Where to get your foodie market fix
Perfect sour dough, wine, prize-winning cheeses from pedigree cows and street food snacks to die for. Here's where to find the best foodie markets in Berks.
Market & Feast, CA Belcher & Son Reading, every Saturday
Turn the Saturday shop into a foodie event. Fruit & veg wholesaler CA Belcher & Son, host a regular food market for you to grab super-fresh groceries and invite their foodie producers along to tickle your tastebuds with barista coffee, bacon rolls, cakes, street food and more. The market open 8am-2pm. Come masked up and ready to shop. They also sell veg boxes online for delivery too.
Outdoor Market, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 15 May
Norden Farm in Maidenhead is bringing its much-loved outdoor market back. Expect live music, local food and drink producers and plenty of handcrafted goods from midday to 4pm. We’ll be first in the queue for Como en Casa’s traditional Argentinian treats; Muddy fave Cricketer’s Gin and artisan cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co.
Blue Collar Street Food Market, Reading, every Wednesday and Friday
A twice weekly street food market, run by Blue Collar Street Food, fuelling Reading’s workers, shoppers and dedicated foodie followers. Follow your nose like the Bisto kid to Market Place on Wednesdays and Fridays (11.30am-3pm) and you find 8+ food traders tempting you with jerk chicken wraps, Peruvian street food, posh burgers and inventive vegan options. Later this summer Blue Collar Street Food will also open its permanent hipster hangout – made from shipping containers – for a nights of foodie fun.
Hungerford Food and Artisan Market, Croft Field Centre Hungerford, Sun 9 May
Hmm the smell of fresh bread and sizzling sausage is enough to get me out of bed for a Sunday market, but the Hungerford Food and Artisan Market is much more. Twenty stalls will pitch up selling fresh local produce such as bread, honey, pies, cheese, eggs, meat, oil, cakes, mead and preserves. Plus handcrafted artisan goodies, think wooden chopping boards (bought by Mary Berry), pottery, kitchenware and soaps.and more… From 10am to 1pm at the Croft Field Centre, get up and mooch and grab yourself something unique from Berkshire’s finest.
Metre Market, Cookham Dean and Holyport
The Metre Market is like a who’s who of Muddy favourites – Grape & Nectar, Cricketer’s Gin, Moneyrow Beans and Stardust Brewery, Como en Casa, Village Maid Cheese. The list is long and illustrious. Started during the pandemic, this brilliant idea brings together local producers, just metres from your door – although everyone’s welcome. You don’t have to be local to pop along. The next market is iat Cookham Dean Village Hall on Fri 7 May from 8.30am to 1pm. Then at Holyport Memorial Hall on Sat 8 May, 9am-1pm.
Caversham Farmers and Artisan Market, Waitrose Car Park Caversham
Bored of banana bread and sourdough? Hotfoot it over to Caversham Farmers and Artisan Market and waft around Waitrose car park at Caversham’s bi-monthly market. Pick up fresh loaves, fruit and veg, small-batch drinkies, street food snacks and treat yourself to a house plant. Eat, shop and stroll along the river. First and third Sunday of every month, 10am-3pm.
Wokingham Vegan Market, Market Place Wokingham, Sun 9 May
Proving plant-based doesn’t have to be boring, Wokingham’s Vegan Market will return from to Market Place every second Sunday of the month from 10am to 2pm. There will be street food sellers, delicious cakes plus eco-friendly gifts and natural skincare. If you’re dragging any hardcore carnivores, I recommend a blind taste test. They’ll never know the difference.