How to get your COA

The ins and out of how to get your Certificate of Responsibility from the amazing City of Cape Town, thanks to Aurelia from Philosophy of Yum for helping me with this very informative blog.

When you are a food vendor or you prepare food and sell it actually need 2 certificates. COA and Hawking meals license. They go hand in hand.

On the day: Take your ID along and a black pen.
  1. Go to the Cape Town Municipality in Media City Building which is on the corner of Heerengracht St and Hertzog Blvd. Parking in DF Malan St is easier.
  2. Sign in at security and say you are going to Environmental Health and Safety. I think it’s on the 3rd Floor.
  3.  Ask for Lucille Symes at the Environmental Health & Safety desk. She is amazing. Tough, but fair. Be sure to bring along your ID, as the certificates are linked to your name and ID number as well.
  4.  You will fill in a form, pay R10 at the cash desk, then return to her with your receipt.
  5.  She then contacts your closest Environmental Health and Safety Office. They will contact you somewhere in the course of 2 weeks to set up an appointment for inspection. The requirements are on the document here.
  6.  The environmental health and safety office issues your certificate and license. Lucille will phone you to come collect it, but they also offer to post it to you if you are far away from town. The whole process takes about 2 weeks from start to finish.
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Kapow! and VIA TV Visit the Market

In January I received an email from Afrokaans to request that Kapow! Food Truck trade at Big Bay Market in February. Afrokaans is a Film & TV production company who is producing lifestyle shows for the new Media24 channel on DSTV, VIA TV on channel 147.

One of the shows, “PADKOS” (afrikaans for street food) is a doccie-reality show about the well known food truck Limoncello (see below) which now has a new owner and on a quest to find a new identity, look & menu. The menu is incredible by the way! Catch Padkos on channel 147 on Mondays at 16:00. Leroux Botha has featured in more than a dozen episodes already on his quest in & around Cape Town to discover foods of the Western Cape. With the help with his food heroes (people like Pete Goffe Wood, Lentswe Bhengu, Matt Manning, Reuben Riffel and many more) he discovered new places & food and then experimented to see if certain dishes can work as street food. Now, the food truck has found a menu & has a fantastic new look & identity.

I was interviewed by the presenter who some traders accidentally thought was Matt Moran (I may have fainted), we had such a ball hosting their truck and it was a fabulous sunset as well!

Below photos by our resident photographer and co-organiser Adrian Shields under his lifestyle and fashion label Banshee 22.

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Original Limoncello Food Truck – check out this article for best food trucks in Cape Town by EatOut or book a truck for your event on Cape Town Food Trucks.

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Photographer credit: Unknown

January Market – Hello 2016!

Thank you once again for supporting our little market! We pride ourselves in supporting local traders from all over the West Coast, the Northern Suburbs and even the rest of Cape Town. Thank you to everyone who supported us from September 2015, our debut was an interestingly fun start and you guys have been there every step of the way. A market is not much without incredible traders, so thank you!

We were also very surprised and very excited about our January market being featured by the Getaway Magazine Blog “16 of the best markets in Cape Town” with the “rare find” going to SteamsUp (hat pictured below).

Held once a month during summer, this is the only market where you are likely to spot a surfer strolling past a food truck, board in hand. It takes place right on the promenade at the Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club so after browsing through all the goodies for sale indoors, you can grab a drink from the bar, a bite to eat and watch the sunset from one of the tables outside. There’s also seating out the back under fairy lights which adds to the feel-good summer vibe. The four food trucks aside, you’ll find bratwursts, hotdogs, cheese grillers, schwarmas, burgers, bitterballen, calamari and tacos. Take plenty of cash along as there’s a lot of lovely handcrafted items for sale including jewellery, cushions, clothing, pictures, ceramics and arty airplants.

What a win!!

Photos by Adrian Shields

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Crafts & Goods at I Love Big Bay Market

As promised, we will update our trader blogs as we go! Here are some of our indoor crafters, designers and goods sellers at the previous ILBB markets.

