Darling is a tiny little town about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, up the West Coast. There are two main festivals there every year, one based on the amazing spring flower display in late September (here) and the other in early September around theatre, music and food. In other words, Voorkamerfest!!!
Rob and I went up there this year, to see what it would be like to trade at a 3-day
party event in a slightly different part of the world. It was like this:
Packed! Mostly sunshine-y weather (could have sold more sunhats!) during the day, and at night…
well, at night lots of people have
had lots to drink enjoyed sampling the wide variety of locally produced beer and wine on offer, so they’re easy customers. Gordon, above, got caught by a Stinky Fish on the Friday night, but he was still wearing it 24 hours later – he must have either genuinely loved it or still been drunk. Great guy, Gordon. Quite a party animal.
Saturday evening – I’m with Mercia, the event organiser, who was finally able to relax and enjoy the festival herself and try on hats in an unhurried fashion.
We had brilliant accommodation with the lovely Anneline, who made us feel like we were at home (but in a good way). We shared info with other traders, made new friends, and caught the sun on our faces. We sold LOTS of hats…and on Sunday night, I slept for 12 hours straight.
Already looking forward to next year :-)