Markets in the Bay

  • 01 August 2017 | By Kerryn Botha

Local markets have definitely entrenched themselves in Port Elizabethan culture, but with more and more popping up, it’s hard to keep up with where and when everything is happening. Nothing a little market guide can’t easily set straight, so grab a cup of tea or coffee, whatever your preference and get your diary out. It’s time to fill in all your market excursions for the month.


The itinerary commences this evening, the 2nd of August at the Old Grey Sports Club with The Back to Earth Night Market at 5pm. The Back to Earth Night Market takes place on the first Wednesday evening of the month so if this market nestles its way into your heart, feel free to pencil it in, in advance. The market is the perfect midweek break. With food trucks and stores, I suggest coming hungry, grabbing a nibble and mossing through the arts and craft stores. It is clearly evident that Nelson Mandela Bay is brimming with talent and this market is providing a wonderful platform for us all to support local. There will also be live entertainment from the dynamic acoustic duo, Letters from Jane.



Next up on the list, The Food Shed at the Sherwood Garden Centre this Friday the 4th of August. Please tell me you haven’t forgotten about this one! It was one of the first markets to be established and it’s still going strong 7 years later, so if you haven’t been there in a while, be sure to pay them a visit and enjoy a Friday night out with family, friends and food. A formidable combination wouldn’t you say? Don’t forget, your R20.00 entrance. Doors open at 5pm.



It’s going to be an extra busy weekend for the market goers, because the very next day, Saturday the 5th of August is the beloved Valley Market and this month, they’re shaking things up a bit by incorporating The Valley Run. The run starts at 8am on Valley Road at the Crossfit Box (parking available on the grass area) and it ends at the Valley Market at the Tramways building. There is a R20.00 race entry fee, but you get a free entry into the market and a free cappuccino. It’s an easy 5km trail run, so even if you’re not a fitness fanatic, it makes for the perfect start to the morning and will certainly help you build up a healthy appetite for the market. Children under the age of 12 run for free. Never fear though, if you really aren’t eager for a 5km run through the picturesque valley, simply make your way directly to the market and we’ll meet you there.



Take a deep breath and breathe a sigh of relief as you get just a little bit of breathing room till the next market on the 13th of August. Foodies, you don’t want to miss this one. It’s Baakens Food Truck Friday, but be warned… the 13th is a Sunday, so don’t miss it because you headed down on the wrong day. This truly has to be one of the most festive markets in the bay at present with a stellar line up of live artists that change from event to event. Entertainment for the kiddies and some scrumptious food from Nelson Mandela Bay’s ever expanding fleet of food trucks. A wonderful outing for the whole family.



Then we have another midweek haven- The Goodnight Market which happens on a selected Thursday of every month (keep an eye on their social media for future dates). This month it will be on the 17th of August. I don’t know about you, but come Thursday I’m usually absolutely knackered and not eager to be slaving away in my kitchen, so when The Goodnight Market comes round, I’m only too happy to gather up my loved ones and head down to the market for some delicious food. It’s a R20.00 entrance fee and the doors open at 5pm. It’s in the gorgeous Tramways building, which I was concerned would be a bit chilly in Winter, but it’s been anything but. Cosy comfort food with family and friends. Perfection.  



The Re-Second’s Market, you name it they’ve got it. Prepare yourself, here comes the list… new and old everything. Clothing, food stalls, fresh produce, lifestyle products, gently worn vintage clothes, pre-loved home dècor and furniture, antique collectables and jewellery. It’s on the 27th of August at the Walmer Town Hall from 9am-2pm.



I know there must be more markets in the Bay and even though I haven’t visited it yet, I’ve heard only good things about the Van Stadens Farmers Market. What other markets does the Bay have up it’s sleeve? Comment below and tell us.
For more scrumptious foodie friendly ideas have a look at all the things to do and see in and around the Bay or pick up a Nelson Mandela Bay Pass Card and treat yourself and your loved ones to a Port Elizabeth Beer Tour or a gourmet picnic at Thunzi Bush Lodge.
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