Get your festive shopping in early as we close the Keyes Pantry Market for the year with a bang on Saturday 23 November from 9 am – 2 pm.

Local band Runaway Train Cult will provide a festive backdrop while you shop a plethora of local, artisanal produce. Think oven-fresh bread, seasonal veg, charcuterie, sustainably harvested honey, pastries, truffle-infused products, olives oil, spices, handmade sauces and more.

Christmas gifting will be available not only in the form of beautiful food products but also artisanal wares such as handmade kitchen knives and other kitchen accessories.

As usual, visitors will be treated to a free talk. This month, Joel Kaplan, founder of ThoughtAfrica, will be sharing tips and tricks on how to lead a more sustainable life. “It’s important that we get kids to make the change now,” he says. For Joel, a common barrier to entry when it comes to sustainability is cost, so he will be sharing cheap and cheerful solutions such as making DIY worm farms using little more than an ice cream container. “Everyone can lead a more sustainable life,” he says. “It’s just about knowing how.”

The talk will take place at MESH Club at 11 am on Saturday 23 November and is free to the public.

The Pantry Market at Keyes is, where possible, a plastic-free zone, and visitors can bring their own baskets to fill with everything and anything needed for a wholesome, healthy home pantry. Think locally harvested honey, artisanal bread, Italian-style charcuterie, seasonal organic produce, Arabic pies, whole grains, decadent pastries, fresh-cut flowers and more.

As usual, visitors will be able to drop off their eco-bricks at the market, as well as empty 2-litre bottles for other visitors to fill. The bricks will be collected by ADVA, an NGO that uses eco-bricks to build benches for schools in disadvantaged areas.

Chocolate, coffee and champagne will be served at Afrikoa Café, and breakfast and lunch will be available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including Momo Kuro, BGR, MIX at MESH Club and Marble. Don’t miss out on gelato from Mini Kuro while enjoying live music and Jozi sun at the market.

True Design (Kartell, Moroso and Cassina) and Okapi will be open for shopping as well as the four resident art galleries – SMAC, TMRW Gallery, Everard Read and CIRCA. And if you are in need of some pampering, new to the Keyes Art Mile family is TenFold nail salon, where, in keeping with the Precinct’s ethos, all products are natural and non-toxic.

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