It would not be a MR BIG market without a huge list of volunteers and supporters to thank… so deep breath…
Saturday’s market saw 60 stalls in the Market Place and Festival Hall, and LOTS of people
First up we say a BIG well done to the MR BIG volunteers on the day who were on site at 6.30am to set up our market stalls, and stayed around well into the evening to take down. Jackie Smith (MR BIG markets director) with husband Tony & son Nick of Beltec. Chris Cocking of the Lincolnshire Coop (MR BIG sustainable shopping director) & his son Tom. Jayne Sankey, town councillor and owner of The Chase. Leon & Luke (MR BIG town tidy up directors) of Green Dolphin. John Matthews (MR BIG events director and town councillor) and Mark of Beechwood Guest House. John Shaw. David Riley (MR BIG non-trader liaison and health & safety director) of J A D Associates. Richard Hallsworth (MR BIG finance director) Nicholsons Chartered Accountants. Sara Scott & mum Suzy (MR BIG chair and marketing director) of Brandthing. Sarah Lamballe & daughter Maisie (MR BIG director of community), Lincolnshire Tree Services and Sarah Lamballe Copywriting. Faye and Juliette for helping with administration and Peter from the town council who helped across both Market Place and Festival Hall.
Food writer and blogger Dominic Franks of Belleau Kitchen was a hit demonstrating all day with Taste of Lincolnshire’s ‘Kitchen Theatre’. Here he’s chatting to MR BIG’s Sarah Lamballe
Thanks for the hugely successful demo goes to Dominic Franks of Belleaukitchen.com. The demo was made possible by Tastes of Lincolnshire, who provided the ‘kitchen theatre’ and contributed to menu cards and aprons (printed locally by Smudged). Lydia Rusling of Tastes was there on the day along with Helen Scott. We’d also like to thank Simon who helped Dominic, and Matthew, the chef from the Advocate Arms who assisted in the cookery demo. The lovely red, white and blue bunting down the walkway to lead visitors to Festival Hall was supplied by Lincolnshire Coop.
The mini mobile butcher from Sunnyside Up entertained the crowds
On his own blog, Dominic also thanks those that contributed to the demo ingredients: “Vicarage Eggs for supplying me with their lovely free-range eggs, Lancaster and Son Butchers, Rectory Reserve and Red Hill Farm for the very succulent Lincolnshire Sausages… I’d also like to thank J North Farm for their wonderfully fresh vegetables… The local Lincolnshire Co-Op also supplied me with bucket-loads of herbs and spices.” We’d also like to add thanks to Tesco who provided the larder staples.
Dominic dishing out chocolate roulade to the crowd
BIG thanks too to Abigail Rowlands, our amazing violinist busker.
The very talented Abigail Rowlands with her folk music selection
MR BIG volunteers and mini marshals in the day included: Pamela Clarkson – who will manage our fruit & veg shop, Gill Tuxworth, Stella Tupin, Carol Skye, Richard Hallsworth, Sara Scott, Sarah Lamballe and daughter Maisie Kendall.
A special thank you for our family of mini helpers from Sat, sisters and brother: Tatum 8, Neave 13 & Dexter 20 months.
Special thanks to our family of helpers Phil Jeeves with son Dexter and daughters, Neave and Tatum, who did a wonderful job with Mark from Beechwood Guest House handing out menu cards and Good Taste magazines to our lovely visitors.
Hot fresh noodles from Ayam Mee
We’d also like to thank Angela Montague of Push Creativity (MR BIG director for social media and PR) for all the social media and publicity work leading up to the event. Angela also live blogged the day with, taking 30 photos and posting them instantly to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Sunnyside Up’s traditional butcher’s stall attracted lots of attention
BIG thanks to Lincolnshire Tree Services for posters to promote Festival Hall craft market, which were scattered through the market place and along the walkway beside St Thomas. Also St Thomas’ who opened the church room for tea and coffee and signposted visitors down to Festival Hall from their bric-a-brac stalls, gave visitors access to the church and even allowed some to bell ring!
Jenny’s Jams looked jewel like in the autumn sunshine
We’d also like to thank all the fantastic foodie stall holders in the Market Place and the crafty lot in Festival Hall for helping us ‘put the market back into Market Rasen’, and our high street traders for supporting the event with offers exclusive to market day.
Our regular fruit and veg trader’s display! The Norths always set the right tone with seasonal product for a traditional English market
The local press also did a fantastic job of supporting us, with excellent coverage from The Market Rasen Mail, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Market Rasen People, Lincolnshire Today and The Lincolnshire Echo – that we’ve seen at least!
The English Rose stall was as pretty as a picture, and is that Kim the Herbalist and Crepe Lucette back there?
Big thanks also goes to The Swan and Rhodes for giving over extra parking to us and to John at the Aston Arms for buckets of hot washing up water and buying Sara, Sarah and Jackie a much needed drink!
Lovely artisan bread from Starbuck’s Bakery
And of course a huge thank you to the public for turning up en masse to show what a bustling little market town Market Rasen can be.
Pretty stalls, brilliant sunshine and lots of footfall – we like!
Huge thanks too to our market team, Jackie Smith and Kerry Hallsworth, who have orchestrated all our BIG markets handling all the operations and logistics as volunteers, and that’s an operation that now involves 60 traders coming to town!
Fair Trade Point of Contact, one of 20 craft stalls in the Festival Hall
Final thanks goes to the sunshine, that shone beautifully all day, and the rain, that stayed away!
Sampling Dominic’s ‘no knead’ bread
If we’ve missed anyone out, or you want to add your own thanks, please leave a comment below. And do keep sharing great pics on Facebook and Twitter of your own culinary triumphs from our menu cards. Remember you can buy the ingredients locally any time!
