pink gin, flowers and fudge

And friends… that is honestly all I want in life. Seriously, its life living dangerously.  The colours, the tastes and the beautiful blooms of fynbos. Simply delicious.

We spent 4 hours in at the Elgin Railway Market.

I’ve been to many markets all over the world and can literally rate them all right now, but I have to say that this market has hit my top spot list.  The Grand Bazaar in Turkey is also up there, as well as the night market in Chaing Mai.  And Old Dehli City Spice Market is very dear to my heart, but when you are travelling you can’t be guaranteed in having a good tummy after eating market food.  But Elgin Railway Market is the business.

It is a day event, pack your friends, family in a big car with a designated driver, bring your children, bring your wallets and credit cards (they accept cards.. ) and go and spend a few hours in this beautiful Elgin Valley.  Sip on Musgrave Gin or Six Dogs Gin, many craft beers to choose from, fresh juices and then pick your way through the most gourmet upmarket food, I have experienced at a Market.

Once in the venue, market visitors can choose from food vendors purveying everything from fragrant curries (The Curry Pot), to schwarmas (Ardi’s), pizza (Corlie’s Italian Kitchen) and ribs and burgers from The Station Grill. Sample Mexican dishes from El Sombrero and pies, tarts and quiches from Pudding and Pie or cheeses, breads, dips, pates and dolmades from Corne s Deli Delights.
Health conscious treats include fresh juices (Splashh smoothies) and low carb breads with various fillings from Le Food. Ella’s Elgin Farm Foods offers local items such jaffels, vetkoek, pancakes and a soup of the day. Visitors can also stop in for a snack from biltong stall Sud-Wes.

Sweets treats are abundant, including home-made cakes from Flour+Love and ice-cream and waffles-on-a-stick from #Rollin.   A bar serves local wines, beer and cider and L-Gin, an artisanal gin bar serves up local craft gins.  Ground Central Coffee serves home ground brews and roastery Pater Tom offers flavoursome beans whilst the upstairs wine shop, Sovinho stocks excellent Overberg wines.

A variety of retail offerings can be found on the mezzanine and ground floor with jewellery from Ruby Rose and Shelley Taylor Designs, leather goods from Lotus Leather, classic clothing and oddities from Vintage Salvage, pottery from The Potter at Almenkerk at HandMaiden Crafts, wooden pieces from JAC Wood Crafts and Valley Woodworms Project. Visitors can also grab fresh cut flowers from Oak Valley on the way out.

Elgin Railway Market is the brainchild of businessman Roger Orpen, who converted the old apple warehouse into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors, live music and a gateway to the beautiful Overberg town. Inspired by the barn’s railway-side setting, Orpen took his creative cues from the invention of steam and the industrial age, milestones accompanied by the rapid development of rail networks across the world. Creating a beautiful space where art deco meets Victorian, the Market is unlike any other in South Africa.

You have a choice of almost everything. And after your lunch or breakfast settles you hit the stalls again for dessert. Or a chunk of fudge.  Or a perfectly baked macaroon.

I highly recommend this market to everyone.  Just do it, and do it soon.  Only open on Saturdays and Sundays, so pick a date.  You will go back again and again!

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