THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on Uttoxeter today as the tastes, smells and products of continental Europe are set to transform the town centre into a bustling market place.
The Traditional European Food and Craft Fair is back for two days only – today and tomorrow – in the Market Place and residents and visitors alike are expected to be out in force to grab some continental treats and get a taste of some of the delicacies of continental Europe.
To accommodate the market and make it safer for visitors, temporary road closures have been granted by East Staffordshire Borough Council for Market Place and Market Street.
The roads will be closed on both days from 6am to 8pm and motorists are urged to think of alternative routes before heading off on their journey.
Traditional Market, which organises the event, said the stallholders will be bringing a lot of produce and products that are new and different as they descend on Uttoxeter.
This year the market promises to be much bigger with some new stalls compared to the previous two years.
The town will even start to resemble a florist as a large range of Dutch flowers will invade most of the town, as well as some Finnish crafts and clothes, Italian deli, Morrocan crafts and leather items to offer some unique treats to visitors.
It said the town centre will be transformed into more of a bustling market place than ever before, as the marketers build on the success of their visits in earlier years.
Market organiser Olivier Simonin said: “We have new professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries who will be wearing traditional costumes, selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, delectable cheeses, sausages, tartiflette, charcuterie, fresh bread, and croissants.
“As well as all of these delectable tasty goods, you will also be able to choose from a wide range of products including handbags and leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children’s toys and pashminal.
“There really will be something here for everyone.
“Most of the products on sale will come from each stall holder’s region, where they are produced by small organisations such as family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods, maintaining a high standard of quality.
“All of the traders will also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the region of the country they come from.
“The market will therefore provide you with a true flavour of the continent.”
More information on the traditional European market and what will be on offer to the visitors is available by visiting www.traditionalmarket.co.uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/traditionalmarket