THE tastes, smells and products of continental Europe as well as the colourful sights of traditional outfits are set to bring Uttoxeter to life as a market hits town.
The Traditional European Food and Craft Fair is all set to return to Uttoxeter’s Market Place on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 and organisers promise it will be bigger than before.
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 for one weekend only.
This year the market promises to be much bigger with some news stalls compared to the previous two years it has graced the town centre.
The town will even start to resemble a flourist 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 told The Advertiser that traders from all over Europe will be selling produce, mostly produced by their families back home, and there will be something for everyone’s tastes.
He 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 (a delicious cheese and potatoes dish from the Alps), charcuterie, fresh bread, and croissants.
“This year, we have some new exciting stalls: German salami, Finnish crafts, Peruvian handicrafts, Italian macaroons and Paris handbags.
“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 its visit to the town is available by visiting www.traditionalmarket.co.uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/traditionalmarket