Catford Food Market celebrated its first birthday on Sunday 31st March. Since last year, the market has clocked up 78 hours of trading connecting people from Catford and beyond with local produce that cuts food mileage and puts sustainability and community first.
After the wonder that was last weekend’s Christmas Market we are taking a short break, there will be no Catford Food Market in December or January but we’ll be back Catford Broadway on Sunday 24th February 2019. In the meantime you can shop for local goodies at our pop up shop Catford Cornucopia at 17 Catford Broadway SE6 4SN (next to Costa) or online at www.catfordcornucopia.com
On Sunday 25th November (10am – 4pm), Catford Braodway will be hosting the first Christmas edition of the Catford Food Market. As well as some of our usual traders we’ll be joined by other festive stalls. From Filipino street food to Jamaican rum cake, our local traders will be adding a festive twist to help get you into the Christmas spirit.
As well as winter warming fare, there will hand-tied wreaths, bouquets, as well as some rather unique canine accessories to make sure your pooch stands out from the crowd.
Catford Cornucopia, Catford’s very own gift shop, will be open as usual, selling Catford goodies from local artists Hazel Nicholls, The Big Gay Al and Chitter Chatter Arts as well as its own range of Catford merchandise including the coveted Catford Hoodie.
Music will be festive - but also pedal-powered so if you want to hear your favourite tunes, you’ll have to hop on a bike and make it happen.
The pedalling continues with our free splatter art bike and as well as bauble and mosaic making by local artists, Charlotte Gainey and Tamara Froud.
Team Catford will be at the market talking to locals about the changes set to happen in the town centre alongside the Really Local Group, who’ll be speaking about the new cinema set to open in Catford shopping centre next year.
The festive finale will take place at 4pm with the characters from this year’s panto Aladdin at The Broadway Theatre turning on the Christmas tree lights.
Featuring some of London’s premier vegan street food entrepreneurs, Plant-based food is coming your way.
Sunday 15th July from 10-5pm on Catford Broadway.
Catford Food Market favourites @MissFlits will bring tasty vegan cakes and the @NoochVegan team will set up a spread of seitan steak sandwiches, pulled jackfruit burgers and tofu scrambles. Trailblazers @blackmylkuk with London’s first fully vegan ice cream stall, will serve up their creations from creamy cashew nuts and rich coconut. Catford’s very own @joyshealthsanct will have their magic mix of smoothies, juices, homemade cakes & savoury delights.
There was hardly room to swing a free Catford Food Market tote bag on Sunday 25 March as Catfordians came out in force to support South East London’s newest food space.
The 20 strong line up featured a variety of South East London traders including street food, cakes, charcuterie and freshly made pasta as well as lifestyle stalls selling local art, plants, clothing and jewellery - there was certainly something for everyone.
The market incubated some new traders such as vegan street food crew The Nooch, impressed some old hands such as cake stall Brett & Bailey who sold out in record time, as did Raastawala, Van Dough, Jerk Off BBQ and Fuse Love.
Catford Cornucopia, which sells Catford related products, also sold out of everything including its bespoke pale ale Catford Pride and exclusive Catford and Proud tea towels produced by local artist Hazel Nichols.
Once the market ended many people continued their Catford day out in local businesses and we spotted plants, paintings and tote bags in The Bar & Bottle Shop, the Catford Constitutional Club and Little Nan’s Bar as well as at bus stops and the train stations proving that the market achieved its aim of complementing the existing offer and stimulating the local economy.
Catford Food Market will be back on Sunday 29 April and on the last Sunday of the month on Catford Broadway from 10am to 4pm. Come early and come hungry!
Some of south east London’s most exciting food businesses will be showcased at the Catford Food Market which kicks off on Sunday 25 March from 10am–4pm and will take place on the last Sunday of the month.
The market will give savvy locals an opportunity to connect with the emerging street food scene and give food producers and small independent businesses the opportunity to raise their profiles.
By implementing recommendations submitted at catfordtowncentre.commonplace.is – the online engagement platform collecting people’s aspirations for the town centre – Catford Food Market aims to create real opportunities to develop and sustain new businesses, that complements the existing offer and meets local people's needs.
International flavours offered by local traders include Caribbean fayre from Jerk Off BBQ, north east Indian delights from Raastawala, Japanese delicacies from Fuse Love and Italian inspired sourdough pizza from Van Dough. There’ll also be cakes from Brett & Bailey and Miss Flits Vegan Bakes. Non-food treats include work by local Catford artists and designers including Hazel Nicholls.
You can also get your hands on Catford’s newest custom beverages including Tom Cat Six gin and Catford Pride pale ale, both of which launched popular drinks festivals last year.
Catford Food Market is a great chance to see just how much is happening in SE6 offering an experience that the internet simply can’t match. It also has seating for all ages and disabled and baby change friendly facilities. It’s centrally located on Catford Broadway and completely free to attend.
The monthly market will also feature a variety of arts, crafts and music events for children. A number of new community events will also happen in May such as the Jollof Rice competition – the first of its kind in South East London – and a pop up outdoor cinema showing Black Panther and Wonder Woman.
So whether you’ve lived in Catford for months or decades or are visiting for the first time, Catford Food Market will give you a new sense of the town centre. Team Catford will also be there to hear people’s views and aspirations for the town centre.