It is difficult to put into words the special kind of magic that happens in the centre of our beautiful city on a daily basis. There is an energy and a magic that is tangible – I challenge you to take a walk through the Company Gardens and around the city centre to see if you can’t feel it… We, at Earth Fair Market are the luckiest bunch on earth to be able to call the little piece of paradise between Wale St and Church St our home every Thursday from 11am to 3pm.
St Georges hit the ground running 3 years ago and it has become such a firmly entrenched institution that we have been told that people arrange their diaries around it. There seems to be a common ‘no meetings’ policy around the time that the market is on every Thursday. It is very gratifying to stand and survey the joy on people’s faces as they reach the market and smell the aromas, greet their favourite traders, try new flavours or discover a new favourite cheese. We start getting desperate weekly Tuesday Tweets from people wishing it was Thursday already!
Our gratitude towards the City of Cape Town, the CCID and the St Georges Forum is huge. We have seen first-hand the levels of passion and professionalism that is behind the running of our beautiful city. From the CCID security and cleaners to the strategic minds who run the City – it is truly no accident that we are ‘World Class’. We are delighted to be a part of what makes the City memorable and special. We are also very grateful to Mandela Rhodes Place for welcoming us inside whenever it rains and for the use of amenities and support. Doppio Zero and the Taj thanks to you too!
Huge thanks of course to all the delightful traders that line the streets with their beautiful wares – come rain or shine or the dreaded howling gale… But most of all, thanks to all of you who welcomed us into your lives from day 1 and continue to give us so much fantastic support.
We will be celebrating this Thursday by adding a little bit of extra magic to the market. Please join us!
It has been 4 years of fun, soulful food and community (and some very hard work of course) and we are ready to celebrate our 4th Birthday.
Hear ye, Hear ye good people of Cape Town; We are going back to our roots with a Medieval Market.
Town criers, court jesters, bucking broncos, fair maidens, strapping lads and trader specials await travelers, gentry and commoners alike at Ye Olde Earth Fair in Tokai
Gather ye merry folk and scoundrels on Saturday 17th August between 9-2pm for a day of festivities soaking up the medieval times.
Onwards and upwards we go on our quest to fill the fairest Cape with good, wholesome, soulful food!
We have a great public market day lined up for you tomorrow. All the usual treats but come early as Debbie the saxophone lady will be playing from 4pm. Join us for a shop, some drinks and some supper.
Green beer for St Patrick’s Day
We always claim to green but this Saturday we will be going extra green for St Patrick’s Day. Join us for green beer, ‘green’ food and green traders. We can’t promise that you’ll see any leprechauns but we can promise that you’ll see lots of people in small hats selling their delicious wares. Join us for some fresh produce shopping and lots of Irish inspired fun and let’s paint the town green!
Handmade cushion from The Bazaar
We are gearing up for our Xmas Market tomorrow (19th Dec) from 3-8:30pm and are really excited about all the beautiful handmade goods that will be on offer. Please come and support these budding artisans and small business owners and do your Xmas shopping in a relaxing, vibey setting.
We have a few Xmas specials from our usual traders; the Laughing Croc will be adding Darling’s Christmas Beer to their already extensive range of craft beers; Oded’s Kitchen will be selling a delicious sounding Absinthe and Prickly Pear Glaze to be used with gammon; Gourmet Pantry have yummy Xmas Pies; the Country Butcher will be running a special on their free range lamb at R80/kg and Top Nosh have their delightful range of Lebkuchen Treehangers and German Biscuits (Speculatius and Almond Kipferl) as well as the gingerbread houses and even do-it-yourself ones for the kiddies.
Chanci will be making decor and Xmas crackers with kids in the Little People’s Corner so all in all this is the perfect opportunity to shop, eat, drink and be merry. See you there!
Please note that the Tokai Market will be holding it’s last market this Saturday (22nd Dec) and we re-open for trading on Sat 5th Jan. St Georges will have its last market this Thursday (20th Jan) and we re-open at St Georges on 10th Jan.
Gift of Love
We are excitedly gearing up for our Xmas Market on Wednesday, 19th December. We have lined up some great handmade goods traders – ranging from hand-printed linen, bamboo designer t-shirts, natural skin products, handmade jewellery etc. The Xmas goods traders will be hosted under the big Bedouin at the entrance to the Tokai market and it will coincide with our popular weekly festive night market.
Avoid the malls and bring the kids, aunties, neighbours and friends for a great night of Xmas shopping, eating and drinking. Market goers can enjoy our usual range of delicious eats from paella to Mexican tacos, a huge range of craft beers and organic wines, farm cheeses, free range meat, artisan breads etc. Our lovely ‘Little People’s Corner’ team will be doing some great Xmas decor and cracker making activities for kiddies.
Please join us for some fabulous fun filled Xmas shopping. See you there!
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During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
On Movember 1st, guys register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face and for the rest of the month these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Sistas are the women who register to support the men in their lives, raising funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
This coming Wednesday not only marks the end of October (and therefore Halloween!!) but also marks the clean slate that all men should have before they embark on their Movember growing journey. Please come and join the NCC Environmental Services team at the Earth Fair Market in Tokai for the Halloween/Octoberfest/Movember festivities and show some love to our Movember donation box. We will be setting up a shaving/clipping/awareness booth at the market and so it would be awesome to see as many of you there as possible.
On Wednesday we will be having lots of Halloween fun in the Little People’s Corner. Kiddies please come dressed up (if you can) and join in the fun. Trick or treating and other cool scary stuff!
See you there!
The Laughing Crocodile Bar at the Tokai Market puts a huge amount of effort into sourcing and acquiring the best craft beers that the Western Cape has to offer. Their range includes; the much sought after (and very limited edition) Paulaner, Triggerfish, Boston, Jack Black, Devil’s Peak, Darling’s great range, Birkenhead’s ever popular Old English Bitter and our overall favourite Honey Blonde to name a few. They will also be launching a brand new Birkenhead ale developed by Earth Fair in conjunction with Birkenhead Brewery. They have one of the best craft beer ranges under one roof.
The Laughing Croc gets to show off what it has to offer at our annual Beerfest. This year we will be tying this in with our popular Wednesday night market on the 31st October 2012 (between 3-8:30pm). Join us for great real beer, bratwursts and other great foods and loads of fun. If beer is not your thing the Laughing Croc also offers a great range of organic wines and ciders.
The Beerfest promises to be fun for the whole family as we will also be having some Halloween fun in the Little People’s Corner.
See you there and PROST!