The newly established Manx Food Market Traders Association (Manx FMTA), is working with DEFA and Douglas City Center Management to launch a regular Douglas Foodies Market in June this year.
The Foodies Market will be held on alternative Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and will comprise of stalls selling fresh produce, ingredients and prepared food, providing the public with a real alternative to their usual supermarket food shop.
The Foodies Market will provided locals with a place to shop and a place to hang out. There will be street food vendors from the different communities on the island including Afro Caribbean and Asian dishes, and buskers and street entertainers will be encouraged to add to the atmosphere.
Oliver Cheshire, Head of Douglas City Center Management – “We are excited about bringing a regular open air food market to North Quay, the site of the previously bustling Victorian market. It achieves all of our objectives, offering the locals a useful amenity, a commercial benefit to local businesses and a place for all of the diverse communities from across the island, to come together.”
Adi Moore - Head of Food and Drink Development, DEFA, said - “We are delighted to support the Foodie Market, it will celebrate all types of local food and provide a one stop shop for those looking to buy more Manx Produce. It a real win win story - supporting local producers, keeping spend in the local economy and lowering food miles.”
The Manx Food Market Traders Association will act as the go between stall holders and the government departments, making it easier for established and first time traders to get involved.
James Quayle from Manx FMTA “The association has been set up to help establish a flourishing food market culture on the Isle of Man through establishing new markets and supporting existing regular food markets, Douglas Foodies Market is our first and ,most ambitious initiative. We want to provide consumers with reliable food markets that offer a real alternative to their regular supermarket shop. By doing this we will open up the opportunities for new producers as well as supporting the local economy. At the heart of everything we do will be providing the most practical and enjoyable experience for shoppers – offering a broad range of produce alongside a great atmosphere”
Traders and potential stall holders can find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org