'Bon retour' to the French market

Press Release: 28/04/2006

Now a regular entry on the city's annual event calendar, the popular French market will be returning to Winchester this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (5 - 7 May). On Friday and Saturday the French stallholders will lend an 'ambiance française' to the cathedral's Outer Close, while on Sunday a French-style boulevard will be recreated as the market moves to Middle Brook Street.

Organised by Winchester City Council's tourism service, the French market offers a diverse range of traditional French and continental produce, including such tempting delights as fine cheeses, charcuterie and pâtisserie - follow your nose to the heart-warming smell of bread and pastries being baked fresh all day. Buy from a delicious variety of olives, cheese and charcuterie, not forgetting the wonderful strings of onions, shallots and garlic.

Other delights include merguez sausages and sandwiches, mustard and spices. Those with a sweeter tooth can choose from honey, confectionery, biscuits and Grand Marnier crêpes. Also on sale are household wares such as French-African art, jewellery, Provençal tablecloths, leather goods and crafts - the choice is yours. Or simply soak up the convivial atmosphere and practise your French with the friendly stallholders.

French market coordinator, Bruno Girardeau, who has been bringing a taste of France to the UK for six years, added: "We try to visit a British town no more than twice a year to ensure it remains a novel experience. The response is fantastic; we feel so welcomed by the town and its people, who clearly enjoy part of the continent coming to their region."

Winchester City Council's Special Events Officer, Elaine Robbins, said: "The French market is so popular amongst both residents and visitors, offering something out of the ordinary in such a special setting as the cathedral. We are very grateful to the Dean and his colleagues for their support in planning this event."