In the market for a great day out
Return of continental food fare as part of towns’s annual street festival
UXBRIDGE is set for another Euro invasion as a continental market returns this Sunday as part of BigFest.
Travelling market traders from France, Spain and Italy and further afield, will be at Uxbridge High Street from 9am to 5pm with more than 20 stalls, having last visited in July.
As before there will be everything from French cheese to Spanish paella, plus dishes from further afield and for those with a sweet tooth – crépes Italian confectionery, sweets, fudge and pastries.
Market operators Savoir Fayre Ltd has handpicked each trader for their “experience, quality and professionalism”.
BigFest will bring Uxbridge High Street to life with street theatre performances, music and a Flower Stall Stage as well as the French market, all from noon. There will be a dressing up photo booth, a circus skills workshop, and arts and crafts.
It will be a warm up act for Hillingdon Council’s month-long festival, called Culture Bite, which kicks off in October.
Cllr Douglas Mills, Hillingdon cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, said: “The borough will be welcoming residents and visitors to a month long celebration of the arts, literature and culture, which promises to be a treat for our residents and for people visiting the borough.
“There is so much on offer – everything from literary, musical and art events to children’s activities and education sessions. We would like to encourage everyone to take a look at the diverse programme and take part.”
Culture Bite is an expansion of the previous Hillingdon Arts festivals, an event that was run in May.
Literary highlights coming up include the ‘Talking Crime’ session with successful crime authors, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites, at the Yiewsley and West Drayton Community centre on Saturday October 24.
Amongst the highlights for children is The Dinosaur who Pooped, a show at the Winston Churchill Theatre, guaranteed to entertain children over five.
There’s also a Britpop ukulele night, a 60s singa-long tea party and the Purple Theatre Company’s Halloween October 29.
Brunel University will also be holding a literary festival as part of the council’s culture festival.
The full programme of events can be found at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/ culture.
n TASTY TREATS: Italian foods will be among the offerings at the continental market in Uxbridge