Cape Town Summer Market a resounding success

The City of Cape Town’s annual Summer Market proved once again that the City can host world-class events and that the Company’s Garden is a prime events location. The 2018 Summer Market was visited by more than 8 000 people on a daily basis. The family-orientated event allowed visitors to have fun and at the same time do their Christmas shopping. Read more below:

The Cape Town Summer Market, which took place in the Company’s Garden from 19 � 23 December 2018, had a variety of exciting offerings which included an amusement park and a wellness zone. Compared to the previous year, vendors sold more homemade products and locally produced fashion wear. A wider variety of food was also on offer and food trucks participated in a competition where contestants could enjoy a mega-meal on stage. One of the biggest drawcards was the on-stage entertainment.

According to Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, The City of Cape Town has been hosting this event to create an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. The event also boosts local trading and attracts tourists to experience the vibrant and diverse culture of Cape Town.

Entertainment on stage proved to be a show-stopper with the return of the popular Summer Star singing competition which was won by Safwaan Goolam. Safwaan walked away with a R10 000 cash price for his star performance.

The panel of judges in the Summer Star competition included artists such as Jarrad Rickets, Robin Pieters, Camillo Lombard, Loren Erasmus as well as radio executive Denver Appollis and event organiser Theo Koopman.

‘The Summer Market accommodated 120 vendors in 150 trading bays. Most vendors reported favourable trading conditions and friendly customers. This is a great impetus for local trading and, while the Summer Market had a big entertainment value, it should also be seen as a catalyst for economic growth,’ said Alderman Twigg.

We would like to investigate the possibility of having the Summer Market run over a longer period because the City always strives to improve its services and product offerings. This will also assist to attract, and cater for, more local, national and international tourist, especially during the period after Christmas.

Visitors and some customers also requested to have access to an ATM nearer to the venue.

‘I’m glad that we had the opportunity to once again host a flagship event which showcases our diverse culture and what Cape Town has to offer during the festive season. I would like to thank all the vendors and visitors who made the event a huge success. This event showed that we can work together to build on to the proud tradition of this beautiful city,’ added Alderman Twigg.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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