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Artisan Market, Castlefield, This Sunday

Karen Regn reports on a specialist market coming to the city centre this week

Published on September 27th 2011.

Artisan Market, Castlefield, This Sunday

AN ARRAY of food, crafts and antiques will add panache to Castlefield with the opening of a new market to be held each month.  

Manchester, especially Castlefield, needs such a market, it will be great showcase for the quality regional producers

With its first market date set for 2 October, organisers are promising an wide selection of award-winning, locally-made artisan products. The market will take place next to Dukes 92 every first Sunday of the month from 10am to 4pm.  

Before we go any further, let’s have a definition of ‘Artisan’: 

Artisan: a worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand.  

The artisan producers grow, rear or bake the food they sell. The direct relationship with the finished product this requires should, we hope, lead to a more individual and distinctive creation. 

The market is organised by Asif and Jodie Farakhan, a husband and wife team, whose vegetarian Indian food has won awards here in the UK as well as in Portugal, where they once owned restaurants. 

“This is something brand new for the area, which has become residential since the last time there was a market here,” said Asif.  “We’ve tried to get permission for a couple of years now, and residents and producers are really excited and looking forward to the opening.” 

Sixty stalls are to participate, with two-thirds of those occupied by award-winning producers. 

For the non-foodies there will be stalls selling flowers, home and garden items, books, vintage clothes and jewelry and well, anything else made by artisans. 

Castlefield Forum, a group of residents, business owners and cultural establishments, recently carried out a survey asking residents which events they would most like to see in Castlefield in the future. 

Forty-eight percent of participants said they’d like to see more markets.

Carol Middleton, the group’s chair said: "We're delighted to welcome the artisan market to Castlefield. We've been wanting markets to come back to Castlefield for years. We hope a market selling a wide range of quality produce in this dramatic, historic setting will be very well received." 

Food stalls will be handing out samples, hoping to tempt people into reaching into their purses. Yours truly is perhaps most looking forward to the desserts from Sugar Daddy Patisserie, particularly their Pear Frangipane Tart, which won this year’s Food NW Gold Heart Award.  

The Great North Pie Company, which has also brought home Food NW Awards and has been a British Pie Awards Winner, will be offering their Smoked Eel, Leek and Horseradish Pie, among others.

Neil Broomfield, its founder and chef, feels local people will appreciate having a market of such high quality in their area, “Manchester, especially Castlefield, needs such a market, it will be great showcase for the quality regional producers in the North West, this has the potential to become the Borough Market of the North.”







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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

ShuttySeptember 27th 2011.

Good news and something that makes Castlefield relevant, today, rather than a nice canal area with an impressive industrial heritage that was done up +a decade ago. Castlefield should be a more prominent part of our city!

Kevin PeelSeptember 29th 2011.

Looking forward to popping down!

Lisa YauOctober 1st 2011.

Count me in! Live so close by it would be rude not to go! It hopefully will add to class to area on a warm sunny day!

Michelle GormanJuly 4th 2012.

Pass the word on and come and see us all on the first Sunday of every month. Great atmosphere, Great people and great music!
The Lovely Cake Company x

John McCormackJuly 4th 2012.

I thought this had started some months ago, did I not see an article on here about it?

Diana HoltSeptember 11th 2012.

Sounds good - why has it not been advertised more widely?

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CobbydalerSeptember 11th 2012.

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