The Ballyhackamore Market will be transformed for Christmas with stalls piled high with a huge variety of products exclusively from Northern Ireland artisan producers.
For Christmas the market will move indoors with extended opening hours and a big increase in the number of stalls selling artisan food and crafts from local producers this Saturday, November 21 and Saturday, December 19.
The monthly market run by Ballyhackamore Business Association is usually held outdoors but over the festive season it will move indoors to St Comcilles Parish Church Hall so shoppers can buy that perfect Christmas gift without having to brave the elements.
There is a huge range of gourmet food and handmade crafts, including jewellery, textiles, candles plus beauty products on offer from skilled artisan producers – all from Northern Ireland.
“We thought it was really important to focus on local suppliers and family businesses from across Northern Ireland. For example Broughgammon Farm from Ballycastle is family run and sells sustainably farmed meats such as venison, wild game and goat. And Leggygowan Farm is another family business from Saintfield providing artisan blue goats cheese as well as handcrafted soaps. Ballyhackamore Business Association is all about buying local and bringing something special to the village,” explained Market Co-ordinator Lisa Skinner.
The number of stalls will be increasing from around 20 to 35 in the run-up to Christmas and the opening hours will be 10am-4pm on both dates.
“We’ve had a lot of interest from craftspeople and it’s great to see such amazing products being created locally,” Lisa added.
For more information about the market, go to www.facebook.com/ballyhackamore.business.