Kalk Bay Fish Fare 2013
Saturday 2 March 2013 will see the annual Fish Fare being held in the charming fishing village of Kalk Bay, one of the most popular visitor attractions of Cape Town. The Kalk Bay Fish Fare, which starts at 10:30 and ends at 18:00 is held annually in the grounds of the Holy Trinity church, on the main road facing False Bay, with a small entrance fee charged at the entrance to raise funds for the church. The Holy Trinity Church itself is worth a visit as it is a lovely old stone building with a thatched roof that was built in 1874, and still features its original windows, regarded as some of the finest examples in the Cape.
Kalk bay is one of the little villages of False Bay that has been able to transform itself positively from a dowdy fishing town to one of the most popular tourist attractions of Cape Town. Its short Main Street is lined with picturesque Victorian shop fronts containing art galleries, antique and collectable shops and boutiques and is a veritable browsers paradise. On Sundays a collectables market is held near the entrance to the station. In the harbour one can enjoy the sight of colourful and very photogenic fishing boats bobbing at their moorings, local people fishing from the quays, and a number of restaurants ranging from the upmarket Harbour House restaurant to what is reputed to be one of the best fish and chips outlets at Kalky’s situated on the beachfront. In the town you will find a wide and eclectic variety of restaurants and dining spots that cater for the many visitors to the town throughout the year. Popular with tourists, Kalk Bay is an equally popular with Cape Town people throughout the year and it street filled to capacity most Saturdays and Sundays.
The Fish fare is not just about raising some money for the church; it is a cheerful celebration of the wonderful bounty of the Cape seas; an opportunity for many of the locals together with their families enjoying the sunshine, the beautiful views and great food on offer at affordable prices. Expect to see stalls selling something seafood to suit every taste including delicious Indian crayfish curry (soon sold out), wonderful yellowtail grilled on the fire, fish curry, fish kebabs, mussel chowder, fish cakes, fish & chips, fried calamari, seafood potjie, prawns and Cape Malay style pickled fish. Scattered throughout the garden will be a number of tented stalls selling handicrafts, home bakes and bric-a-brac. The organisers always attempt to provide as much sheltered seating as possible although there is seldom sufficient to cope with the numbers that come to enjoy the festival unless you arrive early. Many will relax on the lawns, sharing the space with the tombstones of people who have left their mark upon the church and upon Kalk Bay. There are usually also activities for kids including a jumping Castle, and local band to entrains the crowds.
Thirsts will be efficiently quenched by a number of stalls offering cold drinks and the ever popular beer tent situated at the top of the grounds opposite the church.
If you want to see a good cross-section of the people of Cape Town at play and enjoying their unique part of the world, join the Fish Fare on 2 March; but come early as it is very popular.
This is just one of the many nearby attractions when staying at our affordable Cape Town holiday accommodation.