Ten years of festive ideas

The Festive Ideas market turns ten this year with a celebration of exhibitors that will remind visitors of the splendor of a traditional bazaar.  Organisers have gathered the most innovative, hand-crafted items that will add sophistication and fun to any festive occasion.

During this unique market from Wednesday, 24 October, to Sunday, 28 October, the elegant Simondium’s Country Lodge will be transformed into a shopper’s paradise.  Find festive inspiration for your table, house and garden – and of course plenty of brilliant gift ideas – at this year’s market.

Festive Ideas will see the return of many beloved exhibitors, but will also bring some fresh new merchandise to make gift shopping even easier.  Add a floral influence to your wardrobe with fabulous linen clothing inspired by South African indigenous flowers from Hugo Flear’s latest collection. If you need of a touch of bling, Suikerbos will delight with their exquisite brass and stainless steel jewellery.

Brighten up your festive table or surprise a friend with a unique gift of incredible handmade glassware from Fanglasstic.  The product range is decorative, yet highly functional and includes small condiment bowls, platters, and dishes of various designs and sizes.  Add some sparkle to any celebration with beautiful copper wire lights from Neat Things.

Another new addition to this year’s market is Threadsthatbindus with their selection of beautiful soft furnishings, embroidered cotton and linen napkins, tea towels, table cloths, cotton shopping bags, pouches and scarfs.  Pamper yourself, family and friends with natural lavender products from Cannettevallei Lavender such as pure essential oils, a range of bio-degradable and natural soaps, lavender sachets and edible lavender.

The deli will remind you of your grandmother’s goodie-filled pantry and solve a lot of festive foodie challenges with delectable treats for stockings fillers, holiday treats and yummy nibbles.  Chef Mynhardt Joubert is once again baking some luscious Christmas fruit cakes that are culinary showpieces for your festive table.  Spice up your menu with delicious sauces from Miss J L Hall’s Worcester Sauces or ask them to make up a gift bag as special hostess gifts.

The market will be open daily from 09h00 to 16h30 from Wednesday till Saturday, but will close at 15h00 on Sunday.  Entry tickets are available at the entrance at R40 per adult.  Free entry for children under 18.  Ample, secure parking is available.  Simondium’s Country Lodge is conveniently located between Paarl and Franschhoek and easily accessible via the N1 highway only 60km from Cape Town and a quick 15km from Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass.

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