Out of Africa Part 2: 10 Great Market Ideas
Great food markets satisfy good food cravings on the spot and inspire new ideas to take home. It could be an unusual flavour, a fresh take on an overlooked ingredient or fabulous presentation. Here’s the pick of what we found in Cape Town at the weekly Neighbour Goods Market.
- All-in-one breakfast
The winning ‘Breakfast in a pan’ featured avocado, poached egg and rocket on a tomato base. Parmesan shavings added the final touch. It comes served in a pan that shoppers return when they’re done.
- Seed Bars
Smartly packaged seed slabs from Super Sprout are a great souvenir or gift. The ‘All in One’ pack is an especially nice idea for budding junior gardeners.
- The Whole Package
Tuna biltong was a winner – the handwritten sign, the taste and the proximity to where the fish were caught (just off the Cape). More than a few packets made it into our suitcase.
- All wrapped up
The all beef biltong stall had animal print paper bags that said it all. Enamel-ware added to the rustic flair.
- A Cocktail Wall
Copper is a market day pop-up just outside the main hall. 3 mixes on tap made a great sunlit display. Hanging menu boards were attached to the steel frame shelving display and spelt out the cocktails on offer. Local wines were also available.
- Spanish Flair
Paella is guaranteed to draw the crowd. The size of the pan, the mouthwatering visual, watching the chef at work – it’s all part of the magic.
- Nut cases
Transparent domes over candied nuts are a stylish and hygenic display for sweet treats.
- Flower pot seating
Upended pots with wooden tops and matching tables offer a novel seating solution. They’re functional and a perfect perch on which to enjoy a market feed.
- Hanging Gardens
Bowls of lilies suspended in macramé hangers help to transform an empty warehouse space for market day. They are a simple touch that adds so much. Flowers in glass jars on the long communal tables below further enhance the setting.
10. Blackboard Graphics
Handwritten chalk signage on the honey stand is a functional yet chic idea. It’s also versatile and can be updated as needed.
The Old Biscuit Mill
373 Albert Road
Woodstock, Cape Town
(Image Credits: Peta Bassett)