St Patrick's Day celebrations at Sunday market
Irish music and dancers will fill the streets this Sunday in Shepton Mallet as the monthly market returns.
The popular Sunday Market that runs on the third Sunday of the month, is back this Sunday 17th March, with everything from crafts, clothing and an array of food and beverages will be on offer at the market on Sunday which runs from 10am - 3pm.
Volunteers from the town who support the delivery of the Sunday Market have arranged an Irish themed fancy dress competition. There will be prizes and certificates for the best dressed man/woman and boy/girl. Judging and the prize giving will take place in the Market Place at 11.30am with the Town Crier and Shepton Mallet's very own Fairy Godmother.
To keep the Irish theme going Lost in the Grass will be playing in the Market Place & Town Street starting at 12noon and then again from 1.30pm - 2.30pm. Blackrock School of Irish Dance are also performing at the market from 11am and 1pm.
A stout on draught promotion will also be running in the Market Place, courtesy of the Frome Brewing Company.
Frome Brewing Company have been attending the Shepton Mallet Sunday Market since it started and Head Brewer Rik Lyall explains why.
Rik Lyall, said: "I've been coming to the market for two years now. I really like the organisation of the market, it is well run whilst also being relaxed. The other traders are very friendly and consistently have good produce to sell. There is a great mixture of customers and despite Shepton being known for an interest in cider there is a lot of interest in locally produced beer such as ours.
"We are going to have our season beers on tap at the March Market: Morello Bordello, 5.2%, Porter, Dark as the night with cheeky flavours of cherry. We will be selling pints at a promotional price, for St Patricks Day, for £3.50."
Milk Street Brewery was set up in 1999 behind the Griffin pub in Milk Street, Frome (hence the name of the brewery). For many years they were mainly producing beer for their own pubs. Over time they have expanded distribution to pubs in the local area. Since their expansion their focus now on the brewery, the business is now called Frome Brewing Company.
Some of the other stalls expected at the market are: Some of the traders to expect: Hillside Cheese and Bread, Naked Pantry, Nestcake Caravan, Unusual Pork Pie Company, Stone's Cider, The Bee Lady, Saints Preserve Us, Somerset Smokehouse, Tobyns Stained Glass, A Little Bit Sheepish, Ali's Homemade Produce, City Garden, Diversity, Chateau Du Savon, Le Papillion and Pretty Things.
Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Community Health Services, said: "The Shepton Sunday Market returned in February and teamed up with the Snowdrop Festival.
"The market has become a really established and popular event in Shepton events calendar and with plenty of celebrations for St Patrick's Day, the March market is set to be another success."
Shepton Mallet Sunday Market welcomes independent traders including arts and crafts, fresh produce, hot food, designer-makers, suitcase traders, but spaces are limited. To find out more about trading at the Shepton Sunday Market or any of the Mendip markets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Shepton Sunday Markets will take place on the following dates:
19 May 2019
16 June 2019
21 July 2019
15 September 2019
20 October 2019
17 November 2019
15 December 2019
Car parking is free in Shepton Mallet when the Sunday market is on.
For more information on the Shepton Sunday Market visit www.sheptonmarket.co.uk you can also find it on Facebook @SheptonSundayMarket and follow the Mendip Markets Twitter @MendipMarkets1, use #MendipMarkets.