These days Christmas markets are a dime a dozen, but the Disakloof Craft Market in Betty’s Bay has not only held its own but over the past eight years has continued to expand. A favourite not only amongst locals, but also regular visitors to the area and foreigners who make a detour there after visiting the penguins at Stony Point and the Harold Porter Gardens right next door.

One of the reasons for its popularity is the quality of the crafts on display. In May each year the organisers of 12 local markets invite crafters from all over the Western Cape to display their products at a venue in Somerset West and from these they each make their selection. A good number of the 80 Disakloof crafters are local, but there are also some from the West Coast, Cape Town and even one from Swellendam.

So whether you’re looking for gifts for adults or children, for gardeners, braaiers or cooks, it’s all there, and when you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped the Disa Café in the capable hands of Liza Engelbrecht from Paarl, has what it takes to wet the whistle and feed the inner man. Children will love the beautiful toys of all kinds, as well as the shweshwe sun hats and lots more, while Mom will be mad about the jewellery, including fresh water pearls, handbags, scarves and cushions, and Dad will drool over the state-of-the-art braais. On the other hand, everyone will love the wide variety of home-made relishes, fudge, droë wors and Christmas cakes in the Deli section.

The good news is that the market will remain open until the 29th, closed only on Christmas Day. So before you go to the beach or after you return, the market will be waiting for you, open from 9:00 to 18:00 every day (early closing on Christmas Eve and on the 29th). Manda Malan and Elize Boucher are the market’s organisers and Manda says so far they’re very happy with the attendance this year. “People like the fact that there’s a nice balance between their favourite crafters who are regular participants, and the new ones we introduce each year, so that it’s always fresh and exciting. The other thing is that even when we’re full, there’s plenty of space for people to move around and view the products. I personally hate to feel as if I’m in a scrum when I’m trying to shop.”

So bring your credit card along; you will find your shopping bag overflowing before you know it. One-stop shopping is what it’s called and you can be guaranteed that Granny and Grandpa, grumpy Uncle Harry, garden-loving Cousin Jean and all the children in the family will love their gifts.

The craft Market can be found at the Youth Camp Site in Clarence Drive, Betty’s Bay, on the other side of the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens (look out for the red boulders at the entrance). For more information, contact Manda Malan on 082 7814597.

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