**Our FINAL market of 2014 will be a Christmas food and drink special (with some last minute gifts thrown in for the less organised!) – taking place on FRIDAY – 4.00pm-9.00pm on the train station car park **
Well what a year it’s been – 9 months ago we set out on our great weekly adventure and – now we can tell you – we may not’ve been as confident as we looked! But the gamble paid off and we are immensely happy with what we have acheived this year and looking forward to sharing some more exciting developments with you very soon. and to close our awesome year, what better way to celebrate than with a good old foodie knees up with nearly 40 traders selling seasonal goodies – from organic Cumbian cheese, eggs and hand churned butter from Winter Tarn Farm (suppliers to Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume) to hand selected wines and Champagnes from Case Solved Wines. Among the other goods on sale, shoppers will be able to pick up speciality Christmas sausages from award-winners Bobby’s Bangers, vegetarian and vegan pates, bread from Trove, Levenshulme’s own award winning café and bakery, game and speciality meats and – of course – a sumptuous selection of mince pies, chocolates, Christmas cakes and puddings.
As you would expect of our night time events the seasonal cheer will be in full flow, courtesy of the real ale bar and large covered seating area provided by Those Four Mobile Bar and shoppers will be kept in the Christmas spirit, with mulled wine from Case solved wines, mulled cider form Hyder cider and other seasonal warmers flowing from market favourite The Buttery, who will be dishing out traditional wassail and smoking bishops (warm port, infused with burnt orange and clove). There will also be plenty of hot food on sale from speciality street food vendors including market favourites Mio Pizza and 4Lunch. Entertainment will be provided throughout with children’s face painting and badge making from 4.00pm, carols from local choirs and music from local bands and DJs taking us through into the night! AND we have last minute gifts, gift wrapping and cards on sale – all you need to finish the Christmas slog and let the good times begin!
So read on – for listings of all the traders and what they’ll have on offer for the big night and keep an eye out for news of entertainment, fun and other surprises we have in store!
Stuff yourself silly with food and drinks from…
4lunch: Fresh, wholesome, seasonally inspired street food – will you break and have an early Chrimble dinner? – @4Lunchmcr
Coffee Cranks Cooperative: All organic teas, coffees, soft drinks, raw snacks + BOOZY COFFEES! WOOT! – @CoffeeCranks
Daniel Olivia Catering Ltd: Hot sweet and savoury crepes – from Nutella or lemon and sugar to spinach ham cheese and basil – @chateau_crepe
Mio Pizza: Oleg’s famous wood fired pizzas – get down here early before the queue builds – @MioPizza
Offbeat: A bit of veggie heaven – homemade haggis, beet and falafel veggie burgers and snacks with salads and homemade sauces and relish, raw cake bars and organic, non-alcoholic mulled juices.
Those Four Ltd: THE BAR! Expect the usual from our awesome bar team: real ale, craft beers, vinos, seasonal cocktails, hot mull of all varieties and a tonne of boozy knowledge! – @thosefourltd
Stock up on Christmas goodies with…
Bobby’s Bangers: Sausage-flipping tastic – from the world-famous Christmas dinner sausage to their treacle smoked bacon, these guys have the stuffing, pigs in blankets and the stuffing all sewn up etc – @bobbysbangers
Case Solved Wines Ltd: Wine sir? Adrian has your Christmas bottles covered – from the very richest reds to those fish-starter-crisp whites, and bubbly worthy of a hearty toast. AND he’ll be serving up his SPECIAL BLEND of mulled wine – what happens when a mull expert does wine? There’s only one way to find out! – @CaseSolvedWines
Chocolate Collective: What is Christmas day without a sticky chocolate stain round the mouth by 8.00am? Add a touch of class this year with locally handmade chocolates including bars, truffles and a range for children (if you insist) – @ChocCollective
Fatjax Chutney: No cheeseboard would be complete without a proper Chrimbo chutney – thankfully we deliver a board-defining assortment of chutneys and relishes, with hot sauces and dried chillies on the side – @fatjaxchutney
Hyder Cider: A lighter tipple? How about a range of craft bottled ciders from across the UK – but a bottle for yourself or a gift packs for a friend (and keep it for yourself). PLUS mulled cider, made as only a cider expert knows how – @hydercider
Just Baked: CHRRRRRRISTMAS CAAAAAKE! Homemade seasonal cakes, mince pies, fruit cakes and more – perfect to grace any Christmas table
Lindsay’s Veg: Organic, seasonal veg, some of which is grown just 13.8miles away from Levenshulme by Lindsay’s own hands – all the classics will be here – your spuds, sprouts, carrots and – of course – the traditional Christmas pineapple. LEVY MARKET PRO TIP: Do NOT boil your sprouts – roast them! This was the 20143 Christmas revelation at Levy Market towers and we’ve not looked back.
