• If you’ve ever thought that halaal food is limited to samoosas, bobotie, and biryani, prepare to be pleasantly surprised! The upcoming HalaalGoods Market (HGM) will change South Africans’ perception of halaal food. From Bao Buns to  Korean kimchi, mouthwatering smashburgers to fried ice cream, and from baklava to delectable nutella chapatis, South Africa’s first artisanal halaal food and design market is redefining the halaal experience.

    Halaal Goods Market
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    Beyond food, it showcases locally made clothing, offers kids’ craft play areas, and even features a comedy show as part of its vibrant lineup. According to HGM founder Fehmida Jordaan, “HGM represents and celebrates the diversity of Muslim communities in South Africa and around the world.”

    Jordaan takes pride in the market’s inclusivity, welcoming people from all cultures and religions. HGM boasts a curated selection of culturally diverse vendors from across South Africa, with over half of them being female-owned businesses. While the market adheres to an Islamic ethos, it’s open to enthusiastic foodies of all backgrounds. The market is family-friendly, featuring ample seating areas, entertaining comedy shows suitable for families, engaging kids’ craft activities, and a dedicated play space for tweens and teens, complete with arcade games and foosball.

    Halaal Goods Market
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    Inspired by both local artisanal markets and the global street-food scene, HGM was founded by Jordaan six years ago. Jordaan’s primary goal is to champion and uplift small, distinctive local businesses and a diverse range of halaal food establishments. As she puts it, “These businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, providing employment opportunities.”

    So, if you’re seeking a place to hang out, dig into delectable food, and show your support for small businesses, mark your calendar for the HalaalGoods Market on September 30th and October 1st. The event will take place at The Fox Junction Event Venue, located at 1 Fox Precinct, 14 Alexander Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg.

    Halaal Goods Market
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    Event details:

    Saturday 30 September: 10am – 11pm (Comedy show starts at 7.30pm featuring Goliath and Goliath)

    Sunday 1 October: 10am – 6pm

    Entry: R30 per day. Children under 12 are free. (Tickets on sale online and at the door)

    Venue: The Fox Junction Event Venue, Johannesburg

    Find then online:

    Website: www.halaalgoodsmarket.co.za

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/HalaalGoodsMarket

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/HalaalGoodsMarket

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