Josi Salvadori and Palesa Makam
On a chilly Sunday morning, families and students from Grahamstown flocked to the third SupUrban Market day of the year, held at The Provost Café just off of the Rhodes University campus on Lucas Avenue. It was a special day not only for stall holders but for market-goers as well, celebrating Mother’s day, explaining why the market had moved from its usual Saturday time slot, to Sunday, making it the perfect occasion for families to gather, grab some food and spoil their moms.
This monthly pop-up market focuses on showcasing the talents of local creatives in Grahamstown, as well as exposing different places around the city (each month the market is held at a different venue around the town). Philippa Irvine, store owner of ‘Cape Fox’ and a market organiser had this to say about the event: “This market is aimed at showing off the beautiful geographical area that we live in. All the proceeds that we collect from stall holders actually go to the venues themselves.”
On this particular day, the wind was in full force, but as members of the public sipped on their warm Provost Cappuccinos and browsed through stalls like ‘Rosie Toes’, ‘G-Town Gems’ and ‘Castim Furniture’ the sun decided to pop through on numerous occasions defrosting numbing fingers. “This is the perfect Sunday family event,” a local SupUrban market-goer commented. “Not only is it great for the kids, but there is live music and yummy food too.”
From Boerewors rolls, bunny chow and curries to sweet delights such as Coconut-Ice and chocolate chip cookies, the market had lots to offer in order to fill up bellies. There were a number of live music acts at the market creating an easy, laid back vibe. Philippa stated that in order to perform at the monthly market, all you have to do is get out there: “We find these musicians through word of mouth, so anyone is welcome really.” So next time you are in the area and happen to hear about this cool and contemporary market, pop in, spoil yourself and show a bit of local support.