Lushbrownies: THE BROWNIE WOMAN (aka Nikki) – because, yes, yes, mince pies are all very nice but NOTHING sends you into a Christmas-style sugar coma like one of these babies – special Christmas flavours on offer too to make the most of the seasonal goodliness – @lushbrownies
Maison Vocolatier: More chocolate? IT’S CHRISTMAS! How about some luxury vegan chocolate ganache mousse pots, grown up dark chocolate flavours (including fig and almond and raspberry and pistachio) PLUS hot chocolates with liqueurs and whisky
North West Game: Turkey? PHOEY! What about pheasant this year? Take a look at the wild game and seasonal meats on offer to take home and eat there and then
Orchard House Pates: Fabulous starters and boxing day treats these pates are sublime -in a range of meaty flavours, plus vegan cream cheese and other veggie and vegan options – all pâtés are gluten and dairy free too and topped with organic coconut oil – @orchardpate
Parched Tea Bar: After all that rich rich food you’ll be needing a good, clean brew. Well Marcy’s on the case with hot teas and Christmas tisanes with loose leaf tea packets and tea accessories which make fantastic gifts – @parchedteabar
Pudding and Pie: PIE! For keeping it simple over the festive season – look right here for homemade pies and scones PLUS hot pies and mushy pies, sponge puddings and custard – @puddindpiecafe
Savin Hill Farm & Butchery: TURKEY? PAH! How about rare breed British white beef, middlewhite and saddleback pork, lamb, mutton, dry cured bacons, sausages, pork pies or black pudding for Christmas dinner? OK – MAYBE for boxing day then.
The Buttery: Super special and super seasonal hot food and traditional drinks – @neilbuttery
The Smokey Carter: You like your Christmas to go with a little zing, no? Make sure you stock up on spice rubs for your bird, sauces and chilli oils. And don’t forget that spice hampers make for great gifts too…- @thesmokeycarter
Trove: In the end it all comes down to bread – great bread – award winning bakers Marcus and Katie provide loaves for your celebrations plus pastries (Christmas morning croissant, madam?), cakes and more besides – @trovebakery
Winter Tarn Cheese: THE CHEESE MAN – known and loved throughout the land of Levy, Jeremy will be bringing extra helpings of his astounding range of cheese, monster eggs and butter beyond compare – @wintertarn
Buy awesome last minute gifts from…
Bubbleoff! Ltd: The lovely ladies can rustle up the smellies like nobody’s business – perfect gifts for those who like to smell good and those who need to smell better! – @bubbleoff
Eyewood Designs: For the foodie in your life – handmade wood chopping boards, engraved with their name, plus serving boards, olive wood gifts and candle holders.
Jon Turner Illustration and Creation: Lovely Jon has a definitive range of strange and surreal artwork, geeky and literary handmade gifts – @thisisjonturner
Stacy’s Boutique: Lovely hand-made jewellery and accessories – from stokcing filler pieces to real show stoppers.
Tinned Snail ( Designsixty4): Who loves Levenshulme (or Didsbury, Rusholme, Longsight, Burnage Withington or Chorlton?) – get them proof with area themed mugs, coasters and other gifts – @tinnedsnail
Wraptious: You need to wrap, no? that wrap your gifts with arty love from this unique art collective selling wrapping paper, cards, prints, mugs, notebooks and more – @Wraptious