Lewisham is a vibrant and diverse borough in London and has long been a melting pot of cultures, each bringing their unique flavours and cuisines to the table. To further celebrate this rich culinary tapestry, Lewisham Food Market is set to launch, building upon the success of the Catford Food Market. In a slight change from our Trader of the Month format, this month we will delve into the reasons behind launching the Lewisham Food Market, how it aims to differentiate itself from Catford's market, the exciting traders expected to participate, and why Lewisham is such a special place, especially in light of its past Borough of Culture designation.
Why was it time to launch Lewisham Food Market?
The decision to launch the Lewisham Food Market stems from the resounding success of its predecessor, the Catford Food Market. Catford's market quickly became a beloved fixture in the community, attracting locals and visitors alike with its diverse range of delectable food offerings, live music, and family-friendly ambiance. The success of Catford Food Market has highlighted the growing demand for such community-driven culinary spaces, where people can come together, celebrate diversity, and support local businesses. The positive reception and patronage of Catford Food Market have served as a testament to the need for a similar food market in Lewisham, where its multicultural population can come together to enjoy delicious food and engage in a vibrant social atmosphere.
How will Lewisham Food Market be different from Catford's market?
While the Lewisham Food Market draws inspiration from Catford's success, it also seeks to carve out its unique identity. One key difference lies in the location. Situated in the heart of Lewisham, the new market will be more accessible to residents from different parts of the borough and just 9 minutes from central London, this leafy location offers respite from busy city life and exposes Lewisham Food Market's offer to a wider audience, resembling the international influences of its traders. This central location aims to bring together communities from diverse neighbourhoods, fostering a sense of unity and cohesion.
Moreover, the Lewisham Food Market plans to expand its culinary offerings to include an even broader range of cuisines from around the world. With a focus on promoting local food entrepreneurs, the market aims to provide a platform for traders to showcase their talents. Additionally, there will be a heightened emphasis on sustainable and ethical food practices, ensuring that the market aligns with Lewisham's commitment to environmental consciousness.
What traders can we expect?
The Lewisham Food Market has garnered considerable interest from a multitude of traders eager to showcase their culinary expertise. Aspiring chefs and seasoned food vendors will offer a diverse array of dishes, reflecting the borough's cultural richness. Visitors can expect a delightful fusion of flavours, allowing customers to experience tastes of the Himalayan Mountains, North East India and Thailand, all in one trip around the market!
Beyond international cuisines, the market will also embrace local specialties, inviting Cornwall born and bred Roobarb Foods, Rocks Oysters and the incredible multi award-winning Ed Baker. With an emphasis on freshness and quality, the traders at Lewisham Food Market promises to tantalise taste buds and introduce visitors to new and exciting flavours.
Why do you love Lewisham? What is special about it?
Lewisham holds a special place in the hearts of its residents and visitors alike. The borough's unique blend of cultures and communities creates an atmosphere of inclusivity and open-mindedness, making it a true celebration of London's diversity. Whether strolling through its lush parks, exploring its vibrant markets, or engaging in community events, the sense of camaraderie is palpable.
One notable aspect that adds to Lewisham's appeal is its designation as the Borough of Culture. This prestigious title recognises Lewisham's commitment to nurturing arts, heritage, and creativity. Throughout the year, the borough comes alive with an eclectic array of cultural events, performances, and exhibitions, further strengthening the community's bond and fostering artistic expression. Lewisham's love for food is deeply intertwined with its cultural fabric, and the launch of Lewisham Food Market is yet another testament to its commitment to embracing culinary diversity and providing a space for the community to come together.
When will the Lewisham Food Market be launching?
Lewisham Food Market is launching on Sunday 06 August 2023, 10am-4pm at Cornmill Gardens, Loampit Vale (opposite Lewisham train and DLR stations) Lewisham, London SE13 7FT.
Will the market cater to dietary restrictions and preferences, such as vegan or gluten-free options?
Absolutely! Lewisham Food Market recognises the importance of catering to diverse dietary needs. Visitors can expect a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, ensuring that there is something for everyone to enjoy, but please check with individual vendors for specific allergens.
Is there an entry fee to visit the Lewisham Food Market?
No! The market is free to enter for all visitors. We believe in creating an inclusive space where everyone can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and diverse culinary experiences without any barriers.