Flavours of the world

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Poland. One of those en­joy­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of a vi­brant lunchtime was bank worker Dave How­ton, of New­some.

He said: “It’s an­other great ad­di­tion to the town cen­tre calendar fol­low­ing the mas­sive suc­cess of Hud­der­s­field’s an­nual food and drink fes­ti­val, but I have not seen it ad­ver­tised so it came as a wel­come sur­prise when I walked through the town to­day.

“I im­me­di­ately called my friend Dale and he’s com­ing over at 4.30pm.

“I only heard about it thanks to the Ex­am­iner.

“It’s al­most like the coun­cil for­got about it be­fore it turned up! It must be Hud­der­s­field’s best-kept se­cret.”

One of the traders, Jas­pal Ban­sil, from Brad­ford, who was busy sell­ing a selec­tion of clas­si­cal In­dian food, said: “It should be OK, I came two years ago and it was all right. As well as Hud­der­s­field we visit Hal­i­fax, Le­ices­ter, Carlisle, Glas­gow, New­cas­tle, Sh­effield and Belfast.”

Chris Cot­ton, Kirklees’s mar­kets man­ager, ad­mit­ted that com­pared with Hud­der­s­field’s food fes­ti­val in Au­gust which “takes care of it­self” in terms of pub­lic­ity, this par­tic­u­lar one was less es­tab­lished but he said it was an ex­cel­lent com­pan­ion to it with ev­ery stall­holder an au­then­tic ex­am­ple of the coun­try’s cui­sine.

He said: “This is the big­gest one we have had apart from 1996! Look­ing to­wards the week­end, I think we will be mobbed, es­pe­cially as the weather is set to be fair. The joy of this fes­ti­val is that there are a lot of things that are not nor­mally on sale in the town.”

Clr Peter McBride, joint Cabi­net mem­ber for econ­omy, said: “Hud­der­s­field has a his­tory of host­ing great food events, with the food and drink fes­ti­val be­ing a high­light of the sum­mer calendar. “I am sure that this event will be equally pop­u­lar – and I hope it will be the first of many sim­i­lar events in our town cen­tres.”

Clr Na­heed Mather, joint Cabi­net mem­ber re­spon­si­ble for econ­omy, said: “I am de­lighted that Mar­ket­place have se­lected Hud­der­s­field to host one of their in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. This four-day event will bring a real buzz to the town and I am sure it will at­tract lots of peo­ple look­ing for a day out with a dif­fer­ence.”

The mar­ket is open to­day and to­mor­row (Satur­day) from 9am un­til 6pm, and Sun­day, 10am un­til 5pm.

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