Don’t you just love spring? The boots are packed away, jerseys are tossed to the back of the closet and we are all getting that much needed Vitamin D. Another great thing about the warmer seasons in the Western Cape: Summer fruits!
On the 1st of November, the Stellenbosch Slow Market will be celebrating their best produce at the Summer Strawberry Fair. Entry is free- you have no excuse not to attend!
What is the Slow Market?
The Stellenbosch Slow Market is the brainchild of Dr. Gail Blake, who in 2008 envisioned an ideal, authentic and transparent setting where one could purchase food for its inherent nourishment and taste as nature intended, and not through a vast toxic food system where it was grown for resilience to pesticides, genetically modified or fueled by additions that can be harmful to one’s health.
The term “Slow Food”, which the Stellenbosch Slow Market promotes, is committed to good, clean and fair food for all: Good in terms of a fresh and flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses; Clean in terms of food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or consumers’ health; and Fair in terms of accessible prices for consumers, as well as fair conditions and fair pay for small-scale producers.
What to Expect from the Summer Strawberry Fair?
On Saturday, 01 November 2014, summer will officially be celebrated after a long Western Cape winter with the Summer Strawberry Fair at the Slow Market, where everything from fresh strawberries from the farm, to strawberry ice cream and sorbets, strawberry bakes and cakes, strawberry sausages to even strawberry soaps and bath salts will please a variety of senses of those attending.
The Rooi Rok Padstal will be selling the freshest seasonal strawberries straight from the farm. Wendy’s Smoothies, differentiated from others through combining interesting flavours such as pomegranate, lemon, mint and nutty delights, will be serving refreshingly chilled, while the Smulpaap Café will be creating the best strawberry inspired salads.
Ollie’s Sausages, who never disappoints with a variety of sausages of all types, will be selling a uniquely created strawberry sausage, and Cape Mountain Charcuterie (producers of free range, gluten free cured meats) will be offering artisanal strawberry produced creations made on the farm.
By Nature, known for its range of premium quality natural and organic products, will be providing preservative-free dried strawberries, while you can expect the most delicious strawberry toppings from Arnim von Werne on their German cakes and waffles. Even strawberry brownies will be on sale at Yummi Brownies (made from free range eggs, real farm butter and organic macaroons).
From the heart of Constantia, the Constantia Cheesery is a cheese lover’s dream, where one can get anything from strong mature cheddar to ripe gorgonzola, sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, and everything in between – including a few special conserves and jellies. So expect an extraordinary inspiring taste sensation from them when they pair their famous cheeses with strawberry creations that will certainly prove to be one of the highlights of the day. Strawberry cheese anyone?
Tao Chinese Food, Fine Pastries, as well as Flamed (amongst others), will ensure that those who arrive with a huge appetite will leave feeling very satisfied with their strawberry inspired meals of the day. The Slow Market Minted Strawberry Carpaccio also promises to make for a lovely appetizer or dessert.
Boutique wineries, such as Tierhoek and Saltare, will serve alcohol beverages with strawberry flavours to further celebrate one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts – packed with nutrients (and an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants).
EVENT: Summer Strawberry Fair at the Stellenbosch Slow Market
DATE: Saturday, 01 November 2014
TIME: 09h00 to 14h00
VENUE: Oude Libertas Estate, Stellenbosch
ADDRESS: Corner of Oude Libertas Road & Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch
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All information and images kindly supplied by Peter Marx and The Slow Market Website