Food festivals and farmers markets have grown in popularity over the past few years, and are noted for the quality of their fine locally produced cheeses, confectionery and meat products. By shopping at farmers’ markets customers are guaranteed access to quality, fresh, homemade produce whilst supporting local farmers, bakers and chefs alike.
With good weather forecast for the summer, BAKO NW think that it is a prime opportunity to visit or even exhibit at some local food festivals or markets and maybe find some new inspiration whilst supporting your local producers. Food festivals can be the ideal time to receive feedback from your customers and BAKO believe there couldn’t be a better opportunity to showcase your products than letting your customers sense, taste, feel and interact with what you have on offer; a prime example that ‘try before you buy’ can really pay off. It can also be the perfect time to test out a new product or flavour and even reacquaint existing customers of the region with your signature cakes or bakes. Simply let your produce speak for itself.
Held every Wednesday & Friday, 9am – 4.30pm and Saturdays 9am – 5pm, the ‘World Famous’ Bury market has been voted a ‘top ten’ UK food market, with some of the freshest produce in the North West. Produce includes locally grown vegetables, award winning meats, handmade pies, and freshly made soups. One highlight which is famous to Bury market, is the Bury black pudding which is served hot or cold with lashing of local mustard or piccalilli.
Ashton Farmers’ and Producers’ Market
Held on the last Sunday of every month, the farmers’ and producers’ market in Lancashire is one of the largest in the North West, with around 70 stalls. The market is held monthly and is known for keeping alive the tradition of selling local food, with produce including everything from lamb and venison to cheeses, chutneys and fudge.
Urmston MarketEstablished nearly 80 years, the market consists of an indoor food hall and an outside open market with some regular traders having been with the market for over 30 years. Held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9am – 4pm, the stalls sell lots of local produce including fresh fish, meat, cheese, cakes and preserves.
The Market Company
The Market Company are famously known for being the original artisan market company, hosting markets throughout the year in Northwich, Wilmslow, Buxton and Trentham. They aim to keep things authentic, providing a rare opportunity to meet the many food and craft producers and suppliers of the North West.
Levenshulme market is a community run social enterprise market that operates on Saturdays between March and December in South Manchester. Due its great success, the market has doubled in size since its launch in 2013. As well as selling fresh produce and street food, the market is also home to traders selling homeware, plants and vintage clothing. There really is something for everyone.
There are so many fantastic food festivals and markets on offer in the North West, that here at BAKO NW we have only been able to look at a small handful of the markets on offer. If there are any markets that you would highly recommend, we would love to hear from you on Twitter.