A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all last night as Bamboo staff sampled some of the action Knysna has to offer on Friday nights. Jaynie, Gordon, Benson, Amber and Julia teamed up for a well deserved break from their hectic Bamboo schedule.
First stop was the Friday Market at Knysna Montessori in Welbedacht. This outdoor market runs from 16h00 to 20h00 every Friday and is a great place to catch up with locals and make new acquaintances with visitors from far and wide. Indeed, we soon bumped into a party of Bamboo guests!
The venue is easy to find, simply follow the scarecrow signs from the Welbedacht turn off. We arrived at about 18h00 on a gorgeous, almost full moon evening to find the market in full swing.
The alluring aromas from the many food stalls filled the evening air, tempting market goers to embark on a culinary adventure. We were fortunate in locating a newly vacated wooden bench (locals tend to bring along their own tables and chairs), and we soon began tucking into delicious samoosas as we listened to the strains of music emanating from the live performers on the bandstand.
The market is the main fundraiser for the Montessori School and is ideal for families. A host of facilities are on hand to keep the kids busy, including swings, a jungle gym and a jumping castle. A fully stocked bar is manned by Montessori volunteers. Arts and crafts stalls vary from week to week, and have included artworks, porcelain dolls, t shirts, jewellery, face painting, pottery and beadwork. Secure parking is available on site.
The principal theme of the Friday Market however is locally produced and prepared food. A veritable feast of offerings ranges from mini donuts, local cheeses, fish dishes and curries through to Asian, Greek and Italian fare. Kilzer’s Kitchen, a local cookery school, has a stall well worth visiting for delectable and affordable gourmet dishes prepared by students under the watchful eyes of owners Albin and Jenny. A recent Bamboo guest from the USA, Terry Sikora, spent a week at Kilzer’s Kitchen honing his skills! I chose a delicious vegetable moussaka from one of the many stalls.......an excellent choice!
As darkness descended two bonfires were lit, capping a very special evening at the Friday Market.
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A great night was had by all.
See the Visit Knysna site for upcoming events.