Our guide to summer markets in the winelands

I love a good market, don’t you? Now that we’re heading into summer, we’ve put together a list of the best markets happening around the Cape Winelands. So start planning those weekends.

Lourensford Harvest Market

The ever-popular Lourensford market has opened its doors for the summer season yet again! Locals know and love this market for the great food, interesting stalls and amazing vibe.

There are around 70 permanent stalls with a few pop-ups to keep things interesting even if you go every weekend. This market boasts some of the best food stalls around, from sushi, dim sum, samoosas and vegetarian offerings to pizza at Corlie’s Italian and the best pork nacho burgers in the Southern Hemisphere at Tailgate BBQ. You definitely won’t go home hungry!

The live entertainment and activities will keep young and old entertained all day. Activities range from airsoft target shooting with Clay Pigeon adventures to the puppy play area from Helderberg Animal Welfare. The fact that the market is in ABRU Brewery’s backyard is a definite plus as well – their cocktails, ciders and beer on tap are the perfect start to your weekend.

The market takes place on Lourensford Estate Fridays from 17:00 – 21:00 and Sundays from 10:00 – 15:00.

For more, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Root44

Root44 is a popular market situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. This market, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 – 16:00, is a family-friendly market that guarantees fun for people of all ages. It is also dog-friendly, so puppers are welcome too!

This market serves up a large variety of food and drinks, has live acts playing throughout the day and a number of stalls selling items ranging from books to furniture. There are also fun activities like mini golf at the adventure park to keep your kids entertained all day.

The Root44 market is the perfect spot for a Saturday or Sunday brunch/lunch within the beautiful vineyard landscape.

For more, head over to their website.

 

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Vergenoegd Market

The Family Market at Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate takes place every Saturday (come rain or shine!) from 09:00 – 15:00. The market provides a fun and relaxing atmosphere for the whole family. There’s a variety of arts and crafts, food, wine, craft beer, interior and home-improvement goods, jewellery, plants and kids entertainment.

They also have a famous 1000-strong Duck Parade at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30!

See more on their website.

 

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Country Craft Market

Looking for a relaxed Saturday morning pastime, I popped into the Country Craft Market. While taking a lazy stroll through the stalls, nestled amongst the wisened trunks of trees, I could see there was nothing pretentious about this setup.

With a country bumpkin feel, the Country Craft Market is one of those authentic arts and craft fairs, where each and every stall showcases something so personal and real — from fine leather pieces, jewellery, clothing to beautifully crafted pottery, artworks, as well as confectioneries and fresh produce. With a jungle gym and clown entertainment for the kids as well a food and beverage corner, this is the perfect family-friendly setting.

The market reopened for the summer season on 29 September, and will take place on every second Saturday between 9:00 and 14:00 with a few extra dates thrown in around Christmas time.

For more, visit their website.

 

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Simonsvlei market

The Simonsvlei Farmers market takes place every Saturday, from 09:00 to 15:00, on the Simonsvlei Winery just outside of Paarl. The market, which launched on the 1st of September, offers everything from fresh fruit and veg, to crafts and homemade doggie treats. As an added bonus, live music from local bands and artists starts at 11:30 and wine from the farm is sold at cellar prices.

With a great kiddies play area – kitted out with a massive jumping castle that even adults will want to take a bounce on – this market is perfect for the whole family.

For more info check out their Facebook page.

 

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Kamers/Makers 2018

The Kamers/Makers market is definitely one of the highlights of my year! It has a really fun vibe, loads of good food, wine, bubbly and excellent quality products on sale. They sell handmade leather, jewellery, flowers and plants, clothing and more — which is fabulous for Christmas shopping!

And, by popular demand, they will be bringing back the live music stage for this show.

Kamers/Makers will be at Blaauwklippen Vineyards between 30 October and 4 November.

For more information, head over to their website or their Facebook page.

 

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Monthly Silo Market at the V&A Waterfront

For a unique creative market experience, don’t miss the V&A Waterfront’s new Silo Market, held on the last Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 15:00.

The market is a new initiative that partners with the Cape Design Institute, to offer talented young start-up companies a platform to trial innovative products. The creative new retail offering will also include a range of young up-and-coming performers to complete the fun experience. The market will be carefully curated to offer a limited number of unique products that are not widely available.

 

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Did we miss any markets? Please let us know in the comments!

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