Review: Constantia Waldorf Night Market

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The Constantia Waldorf Night Market website states that it is ‘a green event offering:

  • Tasty ready to eat biodynamic, organic or whole foods for a Friday night treat in a stunning candle lit ambience
  • Fresh produce to take home with you
  • Live music to entertain everyone
  • Art and craft
  • Holistic workshops and courses
  • A lively meeting place for the whole community ‘

Yet, somehow, I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect. So here, for the uninitiated, are my impressions of the last Constantia Waldorf Night Market.

Food: Yes, loads of food stalls offered a choice from crepes to sushi, burgers, curries, chips, quiches, samoosas, chow mein and more, at prices from R 5 to R 50.  There were only one or two drinks stalls, one selling still or sparkling fruit juice / iced tea and the other offering some rather tasty home made ginger beer.  I saw quite a few beers and bottles of wine around but didn’t see any available to buy – presumably it is OK to take your own.

Stunning candlelit ambience: Yes – it’s a beautiful venue on a green  playing field with mountains as a backdrop.  Although of course it is fairly light for the majority of the time, there were fabulous wood filled braziers around, ready to be lit to keep the chill out of the air, and there were fairy lights in the trees.

Fresh produce: I saw one stall offering fruit and veg, one with flowers, one with plants and one or two with delicious-looking baked goods.  Logistically this could be a problem… this is an event where you don’t want to be lugging too much around with you, so I’d have thought it’d be best to only visit these stalls on your way out.  But needless to say the stall holders will happily hold the goods for you until you are ready to leave.

Live music: One of the highlights. The line-up I saw consisted of balladeer Emma Bryce, Rush Rosetta (eclectic original songs) and rock’n’roll outfit Sultree.  The performers had a designated stage with an excellent sound system and I wasn’t alone in thinking they were excellent.

Art and Craft: A definite tendency towards the hippy, with secondhand clothes, dreamweavers, crystals, throws, beaded sandals etc.  There were also some beautiful handmade puzzles, toys, bags and very cool t-shirts but these were, inevitably, rather more expensive.  The hall opening onto the playing field held the most stalls but it was heaving with people.

Meeting place: Undoubtedly.  The stage is a focal point of a large circle of stalls, within which about 15 or 20 wooden trestle tables were set up with a collection of benches and chairs.  These became the collecting points for various groups, with others spreading out picnic rugs between the tables or out in the field.

In addition there were two fairground rides for small children and the Puppet Theatre, up at the top of the grounds, has a show at 6pm.  Generally though I’d suggest the event is better suited to slightly older, more independent children.  Then parents can make themselves a base at one of the wooden trestle tables in the centre, and sit back and enjoy the music.

The CWNM takes place on the last Friday of the month during school terms from October to April.  Stalls vary month to month.

@woict

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