The Stanford Sunset Market is an old favourite in the village of Stanford, and always makes for a fabulous night out, great showcase of local produce, and downright lekker local bash where good food, drinks, produce, gifts, ideas, tunes and people get to hang out and watch the sun set. The Market Square in Stanford is sometimes affectionately referred to as the Village Green by those who love Sunday cricket matches and wild flowers that make it look like a meadow; official municipal maps call it the Markplein and the proud Afrikaner heritage of the town lends itself to the direct translation of ‘Market Square’ but either way, it is the open outdoors and big sky that makes this particular market such a success. You can walk to the Stanford Sunset Market from any direction in Stanford, and spread out as much as you like as kids make for the historic ‘leivoor’ system that runs along the boundary with the old stone church to find frogs. Browse the local produce, strike up a conversation with someone you know, or someone new, make yourself comfortable with something nourishing for your belly, support the local wine route and brewery, sit back on the lawn and enjoy the local beats as the clouds turn pink. Everyone is welcome and everyone welcomes the weekend together. Parking is free. Hanging out is free. Having a good time and supporting local producers is priceless.
Recipe for a good time at the Sunset Market
1 basket from home to stash local goodies including loaves, cheese, preserves, bakes, etc.
1 deckchair for weary working-week bodies
1 facemask (for Covid19 fashion purposes, and social distancing)
1 camping mug (for local beverage; or hire a wine or beer glass)
1 warm top/ blanky for after the sun goes down
1 sun hat for before the sun goes down
1 tupperware to take home scrumptious local bakes and food for weekend of R&R
1 sunny disposition
1 purse containing pocket money to spoil yourself, as well as a local vendor
Leave your work and worries at home. Arrive in good time to find the perfect spot and fill your cup early before having to queue. Browse through all market vendors. Repeat browsing in reverse and purchase something you’ve not tasted before. Chat to a vendor. Find out about local goods. Swap contact details with someone cool. Choose something hot and spicy for dinner. Choose something sweet and buttery for pudding. Stock up with enough good stuff for the weekend. Chill out with new friends. Call it a night.