Thousands of shoppersflocked to Clitheroe for some of the finest foods and artisan products in Europe at the town’s first continental market.
From Greek baklava and German bratwurst to French charcuterie and Belgian chocolate, more than six thousand shoppers from across the country converged on Clitheroe over the Bank Holiday weekend to sample the culinary delights of the three-day event.
The market, organised by Geraud Markets in association with Ribble Valley Borough Council, featured over 30 specialist stalls and occupied the Clitheroe Market Car Park until Saturday.
As well as fine foods, it featured artisan items, such as jewellery, woodwork and alpaca knitwear.
Geraud Markets manages 55 continental markets across the country, as well as the famous Covent Garden Sunday Market.
Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Coun. Simon Hore said he was delighted with the success of the market and hopes it will become an annual event.
He added: Clitheroe is famed for its independent retailers, while the Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival attract thousands of shoppers to the borough each year.
“We were delighted to be hosting Clitheroe’s first continental market and invite Lancashire shoppers to join us over the weekend for another fabulous retail experience. The continental market proved to be a huge success, especially on Friday and Saturday when the weather was sunny. “The traders were very pleased with the thousands of shoppers that descended into the town.”
Coun Hore added: “It was the first time Clitheore hosted a continental market and we could have accommodated more stalls, but we will hopefully learn and improve from this experience and work together in making next year’s event bigger and better.”
Clitheroe has hosted a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th Century and it now has over 80 stalls selling fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, fish and meat, clothing and lingerie, pottery and craft items, curtains and fabrics, rugs and household textiles, flowers and electrical goods.
It is also home to a number of specialist food traders, including Ferguson’s Deli, which is featured on the Ribble Valley Food Trail, and legendary fruit and veg stall Burney’s.
Clitheroe Market was open on Friday, which is not a normal market day.