Experience these makers’ passion for their craft firsthand.
One of our favourtite things about visiting a market is the variety! A kaleidoscope of tastes, textures and cuisines under one roof – all of which are available to sample. What makes Makers Landing so unique is that visitors don’t only get to taste and savour to their hearts’ content, they also get an opportunity to witness the processes involved in producing the final product. Makers is a food community that welcomes changemakers to grab a seat at the table of learning, making, eating and sharing – one plate at a time.
Since it launched at the Waterfront a year ago, Makers has had a single vision: to grow small local businesses, and connect communities in creative new ways. Whether it’s a chef wanting to share ideas, a food-industry expert wanting to give back, or simply a person wanting to learn more about hospitality and food – Makers Landing offers a platform for various communities and cultures to connect and, of course, make, share and eat food.
First and foremost: Makers Landing is about food! The thread that connects each of the 19 chefs and bakers who sell their wares here is passion: for cooking, feeding, sharing and making. Each of the makers tell their stories through their recipes, techniques, ingredients and, of course, the end products. Members of the public are invited to come and experience these delicious stories, connect with the makers and, at the same time, delve into our rich culinary history.
Some of our favourites include:
Indikaap’s Ayurverda in a Bowl; fudgy desserts from Ooh Fudge, deliciously brewed coffee by Moses, chocolate by Afrikoa Chocolate, cakes by Sweet Lionheart, burgers and biltong by Conscious Meat Merchants, Koesiesters at Fuzzy’s and the best Indian street food at Kapoochka.
Also look out for wings and chips by Side Wing and Durban-inspired curries and cane juice by Charm’s Kitchen. Then there are cinnamon buns and sourdough banana bread from The Bread Bar, reinterpreted pap en vleis, braaibroodjies and chops by Mosi Smokehouse and smoothies, sprouts and superfoods by The Sunshine Food Sprouting Co.
Also expect some Mzansi flavours – from braai meat to mogodu (tripe) – from Pitso’s Kitchen and then do some craft spirit tastings at Pienaar & Sons. Refreshing Iced Antioxidant by B2 lives alongside gourmet Nguni cuisine at Emazulwini Restaurant and delicious beer from the most beautiful brewery in Africa Ukhamba Beerworx is right here too.
Come and enjoy the feast – one plate at a time.
At the heart of Makers Landing’s ethos is creating a better and healthier life for all of our communities by improving the quality of our food in the future. To achieve this, we all need to play our part: producers, makers and consumers.
Learn: Food Lab Incubator Programme
If you would like to learn more about the food industry, or to further your culinary skills, Makers Landing’s ongoing Food Lab Incubator Programme offers qualified start-ups and existing small food businesses the opportunity to be mentored, receive training and gain affordable access to a licensed commercial kitchen space.
Even though it is only a year old, the Incubator programme has already seen its second group of students graduate; the third round started in February this year.
Stellenbosch University’s LaunchLab and other industry experts developed the course content with specialist technical support and mentorship also part of the deal. After completing the course, graduates have access to a commercial kitchen space, they are able to participate in Makers Landing programmes and events, and also have further funding and marketing opportunities.
The course is geared towards early-stage entrepreneurs (start-up, aspirant and grassroots) who have limited access to resources; who are in the packaged foods, foodservice and catering industries; or have an existing food business actively selling or operating for less than three years.
The Demo Kitchen
The Demo Kitchen is a multi-functional space that makers, bakers, entertainers and other creatives may use for a variety of culinary experiences – from children’s baking and cooking classes to chef-hosted fine-dining events, workshops and small parties.
The space has a fully fitted commercial kitchen, and anyone can use it; it even has a studio available for professional food shoots.
Cost R3 500 (halfday during the week)
What’s on at Makers this month
Food aside, there’s always lots happening at Makers Landing, such as weekly live-music performances and Spitbraai Sundays at Ukhamba Beerworx.
So, whether you’re here to browse the best cuts of meat, enjoy a quick bite with friends or throw a kiddies’ baking party or special event, swing by Makers and see what’s happening.
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