1. It’s just postponed.
The Dakar Farmer’s Market reopening has been postponed until December. Sad faces all around. But Dakar Eats will be featuring DKFM vendors who deliver or sell in stores, so you can still get your English muffin/peanut butter/Italian sausage fix in November.
2. It’s relocated, rescheduled.
CAEDAS international fair will now be held at African Renaissance Monument from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, Nov. 18th. If you’ve never been, the nutshell version is about 50 carefully selected vendors from around the world, a massive international food buffet courtesy of Embassies in Dakar (dishes offered at very reasonable prices), activities for the kiddos… Yes, there will be shade and increased security. 🙂 Entry is 1000 CFA.
The DWG Christmas Bazaar has a new location and date. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 19th from 10am to 5pm at the Centre Aminata Mbaye in Grand Yoff!
3. The end is near!
The end of hot season, that is. Every day the morning and evening winds are feeling a bit lighter and more refreshing. Even the beaches are already changing back to their rockier winter looks. This is a very good sign for so early in November.
4. Magal week
The Grand Magal (pilgrimage) of Touba will be next
Monday Tuesday, Wednesday. Okay, I’m still not exactly sure of the date. The interwebs say Monday the 6th or Tuesday the 7th, school says Wednesday the 8th is the holiday, and the official website for the Magal says the president will arrive on Wednesday, have important meetings on Thursday and depart following Friday prayers.
So what does this mean? Expect very heavy traffic leaving Dakar early in the week and returning over the weekend. Don’t expect much work to get done this week as it may just roll into one big, long holiday.
5. Thanksgiving prep
I hate to say it, but if you haven’t already started planning your meal, you’re late to the game. But if you’re willing to flex and maybe do rotisserie chicken in place of turkey and make a couple trips to the various grocery stores to find substitutions, you should be just fine. And of course, Dakar Eats is there to help…