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Win a hamper from the first ever Manchester Real Food Market

And there'll be freebies handed out at the grand opening on Friday

Published on April 21st 2009.

Win a hamper from the first ever Manchester Real Food Market

The city centre's Farmers' and Producers' Market is no more. But fans of fresh, local produce need not fret. It's been replaced with the Manchester Real Food Market, which is like the farmers' market but better because it'll sell a wider variety of home-grown and home-made stuff.

All the popular stalls from the original market will be there, and they'll be joined by new traders from the local area selling a huge variety of quality food. The idea is to tap into the growing interest in 'real food' – food that's produced or sourced by local businesses and sold direct to local people. It's a system that's good for the environment and the region's economy – and the success of the decade-old farmers' market proved that it works in Manchester.

At the new Real Food Market, there'll be stalls offering fresh fish and meat including locally reared beef, pork and wild game. There will also be organic, seasonal fruit and vegetables, free-range eggs and other delicious products such as homemade confectionery, local Lancashire cheeses, freshly baked bread and pastries, olives and specialist cider and beer.

There will also be tasty lunches on offer for city centre workers and shoppers including a variety of curries, freshly cooked African and Turkish foods, homemade burgers with chutneys, fresh soups and smoothies.

A special feature of the new market will be its fairly traded element. There will be four stalls specialising in fairly traded products including chocolate, clothing, jewellery, cosmetics, crafts, jute bags, and home decorations made out of recycled materials.

The Manchester Real Food Market will be open twice monthly on every second and fourth weekend (Friday and Saturday only) from 10am-6pm in Piccadilly Gardens. The grand opening will take place on Friday 24 April and there will be plenty of tantalising tasters offered out by the traders to people who go along.

We've got three hampers to give away from traders at the market: Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese has donated a hamper packed with assorted cheeses, Savin Hill have prepared one full of good quality meats and pâtés, and O'Neill's Fish are offering a fresh and smoked fish hamper.

To be in with a chance of winning one, fill out the form below. Winners will need to collect their hamper from the market on Saturday 25 April.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on November 11th 2009.

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