Residents and visitors to Stockton are in for a treat this month as the Town’s first continental market heads to the High Street for three days.
From Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 September Stockton’s new events space at the northern end of the high street will be transformed into a bustling market with more than 30 stalls offering a wide range of tasty produce and hand crafted goods.
From 10am to 4pm daily traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland among others will be offering a taste of the continent to buy and take away or enjoy in the Town Centre. Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, cheeses, sausages, tartiflette (a delicious cheese and potato dish from the Alps), charcuterie, fresh bread, croissants and freshly made crepes will just be some of the mouth-watering foods on offer.
In addition stalls selling regional handmade goods such as handbags, soaps, lavender, toys and pashminas will be on offer.
To get shoppers in a truly continental mood all the traders will also wear their traditional dress and stalls will be decorated to reflect the trader’s nationality.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “Although we have wanted to host a specialist continental market in Stockton for a number of years we were unable to accommodate such a large event on the High Street for three days.
“But thanks to the multi-million pound regeneration scheme the Town Centre is transforming and the new dedicated events space at the northern end of the High Street is the perfect place for this specialist market – easy for shoppers and visitors to access.
“Come along to sample the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of all the wonderful continental produce. Shop among traders in traditional costume and experience a true flavour of the continent right here, for the first time in Stockton.”