Wur Bradford, our resident local artists based in Kirkgate Market, recently hosted a guided Food Walk and Poetry Trail inside the Oastler Centre. A group of people were led through the market to sample delicious tasters from various food traders including Roswitas Deli, Thai Noodle Bar and Solly Foods.
Jean and Chemaine spent the afternoon introducing typical vegetables, herbs, aromatic spices, exotic fruits, fish, meats and cheeses that are available in the market as well as sampling authentic Thai, Middle Eastern and Polish dishes available at the food stalls.
A delightful trip of discovery and exploring the ‘Lost Art of Market Shopping’, participants were not disappointed as they chatted to Tom at Exotic Foods about West Indian cooking, learnt the history and heritage behind our butchers from their stories of being a Saturday boy in 1962 to today’s life in the markets. Finally, a drink at The Sparrow on the Top End of Town served with a platter of cheeses, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and bread from the one and only Gunther at Roswitas Deli.
Poetry from local poets including Steve Lunn and Florence Remmer was put up on the shutters of stalls and read at the Fountain Café. Visitors were guided through the market aisles to follow the poetry trail.