Mouth-watering tastes of Continent return to Derry

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Lovers of fine foods will be delighted to hear that the Continental Market is making a welcome return to the city later this month.

More than 40 stalls from all over the world will sell a range of fine foods and homemade produce for sale from May 19-22.

Its been a few years since the market has been to the city and now, since Guildhall Square has been revamped and refurbished, the popular food fest will be returning and encouraging the Derry public to enjoy a taste of the continent in the heart of the city centre.

The market is running alongside the city’s annual maritime festival – Foyle Days – which takes place along Queen’s Quay on the weekend of May 21-22.

Mayor Colum Eastwood says it’s an excellent addition to the wide range of events taking place in the city during May.

“The continental market was a big hit when it came to our city in the past. It creates a great atmosphere in the city and offers the public a chance to sample some of the delights from across the world.”

There will be an excellent range of speciality traders participating in the market providing a real taste of Europe with speciality food stalls, crafts, jewellery, clothes and exotic plants on offer. Among the exhibitors will be some local producers such as Northern Ireland based Celtic designs company, Acker O’Brien, Gourmet Burgers, a local candle maker and Couture homemade chocolates.

Tony Monaghan, from the Council’s Economic Development section, says the event is important in showcasing local produce as well as promoting the goods of producers from other parts of the world including Poland, Germany, Spain, France and Zimbabwe.

“We are delighted to have the continental market back in our city centre for the public to enjoy. There are a host of new exhibits and, with the Guildhall Square being transformed, we are confident that this month’s event will be a big success in bringing the food and culture of countries across the world right into the heart of our city centre. It is a great addition to the Foyle Days maritime event that is taking place along the Quay and will create a great buzz and atmosphere in the city over the four days.”