CHRISTMAS WISHES COME TRUE AT FESTIVE IDEAS
This year, the annual Festive Ideas market is set to make any festive wish come true as organiser Wilna Rabe has compiled her personal wish list and added some exciting new exhibitors for finding that perfect gift for friends and family.
The market, which runs from Wednesday, 25 October, till Sunday, 29 October, will be a treasure trove of original and hand-crafted items for your home, garden, wardrobe and some luxurious treats. Festive Ideas is definitely getting into an organic mood with the famed Peacock Palace packed with organic touches, gorgeous greenery and plants and recycled beauties.
Give your interior and exterior spaces a water-wise makeover with stunning hanging plants, beautiful succulents from The Little Fat Plant, green sculptures from Andreas Topiaries, botanical art from William Schlechter, concrete planters from Simply in Concrete as well as Enamel @Simondium Country Lodge. If you want to put your green fingers to the test, try some of the amazing Super Sprout products, which come in handy slabs ready with heirloom herbs and vegetable seeds. Other exhibitors include exquisite home-made fashion, indulgent linens, beautifully fashioned pendants and leather bags as well as hand-crafted jewellery.
The deli will solve all your pantry problems for the holiday season with delectable homemade goodies ranging from cookies and biscuits, fudge and brittle, preserves to natural sweetness from Darling Sweet and Darling Honey, traditional biltong and of course chef Mynhard Joubert’s incredible Christmas cakes. If deli shopping has built up an appetite, try some delicious bites from the food trucks, a cuppa from the Colony Coffee station, a glass or two from the wine bar or a refreshing Wow Yummy Juice and delicious Italian ice cream.
The gorgeous gardens offer a relaxed respite between shopping with a dedicated children’s play area. Ample and secure parking is available. Entry is R30 per adult with kids under 18 entering for free. Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 09h00-17h00, but closing at 15h00 on Sunday. The Simondium’s Country Lodge is easily accessible on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek, only 60km from the Cape Town central, 13 km from the Klapmuts turn-off and a quick 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass.