Look, there’s a lot going on right now: there’s a pandemic, but zoos are open; Joe Wicks has been jogging on the spot for 12 weeks straight; it’s now estimated that the UK has Europe’s biggest surplus of homemade sourdough.
It’s hard to keep tabs on what’s what. So, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that Father’s Day is just around the corner.
That’s right! Sunday 21st June is your daddy deadline day. If you’ve not bought a gift, don’t panic! Your pals at Levy Market are well prepared with our weekly run-down of five products from those of our market traders who are continuing to bring their wares to doorsteps across Levenshulme and beyond, this time specially selected with all the dads, grandads, stepdads and stand-in dads in mind.
1. Sharebox for Love Kimchi
It can be difficult, when ordering ready meals from street-food traders, not knowing whether what you’ll get will be up to market standards once cooked at home. Not so with Love Kimchi whose Korean-fried chicken (or vegan chicken) is the stuff of delicious, moreish legend. Their shareboxes come with a range of accompanying sauces and seasonings – OG, Gangnam, K-Pop, Salt & Pepper – any of which is guaranteed to pop your pop’s socks clean off.
2. Cask Beer Box from Mobberley Brewhouse
You simply cannot go wrong with beer, certainly not when it arrives in such generous quantities. These wonderful beers from Mobbereley Brewhouse arrive in boxes which yield 9, 18 and even 36 pints. These are only available for local delivery – that covers Levenshulme, but if you live in another area you might want to check before ordering.
3. Hot Sauce Sampler Pack from DevilDog Sauces
Yes, okay, it’s a cliché that dads love their chilli sauces, but honestly this range of flavoursome hot sauces, created in small batches right here in Levenshulme by DevilDog using an array of chillies and accompanying ingredients, suits all tastes and tolerances.
4. Custom Sloth Portrait from Bronte Laura Illustration
Is this *the* perfect contact-free gift for that oddball father figure in your life? A unique, tip-top illustration from Bronte Laura Illustration of a person of your choosing… as a sloth! All you need is a photo and a tenner and you’re good to go.
5. Donation to a CALM
Fathers’ Day isn’t a great day for everyone. CALM, aka the Campaign Against Living Miserably, is leading the movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. They offer a range of support around mental health, something which young men have traditionally found hard to discuss.
If there’s a stall you can’t see on there make sure to check back as we’re updating the list every day. Or, if there’s a trader who’s missing and whose stuff you feel you simply cannot live without drop us a line and we’ll see if we can find out what they’re up to.