Is your weekend excursion list looking a bit sad now that winter has crept into the bones? Well, believe it or not – markets are busier than ever, especially if the sun is shining, regardless of the wind chill factor!And what better way to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday, than eating and drinking seriously yummy home-made nosh in a valley surrounded by mountains and vineyards?
For what seems like ages, I have heard rumours about the Root 44 market in Stellenbosch…and just recently did we decide to venture a little further than normal and give it a try. Root 44 prides itself on being an all-weather market, and for a chilly winters’ day it certainly hived and hummed…and although it took some time to find an indoor table with a view of the many kiddies play place options – we eventually did, and parked ourselves off for the rest of the day, partaking in as many of the tasty treats on offer that we could manage.
Falafels, pizzas, ribs, vegetarian, wraps, schwarmas, mini doughnuts….you name it – Route 44 has it! And plenty of Audacia wine and craft beer on tap to appease the palette and do a sufficient job of warming up the coldest of souls!
Choose from the many dining spaces available, indoors and out, some set in the trees, others in view of live music and entertainment or flanking bustling playgrounds. Order your drinks from one of the many rustic bars complete with friendly staff and decent glassware (R20 deposit is required per glass – refundable of course), then, scour the food section for exactly your flavour fancy for the day…
Lastly, walk off your indulgences, through the indoor home ware and clothing market packed with local arts and crafts (large and small)…or spend some time with the kiddies in the indoor “adventure” section boasting a mini putt-putt range amongst other kiddie delights.
Truly a family-friendly market, you’ll find Root 44 opposite the giant strawberry along the R44 between Somerset West and Stellies – open every Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00 – be sure to don your wellies and head out for a memorable frolic in the vineyards.
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.
For more info, visit: http://www.root44.co.za/about.html
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