By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
WHEN the evening air is nippy and one feels pins and needles in their feet, it takes a considerable amount of persuasion to do anything, let alone leave the house.
However, with the Windhoek City Market’s recent night market titled ‘Wine Not?’ many of the patrons did not need much persuasion as it promised to be a boozy affair.
The night market which was hosted at The Village in Eros, saw over 1 300 people attend it and enjoy products from various vendors, most notably wine vendors. The vendors included private individuals who produced goods as a hobby and agents for large retailers.
Products for sale ranged from handcrafted accessories, eye-wear made in Namibia, homemade foods and wine pairing stalls were revellers had the option of pairing their wines with cheeses, sea food such as oysters and other delicacies.
Upon entry, would-be wine connoisseurs received wine glasses and complementary Lindt chocolates and were sent on their marry way to a winey adventure.
The family friendly market saw both young and old flock to it, so much so there was hardly any room to move, but no-one seemed affected by it as they were all in high spirits.
Among the vendors was chocolatier Albert Viljoen who has been creating his chocolaty treats for the past two decades. However like half of the vendors there, his creations were merely a hobby and the market was the best way to share them with the rest of the world.
“Our expectations for this specific Wine Not market, was to create an awesome wine tasting experience together with the Lindt chocolates. We wanted to create an environment where young and old can get together and enjoy an evening together and be exposed to truly Namibian cuisine, food and culture. We feel that we met this expectation and would love to continue creating an environment like this for many years to come,” Nerine Uys, the founder of WCM said.
Uys and her husband founded the market, which is held every two weeks, when they moved to Namibia in 2014 having noticed a gap for a market such as theirs. The market’s venue alternates between The Village and United Sport Grounds.
Although the market is always well attended, Uys said that they had noticed a slight increase in attendees since moving it to The Village.
“We have a great relationship with The Village; we have bigger plans with them to create a bigger space. Very exciting things will happen in the not too distant future. We will stay with The Village and keep our focus on the things happening at there, as well as implement more special and unique events,” an excited Uys said.
The fact that the market starts operating at night means that anyone can attend it as it will be after working hours, without the worries of trying to beat traffic after work or hoping that the shops do not close before they get everything they need to buy.
Uys also noted that the success and strength of their market lies in knowing that there are always always challenges at events like these, but understanding that no challenge is too big not to manage. She stressed that for every challenge there is an opportunity to tackle it in a positive and constructive way.
The next market will take place on the July 30. Uys explained that the next one will focus more on brunch with families, where children can play around get their faces painted, as well as interactive activities for the adults to also participate in. Attendees can also expect great quality wines and delicious foods.
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