The Upper Highway region to the west of Durban is something of a market goer’s Mecca. Well established, open-air markets like Shongweni and Bellevue have become an institution among locals, as well as foodies from afar. And now comes another that’s destined to be a favourite – the new Twilight Market that’s held every Friday night on the golf course at Kloof Country Club. The picturesque setting under giant trees alongside the fairway; a live band that changes every week; traditional country club meals; children’s entertainment and a magical atmosphere make the Twilight Market more a happening under the stars than just a shopping venue. Make no mistake though, the shopping is first class. Stalls often vary from week to week, but the emphasis on high standards and authentic artisanal products crafted by local entrepreneurs remain.
We loved Le Petit Four’s yummy little quiches that we ate while watching the lively performance by Durban three-piece band, The Subway Run. Tempting too are Charmaine’s delicious biryani and other Indian savouries – a true taste of Durban! It was a warm evening and so the craft beers from Basset Breweries went down a treat. It was time for something sweet, so we headed straight to Namelaka Designer Desserts. Pastry chef Sandy Gomezcoello, who is originally from Ecuador, creates dinky lemon meringues, cheesecakes, chocolate brownies and other wicked delectables that must be among the prettiest you could hope to buy. It was almost a shame to eat them. But eat them we did, pairing them with the very good coffee poured in the back of The Wandering Bean’s van.
Our appetites satisfied, we toured the rest of the stalls, all of them offering unique wares. We pored over the gorgeous, nature-inspired sterling silver jewellery created by goldsmith Elaine Kool of Kool-Kulture. Iron Age’s extraordinary industrial-chic lamps intrigued us. Honey liqueur, home-made chilli relish, olive products, cold-brewed coffee which, we were told, is the latest trend in coffee culture, and R1 cupcakes were some of our other favourite things to buy. Naturally, a market with the sky as its roof is subject to the vagaries of the climate. If rain is forecast, the management team and traders will take an early decision and advise on the market’s Facebook page when events are off. In winter, temperatures plummet after dark in Kloof, but the market goes ahead and everyone dresses up against the chill, warming themselves further by dancing to the band.
By Andrea Abbott