The Farmers Market at The Inns, Newtownbreda, receives a scarily good makeover for Halloween

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Ghostly Goodies at this Month’s Inns Market

The Farmers Market at The Inns, Newtownbreda, receives a scarily good makeover for Halloween

Castlereagh Borough Council in conjunction with the Department for Social Development, have teamed up with the organisers of the Farmer’s Market to make Halloween Fest the largest yet.

The popularity of the market continues to grow with more local fresh and artisan food producers pitching their stalls on the last Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm.

As well as Inns Market regulars, such as Cherryvalley Farm, Broughgammon, Cheese-makers Kearney Blue & Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Passion Preserved, Eva Paris and Man Made, the market is welcoming a number of new stalls to the market this month, including Still Waters Fishing, Tom & Ollie, and 2FL.

The market manager, Joanne McErlain, explains the motivation behind establishing the Farmers Market “The Inns used to be the natural shopping and community hub of Newtownbreda village.

With the dramatic change in shopping habits in the 1980s and 1990s, the profile of the shops at The Inns also changed and what once drew local residents to the village on a daily basis was lost.

However, there is now a swing back to supporting local and shopping local. People are more aware of what they eat and the multiplier effect of buying local. The support the Farmers Market has received from the local community and even the neighbouring districts, substantiates this”.

“We are very grateful to receive support from Castlereagh Borough Council and the Department for Social Development, for our Halloween Fest. It means we have been able to put more resources into marketing which in turn enables us to grow the market and safeguard its future.”

Economic revitalisation is a key remit for Castlereagh Borough Council, and there has been a lack of vision and strategic direction in many suburban shopping districts as to how to differentiate themselves from mainstream shopping centres.

Newtownbreda Market

Yvonne Burke, Economic Development Officer with Castlereagh Borough Council, states the importance of former village hubs such as The Inns, to reinvent themselves. “Traditional neighbourhood shopping areas need to realise that they shouldn’t be competing with the bigger shopping centres, but to create an identity of their own that taps into the needs and wants of the local demographic.” “The importance of the shopping experience is under-rated and misunderstood by traditional retailers. Shopping is now seen as a leisure pursuit. The Halloween Fest at Inns Market is a great example of how you can tie in the weekly food shop with weekend pursuits.”

Halloween Fest at Inns Market is located in the rear car park of The Inns shops on the Saintfield Road, Newtownbreda. The market runs from 10am-3pm. The advice is to get there early as there is always a run on the already legendary fresh produce on offer.

The Halloween Fest at Inns Market will offer further attractions to appeal to all the family. With the obligatory Face Painting, Spooky Storytelling, Halloween T-Shirt printing and Pumpkin modelling workshops, there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained.

Don’t forget to bring your bikes – is running a free bike clinic and you can get your Saturday cappuccino at the coffee cart and lunch with the diverse street food on offer. Together with the children’s activities on offer, it makes it a real draw for all the family.

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