I heart Market – Awesome and Artisanal in Autumn

The City’s popular and much-loved artisanal I heart Market is back in all its autumnal awesomeness at Moses Mabhida lawns on Saturday 2 April from 08:30 to 14:00.

As always, the focus of the market is on local entrepreneurs with excellent quality, hand-crafted and bespoke artisanal foods, crafts, décor and fashion. Expect to find delicious foods to take-away or eat on site, homemade pastries and breads, brownies, cupcakes,  and dried fruits and nuts, locally designed clothing, home décor and furnishings, inspired accessories, and jewellery – all made with dedicated care and love.

During the lockdowns and severe pandemic times, I heart Market stopped trading for 20 months. Whilst they pivoted to online markets during that time, it put an immense strain on the local vendors that relied on the income generated from trading.

“Our most important objective is to showcase local creative talent and bring the Durban community together,” says director Anna Savage. “It’s been heart-warming to see our old traders and loyal customers excited to be back trading at our market.”

Chef Rum, a small local business and it barely escaped closing down during lockdown says, “Events such as I heart Market that support local businesses only has helped keep our doors open and for me to continue to employ my one helper. Thank you I heart from the bottom of my heart.”

I heart Market

“It’s all very well making products and selling them online but without your customer feeling the product and smelling the product, it’s a much harder sell. I heart Market has been the perfect place for us to engage with our audience and getting immediate feedback from the customer helps to spur us on and encourage us. The experience is invaluable,” says Keren Pocock of Aya Natural Skin who makes natural oils and cream all with the addition of the healing properties of fermented papaya.

The market takes place on Saturday 2 April from 08:30 to 14:00. Entrance if free and dogs (on leashes) are welcome. There is secure underground parking at the Stadium.  COVID protocols will be observed.

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