This summer brings a new addition to the Cape Town summer season. We all know that the arrival of summer means lazing in the sun, hiking on Table Mountain, dips in the ocean, late evening walks and sipping some fine wine. Now December in the Mother City just got even hotter, with the advent of the Cape Town Summer Market, hosted by the City of Cape Town and the City Parks’ Company’s Garden in partnership with the organiser, Adele Lucas Promotions.
This December, an 11-day family market will take place in the Company’s Garden in the city centre from December 14 to 24, from 12pm to 9pm, in celebration of South Africa’s 360-year heritage and people.
“This exciting new Summer Market is part of Cape Town’s socio-economic strategy to provide integrated entertainment facilities for people from all walks of life,” says City of Cape Town spokesperson Charles Parkerson. “The market will reflect the design elements that led to the city being nominated as design capital of the world for 2014.”
Visitors can combine Christmas present shopping with live entertainment, as well as fun for children and families and an awesome picnic at the first ever Company’s Garden Party or in the shady botanical gardens.
There’ll be plenty of things to buy, eat and do, with the market showcasing some of Cape Town’s finest craft-makers and entertainers. There will also be a wide selection of beverages available and plenty of gastronomic delights for ‘foodies’. And who knows, you might just spot one of the rich and famous for whom Cape Town is the preferred festive season destination.
The market will be divided into six exciting zones:
the Family Coke Zone,
the Beer and Wine Company’s Garden Party,
the Lifestyle & Eco Tent,
the Gourmet Food and Deli Zone
900m of stalls running down Government Ave, offering a mixture of street style and artisanal goods
A Picnic zone in the Public Gardens.
With ample parking and toilet facilities and a strong security presence all you have to do is enjoy a memorable occasion and, of course, the products and services on offer from over 200 stalls.
What’s more, the opportunity to visit the many galleries and museums in the area gives you even more reasons to head to the city.
Heritage institutions such as the Iziko South African Museum, the Iziko Planetarium, the South African Jewish Museum, the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and many more will be open to the public.
The market runs up Government Ave right up to Orange St, opposite the Mount Nelson and takes in the formal gardens. The Bar and Wine Garden Party will be in front of the National Gallery in Delville Wood, the Family Coke Zone will be in Delville Wood but in front of the SA Museum, the Gourmet and Deli Zone will be in the forest in the Paddocks, and the Life Style and Eco zone will be on the Paddocks lawn. And being so close to Long Street, there is no shortage of options for an after-party.
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