It’s that time of year again, the Johannesburg days are warmer, the nights are beautiful, and I feel that rooftop markets should become a regular affair. In steps the Sanlam HMC, albeit for only a weekend, is really a wonderful break from having to mission to City center to get the taste of a market. Set on top of the Hyde Park Corner shopping center, its hard to imagine that you are actually walking in what is effectively a parking area.
This year, they made more use of the space and completely transformed the concrete slab into a beautiful area, filled with the country’s top designers, chefs, restaurants, wine farms and all things unique showcasing their gorgeous products, amazing wine and mouthwatering foods.
It’s now in its 5th year, and is really a first of its kind, as its aimed at being a boutique outdoor Fair, featuring the “best of local” – which ranges from Ice Creams, to Craft Beer, freshly pressed juices, and delicious hamburgers.
If you are lucky enough to gain entry to the Sanlam VIP area, you will sample wines from Black Elephant, that are based in Franschoek Valley, and gorgeous cheeses, charcuterie and also, the amazing team of chefs, which cover the “Chef’s of the City” installment, creating gorgeous canapes and snacks.
A few of my favorite finds this year
Paul’s Homemade Ice Cream (The nicest human that makes Ice cream)
Oneiric Wines (Their Merlot is PHENOMENAL)
The Counter (Because Meg and Ian)
And that’s just naming a few. There are over 100 Exhibitors and a range of products to choose from!