Spend your weekend relaxing in the countryside with good food and wine at Root44 in Stellenbosch.
WHAT A family-friendly market held at Audacia Wines, situated opposite the big strawberry on the corner of R44 and Annandale Road. This vibrant shopping mecca has plenty of stalls to wander around, delicious food to munch on and shaded grassy areas to sit while listening to live music playing in the background. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.
WHO Expect a diverse crowd; with lots of families looking for a fun day outdoors, friends catching up over a cold pint of beer and foodies buying fresh, local produce and snacking on something scrumptious from one of the many produce stalls.
WHAT TO EXPECT Root44 is bustling with a laid-back vibe, selling everything from food and drink to a wide variety of clothes and homeware. Children run free around and play on the natural wood jungle gym while couples and friends kick off their shoes and find a comfortable place to sit under one of the many tall trees, provided by Trees SA, scattered around the market’s grounds. If you’re a lover of walking or a serious runner, every Saturday at 8am you can join Root44 for its weekly 5km Parkrun. The Parkrun is open to everyone, so you can take long walk with your kids or go on your morning run through Audacia’s breath-taking vineyards.
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… Sampling some home-made lemon curd from The Lemon Curd Lady; a bottle of sweet balsamic reduction, olive oil and a loaf of freshly baked bread from The Deli @Root44; for the braai, a roll of Greek feta, baby spinach and pancetta pork sausage from Ollie’s Sausages to enjoy with friends. If you have a sweet tooth you can’t leave without a slab of cookies and cream fudge from Sweet Dreams, it’s the best seller and once you have sunk your teeth into it you’ll understand why. If you love to cook, stop at Just Wood Creations and buy a unique wooden chopping board handcrafted from South African hardwoods, a perfect addition to your kitchen; and for the little ones in the family, a cute baby grow from Things we Love, screen printed the old fashioned way by owner Jackie Minkley.
X-FACTOR… The all-weather setting! Root44 is housed under cosy marquees, meaning rain or shine all year round they will be open, making it a good day out whatever the weather. Root44 Market, Audacia Wines, corner of Annandale Road and the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Western Cape, 021-881-3052, root44.co.za