Market is the toast of town

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

THE Or­ange Pip Market was once again a hit with food and cul­ture lovers alike – with a few new treats added to the menu.

The hugely pop­u­lar event, which marks the last Satur­day of ev­ery month, is a date in many peo­ple’s diaries.

And Satur­day proved to be no ex­cep­tion, as thou­sands flocked to Baker and Bed­ford Street as well as Al­bert Road, which has re­cently joined the market.

Among the new at­trac­tions was the brightly-coloured Per­sian street food stall Peris­sia, which proved to be a real hit with hun­gry vis­i­tors.

Own­ers Helia and El­liot set about their new ad­ven­ture just eight weeks ago and say their stall of­fers the per­fect blend of an­cient cui­sine and mod­ern recipes.

“My mum is half-Per­sian so we use our fam­ily recipes, but I’ve al­tered them slightly to bring them up to date,” Helia said. “It’s about get­ting the bal­ance with in­gre­di­ents that are rich in flavour. Sweet figs, dates or apri­cots are mar­ried with toasted wal­nuts, a dash of lemon and just the right amount of pome­gran­ate.

“We slow cook for hours in an abun­dance of aro­matic spices such as cin­na­mon, car­damom and saf­fron to get our end re­sult, which we hope peo­ple will love.”

Archer’s Ice Cream were also new to the scene, of­fer­ing flavours in­clud­ing Sim­ply Jersey, Mal­teser, hon­ey­comb and lemon cheese­cake.

Other new faces in­cluded The Lit­tle Fishy, Calder’s Kitchen, Sauce Queen, and Northum­brian Smoke House.

The market was moved to Cen­tre Square for a month but the council de­cided mov­ing back to its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion was the best op­tion to keep its unique at­mos­phere while pro­vid­ing enough space for the swelling crowds.

Along­side vis­it­ing food and drink stalls, bars and restau­rants down Bed­ford and Baker Street also had spe­cial of­fers for market day, with vis­i­tors spilling out of the doors.

Crowds en­joy­ing the Or­ange Pip Market on Baker Street and Bed­ford Street

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