Durban’s latest market is the answer to the prayers of Durban foodies as it is dedicated entirely to locally produced edible goods. The Food Market happens every Saturday at the Hellenic Cultural Centre in Umgeni Park and is a gourmet’s delight with goodies of every culinary variety on offer: truffle oil, fresh trout, pate, homemade oxtail pies, preserves, cupcakes, chocolate salami, cheese and fresh fruit and veggies.
The Food Market is the collaborative brainchild of several well-known Durbanites: Nick Papadopoulos of Eat Greek on Broadway fame, his business partner, chef Eric Edwards, PR Whizz Emma Dunk and Hospitality Consultant Karen Brokensha. With the collective know-how of such an experienced group, the Food Market was certain to be a success, which it has proved to be.
As it is indoors, the market runs come hail or humidity. There are both indoor and outdoor tea gardens and with the mouth-watering goodies on offer, it’s likely you will need to sit and sample some of your shopping.
Dolce chocolate desserts are a sort of chocolate salami, which is a real sweet treat. If you feel you need a meal before the dessert, though, there is plenty to choose from to eat there or take home: smoked trout, duck liver pate, oxtail pies, calamari, venison, sushi, bread, cheese, clamari, roast beef and more. If chocolate is not your idea of delightful dessert, there are several baked goodies on offer as well.
One of the more novel stands is Truffles of Africa. Produced in Underburg, you can buy truffle oil, truffle mayonnaise or truffle cream cheese, all rich and delicious. The company also sells the actual truffles and trees injected with the spores of the truffles so you can harvest your own truffles at home.
The Food Market is fun, colourful and full of things you won’t be able to resist taking home so make your way to the Hellenic Community Centre on the last Saturday of the month.
More info at www.thefoodmarket.co.za.