Street Food Markets Spitalfields Market, Borough Market… Epic right!? Or those lovely European town markets we visit during the summer holidays and wish that we had something half as decent in our own little town? McDreamy!! The reality is that Spitalfields and Borough have decades of history, heritage & tradition behind them. Not to mention an abundance of natural footfall. The European markets are also skewed by the fact the sun is generally shining, you’re relaxed on holiday and it just feels blissful. Most of them shut down post the summer holidays. Not that we fit into either of the above categories, but we are trying our best to create a little bit of Sunday Market magic in good old North Watford industrial. The past 4 weeks have been an interesting learning curve doing the Sunday Markets. Personally, I wanted to be open on a Sunday without having to do any food prep or cooking myself as I am wearing a bit thin on time, energy and enthusiasm for cooking. It is also a great way to offer people a new different way to spend a Sunday afternoon in a fun, friendly, cosy albeit it slightly eclectic space. In an attempt to reduce my stress levels by arranging the vendors myself, I entrusted Christine and Erida from The Good Food Market in Bushey. These lovely ladies painstakingly tried to introduce a fabulous food market in Bushey. Something the community welcomed with open arms. This last weekend they pulled the plug for the season. What they achieved under challenging circumstances with the weather (being an outdoor market) having to change locations due to the initial popularity and managing expectation between vendors and punters alike. They need some serious kudos! Collectively, Christine, Erida and I are trying to host a regular fun event which can be counted on throughout the autumn, winter and spring. Each week, we try and muster up new vendors to keep punters coming back for variety. It is such a fine line though. Lots of vendors means the punters are happy, but the vendors aren’t happy as it means less units sold per vendor. Less vendors, makes happy vendors, but then the punters bemoan lack of choice. So how do we work around that? I guess the simplest is that we need the local community to really back us. Spread the word and help us get out of the “Watford’s Best Kept Secret” realm. Join us on this fantastic journey and help us grow something which you too can enjoy and love. More punters will bring in more fantastic vendors. Ideally, we would love to have vendors booking a pitch weeks in advance. It will also help us sift out the more unreliable vendors who let us down at the last minute. So if you have been down already, please do keep coming back and keep spreading the good word. If you have not been down, please do make a point of popping in soon and supporting an initiative which in turn supports local independents. Much love!