Town goes whole hog at big market

FRENCH tartiflette, Spanish paellas and Polish hog roast – the mouth-watering delights from the continent were enjoyed by shoppers at a special market in Kettering.

Traders from across Europe arrived in the town’s Market Place and pitched up for three days to sell their tasty specialities at the continental market.

The event featured sellers from France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Poland.

Among them was Renaldo Perez who cooked paellas in front of customers at his stall.

He said: “It’s great to be here – the weather is perfect and the people are friendly.

“We’ve had plenty of interest, which is obviously good for us.”

Bernard Nicot was busy preparing a tartiflette – a French dish made with potatoes, cheese and bacon.

Mr Nicot, from Normandy in France, tours the country with the group of traders for weekly markets.

He said: “It’s good to be here.

“The people are enjoying the food.”

Rad Baj was turning a hog roast over a fire before serving it out to hungry customers.

The Polish trader said: “Everyone here seems happy, I’m not sure if it is because of the weather or because we have arrived.”

Hundreds of shoppers took advantage of the market, which was open from Thursday to Saturday.

The traders are part of a group which is invited by Kettering Council to the town.

Council leader Russell Roberts said he would like to see the market return at Christmas.

He said: “It’s a joy to come down here and see so much food on offer. Aside from the great shops we have, people can also pick up some real bargains here too.

“Events like this put Kettering on the map and hopefully bring in more visitors.”

Head of community services Valerie Hitchman said: “This was the first speciality food market that we have organised since taking on the management of the market.”

Cllr Ian Jelly said: “The market was a heaven on earth for food lovers and just a bus ride away, no need for a passport.”