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Markets come to Carlisle

[T]wo bustling markets will be held in Carlisle city centre between Saturday, 19 and Monday 28 August as part of this year’s Carlisle Fringe programme.

Best of Carlisle stalls will be showcasing their local produce between Saturday 19 and Tuesday 22 August. Stalls will be open Saturday 19 August between 10am and 5pm, between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 20 August and then between 11am and 5pm, Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August.

The following stalls will be taking part:

  • J & M Catering – burgers and hot food
  • Lakeland Steaks – local steaks, burgers and sausages
  • The Candy Bar – candy floss, sweets, donuts, popcorn and drinks
  • Proscecco  Al Fresco – proscecco
  • Fairy Sawdust – crafted fairy doors and houses
  • Carwinley Preserves – homemade jams, chutneys and preserves
  • Cake District & Little Scarf Company – cakes and scarves
  • Countrystyle fruit & veg – fruit and veg
  • Goodbye Norma Jean – vintage clothing and accessories
  • Carlisle City Centre Business Group – State Management memorabilia
  • Marilyn Laugesen – paintings, prints and art
  • David Phillips – landscape and wildlife prints and cards
  • Tourist Information Centre stall, including local produce
  • MP Coffee.

Following the Best of Carlisle event, Market Place Europe will then return with their award winning International Market. Shoppers will be spoilt for choice with a huge mix of authentic continental treats in the city centre. Stalls will be open between Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 August between 9am and 5.30pm, Sunday 27 August between 10am and 5pm and Bank Holiday Monday between 10am and 5pm.

Take your pick from your favourite European cuisine: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Greek and Turkish street foods will all be there for you to enjoy. Or, how about a taste of the exotic; with deliciously fragrant Thai noodles, spicy Indian curries or go wild and try some of the rare and exotic meats and burgers including ostrich, kangaroo, wild boar and crocodile! And of course, not forgetting the taste of home with great British cheeses and an impressive hog roast too.

Don’t forget to leave a little room for a sweet treat, as there will be an array of delicious cakes, biscuits, sweets and crepes on offer to tempt you.

There will also be a Continental Street Bar where you can try some great continental beers and wine.

Green fingered shoppers will not be disappointed either as the market will include popular Dutch plant seller with his wonderful array of shrubs, plants, trees and bulbs.

The International Market forms part of the Carlisle Fringe programme. As part of this, an ancient Proclamation will be recited at the Market Cross on Saturday, 26 August at 10am. The Proclamation is a declaration of Carlisle City Council’s rights to hold an annual Fair in August, originally granted to the citizens of Carlisle in 1352 by Edward III.

A procession including The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey, Sword and Mace Bearers and other Civic Dignitaries will make its way from St. Cuthbert’s Church to the Market Cross in the city centre.