The new Parskuip neighbourhood marketplace at Windmeul Kelder in Paarl is a gourmet delight with a wide selection of fresh, seasonal produce and local delicacies. The marketplace resembles an old-fashioned pantry with shelves jam-packed with delicious products.
Kurt and I got to experience a taste of the markets vibe on our anniversary last month, as the media day happened to be hosted by WIndmeul on that day. We were entertained all day long and got to eat and drink to our heart’s content! So much so, that we can’t wait to go back and visit the market again.
With a range of proudly Paarl produce ranging from olives to creamy cheeses, homemade jams and preserves, a stop at the Parskuip market will definitely give your kitchen cupboard a boost. Meat lovers can select from gourmet charcuterie, prime cuts of meat, farm-raised poultry as well as traditional South African biltong and droëwors, while a selection of fudges and nougat will satisfy any sweet tooth. Other items for your basket include specialist coffees, marinades, drizzles and dips, while grapes and even indigenous waterblommetjies can be found on the shelves in season.
Parskuip is also ideal for gift shopping and you’re guaranteed to find something for young and old. Beautifully crafted wooden toys, pretty packaged braai spices, hand-made purses and hand bags, organic pamper products and obviously award-winning wines from the Windmeul cellar will leave visitors spoilt for choice.
According to cellar master Danie Marais, Windmeul is committed to craftsmanship, not only with their wines, but also in the produce stocked in Parskuip. “The art of creating something with passion and excellence is something that has almost become extinct in our society of instant gratification, but fortunately the appreciation of craftsmanship is slowly making a return. Consumers are increasingly looking for artisanal products that have been crafted with care. It is also very important for us to support local businesses, which focus on sustainability and most of our suppliers are located in close proximity to Windmeul,” mentions Marais.
The Parskuip neighbourhood marketplace is open from Monday to Friday (08h00 – 17h00) and on Saturday from 09h00 to 15h00.
There is a special kiddies’ play area, which makes it an ideal destination for families. On Saturday, the Kontreikombuis serves delicious breakfasts, pizzas and “roosterkoek“ – a traditional scone-like bread baked on an open fire.
The wine tasting area is operational at the same times and provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to taste Windmeul’s award-winning wines and expand their wine collection. The cellar has had a highly successful year with excellent performances at several prominent wine competitions, including the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc Challenge and the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage, as well as a top five placement at the recent ABSA Perold Cape Blend competition.
PARSKUIP NEIGHBOURHOOD MARKETPLACE: Mon – Fri 08h00 – 17h00
Sat 09h00 – 15h00
KONTREIKOMBUIS: Sat 09h00 – 15h00
WINDMEUL FARMERS MARKET: 1st Saturday of each month
For more information, contact 021 869 8100 or visit www.windmeul.com. Follow @WindmeulKelder on social media for the latest news and updates.