Starting around 4:30pm every Wednesday at Beau Vallon beach on Mahé, next door to the Savoy Hotel a truly Creole experience awaits – Bazar Labrinn (the Sunset or Night Market). The mixed scent of exotic spices, barbecuing meat and fish grilling will have your tummy rumbling in no time!
There is a local saying that if you eat Breadfruit in the Seychelles you are certain to return to the islands one day. So, what better way to seal the deal than to dive into a locally loved snack of friyapen chips! Cooked right in front you and served in a paper cone you can munch your way through the deliciously crunchy golden morsels while you continue your way along the row of stalls.
The diverse ethnicity of the Seychelles population is reflected in the variety of its local cuisine. A few teasers to whet your appetite are samosas, gato piment (chili cake) mango salad, filled chapati, quail eggs and the fiery taste sensation of Bouden (a local blood sausage that is packed with herbs and loads of chili – and wow what a punch!)
And it’s not just the amazing food that is on offer, this is also a great opportunity to meet and mingle with the Seychellois and to support the local artisans by buying locally made art, crafts and souvenirs.
Ready for a deliciously cool beverage to wash it all down? Why not bring along your bottle of Takamaka Rum in the handy 50ml size to add some zing to coconut water served in the husk or freshly made fruit juices such as, mango, passionfruit or lime. A rather lively stall serves up truly authentic alcoholic beverages not for the faint of heart. Locally brewed Kalou made from coconut sap or Bakka a product of sugarcane liquor are guaranteed to put hairs on your chest.
With the setting sun the real eating begins! The choices are plenty. A good rule of thumb is that the longest line is probably the best choice. Get ready for a taste sensation as you select from local favourites; Kari Koko Poul (Coconut Chicken Curry) Kari Zourit (Octopus Curry) barbecued meat and grilled fish, all served with rice, salad, chutneys and lentils.
When you are fit to burst take a stroll down to the campfire where a group of musicians beat goat skin drums and percussive instruments that accompany the soulful singing of the Moutya, a mysterious, erotic dance that dates back to the days of slavery. African slaves used it as a way to express themselves and tell their stories. You cannot help but feel yourself sway to the rhythmic beats as the dancers move around the fire.
An evening of truly authentic Creole Culture that won’t cost you the earth.