Artisan food at new market

(from left) Ben Reed, Mark Reed, Audrey Fowler and Jacki Hughes launch the new Elswick market
(from left) Ben Reed, Mark Reed, Audrey Fowler and Jacki Hughes launch the new Elswick market

RESIDENTS in Elswick are launching their very own artisan food and farmers’ market.

The monthly event has the benefit of being indoor and is a unique twist on a traditional farmers’ market, with the addition of artisan foods, tasting sessions and food demonstrations.

The event will take place on a monthly basis, starting this Saturday, April 28, and then on the fourth Saturday of each month, between 9am and 1pm.

It will offer free parking, and is based at Elswick Village Hall on Roseacre Road, Elswick.

Organisers are bringing together some of the best local producers, specialising in a wide range of produce, such as cakes, puddings, pies, meats, fish, bread, oriental foods, honey, fruit and veg,.

Jacki Hughes, from the Elswick Village Hall Committee, developed the idea.

She said: “There has been a real buzz since the idea was raised, and the support from the community and traders has tremendous.

“Our market brings a fusion between artisan food and a traditional farmers’ market, with some of the finest local food producers, who pride themselves on their fresh, high quality offerings.

“We wanted to make it a real and enjoyable experience for people by adding tasting sessions and demonstrations, while also offering unique extras, such as our free local delivery service, for those who need a hand with their deliveries.”

Profits from the market also go back in to help the upkeep of Elswick village hall, which itself is a charity.

Coun Mark Reed, who has been involved in launching the market, said: “This is great for Elswick and the surrounding villages, and a culmination of a lot of hard work from many people in the area.

“The market is a real example of how a community pulls together to set up a social initiative, that not only adds a fantastic asset to the village, but also raises ongoing funds for the upkeep of Elswick Village Hall.’’