Traders and the public purr with pleasure over Catford’s new monthly Sunday market

Catford’s new monthly Sunday Market got away to a great start last week with food-led stalls attracting lots of customers who were very pleased with what was on offer.

The market, organised by community group Team Catford, took place on Catford Broadway from 10am to 4pm and plans to run on the first Sunday of every month.

The market attracted a good list of quality stalls reflecting the area’s rich cultural heritage. Stallholders included Raastawala who sell authentic street food of Kolkata, and the Caribbean flavours of Jerk Off BBQ.

Cake connoisseurs Brett & Bailey and Miss Flits Vegan Bake were in attendance as well as Van Dough, who cook sourdough pizza in a converted van. Perlant and Press are also van-based in a converted VW Camper which they now use to sell tea, coffee and snacks.

In addition to the food stalls, Nick Williams, owner of Potted, a new business venture focusing on attractive plants and pots, said: “I think the market is great. It is interesting that it is very clearly trying to do something different to the daily market that is here, and I think that it recognises the changes that are happening in Catford.

“But, I think there is room for both to be successful, and I really hope that this is a good intervention to give Catford a bit of a boost.”

Andrew Lilley of Nooch, a stall specialising in vegan food, said: “We were thrilled to be part of the Catford Food Market. We would like to say a big thanks to Team Catford for giving us the opportunity to be involved.

“It was a fabulous day and it’s by far, the highlight of our recent entry into the world of food stalls!”

The market began when Catford residents became involved in a community-wide scheme led by Lewisham council to further regenerate the area with the suggestion of a new market being high on everyone’s agenda.

Team Catford who ran the event said the market was an opportunity for existing local traders to showcase their businesses and for new ones to start up and have an opportunity to grow.

They have previously organised events such as the Catford Gin Festival, Catford Beer Festival, and before Christmas, a kid’s craft fair held in one of the units in the shopping centre.

In the summer, the market hopes to hold a jollof rice (one-pot rice dish) competition, which will be the first to occur in the southeast of London. An outdoor cinema showing the latest blockbuster superhero films, such as Wonder Woman is also planned, as well as various other activities, including workshops and music events.

Team Catford plan to have the market run on the first Sunday of every month and hope that the successful launch can be built on so the market becomes a fixture in the calendar and a much loved south east London event.

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