Food Market Chiswick, Christmas markets

Image above: John Dench of Ringden Farm, selling fruit juices, fresh apples, jams and preserves.

The market – going 20 + years, rain or shine – will have some special Christmas features this Sunday

The Food Market, Chiswick, at the Pavilion in Market Drive in Dukes Meadows, is having a special Christmas market on Sunday 17 December.

The food market takes place every Sunday morning from 10am to 2pm. The last one before Christmas will be on Christmas Eve, but on 17 December there will be a choir singing carols, lots of seasonal food on offer from a bumper number of stallholders, and a caricaturist will be drawing free portraits.

Michael Bradstone, one of the UK’s leading caricaturists, was a great hit at the market last year, making people laugh with his quick portraits. He will be back entertaining the Christmas crowds, making pen and ink sketches on request.

Images above: Michael Bradstone caricatures

Among the stalwarts will be John Dench of Ringden Farm, selling fruit juices, fresh apples, jams and preserves. He has been coming to the market since it first started, more than 20 years ago. All his produce (except the cherry juice) is made on the farm at Flimwell, in East Sussex.

Also there will be Gill Exton with a range of fabulous home-made cakes, Terrence, from Big Wheel Cheese (who also have a stall at the Chiswick Cheese Market on Sunday 17 December) and Tom and Abdul, selling their freshly cooked Moroccan food ready to eat.

Mari Deli & Dining, based at the café-deli on Chiswick Mall, have also recently taken a stall at the market and will be selling Italian specialities such as Panforte and several varieties of Panettone.

Image above: Jams and preserves from Ringden Farm

To order, or pick up the essentials, Hook & Son, who sell raw milk, butter and cream, will be there both weekends, on Sunday 17 and Sunday 24. They also sell beef from their completely grass-fed dairy herd – 28 day aged dairy beef in the form of roasting joints, steaks, burgers, sausages, stewing steak and mince.

To pick up fresh meat on Christmas Eve you will need to pre-order it, but their unpasteurised, organic milk, butter, thick double cream and crème fraîche (especially popular for Christmas) you can just come and buy on Christmas Eve without pre-ordering.

Images above: March House Farm; cakes from Gill Exton; cheese from Big Wheel Cheese; Moroccan food from Tom and Abdul, based in Fulham; Italian specialities from Mari Deli & Dining on Chiswick Mall

For all your other meat requirements, Mike Belcher from March House Farm will be there. Pick up fresh bread from Astons Bread (I can recommend the potato bread and the soda bread in particular) and fresh veg from Kath Dawson at Ted’s Veg.

The nut man (introduction: “I’m the nutter”) will not be there on 17 December, but he will be there on 24 December. His speciality is Kent cob nuts (British hazelnuts), which are very good baked in the oven for half an hour, and also English walnuts, grown by Nut Farms. He also sells the oils, perfect for salad dressings to go with your cold turkey and ham on Boxing Day.

Images above: Nut Farms; Kentish cobnut oil; English walnut oil; walnuts and cobnuts

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