This Friday sees the debut of the new Strabane food and craft market, featuring an exciting showcase of quality artisan products from the local area.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, this week encouraged shoppers in the Strabane and surrounding areas to show their support on the market’s first day of trading. “This is an extremely welcome move by Council in establishing a monthly market for Strabane, providing a fantastic opportunity for local traders, food producers and craft workers to get involved in showcasing their produce to the local community.
“Not only will it benefit local traders at the market, but it will also bring additional shoppers into the town centre, to the benefit of all local businesses. I look forward to sampling some of the goods on sale, and I would really encourage everyone to show their support and ensure that the market now builds on these foundations to become a vibrant and permanent feature of Strabane each month.”
Among the local crafters and producers showing their wares will be Granny Knitter with her series of hand knitted children’s designs, the award winning producers Kennedy Bacon, Sperrin Specialty Coffee, Sand Art, local crafter Carol White with her beautiful range of handmade cards and books, antiques specialist Felim O’Neill, the One World Shop, and Sweet Piranha Bites.
Markets Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Nicolle Walters, said the market offered a wide array of quality products. “I am delighted to see the variety of goods which will be on display and which will appeal to a wide variety of shoppers. This is a really positive beginning to what will be a regular monthly fixture in the town centre and hopefully it will inspire other artisan traders in the area to also consider signing up.
“Council is committed to supporting local traders and to identifying new opportunities to enhance the offering of our city and town centres in a way that will boost business and the local economy for everyone.”
The market will set up stall in the Courtyard of the Alley Theatre from 11am to 4pm and will operate on the last Friday of each month. DCSDC is still taking applications from traders who are interested in taking part. Trading opportunities are limited and traders will be subject to a selection process which will take into account the types of goods, their speciality nature, and previous experience.
or contacting Council’s Business Section on Tel: 02871 253 253 ext: 6664.