Here comes the weekend! What’s on in and around Cape Town (30 October ’09)

Another jam-packed weekend ahead, with a bunch of gift fairs to get you organised well before the silly season descends.

Red Week at Spier

23-31 October. Spier Estate.

Last two days of Spier’s Red Week Festival.  At this time of year, the estate goes crimson with the blossoming of 230 indigenous coral trees and they’re celebrating with all kinds of red-themed festivities.  Red wine tastings, special tastings and unusual food pairings showcasing award-winning blends and single-cultivar wines.  And red-inspired art installations and red-themed restaurant dishes. (more info)

Kamersvol Geskenke

28 October – 1 November.  9am-6pm (Wed-Fri); 9am-4pm (Sat-Sun).  De Morgenzon Wine Estate. www.kamersvol.com

Annual event held this year at De Morgenzon Wine Estate near Stellenbosch.  Hand-crafted gifts, beautiful gardens, delicious food!  (more info)

Festive Ideas Market

28 October – 1 November.  Simondium Country Lodge.

A brand new market… “Festive Ideas is exactly what the name says, innovative ideas & goods for all celebratory occasions”. This market, which will run for 5 days, will feature over 60 speciality exhibitors who will be producing exclusive and unique products especially for the market. (more info)

La Motte Classical Music Festival

31 October – 1 November. La Motte Estate. Franschhoek. www.la-motte.com

On the weekend of 31 October – 1 November Franschhoek once again hosts an “exciting variety of classical performers in an event that has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike”.

The Eden Market

Saturday 31 October.  10am-4pm.  Eden on the Bay – Bloubergstrand, Big Bay.

A new market that takes place every first and last Saturday of the month.  The focus of the market is on local, handmade, even artisanal food and crafts… (more info)

Franschhoek Christmas Market

30 October – 8 November.  Daily between 9am and 6pm (except Sundays 1 and 8 November: 11am-4pm)  Town Hall, Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek.

I wouldn’t drive all the way out to Franschhoek for this market, but if you’re headed that way, it’s worth stopping in for local handmade food and goodies. (more info)

Nitida Farmers Market

31 October.  7.30am-12noon.  Nitida Estate, Durbanville Wine Valley.

Monthly all-weather farmers’ market, held just outside Cape Town at  Nitida Wine Estate in the Durbanville Wine Valley. Expect to find fresh produce, organic seedlings, free range eggs, a variety of gourmet goodies and much more. (more info)

Vyge Valley Farmers Market

31 October.9am-2pm. Vyge Valley Farmstall, on R27 West Coast Road.

Every last Saturday of the month, the Vyge Valley Farmstall hosts a fresh produce market with some delicious-sounding treats in store for passers-by… gourmet mushrooms, home-made preserves and cheeses and just-baked farm bread, to name a few. (more info)

Slaley Farm Market

1 November. 9am-2pm.  Slaley Farm, near Stellenbosch.  www.slaley.co.za

A brand new farmers’ market on the Cape Town scene (this one actually on a farm).  According to organisers, there will be Organic Juice, Fresh Veggies, Strictly Coffee Roasters from Robertson who will trading in specialty Coffee, Tea, Fresh Baked Goods Including cakes, quiches, cupcakes, Wafels, Biltong, Droewors (Beef and Game) Fresh Baked Breads, Jaffels, Vetkoek, Cheese, Honey, Pancakes, Organic Ice cream (non Dairy), Spring rolls, Sushi.

Simonstown Craft Market

Sunday 1 November.  Library Hall – Opposite the Police Station, Main Road SIMONSTOWN.

Held on the first and last Sunday of every month, this market offers a varied selection of hand crafted goods, as well as tea/coffee cakes biscuits and sweets and plants. (more info)

Upcoming events to look out for:

Photo:  a familiar scene from Pinotage on Tap!

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