Market piazza set to open on April 8

Leicester Market’s food piazza will open on April 8, 2011.

The open-air square – with space for 20 stalls plus seating – will have Continental-style umbrellas providing cover. The aim of the piazza is to provide a space in which people will shop, sit, eat and drink.

It’s the result of £600,000 of City Council funding.

The piazza’s 20 or so food stalls will reflect Leicestershire and Leicester, offering an exciting mix of traders to echo the city’s diverse ethnic mix. British, Asian, Caribbean, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Thai foods will be represented, and there will also be a guest producer/restaurant stall.

The idea of the piazza is based on the success of recent food festivals held at Leicester Market, and inspired by the city’s popular Mela, Caribbean Carnival and Farmers’ Markets.

Joe Harkin, Market Development Manager (pictured), said: “The ambition is to become one of the most talked-about food centres outside of London.”

Food will dominate the piazza on Fridays and Saturdays; from Monday to Thursday the space will have themed days, such as arts and crafts.

Leicester Market

Artist’s impression of new piazza

A range of foods will be sold in the piazza

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.