New street food stalls tickle the tastebuds at Beverley market
STREET FOOD: Stallholder David Makin, of Lodge Farm gourmet burgers and hotdogs.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Mar 2017
Hungry shoppers have made the launch of new weekly street food stalls a sell-out success in Beverley.
Street Food @ Beverley Wednesday Market has brought a fresh flavour to the traditional mid-week market in the town.
Traders who saw their stock sell out say the street food twist to Wednesday's market will be a tasty boost for the town.
An artisan bakery stall, set up by North Yorkshire-based micro-baker Amos & Welsh, saw products sell like hot cakes.
HOT STUFF: Street food stalls tickled the tastebuds at Beverley's Wednesday Market.
Ashley Welsh says: “We thought we would give Beverley a go and it was brilliant.
“It exceeded our expectations and was really, really good.
“I think the Wednesday market, compared to Saturday's market, has been struggling a bit so we thought we would see how it goes. We sold out as did other stalls, people were queuing up.
“The people who came were really into food and its provenance, they wanted to know the story behind the product and were genuinely interested."
MARKET: Stalls in Beverley's Wednesday Market.
Ashley says the Wednesday Market venue had a cosmopolitan feel, with busy pavement cafes flanking the market.
“It was like something you see in Europe, in town squares," she says.
“We will definitely be back."
Web administrator Sam Topham, 29, who works in Beverley, visited the street market in his lunch break.
Sam says: “It had a good atmosphere and was drawing people in.
“You could buy things like stone-baked pizzas, pulled pork and steak burgers.
“There's a lot of al fresco dining going on in Beverley, more businesses are applying for licences for people to sit outside.
“The street food market is something different on a Wednesday."
TASTY BREAK: Sam Topham visited Beverley's street food market in his lunch break.
Jules Hackford, of lovehogroast.com, also sold out delicious produce.
Anlaby-based Jules says: “I think Beverley is changing with the times.
“They have designed a pavement cafe area in the market place and it was great to see people passing through.
“Students and business people came at lunchtime, we saw a lot of visitors. Nearly everyone wanted to know if we're coming back.
“The street food market will make it more of a place to go to. I think it will get bigger and it will encourage people to stay longer in Beverley."
East Riding Council, which runs the Wednesday market, is aiming to attract new and exciting food businesses from the area and from across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to set up their stalls, serving freshly made food cooked on site throughout the day.
Traders on the launch day were selling pizzas, hog roast, American barbecue, freshly-based bread, locally-sourced burgers and sausages, as well as fruit and vegetables.
The council now hopes to increase the number of stalls, mixing both traditional and street food, to build on the success of the outdoor cafe culture that already exists in the Wednesday Market area.
The Wednesday and Saturday markets in Beverley date back to the 13th century and traders are still governed and guided by a royal charter.
The council took over the running of the Wednesday market in December 2015.
Richard Lascelles, the council's markets officer, say: “Wednesday was the first of our weekly street food events at Wednesday Market and it went really well.
“We had eight stalls, six of those were street food. Two of the traders told me they sold out and all of them have expressed an interest in coming back next week.
“So now we want to build on this positive start and, with the support of the public, really make it a success throughout the year."
Anyone interested in applying for a stall on the market can visit the council's website www.eastriding.gov.uk and search for 'markets'.