I work on the weekends, which usually means I miss out on lazy day markets but last week I popped down on my lunch break to Burton Road’s maker’s market to have a look round. Manchester is full of makers, street food and promising community led festivals so of course I knew what to expect and I wasn’t disappointed.
On my whirlwind 10 minute dash around the stalls, I was greeted with a bunch of inexpensive, and delicious looking food (Nasi Lemak and Alex’s bakery to name a few) and more interesting products such as honey infused water by Just Bee. After a bit of research, I fell in love with this product. I have become a little bit obsessed by bees and their affect on our lives (and of course they are the symbol of Manchester’s working class). Founders Joe and Andy share a love for bees, honey and preventing the decline of these little creatures, so check them out if you can! Of course the real reason I went is to perve on all the gorgeous dogs that I regularly see stroll past my shop. This guy was particularly majestic, pulling in the punters for his owner’s pet related stall. JUST TAKE ALL MY MONEY GODDAMNIT.
All tied together with live music and the waft of BBQ in the air, it certainly lifted my spirits after a very rainy morning. I trotted back to work with just enough time to wolf down my satay chicken and cold glass noodle salad from Nasi Lemak and carried on my day whilst thinking about those cake jars…
Since moving to Chorlton, and exploring the area around it, I can really see a sense of community and artistry that may be lost in the haste of the city centre. It is definitely worth venturing those three or four tram stops away to find something a little more special. So if you’re around on the last Sunday of every month, be sure to support our local makers!