Dee Designs handmade silver Jewelry and Tribute Hearts. Dee and Lesta moved from Hillcrest (KZN) to Cape Town for a change of scenery. Lesta has been a Goldsmith for 40 years and Dee for ±30 and their styles and passions within their trade has evolved over time. You can find Dee & Lesta at I Love Big Bay each market and at the Elkanah Schoolyard Market once a month. Follow them on Facebook for new designs.

Oh and look who it is in the background, Chris from Rushman Handcrafted Pens. Visit Chris at our market as his wooden rings are a must have!! Check out more info here.


Bottega di fotografia – signature images and artwork mounted to your specs right at the market. You may remember this familiar face from Exposure Gallery at Biscuit Mill. You can now find Fernando or Valeria at the weekly Harbour Bay Market, Blue Bird Garage Market (Muizies) and our market once per month – email orders.


Habiba has a store at Eden on the Bay shopping centre and her shop is well known for it’s gorgeous select belly dancing supplies, beautiful mandalas, eastern fabrics, kikoy sarongs and more. Visit Lindy’s Instagram @HabibaLindy for updates or her store in Big Bay.

On the right is Mel from Soul Society who is one of 4 handpicked designers at the market. Her trendy tees (amongst other apparel) are a hit every month and are also now available on her TakeAlot listing… grab a tee and rock Cape Town just like her other label fans!

DSC_9663If you are a Blouberg local and have walked from Petit Fours to Ons Huisie you may have noticed the cute gift store on Stadler Road, Studio 46 are once of our most popular stall holders. Visit their stall at our market or check them out on their website for more info.


Traders at I Love Big Bay Market

Hey Market Followers!

We thought it may be nice for you to get to know a few of our traders, what they do and who they are! We will slowly but surely add to the images and descriptions as time goes by!

MONAMI – Food Truck
Lucille was one of the first to apply for our food truck section of the market! They are locals and are well known for their Prego Steak rolls, delicious chicken and vegetarian wraps as well as other signature dishes. Check them out at our market as well as Lourensford and the Vineyard Oval Market. Visit their Facebook page for further locations.
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For the Love of Food – Food trailer by Michael from I Love Melkies
ILBB is definitely a fan of supporting the local traders and small businesses in the West Coast area. Michael, is both the owner of this food trailer as well as the gorgeous coffee shop in Melkbos called I Love Melkies. I am super stoked that Mike took my advice to stick his NACHOS his menu. Come check out their ribs at our market #SuperYum (apparently). Also make sure you hit up I Love Melkies during happy hour weekdays.
Scandalous Food Truck
Another local roamer… You will find this epic food truck at almost every legit market, music festival and event in Cape Town. Jeroen is passionate about making fun indulgent chow purely for the love of it. His favourite saying is… “hey, HAVE FUN!” – visit their food truck at our market and check their delicious food out for yourself. LR 2 DSC_9387


Debut I Love Big Bay Market

Things kicked off to a great start at 4pm on the afternoon of the Debut I Love Big Bay Market at the Surf Lifesaving Club on Big Bay. Hundreds of locals pitched up to enjoy a beer, have dinner with the family or have a little browse around the beautiful crafts on offer. The full gallery can be found on Facebook – here.

Positive feedback included of what a high standard craft and gift traders were, the variety of food that was on offer, the vibe created (also thanks to Rolling Audio) and what a great addition this market is to Blouberg. Factors we can work on include more seating for diners as well as a play area for kids.

The I Love Big Bay Market will be held every last Wednesday of the month from 4-9pm. Parking adjacent to the Eden on the Bay Shopping Centre is free. Entrance is also free. The next date can be found here on the Facebook event.

Thanks once again to Brendan Pieterse Media for photographing the event. Also thanks to local celebs the Blue Haired Betty and Just a Surfer Dude popping in to show their support!