Although I’ve been to Stellenbosch quite a few times, I’ve never come across this eclectic local market before – and now that I know about it, I will always make sure to incorporate it into my visit. The Stellenbosch Slow Market is situated just as you leave the town centre, where it overlooks vineyards and oak trees.
There are over 100 speciality suppliers of local food, wine, fashion and craft to choose from while jazz music plays in the background to set the mood.
As we arrived we were impressed with the variety of local producers of gourmet and artisanal foods, craft and wine. We decided to start at one end of the market and make our way through just to decide what to eat for breakfast.
After spending time at each stall, we settled on having a braaied gourmet breakfast burger. We also opted for a healthy smoothie called Dr Juice, which was made from the freshest fruit and veggies for the ultimate morning pick-me-up. We thought the morning couldn’t get better until we tasted a freshly made waffle topped with fresh cream, chocolate sauce and blueberries, it was the most divine breakfast I have had in a long time.
I took time to speak to some of the market suppliers about their businesses and all of them were incredibly passionate about their craft and loved to bring their products to the public every week.
With all the locally made organic produce the Stellensbosch Slow Market offers, it is certainly on our list of places to visit while in the Western Cape.
Words: Kaila Sadien