Grangetown World Market set for summer

Volunteers are organising Grangetown’s first street market – set to take place on Saturday 22nd July.

Enterprise students have presented ideas as part of the Love Grangetown, Shop Grangetown local business project – and now a group of residents are taking it forward.

The occasional street market – named Grangetown World Market – is being developed to help boost the local shopping district and will be held close to the Clare Road/Penarth Road area.

There was a tremendous response from residents coming forward to help organise it – and the next meeting to work on a plan will be on Monday 8th Mayl (6.30pm) at the Grangetown Hyb – the library – in Havelock Place.

There has already been discussions with those behind the weekly Riverside food market in terms of advice and renting equipment.

The idea being developed is for a seasonal pop-up market on the theme of World Food and Crafts, to make Grangetown’s distinctive from other street markets in the city.

Potential sites have been identified off Clare Road and seed funding is in place.

A voluntary project group of local people has been set up to select stalls – including tapping in to local producers – and to organise the event. It’s not too late to join in!

There are no plans for a weekly market – but to concentrate on making a success of an occasional event. The aim is to encourage as many local food producers and crafts-people as possible to hire stalls.

In a survey by Cardiff Business School students last summer, 78% of residents and two thirds of shop owners backed the idea of an occasional street market.

Grangetown Community Action, which is supporting the wider shop local project, said: ”There was a lot of enthusiasm for the idea – and we want to help bring more residents out into the shopping district and boost the whole area.”

Any potential stall-holders or anyone interested in helping, email grangetowncardiff@yahoo.co.uk

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