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Dutch Market Comes to Manchester

I always feel a little sad when one of Manchester’s specialist markets packs up and leaves town. St Anne’s or Albert Square is left looking a bit bare and forsaken

Published on May 15th 2006.


Dutch Market Comes to Manchester

I always feel a little sad when one of Manchester’s specialist markets packs up and leaves town. St Anne’s or Albert Square is left looking a bit bare and forsaken, kind of like your house after you’ve taken all of the Christmas decorations down and there’s only the odd trace of forgotten tinsel sellotaped to the ceiling to suggest that it ever happened at all.

It’s all been a little empty of late in St Anne’s Square, but this weekend sees the arrival of the UK’s first Dutch Market, to fill the square with some of Holland’s finest sights and scents. No, not those kind of scents… but lots of lovely flowers, whiffy cheese and yummy waffles.

From Friday 19th May, the Dutch market will be in town for ten days to brighten up our spring. As you wander amongst the clogs, flowers and windmills you may be forgiven for thinking that you have taken a wrong turning on your lunch break and ended up in Holland, but don’t worry, keep walking and you’ll come out safe on the other side. Phew.

The Dutch market will be your one stop shop for all things Netherlandese, including woodwork, fresh cut flowers, handcrafted leather goods and hand blown glass. And of course there’ll be lots of delicious food and drink on offer.

You may need to brush up on your Dutch a little before you attempt to buy your lunch from the market, but once you’ve got your tongue around such names as Stroopwafels, Poffertjes and Karertkes, you’ll be able to get your laughing gear around tasty caramel waffles, shredded potato pancakes and mini sweet pancakes served with a variety of syrups. And of course it would only be the polite thing to do to sit in the sunshine and sample some of the imported beer to wash it all down with.

Dutch Market, St Ann’s Square
10am to 6pm from Friday 19 May to Monday 29 May 2006.

Jayne Robinson
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