What the people said
Here’s a the feedback comments we received over the weekend:
On our Facebook page (at https://www.facebook.com/Marketrasen)
Excellent market. Well done.
Unlike · · Saturday at 14:16
Sarah Bakin Brill we had a lovely day and met some very nice people .Thank you. We are very proud to be from Market Rasen Handmade Memory Books & Home Gifts .Looking forward to the next one x
Saturday at 18:11 · Edited · Like · 2
Ann Keil Excellent! Bought some lovely Fudge and was impressed with the Cookies in a jar stall.Please let there be more market days like this.
Saturday at 18:18 · Like · 1
Laura Saveal It was wonderful! We made a family day of it. We all thought there was a great variety of stalls and all reasonably priced. And my 3 year old son loved ringing the church bells! Well done to all involved.
Saturday at 18:20 via mobile · Like · 2
Shaun Washington i had a great time from sausages to jam great food looking forward to the next time ♥
Saturday at 18:27 · Like · 1
Tammi Franklin A really good selection of stalls hope there are more markets like this one farmers markets would be nice
Saturday at 18:31 via mobile · Like · 1
Jules Tester Bloody excellent, stalls fantastic, really different produce, products and gifts! excellent stalls in Festival Hall too, it was really great to see the town buzzing with smells of food, flowers, everything for every age! Lets hope this will urge those who are in the know to bring back the buzz of the market in Market Rasen, Ive only been here two months from Kent, it was fantastic, cant wait for more markets and events in the town.
Saturday at 18:39 · Like · 2
Sweetpea Fabric Art we had a great day today in the festival hall and it was nice to sell our items in a friendly atmosphere and meet the crafty cornucopia even though I could not remember names and the market place smelt wonderful.
Saturday at 18:42 · Like · 3
Jules Tester Im so lovin my headband bought from sweetpea fabric art today!
Saturday at 18:45 · Like · 1
Amy Boyles Fantastic market! Me and my 2 daughters loved it!
Saturday at 12:26 via mobile · Like
Donna Weber well done,really good market,got some delicious currys,nom nom:)
Saturday at 14:38 via mobile · Like
Karen Gilbert We thought it was brilliant, best one yet! X Saturday at 19:25 via mobile · Like · 1
Rita Montague Big congratulations to all responsible for the wonderful food & craft market . From the fantastic cookery demonstrations , the music from the talented violinist , the refreshments in the church rooms , the great offers from the high st. Shops and glorious weather , what a day
Saturday at 20:11 via mobile · Like · 1
Lincolnshire Wolds Macmillan Fundraisers We really enjoyed walking round seeing all the lovely stalls and meeting some lovely people, I even got to have the peanut Brittle and it was lovely also a large Pork pie which was had for tea. Enjoyed the food demos by Dominic Franks. Thank you to all those that gave donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Saturday at 20:17 · Like · 1
Amber ‘Goulsbra’ Shepherd It was great,i love to see the town so busy,well done all.i made a purchase of an ‘i love rasen’ brolly
Saturday at 20:54 · Like · 1
Natalie Chapman Absolutely Fantastic, Thank you so much to MR. BIG for having whatever it is you have in you all to actually do something for our town. Im thankful and grateful it is the right hands as yet again today you have proved succes can be achieved in Market Rasen and it is not a dying town, it is thriving with the right drive.
The Market today was brilliant with so much choice and such a great atmosphere! The only down side was i spent too much money. What can i say
Saturday at 21:28 · Like · 2
Cathy Gissing Loved it, a few generations of my family came too. My daughter had a go on the church bells and we ate our way round and bought goodies. Hope we have a great Christmas market this year. 23 hours ago · Like
Karen Gani Just a shame that people made traffic such a problem by parking irresponsibly nose to tail along caistor road. Awkward finding compromise of getting people into town without using up parking spaces for them to use when they get here.
23 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1
Natalie Chapman I remember once Duckworths did a park and ride for the Gardeners Fair pr something like. Perhaps this or something like this would be a good idea in the future as they are proving popular?
15 hours ago · Like · 1
Lynne Canfield good turnout,lovely sunny day, plenty of variety.
3 hours ago · Like · 1
Belles – Bags, Baubles, Bracelets and Beautiful Gifts – Hello! Thank you very much for inviting me again to the wonderful food extravaganza on Saturday! I had a fantastic day and met some lovely people again! Looking forward to seeing you in November XX Unlike · · 2 hours ago
Handing out the fruit cake!
From our Twitter, at https://twitter.com/MarketRasen_BIG
Market Rasen People @RasenPeople
@marketrasen_big Thanks, excellent work, the markets are getting better and better!
Scrubbys Crisps @scrubbyscrisps
@MarketRasen_BIG it was brilliant very busy, visitors there to buy not just browse, very worthwhile, fab promotion & organisation #allgood )
@MarketRasen_BIG it was fab!
Lydia Rusling @LydiaSRusling
@MarketRasen_BIG Thank you for a great Foodie Market today; very busy marketplace and town. Privileged for @tastesoflincs to be part of it.
JENNY’S JAMS @Jennysjams
Thanks to @MarketRasen_BIG for another well organised market..
@MarketRasen_BIG what a great market, best yet!
Our friends Lincolnshire Wolds Macmillan Fundraisers were out and about https://www.facebook.com/LincsWoldsFundraisers
Our full Facebook album of photos taken by Angela Montague is here: Food Glorious Food Facebook Album.
The 60 Instagram photos taken under the #GastroRasen hashtag are here: #GastroRasen on Instagram
Hop over to Belleau Kitchen to see what Dominic said about the day here.
Another blog post on the event from Stella & Alf is here.
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