Castlefield Artisan Market gets thumbs up from Manchester Confidential

28th of March, 2012 Bookmark and Share
Manchester Confidential writer Lynda Moyo – editor of sister publication Body Confidential – has described her delight at the quality and value of Manchester's Castlefield Artisan Market, which operates on the first Sunday of every month between 10am and 4pm on Duke Street.

The market is mostly focused on food and drink, making it a popular choice for fans of top Manchester restaurants who also enjoy cooking and eating exciting meals at home. Its rules state that all stalls must feature produce created by the sellers, except for specialist imported goods which can't be otherwise obtained in the UK.

It is organised by food industry stalwarts Asif and Jodie Farakhan, whom Moyo interviewed about making their market plans a reality.

"It's not just about shopping," said Jodie. "It's about the whole experience of meeting with the people who create the produce and are passionate about what they are doing."

Stalls at the market include Levanter Fine Foods, which sells Spanish meats, olive oils and cheeses; The Cumbrian Pig, specialising in sausages; freshly-picked vegetables purveyor Heath Lane Farm Shop; exotic and traditional ice cream maker Fiona Sciolti; The Ginger Kid, offering inventive tarts and cakes; and fishmonger and condiments grocer Reedy's.

There are also lots of non-food items to choose from, such as retro kitchen accessories, jewellery and clothes.

Moyo said: "Just like the stalls themselves, customers are a real mixed bag. Some are regulars, stocking up on the aforementioned sausages or treating themselves to a sticky toffee pudding. Others have perhaps walked off the beaten track and wound up admiring the Roman Fort, only to find this hidden community under the bridge."

Jodie explained to Moyo that social media has been instrumental in spreading the word about the market and that people have been very supportive. Facilities such as free parking on nearby Castle Street are appealing to visitors, as are the area's Manchester bars, such as Dukes 92.

It has also been a positive development for residents of Manchester property within the Castlefield area.

Lauren Knowles
Confidential Publishing was set up in 2003 and its flagship site,, has over 100,000 readers and more than 75,000 subscribers. It covers food and drink, news, arts, entertainment, health and beauty, property and business and is aimed at the city region’s intelligent and educated readership. In January 2012, over half a million pages were viewed on the site. The company has won several awards including Top North West Brand in 2008 and One To Watch in 2007 at the How-Do Awards, which recognises local media in the North West. The firm employs almost 30 people across its head office in Manchester, and offices in Leeds and Liverpool.