In a time of convenience shopping, with self-service checkouts and online purchasing, you could be forgiven for wondering why street markets are suddenly thriving.
One local market in Edinburgh knows the secret: Innovation.
It might seem counter-intuitive that traditional street markets are a hot bed of new ideas but Scotland’s capital has lots of people who are passionate about making great food at honest prices, and St Mary’s Market, on the corner of Leith Street and York Place, is providing a platform for the authentic street food experience with its Street Food Open Day on Saturday 8th March.
St Mary’s Market, tucked behind the entrance to John Lewis opposite the Omni Centre, launched in 2011 as a mixed food and crafts market. However, in response to customer and trader feedback, in 2014 it took the plunge and decided to relaunch as a food only market.
The Open Days first started in February to give quirky new and small businesses in the food and drink industry a chance to showcase their menus on the second Saturday of every month.
As part of this, the market has welcomed applications from a number of purpose-built food trucks including Auld Black’s converted 3-wheeled Piaggio, The Big Blu’s beautiful vintage Citroen H van with wood-fired pizza oven and Nusou’s noodle van.
Entrepreneur and E-Spark Chiclet, John Reynolds, has teamed up with award-winning chef, Derek Muircroft to take street food to a new level with their healthy noodle business, Nusou:
“Having been part of Michelin-winning teams, I know it takes talent, passion, and commitment to perfection to make great food. Why does street food have to be greasy? There’s no reason why top quality healthy food can’t be produced on a food truck and we’re going to prove it at St Mary’s Market” says Derek.
Find them at St Mary’s Market near John Lewis, on the corner of Leith Street and York Place Saturday 8th February from 11am to 5pm. For further information please visit www.edinburghmarkets.co.uk or find Edinburgh Markets on Facebook or Twitter.