The Valley Market
Don’t let anyone tell you there’s not much happening on the foodie front in Port Elizabeth! The recently established Valley Market is already a resounding success and the stalls are top quality, thanks to the exacting standards of Elaine Watson and Elsje Smuts, the driving force behind the project. We missed out on the first two markets but popped in for the third, again held at the bottom of the Baakens Valley’s Lower Valley Road, in those old warehouses by the river. We thought we’d only be there for a quick squizz, but ended up staying for hours because there were such wonderful treats to discover, along with a couple of very worthy community projects such as bag and shoe making. It was huge fun and we can’t wait for the next one! Plus there’s the feel-good factor as it’s partly in aid of non-profit organisation Love Story.
- Henriette Brummer, left, and Theresa Herbst from the Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm stall. Henriette and her husband, a doctor, own the olive farm out Stilbaai way, but live in Port Elizabeth.
- Naledi Motsepe, left, and Angela Mjoli at the Mma-Arone Foods stall where the artisan breads and gourmet foods got many mouths watering. We first met Dimakatso Motsepe, the brain behind Mma-Arone, when she did a chocolate and Glenfiddich whisky pairing at Beach Hotel some months ago. Her artisan chocolates were brilliant and so we would not be surprised if her breads and sugar ‘n spice buns were every bit as good!
- Top left, Carol Law (aka the famous Mrs Claw!) with Maxie, who eventually got rather bored with all the attention. Bottom left, we even ran into Louise’s former editor at Weekend Post, Jeremy McCabe, and his wife, Celeste. Bottom right, does stuffing your face get any better?
- And the crowds kept a’coming! We bumped into scores of people we know and everyone said they thought the market was a hit.
- Chantelle Bothma’s beautiful bakes under the Cakes by Chantelle label.
- Natti Simmons, top left, with Tania Robinson. These two made some seriously delish, fiery Thai chicken wings that Louise scoffed in no time. Bottom, some wraps that looked equally tempting.
- Top, and left, goodies from various tempting stalls and right, the long communal market table decorated with proteas.
- Nomonde Ntsundwana’s marvellous orange sweet potatoes were a hit with many market goers. We bought some, too, so we could make some Thai-style sweet potato soup in the week.
- Lesley-Anne Stanton of TangleBerry had sold much of her stock by the time we came to check out her stall. Even so it all still looked very pretty.
- Top, Tania Ahlfeldt lets Louise try a bit of the sinfully good peanut butter ice cream from Hannah Mclean’s Han-Made stall. Bottom, Zeldrico Hansen and Sibusiso Stephen make cappuccinos on the double in aid of Love Story at the Fathers House coffee stand.
- Clockwise from bottom left, Mr Flowerman’s beautiful blooms were sold out in a flash; hand-made leather work from Bambani Fresh Art; cool tunes; and lekker samoosas.
- Top, Bake My Day’s yummy bites; beautiful flowers that sold out in a flash; and bottom pic, Salwa Morgan, left, and Thaakira Salie of Bake My Day.
- Michelle Foot and Ross Paterson at the Crafted Cupcakes stall, top and bottom.