DURBAN - All women will be spoilt at CraftFest on Thursday's Women’s Day.

That’s the message from Christine Standeaven of the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market.

“We’ve managed to get a little gift for all women at CraftFest. It’s a day women enjoy a day out in the country with the whole family. It’s a day to celebrate craft drinks, craft food and the craft makers,” she said.

Among the gift options will be car wash vouchers sponsored by Halfway Ford in Waterfall. These are limited to 500.

Other free gifts for women may include a lip-ice or tube of hand cream donated by Bravecto or Lindt balls or chocolate bars.

Other attractions that may appeal to women are a champagne bar, a gin bar and an exciting array of cocktails.The food line-up promises to be a gourmet treat.

Authentic artisan food offerings take in Greece, Spain, Mexico, India, Thailand, Turkey, China and Israel. New to CraftFest is Made in Saigon, Thi van Anh Le’s range of authentic Vietnamese cooking.

Falafel Fundi and Debbie Rich’s Out to Lunch offer vegetarian and vegan options, while the Madison Bakery offers a range of pizzas to order, and Greg Clelland’s Red Rooster Cafe will offer traditional fish and chips.

On the meatier side, catch newcomer Thamsanqa Dlamini’s Shisanyama Shandisi specialising in hot meat straight off the coals, while Kovan Modaly’s Smokeys celebrates wings and ribs, and Up in Smoke will do a range of pulled pork and brisket rolls.

Nuts, biltong, olives, pancakes, cupcakes and sweets give all plenty to snack on.

You can meet more than 60 craft makers specialising in everything from crystals to handbags, handpainted gumboots to children’s clothing and jewellery to ceramics. There will be plenty of decor items, bespoke furniture and even vintage vinyl.

The musical line-up includes Empangeni acoustic duo Qadasi and Maqhinga, who revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music and hard-core rockers PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker in their band Bad Peter. There’s boundless energy from the onstage presence of northern KwaZulu-Natal rockers Black Wiskey and Simpl3 Stori3s, a young, innovative and creative three-man outfit from Bloemfontein that has a definite story to tell.

Kids will have a field day with tractor rides, bouncing castles, merry-go-rounds, face painting and a paintball alley.

Standeaven encouraged early booking of tickets online via Quicket.

While the weather is expected to be overcast in the morning, she said: “Remember, even if it does rain, we’re all under cover.”

* CraftFest, brought to you by The Independent on Saturday and the Shong-weni Farmers and Craft Market is on August 9 at the Shongweni site from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are R100 from Quicket or R120 at the gate on the day. See our Facebook page at