In June, Earth Fair Markets announced a new venue in addition to their Tokai and St George's Mall weekly food markets - a night market at the ever popular Noordhoek Farm Village.
Blog editor Joy-Anne recently went along to sample the wares and shares her experience.
"It was a cold but clear evening but the first thing we did on arrival (and after finding parking - more on that later) was head for the craft beer stand because even on a cold night I do love a local beer - though there is also local wine for those who prefer, and coffee...
As soon as we had procured our drinks of choice we made a bee-line for the main market space under the Bedouin tent where we joined the happy crowd of fellow market goers gathered around the most-welcome gas heaters, and soon thawed out.
Food choice is not huge but there is something for everyone - we all opted for the curry (chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian were on offer with various heat levels to appeal to all pallets). Also on offer were sweet and savoury pancakes, homemade meals such as lasagna, and a few stalls offering foods from different countries.
After the very tasty curry some of our party continued to pretend it was almost summer by buying ice creams which were declared delicious by those who indulged.
A backdrop of traditional Marimba music gave the evening a festive vibe.
All in all this is a fun, family and dog friendly market (the kids love playing in the enclosed park after dark) which sells the expected deli foods to take home, organic fruit and veg, handful of crafts and a small but varied selection of eat-there meals. The setting is pretty and in summer it will no doubt bring even more crowds who will be able to spill out onto the lawn, picnic style.
I recommend the Noordhoek Earth Market as a lekker way to spend a Thursday evening in the Deep South!
On a final note, do not do what I did and park away from the street lights and security guards - we had a window smashed by passing vandals when we returned to the car, which wasn't a great end to an otherwise very enjoyable evening."
(Images via https://www.facebook.com/noordhoekvalley)
Portfolio offers delightful and luxurious accommodation in Noordhoek at the foot of Chapman's Peak at African Queen Guest House just down the road from the Farm Village, Red Herring Trading Post and beautiful Noordhoek beach.
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