Market magic at Hallowe’en

The popular continental market is returning to Derry for this month's Halloween celebrations.

The popular continental market is returning to Derry for this month's Halloween celebrations.

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Foodies and those interested in arts and crafts are in for a real treat as Derry City Council is organising a series of outdoor market events - including a return visit by the Continental Market - as part of this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival celebrations that will run in the city from October 27-31.

Hailed as Ireland’s biggest and best Hallowe’en party, the festival is expected to attract up to 30,000 over the five days.

A top attraction at this year’s festival is the Walled City Market in Guildhall Square on Saturday, October 27, from 10 am to 4pm and, on Sunday, October 28, from 12 to 6pm.

The market will have a huge range of speciality goods, including food and crafts, with many of them adopting a Hallowe’en theme.

On Monday, October 29, work to dismantle the Walled City Market will take place to replace it with the famous award-winning Continental Market which will be setting up stall in Guildhall Square from Tuesday, October 30 until Friday, November 2, from 10 am until late.

Following its huge success during the Clipper Homecoming Festival in July this year, the Continental Market has been really keen to make a return visit to Derry. Locals will be delighted to welcome back to the city the spicy scents and continental cuisines from across the globe.

There will be a wide range of Hallowe’en trickery for sale from handmade gifts to delicious pastries, breads and sweets and a chance for the public to sample exotic flavours from across the world. Mayor Kevin Campbell says he is delighted the markets are included as part of this year’s Halloween celebrations.

“There are more reasons than ever to come to Derry over the Hallowe’en break,” he says. “The local traders’ market and the return of the hugely popular Continental Market will be a huge draw for people who are keen to have a fun day out shopping and soaking up the atmosphere in the city over the Hallowe’en festival.

“We are actively encouraging people to ‘Make a Date’ and come to Derry for the festival and see how the city is preparing for 2013 and the City of Culture.” Further details about the Hallowe’en programme can be found at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween or on Facebook.