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Christmas will be celebrated in true South African style at the Stellenbosch Slow Market this year on Friday, 02 December and Saturday, 03 December 2016. True to our culture, visitors can expect to enjoy a traditional South African braai, unique local gifts and so much more!

And who better than Jean Nel, author of three South African braai books: Braai, The Beloved Country, Cooking with Gas and his latest More Braaied the Beloved Country, to ensure that everyone attending enjoys the best that South African cuisine has to offer?

While doing your Christmas shopping, you can expect Jean (who has a stall Flamed at the Stellenbosch Slow Market) to prepare braaied plates of food at a price of R70 per person. Meal plates will include chops, braaied sausage or chicken, ‘braaibroodjies’, corn on the cob and ‘pap and sous’.

Perfectly complementing his delicious meals will be another South African tradition – trifle – to end off a perfect meal, ensuring that family and friends are spirited in the mood of the festive season. Craft beers as only South Africans can produce will also be on offer to accompany the country’s favourite cuisine.Then of course, there are a range original gifts on offer for you to shop early for the season, ensuring that your loved ones can expect a thoughtful gift not available elsewhere. These will range from luxury American fudges, Italian nougat, Cape Malay curries, Sterling sliver jewelry, wire art, leather bags, cheeses, Gingerbread houses, artisan home décor, 100% raw organic chocolate, Biltong, handmade clothing, German Christmas biscuits and so much more.

Says Gail Blake, owner of the Stellenbosch Slow Market: “While the rest of the world is suffering with freezing temperatures and snow, what better way to enjoy Christmas than what only South Africa can offer – glorious weather and sunshine, and the perfect conditions to celebrate our unique heritage? Who wants to enjoy a white Christmas when we’ve got the opportunity to celebrate it together under the glorious African sun?”

Christmas lights will turn the Stellenbosch Slow Market into a fairyland and children of all ages can expect Father Christmas to make an appearance for some photo opportunities and “whispers into his ears for what they are wishing for this Christmas”.

This is one Christmas event you don’t want to miss!

DATE:              Friday, 02 December 2016

TIME:              17:00 – 20:00

DATE:              Saturday, 03 December 2016

TIME:              09:00 – 14:00

LOCATION:      Oude Libertas Estate, Stellenbosch

ADDRESS:       Corner of Oude Libertas Street and Adam Tas Street, Stellenbosch

ENTRY:                        Free

There is no entry fee to the market and ample parking is available. For more information, visit, call + 27 21 886 8514 or send an email to

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