Kamers vol geskenke “SA’s pop up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity” was held over the Easter weekend at St. John’s College. Not only have I been attending Kamers for the past 3 years or so, and have now roped in my friend Futhi as my Kamers buddy, but I also attended Sixth Form at St. John’s, so a good excuse to meander around the school while attempting not to buy beautiful things which I want but don’t need… There is a point to this, that in the gluten-free world, it can be extremely difficult to attend such an event and be able to find something to eat… I sometimes avoid a music or food festival (especially if a whole day event) because I know I am not going to find something to eat and then I am hungry and miserable; and carrying around your rice cakes is not as exotic as buying open pizza or Turkish flatbread. Food envy can strike!
But back to Kamers. It was extremely cold and raining so we started at the most logical spot which was the coffee. At the previous Kamers in Pretoria I was able to eat some rather yummy brisket (minus the roll and the sauce). This time amongst the pizzas, wraps, cupcakes and deep fried calamari (and a slightly confused Banting stand) there was no brisket but there was Paella. As a child my family used to travel to Spain twice a year and I have eaten my fair share of this Spanish dish and am quite partial to it – the flavour of saffron is a favourite of mine. There should be no gluten in authentic paella – it is as gluten-free as it gets – unless some dodgy stock is used – but I would not expect that in this situation with what looks like a reputable set-up (but as with most things always ask!). The paella was piping hot and exactly what the Dr ordered as we sat looking out over the rugby fields as a rather cold wind blew. Happiness.
Despite the cold we found time for champagne (and once again we forget to return the glasses so we are stockpiling champagne glasses quite nicely at this rate).
Did I buy anything..? Well a few items of jewellery, a block mounted picture that appealed to my Protea obsession, and some random Oh my Deer cards because they are cool!
As an aside , when I have visited the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town there is always someone selling potato with salmon and a poached egg. Not the easiest to eat standing up but thrilling none the less. Sometimes it’s the small things that are the most memorable…
Visit kamersvol.com for information on the next event.