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!
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!
Just for fun and just because we can, we will be having a Beach Party @Tokai this Saturday (1st Sept) to welcome Spring! The lifesavers at the bar will be serving refreshments, traders will serving up some surf and turf specials and someone is going to need to take on Daphne from Stokkiesdraai for the ‘Best Dressed Award’. Kids please join us for a treasure hunt at 10:30am. See you there!
If you have not been able to visit our wonderful St Georges Market yet, this Thursday’s Public Holiday offers the perfect opportunity! The market is set in the beautiful tree lined, historical Upper St Georges Mall (btwn Wale and Church Streets, below the Cathedral) and there are a variety of delights on offer. Families can make an outing of it by visiting the market and buying some wonderful goodies and lunch options and then taking a stroll into the Company Gardens for a picnic. The Iziko Museum is open until 5pm and this is great fun for the whole family. See you there!
For the month of our 3rd Birthday, we are running an amazing competition! Send us a picture of your favourite ‘Moment of Magic’ at any of our 3 markets and, based on your feedback and the judge’s decision, we will find a winner. The prize is a 2 night couples stay at the beautiful 4 star De Noordhoek Hotel http://www.denoordhoek.co.za/ and includes a R1000 voucher to be spent at any of the shops or restaurants in the Noordhoek Farm Village. Pretty amazing!! Send us your pics by posting on our Facebook page, on Twitter @earthfairmarket or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close 6th August – don’t forget to include your contact details and happy snapping!
This Saturday, 21st July, Earth Fair Market will be celebrating its 3rd Birthday. We have got through the terrible two’s (which were a lot of fun actually – with some character building trials in-between …) and are into the next exciting chapter.
We will be celebrating at Tokai with live music, hamper giveaways and our famous free hugs! Please come and join us between 9 and 2pm and let us spoil you to thank you for three years of wonderful support.
The one thing that we did not anticipate when we opened our doors 3yrs ago was how important community is in all of our lives and the market has really come to represent a bustling, healthy, family-orientated community meeting point. We do believe that some of our regulars are as comfortable sitting on our communal benches as they are in their own homes. This is indeed a special privilege!
We have opened 3 successful markets in our 3yrs in existence and we are allowing ourselves this month to bask in parental pride. We remain fiercely committed to getting people to change the way they shop and to support small, local ethical traders. We have a fabulous bunch of traders under our banner and their loyalty, passion and support has got us to where we are.
A huge thanks to all who support and enjoy the market and we pledge to only get better and better!
It is well worth paying a visit to Junaid from The Honey Connoisseur at the Tokai market every Saturday. He has a huge range of unheated, untreated and unclarified (raw) honey from all over South Africa. The list of benefits that honey has is a long one – it is full of vitamins and minerals and can be used both internally and externally.
Honey is considered one of nature’s purest foods. It is a natural anti-oxidant, contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5000 enzymes. Honey can keep you healthy by boosting the immune system, fighting disease and treating a wide range of health problems from coughs and colds to digestive problems and arthritis. Junaid has it all – he has a soothing honey, an energiser, an anti inflammatory, a thyroid booster, a cholesterol lowerer etc!
Junaid has buckets of passion and a wealth of knowledge so please chat to him and get yourself some of Winnie’s favourite stuff!
We are thrilled to announce that, as of the middle of June, Earth Fair Market will also be found at the Noordhoek Farm Village. Noordhoek Farm Village is the heart of the Noordhoek community and is home to Bob Skinstad’s country pub, Franck Dangereux’s culinary skills, one of the Cape’s best bakeries, an eco hotel, funky shops and more. This is a perfect fit for Earth Fair Market as we value community, quality, small local producers/artisans and the environment.
Earth Fair is really looking forward to being a part of the Noordhoek Farm Village and to bringing a first of its kind of market to the Beautiful South. The vision of the market is to supply locals with good quality fresh produce and speciality goods and to providing a fun and vibey community meeting point.
Earth Fair at Noordhoek Farm Village will be held under a Bedouin tent in front of the Foodbarn and will host 20-25 of the top traders and artisans in Cape Town. Market goers can stock up on top quality fresh produce, farm cheeses and artisan breads. Once all the shopping is done, shoppers can grab a seat at the communal tables and enjoy a variety of craft beers, organic wines, stoneground flour crepes, tasty treats from the Foodbarn and sushi from De Noordhoek Hotel. Stokkiesdraai will be there with their famous biltong, there will be freshly made Crepes by Lemon Moon, Bratwursts by Top Nosh etc.
The success of the Earth Fair Food Market in Tokai and St George’s Mall has been a combination of our consistency and accessibility to everyday shoppers as well as the quality of the artisans trading at the market. We can’t wait for the launch of our 3rd market in Cape Town as we continue in our mission to make markets accessible and the support of small local, ethical producers more of a mainstream concept. We are sure that fellow foodies will be delighted to welcome this addition to the Food Scene at Noordhoek Farm Village – already well known for its’ quality restaurants TheFoodbarn, Cafe Roux and The Toad in the Village as well as the Foodbarn Deli (which will stock some of the artisan’s produce on their shelves).
Watch this space and see you there!