The annual Christmas Night & Day Slow Market weekend returns to Stellenbosch this year from Friday 27 November to Sunday 29 November 2015 – this time adding an element of copper to the celebration!
The use of copper for kitchen accessories such as pots, pans and jelly moulds reflects the original Cape style kitchen dating back to the 1600’s – the same period in which Stellenbosch was founded and named after Dutch settler, Simon van der Stel. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with our very own Cape heritage and the hearty, wholesome food for which Slow Market is renowned?
Surrounded by vineyards, oak trees and dangling copper décor, the Night Market, in addition to Saturday’s Christmas Day Market, promises to enchant your senses with over 100 specialty traders in local foods, wine, fashion and craft – the perfect opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping in the bag! There will be a wide selection of authentic items including fynbos topiaries, artisanal Christmas fruitcakes and handmade arts and crafts.
Expect copper pots and spoons dishing up Christmas favourites such as gammon rolls, turkey, mince pies, German Bratwurst, Christmas puddings and champagne. Heavenly voices from the SA Youth Choir singing live carols will float about in the air, complimented by the soothing smell of real Elgin Valley Christmas trees. In case all this isn’t enough of a gift, on Sunday 29 November, award-winning, multi-platinum SA artist, Kurt Darren will be playing at the Oude Libertas amphitheatre as part of the Oude Libertas summer concerts alongside the Slow Market Christmas fair.
Stay ahead of your shopping this Christmas whilst getting your fill of all your festive favourites in the coppery Christmas wonderland that is the Night & Day Christmas Slow Market in Stellenbosch.
* Friday 27 November: 5-10pm Slow Market Copper Christmas (free entrance)
* Saturday 28 November: 9am-2pm Slow Market Copper Christmas (free entrance)
* Sunday 29 November: 4-9pm Slow Market Copper Christmas + 6-8pm Kurt Darren Performance at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre – Ticket price R170. Visit oudelibertas.co.za to book online.
Founded in 2008, the Slow Market group is an authentic group of weekly Slow Food markets located at Oude Libertas estate in Stellenbosch and the Willowbridge Life Style Centre in Tygervalley. Slow Market features specialty food and wine, food artisans, local farmers, natural and organic merchants, clothing, jewellery, seasonal goods and designer ware. Slow Market supports micro businesses, helping them to grow and thrive in an alternative retail environment. Founded by medical doctor and entrepreneur Gail Blake, the market is part of a global Slow Food movement promoting foods, which are clean, good and fair.
Situated on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg, surrounded by vineyards and oak trees, Oude Libertas offers a collection of artistic, theatrical and lifestyle experiences as well as vital insight into community and environmental development initiatives. Oude Libertas’ Corporate Social Investment programme, which operates under the Distell Foundation focuses on the general well-being of South African communities, beginning with unborn children and extending into adulthood. Of the four key focal areas, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder (FASD) and Youth Development are the most important. Common to all the initiatives in which Oude Libertas invest, is the intention to contribute holistically to personal growth within communities, embracing mindful and responsible living and conservation.