Belfast Telegraph

Belfast city centre to hold new weekly farmers' market

By Ricky Thompson

One of Belfast's most historic districts is set to come alive again as the first new independent weekly outdoor market in 400 years is launched.

Bank Square, behind Primark in the city centre, will soon be the location of Folktown - a farmers', food and artisan market - running all day every Thursday, beginning on April 16.

Products will include fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheeses, coffee, gourmet goodies, freshly prepared food and locally made crafts.

Recently the square was renovated by the Department of Social Development through a scheme costing £3 million in order to attract more people into the area which dates back to the 1600s.

Improvements included the installation of natural stone paving, landscaping, improved lighting, free WI-FI, street furniture and art work.

The Folktown Community Interest Company will now bring new life into the underused part of the city as the market will feature up to 40 traders with a focus on locally grown produce.

Director of Folktown CIC, Joby Fox, said: "this market will help to connect all areas of the city and to breathe vitality and vibrancy into this space. Bank Square is a part of Belfast that many people haven't been to and some aren't even aware it existed."

Sophie Rasmussen, who was heavily involved in the planning of the market, said: "It is an ideal way to invigorate the economy and create a buzz. It is fantastic to see the realisation of the a Folktown Market initiative. It's a great opportunity to show what we have on offer here."

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