In the mar­ket for a great day out

Re­turn of con­ti­nen­tal food fare as part of towns’s an­nual street fes­ti­val

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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n TASTY TREATS: Ital­ian foods will be among the of­fer­ings at the con­ti­nen­tal mar­ket in Uxbridge

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