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Victorious views and sumptuous dining: a visit to the Noordhoek Community Market

Founded on the soils of Cape Point Vineyards, The Noordhoek Community Market glows with enchantment every Thursday evening from 4.30pm-8.30pm.
Situated on the slope above the vines and timed to coincide with sunset, this market boasts a victorious view of a silhouetted Chapman’s Peak set against the backdrop of a glistening Atlantic Ocean.
This laid-back but classy event attracts people of all ages and stages of life and the sounds of chitchat, little-girl giggles, delighted “ooh’s and mmmh’s”, accompanied by soft blues playing in the background, create a warm and convivial mood.
Spectacular setting aside, this market focuses on food. Delicious, hearty, locally-produced food. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, meat-eating or completely carnivorous, there is something (sumptuous) for everyone.
The Lamb Man!’ is a stall that focuses on, erm… lamb. Choose from a lamb burger, lamb salad, lamb ciabatta or lamb rack.  All meat comes from Pofadder and is slow-cooked to perfection. Why the obsession with lamb? The simple answer from the man behind it all:  “I come from the Karoo, I grew up with lamb”. Well, there you have it.
Adjacent to The Lamb Man is ‘Buddy’s Empire’, an inspirational all-vegetarian stall.  After being diagnosed with lymphatic cancer at a young age ‘founding buddy’ Just James went on a health-kick.  With the help of ‘real food’, James won the battle against his cancer – and went on to create this range of health-boosting buddies.  Gourmet Vegetable Burgers are their signature dish, along with a range of ‘real food’ products such as macadamia nut butter (which is on sale at the market).  “Buddy’s brings flexitarianism to the people – be flexible with your food”, encourages James, elbow-deep in all things lovely and lentil-like.
The Kitchen Cowboys’ live up to their name by carving through handsome cuts of sirloin beef and serving up super spicy Vindaloo Pies.  For more spicy dishes, try the ‘Cape Malay Kitchen’, specialising in curries and samoosas.
And, if you like to divert some of your attention towards drinking, the bar is fully stocked with beautiful South African wines (from the Cape Point Vineyards), delicious cider and beer.  Pair a glass of wine with one of ‘Imhoff’s Cheeses’ (try their wild Fynbos Philly) or stop by ‘Village Sushi’ for some fresh salmon sashimi.
The Pastry Chefs’, a mother and daughter collaboration, should satisfy your sugary wishes with their Chocolate Mousse Gateaux and handcrafted cakes. Alternatively, temptations at ‘Tada!’ come in the form of decadently layered crepes. This stall is run by duo Alex and Greg whose years of experience working at German Christmas Markets is evident in their flavours and technique. Try their specialty crepe -fudge, almond and banana…yum.
Trestle tables which can each seat from eight to ten are set up outside (come early if you want to claim one), otherwise bring a blanket and perch on the lush lawns overlooking the vineyard dam (which is just as lovely).
From sunset to starlight, cheeses to chocolate and tapas to tipsy, there is something for everyone at the Noordhoek Community Market – a highly recommendable evening for all.

Noordhoek Community Market – Details:

Where: Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek
When: Every Thursday from 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost: Entry is free.
Kid-friendly: Definitely!
Dog-friendly: No
Contact: +27 21 789 0900
This guest post was written by Tarn de Villiers, a well-travelled lifestyle journalist who still finds Cape Town the most inspiring place to write about.

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