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Posted on: Monday, 3 June 2013

The Food Market in Durban

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If there is anything I love its discovering a new market. I relocated to KwaZulu Natal from Cape Town almost a year ago and in the Mother City one is, well, spoilt for choice when it comes to markets. I mean the Earth Fair Market and the Blue Bird Market are within 10 kms of each other and they happen three times a week! Nevertheless, Durban and Ballito are not far behind when it comes to quality and range of traders and produce.

I joined friends at the end of last month at The Food Market in Durban which takes place on the last Saturday of every month at the Hellenic Centre in Durban North. This market has won, for the third year in a row, the 2012 Eat in Award for the Best Market in the Eastern Region – a well deserved award indeed.

I have been known to go a bit mad at a market and have had to learn, over the years to curb my enthusiasm so I don’t spend our monthly food budget in a few short hours! I naively thought R150 would be enough to buy what I wanted to – how wrong I was … R350 was the damage at the end of the morning!

There were just so many delicious things to try, from the selection of fresh veges beautifully displayed at the entrance to the hall, to the jars of honey, the fresh samoosas, the homemade, egg free mayonnaise, the huge bowls of plump, juicy olives and of course the Eat Greek stall offering tubs of marinated brinjal, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, real Greek yogurt, packets of aubergine chips and hummus to name but a few.

 

The Food Market

 

There are also stalls selling clothes, beaded tableware and books. These stalls are located just outside the main hall where the majority of the food stalls can be found.

There is ample seating outside – waiters are available to take orders for tea or coffee.

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Market dates for the next two months are June 29th and July 27th. The market is open from 08h00 to 13h00 and you’ll find the market at the Hellenic Community Centre – 6 High Grove, Durban North.

Helen Rushton

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After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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2 comments about The Food Market in Durban
  1. June 3rd, 2013 at 12:42
    Michelle says:

    I love food markets, there are always so many great bits and pieces you can get and fantastic new products to try! this sounds like one not to be missed.

  2. June 4th, 2013 at 14:32
    Helen says:

    Ive been to this market and yes, its a great one to try!