Causeway Speciality Market is enjoying a successful summer season as it celebrates its 15th anniversary.
At a time when the local produce sector is more popular than ever, the market’s organisers have been reflecting on its ongoing development since 2006.
Since then, it has experienced significant growth in its membership and now offers an astounding array of produce to shoppers on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.
With over 50 producers regularly setting out their stall, it’s now regarded as Northern Ireland’s largest regular outdoor market selling food, craft and art products.
Speaking after a visit to the market, Mayor Richard Holmes said: “Causeway Speciality Market is a significant asset for Coleraine which has proven its place in the town’s landscape over the past decade and beyond.
“Fifteen years ago the previous local authority displayed great foresight to set this platform up, and now Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is proud to play its part in its continued popularity.
“Our artisan sector has really come in to its own in recent years and Causeway Speciality Market has played an important part in this by providing our artisans with this direct connection to potential customers.
“The pedestrianised area around the Town Hall in Coleraine lends itself perfectly to the marketplace setting, and it was hugely encouraging to see the area so busy during my recent visit with so many people browsing and buying the fantastic range of high-quality goods on offer.
“As a council we continue to support our ‘Shop, Eat, Enjoy Local’ message and a visit to the market is one way we can all put this in to action.
“The market would be nothing without its traders, so I want to offer all of them my thanks for their passion and enthusiasm over years.”
Among the unique items and treats on offer, Causeway Speciality Market is home to a superb selection of quality crafts, including handmade jewellery, textile crafts, ceramics, pottery, framed and local photography, scented candles and soaps, painted glassware and polished wood-turned products.
These are complemented by an array of food stalls packed with award winning products, including meats, fish, smoked salmon, curry sauces, oils, relishes, olives, cheese, jams, chutneys, speciality teas and coffees, artisan breads and sweet treats, local vegetables and even seaweed.
Due to demand from traders and customers, Causeway Speciality Market has a packed schedule for the year ahead with two markets planned per month until December.
n Upcoming dates are Saturday, August 28, followed by Saturday, September 11, and Saturday, September 25.
n The outdoor market is weather dependant so for the most up-to-date information follow Causeway Speciality Market Coleraine on Facebook, @CausewayMarket on Twitter or email email@example.com