Qout Market is holding an extra special event this month in honor of Hala February!
Qout was the first large farmer’s market in Kuwait, launched in November 2013. It is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 in the morning until 10 in the evening. Through the growing season and until April, Kuwait’s epicures gather at this wonderful meeting place to relish in the latest homespun goodies and fresh produce. The market is co-organized by Noaf Hussein of Pretty Little Things and Budour Al-Qassar of The Oven Experiments. Two avid foodies at heart, they’ve worked long and hard to deliver a format well deserving of an authentic farmer’s market experience. This initiative, ultimately, helps to support local food producers and encourage people to eat local, seasonal fresh food.
The first installment, as well as following markets, was held at Kuwait City’s Arraya Plaza, the outdoor space between Arraya Centre and the parking lot.
The name of this market is the Arabic word qout, which literally translates into ‘food,’ and this market is all about the wonderful realm of food. Most importantly, Qout Market is a community-based farmers market that aims to help and support local/regional farmers/artisans, and serves as an educational tool.
The format is based on the ones we have come to love abroad, with open tents and organic displays, but there will be a spin on it. The market’s selection of vendors also includes a combination of fresh produce and flowers, food items like fresh bread, cheese, honey, jams, and pickles as well as hand made items like crafts, soaps, and candles. In addition to all these items, a selection of hot food stands where people can pick up a variety of quick bites to enjoy on the spot, is available. The focus will be on local chefs and local concepts.