The explosion of markets all over South Africa led Dianne Stewart and her daughters, Lissa and Jessica, on a trip around South Africa in search of the best market food. Market Food is a round-up of the choice of markets and recipes, proudly supplied by some of the vendors.
The following excerpt is taken from Market Food – South Africa by Dianne Stewart, Jessica Cairns, Lissa Stewart (BookStorm), R150 from leading bookstores nationwide.
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Julie George turned her love of baking into a business by starting out as Gourmet Girl, which evolved into Pancake Girl, with the help of a cute pink tuk-tuk
Julie George turned her love of baking into a business by starting out as Gourmet Girl, which evolved into Pancake Girl, with the help of a cute pink tuk-tuk which services many of the markets in and around Port Elizabeth with her highly moreish pancakes...
Food truck name: Gourmet Girl
City: Port Elizabeth
Track her: Follow The Pancake Girl on social media to see where you'll find the best pancakes in town!
Food: Pancakes and novelty cakes, wedding cakes and cupcakes. "I also sell my frozen pancakes in a couple of Spars in PE."
Signature dishes: "Cinnamon and sugar, caramel, and chocolate pancakes, the latter two with banana as an add-on. I also do a delish milk tart filling, a lemon meringue filling, baked cheesecake filling, and my newly added strawberry mousse filling. On occasion, I do a savoury filling but people seem to prefer their pancakes sweet!"
How many pancakes do you serve on average a day? "Around 300-400 units at most markets or events."
What is the best part of having a food truck? "It’s very social, I love working with people and they love my pink tuk-tuk. And of course, it’s very rewarding seeing people love the food I bake them!"
Find the Pancake Girl and a host of other food trucks at:
Baakens Food Truck Funday – 2 Alabaster Street, Baakens Valley, Port Elizabeth
Baakens Food Truck Funday, a big food truck event with music and kids' activities, set in a trendy warehouse district in the Baakens Valley.
ReSeconds Market – Walmer Town Hall, Port Elizabeth
A lovely arts and crafts market as well as antiques and boot sale goodies on sale on the last Sunday of the month.
Back to Earth Market – 2 Lenox Road, Port Elizabeth
A vibrant small market at the Old Grey Sports Club, from 5pm-9pm on the first Wednesday of the month. It also has quite a few food trucks, as well as arts and crafts.
Sards Market in the Park – in Sardinia Bay at the Bark Park
Known as "the dog lover's market", this new and growing farmers' market is held every third Saturday. Entry is free.