Peddler Market returns to Kelham Island this weekend

Written by Caitlin Eckley

Peddler Market will return to Kelham Island this weekend for a Christmas special.

The two-day event, which starts this evening, marks the 56th market in the Peddler Warehouse.

Over 20 different traders are set to attend, selling a variety of street food including wood-fired pizza, macaroni cheese, sweet baked goods and Pan-Asian fried chicken.

Newcastle’s Redheads Mac ‘n’ Cheese is among those lined up to trade for the first time since before the pandemic.

A member of the company said: “We had so many messages all year round asking when we will be back at Peddler Market and finally we are back after a long two years!”

Mac ‘n’ Cheese topped with crispy pancetta, cracked black Pepper, chives and parmesan, via @redheadsmacncheese on Instagram

Stalls offering scented candles, jewellery and stationery will also be trading, meaning attendees will be able to finish their Christmas shopping at the market too.

Among them is Bowers Boutique, which will be selling custom-made illustrations, wedding stationary and personalised doormats.

Shop owner Jasmine Bowers said: “The main thing I’m looking forward to is the vibe of the market.

“It caters for all ages throughout the day which is great for me as I sell various prints and small gifts that feature many of my illustrations.”

Her items range from baby animal illustrations, which she said go down well with children and parents, to ‘drinks prints’.

Bowers Boutique stall at Peddler Market, September 2021, via @bowersboutique on Instagram

London-based illustrator Neil Carribine will also be trading this weekend.

He said: “Peddlers was one of the first markets I did when I came out of uni.

“I really enjoy doing them, it’s always a fun weekend. I love chatting to other makers at the market and chatting with people who come say hello at my stall.”

Jody Appleton, who sells jewellery at her stall The Lady and the Laser Beam, said the market feels less like work and more like an evening out, meeting new people.

She said: “It really makes me smile when I see people tagging what they have bought on Instagram before I’ve even packed up. It’s the best.”

The market will take place from 5pm to 11pm this evening, and on Saturday 4 December from 2pm to 11pm.

Written by Caitlin Eckley

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