The Keyes Pantry Market gets the Slow Food stamp of approval
Since launching in March 2018, Keyes Art Mile’s monthly Pantry Market has become a firm favourite among Joburg’s foodie community, thanks to its curated selection of high-quality local food products. Conscious consumers can now browse the market with the added confidence that they’re making responsible food choices, as The Pantry has been nominated a certified Slow Food Market.
The Slow Food Movement envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. It was formed by Italian journalist Carlo Petrini in 1986 as a protest to the first McDonald’s opening in the heart of Rome. Hi passion for protecting traditional foods and advocating for agricultural biodiversity, was so infectious that over 30 years later, his movement boasts millions of members, in over 150 countries across the world.
The local chapter of the Slow Food Movement recently visited the Keyes Pantry Market and confirmed our market and our vendors fit in with their ethos of a return to a good, clean and fair way of eating that “doesn’t cost the Earth”.
One of the tenets of Slow Food is preserving indigenous foods, so it is fitting that our upcoming Pantry Talk is with registered dietician Mpho Tshukudu, a strong believer in the health benefits of traditional southern African food.
Visitors can join us at 10.30am in the Mesh Cinema, where Mpho will discuss the absurdity of us chasing down expensive exotic foods when we have the local equivalents in our backyards. “Isn’t it crazy that we are willing to spend fortunes on blueberries, but simply step over mulberries on the street,” says Mpho, “or that we’re all obsessed with the current crazes of kombucha and kimchi, when fermenting has been around forever in Africa?” Mpho will talk to these points and answer questions in the free Pantry Market talk.
Before and after the talk, visitors can browse the market for delicious items with which to stock their pantry. Think fresh vegetables, butter, cheese, breads, pastries, grains, chocolate, honey, charcuterie, meat and more, all responsibly produced by local artisans.
To complete the experience, breakfast and lunch are available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including Momo Kuro, BGR, MIX at MESH Club, Milk Bar and Marble.
True Design (Kartell, Moroso and Cassina), Okapi, Shelflife and Anatomy will be open for browsing and shopping.