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Food and craft markets prove a hit on their return to Gloucester

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Orchard Street Food and Craft Market

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Tantalising smells wafted across Gloucester Quays as the Orchard Street Food and Craft Market returned for the new season.

Hundreds of people flocked to the quays to peruse a variety of stalls selling anything from handmade crafts to sizzling burgers, gourmet pies, farmhouse cheeses and pickles.

Stall holders’ spirits were boosted by sunny weather on Saturday, which encouraged people to turn out in their droves to sample the delights on offer.

The markets are also open throughout today.

Cheryl Haines, who sells handmade ceramic gifts at her Broadlands Pottery stall, said: “It has been nice and busy and there has been a really lively atmosphere.

“For me this market is a great opportunity to get my products out there.

“It’s the kind of place you don’t find things you would get in High Street shops so people can find those unique gifts they wouldn’t get anywhere else.”

As well as various crafts on show there were a number of food and drink stalls selling anything from delicious cakes to bottled ales.

Gill Wright, who works for Bristol-based pie company Pieminster, said: “We have sold really well. I think the sunny weather has helped but people seem very glad to have the markets back.

"Hopefully the weather will be kind to us again on Sunday."

The popular markets will return to the Gloucester Quays on the first weekend of the month throughout 2014.

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  • JASB123  |  March 06 2014, 10:29AM

    Jemmywood what about the farmers market at the Cross every Friday? It seems to me that if there is investment or an event happens in an area someone says why there and not somewhere else. Why not look at the overall picture - Gloucester is slowly becoming a better place, the changes are now gaining momentum. You only have to look when you see stories stating that a £20 million investment in Cheltenham is good news as it will help the Town keep up with Gloucester! Who would have thought that a few years back.

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  • jas37  |  March 04 2014, 10:36PM

    Jemmywood, I don't like stating the obvious, of course the City Centre needs to raise it's game. It won't be easy, the "we don't like change Brigade" will no-doubt do their best to hinder the King's Quarter development - this scheme is hugely important. How they expect things to improve if things always stay the same? Many of our local Politicians appear to be totally devoid of any vision or genuine ambition for our City. One classic example -how did it take 4 years to decide it was a good idea to allow the Quays development to proceed? That's purely the most obvious example, there are many others.Look at the state of some of the Buildings in Southgate street (around Southgate News area). Surely a more effective way can be found to improve the appearance of the area. To remind you of your original question " And THIS isn't happening in the ACTUAL City Centre because...................? You didn't say "why isn't an event similar to this---" . Perhaps your wording was poor, surely you can't blame anyone else for that. p.s You never did explain how you came to the conclusion that the City Council in some way favoured the Quays.

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 03 2014, 11:38PM

    Oh Jas37, twisting and turning and diverting attention in attempt to save face, If I didn't know better I would say you were a local politician. My OP says 'and this isn't happening in the City Centre because.... ' meaning why isn't this happening in the city centre, not why isnt an event organised by the Quays being held in the city centre. And in true politician style, you avoided the question I asked you....So I'll ask you again... Do you think the City Centre needs to raise its game?

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  • jas37  |  March 03 2014, 9:04PM

    Jemmywood, your post clearly asks why this event is not happening part in the City Centre, as I stated, It would seem odd for the Quays to choose the City Centre as a venue instead of their own property. A few months ago you for reason that you never managed to explain accused the City Council of favouring the Quays over the City Centre. Your comments following our initial "disagreement "appeared to display a much greater degree of thought (the change was considerable) but a few weeks ago you appeared to adopt your old (and very blatant) anti-Quays/Peel stance. You appeared to have totally forgotten your recently adopted principle of giving the relevant facts consideration before commenting. I would be interested in understanding the reasons why you resumed "shooting from the hip" without apparent thought.

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  • bdbear  |  March 03 2014, 11:35AM

    Y es the city needs to raise its game jemmywood , but like the poor quality xmas lights it needs retailers to put up the money . The markets and every thing at the Quays are paid for by the retailers in there rent . The Easter garden show is there soon . They have had great speakers there I am looking forward to it already . Do theses things attract people yes look at Cheltenham festevials . I went to this week ends market , did not spend on the stalls but I did in the shops , so they got my money and not the shops in the centre

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  • Apothegm_  |  March 03 2014, 8:07AM

    "The Pound Shop Quarter" - brilliant!

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 03 2014, 8:05AM

    Jas37, good to hear from you my 'jumping in feet first without reading and understanding the OP' friend. Read my post AGAIN.... I never mentioned the Quays, I asked why things like this weren't happening in the city centre... And its a logical question. Seems the city is relying on The Quays to do stuff like this to help attract people to the Pound Shop quarter. If Gloucester does have someone who's job it is to advertise the gate streets etc and organise stuff like this, they are not doing their job. Do you not agree that the City Centre needs to raise its game?

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  • jas37  |  March 02 2014, 8:19PM

    JemmyWood, Why would the Quays put on a Market on in the City Centre instead of their own site. Please explain your logic.

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  • SmlngAssassin  |  March 02 2014, 3:41PM

    Jemmy wood - I think you'll find most of the current city centre clientele are more interested in pound shops, whereas the quays is at least a pleasant experience with nice normal people (as Basil Fawlty once said - no riff raff). Hopefully one day the city centre will change , but prob not until the local authorities are no longer in charge of decisions.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 02 2014, 1:05PM

    Jemmy Wood because Andrew doesn't work for Marketing Gloucester?

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