Eatsplorer experiences comes to the market with an exciting collaboration seeing Oranjezicht City Farm Market and Eatsplorer joining hands to bring you awesome foodie experiences in the heart of the buzzing market, and beyond!

There is nothing that motivates all of us at Eatsplorer more than discovering the best food and drink experiences and championing those folk whose good work brings great food and drink to the table. So when Sheryl Ozinsky, co-founder of Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) suggested working together and adding some experiences to their market’s incredible offering, we were all in.

What started out as a small produce market to help offset the costs of running the OZCF – an historic inner-city urban vegetable garden – has boomed into a weekly Saturday institution for Capetonians. Every Saturday between 08.30 am and 2 pm, the V&A Waterfront’s Granger Bay site comes alive. The market has become a must-do stop on locals’ weekly itinerary, not only for the quality produce, amazing food stalls and convivial atmosphere, but for the fact that it’s a place with a whole lot of heart.

Now the market will host a wide range of fun and informative food-centric experiences once a month throughout the year, led by a rotating lineup of food and drinks experts. The first of these experiences take place at the market on Saturday 23rd of December 2017 featuring a master-class by wild food specialist Roushanna Gray of Veld and Sea (for kids and adults) and a mushroom cultivation workshop by Cape Town’s original Mushroom Fundi Gary Goldman. Make a point of planning your festive season market visits around these!

Eatsplorer experiences at the market:

Edible flower and wild herb master class for big and small with Roushanna Gray

Taking a walk on the wild side has never been more delicious thanks to Roushanna Gray of Veld and Sea, Cape Town’s own wild food whisperer. Roushanna is as good a guide as you’ll get. She worked at a nursery specialising in indigenous plants, and spent the past nine years experimenting with the flavours of Cape Town’s indigenous edibles. Join Roushanna for a summer inspired floral experience perfect for young and old.

Kids wild and edible flower cupcake decorating workshop

Shop for all your festive celebration goodies at the market whilst your little one learns about foraging and has some fun with wild flowers. Each child gets to create a flower crown and decorate a lavender cupcake with edible flowers, wild herbs and flower petals.

Time: 10h00

Duration: 1 hour

Schedule: Saturday, 23 December 2017

Price: R200 per child (max 15 children) Age group (5-12)

Edible flower and wild herb workshop (for adults)

Discover the delights of edible flowers and wild herbs. You will begin with an overview of a rainbow selection of flowers and herbs, with hints and tips on how to incorporate them into your culinary adventures. This will be followed by making your own blossom infused vinaigrette and a herbal and floral honey to enhance your cooking, cocktails and tea time. Recipes and a plant list included. There will also be a small range of wild crafted floral gifts on sale.

Time: 12h00

Duration: 1.5 hours

Schedule: Saturday, 23 December 2017

Price: R550 per adult (max 10 people)

Oyster mushroom cultivation workshop with Gary Goldman

Sure, you could pick up some mushrooms at the market, but doesn’t it sound a whole lot cooler to learn how to grow the fabulous fungi yourself? With 15 years experience foraging for and cultivating edible mushrooms, you better believe Gary Goldman is the guy to show you how it’s done. Just imagine the bragging rights at your next dinner party: “Oh these? I grew them, actually. No big deal.”

Folks that are all about minimum fuss and instant gratification will be all over this oyster mushroom growing tutorial. Gary will explain all about the cultivated mushroom life cycle and demonstrate how to cultivate the creamy white, delicate beauties directly on cardboard and straw, where they’ll be ready for the picking in less than a month. Following this practical workshop that include all substrates, spawn and tools required for workshop, each participant gets to take home the prepared kit to watch growth over the next few weeks. And of course gets to feast on the fruits of their labour!

Time: 11h00

Duration: 1.15 Hour

Schedule: Saturday, 23 December 2017

Price: R295 per adult (max 15 people)

Important Information

  • Minimum of 5 people for the mushroom cultivation workshop to go ahead
  • Minimum of 4 people for the edible flower and wild herb workshop to go ahead
  • Minimum of 6 children for the kids wild and edible flower workshop to go ahead
  • Please arrive at the allocated time
  • Be sure to supply any dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Bookings close on the 21st of December 2017


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