Market is the toast of town
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