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Established more than two decades ago, the Cape Town Summer Market will again provide a fun evening out for the whole family. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, will officially open the Cape Town Summer Market in the Company’s Garden on Wednesday, 19 December 2018.

It is a family event where the young and old can enjoy live entertainment and delicious food as well as buy a variety of crafts and clothing from the vendors who have been invited to trade at the market.

‘This year, residents and tourists will be spoilt for choice with about 150 stalls at the market selling a range of crafts, food, toys, novelties and clothing items. The City’s Summer Market provides economic opportunities for our residents, especially those who trade to make a living, and I would love to see the traders growing their businesses and in turn further contributing towards job creation,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

The Cape Town Summer Market has a variety of exciting new additions this year including a mini amusement park with rides for toddlers and teenagers as well as a wellness zone where patrons can enjoy an assortment of pampering sessions. This year also includes a food truck competition where three contestants eat a mega-meal onstage with the winner receiving R250 cash for consuming the meal the fastest. Five different food trucks will take turns presenting their dishes over five days, between 19 – 23 December.

The City of Cape Town has been hosting the event for the past twenty years to support the local economy and to offer a platform where families can enjoy a fun evening out in a safe environment.

The Cape Town Summer Market is also an opportunity for upcoming music artists to showcase their talent via the Summer Star competition where they stand a chance of walking away with R30 000 worth of prizes including R10 000 in cash and funding towards producing their first single.

Following auditions last week, the top sixteen performers have been chosen to perform their songs for the crowd on stage at the Company’s Garden and the judges will decide on the winner on 23 December.

Judges for the competition include Heart FM’s Denver Apolis, artist/producer Chad Saaiman, music producer Aki Khan, event organiser Theo Koopman, singer Jarrad Ricketts and Cape Argus Live Editor Lance Witten.

‘As an opportunity city, we are aware that we have an abundance of undiscovered talent in Cape Town and Event Management wants to assist them kick-start their music careers.

‘This competition is about uplifting and changing someone’s life. It is about creating stars and creating opportunities for these stars,’ said City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.

Interest in the Cape Town Summer Market has grown over the years with scores of people also enjoying picnics on the grass.

The attendance at last year’s event was approximately 70 000 over a period of seven days, with an average of 10 000 people a day.

The market runs daily from 18:00 to 23:00 from 19 – 23 December 2018.

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