The Lock Stock, a new creative space with the tagline ‘Cool Stuff by Creative People’. Date: Saturday, 27 October (As of November, and throughout summer, the market will be open every Saturday.) Where: 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Other Cape Town markets to check out:
- Kamers vol Geskenke (21 – 27 October); Lourensford Estate, Somerset West. Tickets available online.
- Bay Harbour Market (Fridays, 5pm – 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am – 4pm); 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay. Check out the next Comedy Supper Club evening with Tracey Klass, Peter Sserwanga and Marcel Oudejans on 7 November. Tickets available online or at the door.
- City Bowl Market on Hope (Thursday evenings, 4:30pm-8:30pm, ); 14 Hope Street, Gardens.
Read more about the Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market in the November 2012 issue of House and Leisure, available on shelf now. Know of a Great Local Market? Have you visited a fabulous market in your home town or anywhere across South Africa? We’d like to know about it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, inbox us on Facebook or tweet your suggestion to @houseleisureSA with the hashtag #HLMarkets. Photos of the Shongweni Farmers’ Market were taken by Jethro Snyders.