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The Pantry Market at Keyes

Coming up 23 February 2019

09:00 – 14:00


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Please note entry to this event is free


It’s all about bugs at this month’s Keyes Pantry Market

Insects may not be most people’s hors d’oeuvre of choice just yet, but they are becoming an increasingly popular delicacy among the world’s eco-warriors. Humans have in fact harvested the eggs, larvae, pupae and adults of various insects for thousands of years. But with the rise in global warming, declining biodiversity, and meat farming releasing thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, edible insects are proving an environmentally sound alternative to meat-eating.

To share more insight on the topic, Keyes Art Mile has invited Joanne Techow, zoologist and owner of the edible insect business, Ensekta, to host this month’s free Pantry Market talk. Joanne will discuss the subject of entomophagy (the eating of insects), talk about the nutritional and environmental benefits of insects as a food source, and give a brief look at the farming and processing of the insects. She will also delve into the subject of the future of food in South Africa and globally. “I hope to change the perceptions around insects as food in South Africa, thereby paving the way to a sustainable future,” says Joanne of her work and the talk.

For the more daring in the audience, there will be tasters of Ensekta products on offer at the talk, and Ensekta will be selling their wares at the Keyes Pantry Market.

The talk will take place at MESH Club at 11am on Saturday 31 August and is free to the public.


The Pantry Market at Keyes is, where possible, a plastic-free zone, and visitors can bring their own baskets to fill with everything and anything needed for a wholesome, healthy home pantry. Think locally harvested honey, delicious cheeses, artisanal breads, Italian-style charcuterie, fresh organic produce, deli-style dips, salads and snacks, Arabic pies, whole grains, decadent pastries, fresh-cut flowers and more.

As usual, visitors will be able to drop off their eco-bricks at the market, as well as empty 2-litre bottles for other visitors to fill. The bricks will be collected by ADVA, an NGO that uses eco-bricks to build benches for schools in disadvantaged areas.

Chocolate, coffee and champagne will be served at Afrikoa Café, and breakfast and lunch will be available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including Momo Kuro, BGR, MIX at MESH Club and Marble.

True Design (Kartell, Moroso and Cassina) and Okapi will be open for shopping as well as the four resident art galleries – SMAC, TMRW Gallery, Everard Read and CIRCA. And if you are in need of some pampering, new to the Keyes Art Mile family is TenFold nail salon, where, in keeping with the Precinct’s ethos, all products are natural and non-toxic.