Stall holders at the very busy Rosyth Community Market offered a few explanations for event’s success. Fiona Frazer, Woodlea Stables, who had to nip back to Crossgates twice to restock bread, believes it’s because ‘people in Rosyth are very loyal to their community’. Providing an event to harness that loyality however, is down to the efforts of the Community Council; their second community market was on Sunday 31st May.
Another reason cited for the high number of visitors came from Callum and Ann Marie Henderson of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain, who supply The Wee Restaurant in North Queensferry, ‘the large number and range of stalls is why people are coming to this market’. Community Council Treasurer, Sharon Wilson’s knowledge and contacts in the food and drink sector must have helped bring in some of the producers – she publishes Bite magazine. Although she is adamant that it was a group effort by the Community Council. Many of the producers already go to markets in Stockbridge and St Andrews. Now, thanks to that community effort, Rosyth, has been added to that list.
Below left, Sharon Wilson.
Producers include Cochrane’s Kitchen who make jams and marmalades although the Vodka and Cranberry jelly had sold out by 1pm, Puddledub, Spanish Treats who do catering for events, Taste of Provence from Edinburgh, Kassells Kitchen who make chutneys and de Brus beer.
Rosyth Community Market runs the last Sunday of every month from 11am – 3pm. The next one is on Sunday 28 June at Parkgate Institute, Rosyth, KY11 2JW
Cakes by the Creative Cake House pictured below
It is also a success as the wider Fife community are attending. I’m in Dalgety Bay and think this market is fantastic. Dunfermline is good but the free parking at Rosyth makes this more accessible.
Thanks, Justine, we also thought people had travelled from further afield. Certainly stallholders had come from Auchtertool, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy. Good point about the parking as well.
I believe the success of this venture is due to the great selection of stalls, giving so much choice to the community – not just food and drink, but crafts and handmade goods as well. I’ve had a fantastic time at the last 2 events with my Tartan Hearts stall. I’ve been doing fairs for 5 years and have never been involved in such a wide varied group of traders – we should have more of this in every community.
Thanks, Karen, Sharon and her colleague will be delighted with your feedback.