what is the CATFORD FOOD MARKET?
Catford Food Market is a street food and produce market showcasing some of South East London's top food entrepreneurs. As well as food there's live music, free craft events for children, a chance to join Team Catford’s #CatfordConversation and share views on the vision for the town centre and Catford Cornucopia - Catford’s very own gift shop.
It has excellent accessibility for pushchairs and those with mobility needs or who just want some seating.
Check back regularly or sign up to our newsletter for news on monthly events and come along on the last Sunday of the month for handmade cosmetics, coffee with a conscience, street food from around the world, local crafts and ingredients for any kitchen.
It is organised separately from the the daily Catford Market.
When is it?
Catford Food Market is monthly on the last Sunday of the month.
Where is it?
Right in the heart of Catford town centre in Catford Shopping Centre, Catford SE6 4JU..Head towards the Catford Cat.
What are the opening hours?
Catford Food Market is open for business 10am to 4pm.
How do I get there?
We advise coming to Catford Food Market by public transport. Buses including numbers 47, 54, 75, 124, 136, 160, 171, 181, 185, 199, 202, 208, 284, 320 and 336 stop nearby.
We are a short walk from both Catford and Catford Bridge stations or the surrounding areas.
If you are driving, there is limited free parking at Canadian Avenue and Thomas Lane car parks. Both car parks have five disabled bays available each.
Is It accessible?
Catford Shopping Centre is a wide and flat with minimal kerbs and as such is accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and shopping trolleys. Catford Food Market will have its own custom seating areas for you to stop and take the weight off while you eat.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome at the Catford Food Market as long as they are on leads at all times. Please bag any mess they make and either use the bins provided on take it home.
What is the environmental?
We don’t just care about the immediate Catford environment for shopping and eating but the wider footprint of our market. We are working to minimise waste and encourage our traders to offer non plastic or recyclable food packaging and utensils.
We also have recycling bins at the Catford Food Market which we encourage you to use.
We also sell our own reusable Catford Food Market cotton tote bags to help you carry your shopping home in style and save on single use plastic bags.
Can I use my debit card at Catford Food Market?
While some individual traders may have card machines, Catford Food Market is cash based. There are ATMs on Rushey Green at the entrance to the shopping centre.
Is it smoke free?
Yes, Catford Food Market operates a smoke free policy in all areas including the seating areas.
I LOVE STREET FOOD BUT CAN I SIT DOWN AND EAT?
We know how tricky it can be to eat that wrap or delicious curry or slice of cake while standing up with one hand full and those shopping bags in the other so we have seating for you to use and minimise the chance of spilling your lunch down your front.
What about my dietary needs?
We have a fantastic selection of food for all kinds of dietary needs at Catford Food Market. Many of our traders sell vegan food from cakes to hot dishes. Please be aware that the Catford Food Market is not a wholly vegan market and some traders sell vegan and vegetarian items alongside meat based products.
There is also a selection of gluten free foods along with dairy and wheat free foods. Please check with the traders before buying for allergy advice. Catford Food Market is NOT nut free.
I’m not hungry. What else can I do?
Even if we can’t tempt you with our range of food and treats, we have lots of other things for you to enjoy. Each month with have free children's craft craft activities and live music.
Who runs Catford Food Market?
Catford Food Market is run and created by Team Catford. They are a specialists in events management, community engagement, urban regeneration, film making, social media, town centre manangement and place-making. They all live in the borough, mostly Catford itself, and are leading major community engagement on behalf of Lewisham Council.
You may know their work from, amongst other things, the Catford Gin Festival and the revived Catford Beer Festival.
Is there a way to promote my event at Catford Food Market?
We are always keen to show off or promote events and discoveries in Catford so we accept leaflets and flyers at Catford Food Market.
These must be approved by Catford Food Market and Team Catford and delivered to them before each market. We reserve the right to refuse to promote an event and we accept leaflets and flyers to be picked up by our customers from rather than handed out by representatives at Catford Food Market.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your leaflets considered.
I love what you are doing. How can I promote Catford Food Market?
Thank you for you support! You can promote Catford Food Market by social media. We are on Twitter and Instagram and you can use the hashtag #catfordfoodmarket. We follow back and we love to see your photos of Catford and Catford Food Market so @ us in!
And you can also support us the old fashioned way. Tell your friends and family about us by using word of mouth. Arrange to meet friends at Catford Food Market. Come and check us out each month in person and shop and eat with us. The best kind of community engagement!
We can’t offer exactly what everyone wants personally at a community event every time so our policy with Catford Food Market is to offer a broad scope of stalls and events that offer as much as possible throughout the year for the whole community. See you on the last Sunday of the month!