Review by Estelle Vosloo
A great city is not a great city without a permanent fresh produce market. Thats not just my opinion but scores a city extra brownie points when the international survey for the Worlds Best Cities To Travel To is conducted annually. According to respected travel magazine Cond Nast Traveller Cape Town places at number 11 amongst the great tourist friendly cities and we can now collect on those Brownie points too!
The V & A Wharf Market is Cape Towns answer to well-known fresh produce and slow food markets known from all over the world. Cape Tonians have been awaiting our own market that would be in the same vain as Londons Borough Market, the Boulangpicierin Paris and The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.
These markets are a place of gathering and communion, but they are also often an integral part of that citys character and ambience. The V&A Wharf Market is the Mother Citys first real formalized market where vendors have permanent residence and the market itself has reliable trading hours.
Housed in the original Waterfront Power Station the space lends itself to a market with large open areas, high ceilings and interesting architectural features including sturdy wrought iron posts, large crescent shaped windows and magnificent steel doors.
Approximately 50 vendors are housed in the facility and walking through the doors is an onslaught on the senses leaving you giddy with excitement and drunk with choice! Warm German Pretzels are stacked in towers next to American Deep South Fair of jambalaya and pulled pork sandwiches. But if your inkling is for Eastern flavours of palm sugar, coconut milk, lemon grass and green curry paste then you are at the right place. Lick the chocolate off your sticky fingers while you enjoy speciality chocolates from the chocolatier or bury your woes in a syrupy Belgium waffle.
Devour some of the rich locally produced cheeses including Cheddar, Gruyre and Chef Billys favourite Gorgonzola. Break some of the speciality breads with friends at the indoor seating area or on a fine day grab a local craft beer and enjoy it at the outside picnic benches taking in the view of the Waterfront whit Table Mountain as your back-drop.
Gone are the days where we were subjected to whatever crawled out of a food court or were left bankrupted by eating at a restaurant in this tourist precinct of the city. With the delightful option of good, fresh and tasty options now available this market is sure to attract both locals and visitors to our fair city. As can be expected of any decent slow food market vendor, if they haven’t made the produce themselves then they are able to trace all goods and will have all the necessary product and ingredient information you might need.
Something that excited the Wannabe-Mom-of-a-Super-Chef in me was when I learned about the cookery classes presented at the market. The Market with Sociata Dante Alighieri presents an Italian cookery class every Sunday from 3pm 4pm for 4 14 year olds! But the class I want to sneak into is the Pimp Your Biscuit class at a stall in the market with the same name where little cookie monsters can roll out, decorate, bake and chomp their signature creations.
Heres a delightful tip – Planning a function for about 80 folks? Commission their state-of the-art demo kitchen and let MasterChef runner-up Sue-Ann Allen create something amazing for your guests. For more information and to book your space contact them on Tel (021) 276 0200.
Trading hours (according to their website) are Monday to Sunday from 09:30 18:00.
Publication: www.cntraveller.com; Author: Unknown; Publish / Update or Modification Date: ;Link to Original Article: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/best-cities-world_slideshow_item0_1; Date Accessed: 6 March 2014