The holiday season is upon us, and seasonal markets are popping up all over the country showcasing their neighbourhood wares. So, if you're looking to start the festivities check out these markets exhibiting some of South Africa's best local designer products, upcycled crafts and artisanal food.
These markets are, of course, adhering to the suggested health and safety protocols for COVID-19 safety. Always remember to wear your mask, keep a safe distance and pack a small essentials bag with sanitiser and moisturiser. Be sure to pack some sunblock and wet wipes to keep you feeling refreshed and protected from the sunshine.
The Constantia Gift Fair, Cape Town
Where: Baxter Theater, Rondebosch.
When: 11th November to 15th November
What: The Constantia Gift Fair is a one-stop Christmas and end-of-year thank you shop! There's something for everyone here from clothes, plants, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and toys to local-is-lekker homemade treats. Full of inspirational gift ideas and wonderfully unique products this gift fair is a celebration of all things creative. As always, there will also be a delicious food market at the deli section for all your fine-food needs.
The Field Market, Johannesburg
Where and When: R512 Pelindaba Road, on left 650m after the Lanseria airport 4-way stop on 5th December and Field & Study Park (Sandton) on the 12th December.
What: Young and old are invited to shop for handmade gifts, grab a bite to eat and enjoy entertainment by local artists. This is a family-friendly market with all sorts for the kids to do, including horse rides, sand art, ceramic painting, scavenger hunts and a large play area to explore. The market is dog-friendly, so you're more than welcome to bring your canine companion if they are kept on a leash at all times.
Where: Cornwall Hill College, Irene
When: 8th to 13th December from 09:00 AM
What: With over 200 makers upcycled goods on display, this celebrated market is a must-see. Expect nifty handmade crafts, clothes and accessories, and delicious treats. The uniqueness of the wares showcased here is what makes this market special. Be prepared to find your new favourite up and coming local brands.
More info: http://kamersvol.com/events/kamers-irene/
I Heart Market Festive Season, Durban
Where: The Hay Store, The Point Waterfront
When: Keep an eye out for announcements on their social media pages for the next market dates.
What: While the I Heart Market takes place throughout the year; December might see it pop-up for three consecutive Saturdays before Christmas. It's the perfect spot to pick up local, handmade, one-of-a-kind Christmas or thank you gifts. There is often kiddies wear, natural skincare products, vintage collectables, art, and jewellery. And once you're done shopping, sample delicious artisanal food and drink while relaxing to local music. Make sure to check out their online markets as well.
Locally Yours Market, Port Elizabeth
Where: Tramways Building, 16 Lower Valley Road, South End
When: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th December
What: The great thing about this market is that it is not only a great place to find unique and locally sourced food, but it's become a great platform for local artisans, makers and excellent entrepreneurs to showcase their handiwork. This market has a wide array of vendors, so expect anything from modern ceramics, custom made knives, personalised weekly planners, vintage jewellery, designer baby clothes and much more. It's also a great place to pick up some last-minute handmade Christmas decorations.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/locallyyoursmarket/