We always knew we loved Levy Market when we started out with this social enterprise but I don’t think any of us directors we’d love it so much we’d end up running two markets in two days – but we are!
This month, as well as out usual (FABULOUS) market with over 40 traders selling food, drink, crafts, art, vintage and plants on Saturday 22nd June, we are also hosting a very very special event for Levenshulme – the launch event for the first ever Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival!
The launch will take the form of a street food market on the evening of Friday 21st June. From 4.00pm – 10.00pm the market’s usual location – the car park behind Levenshulme train station – will be transformed into the venue for a celebration of street food, with over 30 traders selling food and drink to consume on the premises, a large seating area with bar and entertainment for the whole family.
The venture is collaboration between Levenshulme Market and Guerrilla Eats – a street food collective who have hosted events across greater Manchester since the end of 2012. A number of Guerrilla Eats traders will be joining the festivities on the night, along with Levenshulme’s regular traders and newer traders. The traders have also been working with real ale bar providers Juke Joint Bar to match the food they will be offering to beers on sale on the night – with a list of food and drinks available shortly before the event for customers who need a head’s start on some hard choices!
The food on offer so far includes wild venison and other game specialities, wood-fired sourdough pizza, Greek finger food, Mexican burritos and tacos, artisan beef and chicken burgers, home-made hot and cold pies, marinated and BBQ-ed meats, gourmet hot sausages and speciality hot dogs, traditional Spanish tapas and paella, Indian specialities and polish comfort food. Sweet treats on offer will include artisan chocolate brownies, baked cheesecakes, cupcakes, loaf cakes and gourmet ice cream. And in addition to the real ale bar wine will also be available, as well as continental lager and home-made organic fruit cordials (available with a kick if needed!).
The event kicks off a two week celebration of food and drink in Levenshulme under the banner of the inaugural Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival, which will see over 30 events take place in various locations around the South Manchester suburb.
Levenshulme Market is run as a social enterprise and uses the profits in makes to help develop retail skills and opportunities for residents and traders with the ultimate aim of breathing new life into Levenshulme’s high street. Manchester City Council has supported the project from the outset and Manchester Markets are supplying gazebos and staff for this event.