Food, people and more food
11.04.2015 - 11.04.2015
Saturday morning our friend and amazing travel agent picked us up at the hotel and took us to some local markets. The first market is on the property of the MP, something like a senator or representative in the US, just at the base of Table Mountain. As you get out of your car you are compelled to look back at the mountain looming over the property rising straight up into the bright blue sky. We walked around the side of the house and down the front steps where we were greeted by more of a festival than a market. It had the usual tents set up with food vendors of all kinds, cheese, fruit and veggies, too. We are in early fall here so there is a lot of produce and beautiful large pomegranates which I was told were out of season at home. It was funny to me as they are abundant here and in the market they press them and serve the fresh delicious juice. The food is only a small part of what the market is about, the sense of community and festival atmosphere is something I have not witnessed before. People were sprawled out all over relaxing, eating or visiting with friends and family. There were bales of hay to sit on and beautiful trees offering shade from the bright sunshine.
There were children and dogs everywhere and I promise to post those pictures soon.
We actually met some of our cousins there and it was a great feeling to see people we knew and it made us feel very much at home!
Next we went to a market called the Biscuit Mill, formerly where biscuits,( cookies) were manufactured. This is more of a city market with some outdoor space but mostly inside the actually facility. The largest area housing food vendors of all kinds around the perimiter had long picnic tables set up crammed with people eating the delicious food with flavors from all over the world. You name it and I am pretty sure you could find it there. On the tables there were wine bottles with lighted candles, there was music blaring in the background and an undercurrent of conversation. Lots of happy noises and fragrant smells to excite your senses in the most exotic way.
The best part for me was watching all the young people sitting on the ground in the courtyard of the biscuit mill, engrossed in their conversations, eating drinking and laughing. This is a hotspot in Cape Town where you see the locals loving life.