Apart from the world-class retail, arts and craft and food offerings, the market has become a massive destination in Cape Town for those looking for fun, entertaining events and live music. “Our patrons love our wine and gin tastings, drag shows and open mics nights,” Fiona explains. “We have also partnered with community-based organisations and NGOs for awareness days, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as environmental clean-up projects for the surrounding area and we’re actively involved in supporting local Hout Bay charity events like the Intle Art Youth Project Rainbow Walkway.”
Today, even after 11 years as one of Cape Town’s most beloved markets, the Bay Harbour Market is still high on the list of things to do when a Hout Bay resident receives an out-of-town visitor, one of the go-to destinations for tour guides or when locals want to take part in events within the Hout Bay community.
And the fact that the market was able to keep its doors open throughout the pandemic is a testament to the loyal support it receives from its patrons, traders, staff and service providers. “We are forever grateful,” adds Fiona. “These 11 years could have only been possible because of all of them and it showed us what we are capable of when we work together supporting each other.”
And, it’s just getting started with the forecast for 2022 looking bright. Fiona says the numbers of visitors have been steadily increasing since the start of the year and the market has excitedly been welcoming back overseas guests.
Be sure to toast the market on an amazing 11 years by visiting some of the 100 plus stalls that call Bay Harbour Market home, including traders who have been with them since its inception like Afri-Chic, Swing, Mint, Vinyl Brian, Tao’s Chinese Kitchen, Letters in Stone and Lovelings to name a few.
And, visitors can follow Bay Harbour Market on social media and visit the website for more information on upcoming events like their fabulous wine and gin tastings, as well as upcoming Drag Act shows, live music and Open Mic nights.
Here’s to another 11 years of South African creativity, culture and kos – all under one roof!
Celebrate with the market while supporting SMEs and local tourism by visiting on Friday from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm.
For more information about the traders and what they have to offer, please do visit Bay Harbour Market on https://bayharbour.co.za/ and follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour, Twitter https://twitter.com/bayharbourmkt and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bayharbourmarket/.