Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WHATS ON - BIANCA COLE­MAN

HEAD to the south­ern sub­urbs to­day for a fi­esta of fun at the 10th an­nual Harfield Vil­lage Car­ni­val from 9am till 11pm.

The event takes place along 2nd Av­enue, which will be closed to traf­fic and filled with stalls fea­tur­ing lo­cal and ar­ti­sanal fare, with shops, restau­rants and bars in the area adding to the buzz.

“The car­ni­val of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one – live mu­sic, art, books, jew­ellery and home decor to cloth­ing, toys and gifts. We wel­come ev­ery­one to come and en­joy the car­ni­val’s fes­tive at­mos­phere and al fresco din­ing in front of our muchloved restau­rants – Thai, sushi, pizza, Mex­i­can, burg­ers, draught beers and lots more,” says Jenni Cole­man, Harfield Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Dis­trict man­ager and car­ni­val or­gan­iser.

“There will also be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the lit­tle ones en­ter­tained at the des­ig­nated play area with face paint­ing, glit­ter tat­toos, ma­gi­cians and clowns. And we’ll have Good Hope FM broad­cast­ing live.”

The car­ni­val is also a firm favourite with stall­hold­ers, says Cole­man. “Many re­turn year­after-year to sell their crafts.

“We also have ex­cit­ing new stall­hold­ers who have joined us from sev­eral well-known mar­kets, in­clud­ing the monthly Kirsten­bosch Mar­ket. Most of our stall­hold­ers are small lo­cal busi­nesses and we love of­fer­ing them a space to show­case.”

An­gela Muller, founder and owner of An­gel’s De­light, says she loves par­tic­i­pat­ing at the mar­ket: “At the pre­vi­ous mar­ket we had such fun putting out tasters of our fudge and watch­ing the faces of those who sam­pled it and then hur­riedly dug into their bags to find their wal­lets to buy some. Some peo­ple re­turned later to buy more to take home as they had eaten it up too fast.”

Lo­cal busi­ness The Shelfie is a new­comer to the car­ni­val this year. “We are a Harfield Vil­lage­born busi­ness and hon­oured to have a stall at the car­ni­val down the road,” says owner Nicola David­son. “We will be of­fer­ing our home decor prints, wa­ter- wise succulents in our hand­painted pots, and a few spe­cial edi­tion home decor items.”

The car­ni­val gets a thumbs up from Harfield res­i­dents too. Says Madge Gib­son: “I love the bustling en­ergy. So much plan­ning and good­will goes into the event that on the day there is a pal­pa­ble air of com­mu­nity ex­cite­ment and pride. Add to that the beat of mu­sic and the smell of food, friends and fam­i­lies am­bling through the stalls, kids in strollers, dogs on leashes – it just makes me very happy.”

Go­ing to the car­ni­val ev­ery year has be­come a tra­di­tion for res­i­dent Nicola Williams. “It is one of my favourite days in the vil­lage,” she says.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.harfield­vil­lage­car­ni­val. and fol­low on Face­book @Harfield­Vil­lage­Car­ni­val and In­sta­gram #the­harfield­vil­lage­car­ni­val

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