An international food, gifts and crafts market is back in Bolton.
Market Place (Europe) Limited, one of the UK’s leading special event market companies, has brought its continental market to Victoria Square from today (Thursday, October 13) until Sunday, October 16.
Up to 50 traders from as far afield as China, Thailand, India, Ecuador and South Africa will join stallholders from countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Greece to entice shoppers in to the town centre.
Organisers of the market held an event in March and were so pleased with its success that they asked the council if they could come back.
Highlights of the five-day event include unusual delicacies such as crocodile and wild boar meat and burgers from South Africa.
Spicy Indian curries; French pastries and tarts; a Greek deli; wines from Portuguese vineyards; a Polish beer tent, and a traditional German salami and sausage house will also entice shoppers.
Other produce on offer includes: baklava and sweet cakes from the Middle East; Dutch pancakes; French cheeses; Belgian chocolates, and Italian nougat.
Fashionistas can browse fashion stalls selling pashminas, hats and scarves, Finnish knitwear, and Swarovski crystal and jewellery.
Traders will also be selling a range of Kenyan carvings and furniture, Chinese and Thai gifts, and Dutch plants and bulbs.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “The market was very well received by residents and visitors to Bolton when it came earlier in the year. There clearly is an appetite for markets such as these in Bolton. The Food and Drink Festival in August attracted 94,000 visitors with its range of produce and celebrity chefs. This market will showcase a large selection of products from different parts of the world and I’d encourage everyone to come along.”
Allan Hartwell, Director of Market Place (Europe) Limited, added: “There is something for all the family at the market. Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar in between browsing for that something different. Taste your way around the world and ask to try some of the foods before you buy. All in all you will have an extremely diverse and interesting shopping experience.”
Trading times are from 9am to 5.30pm and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.