SLIDESHOW: Sweet taste of success for Buckingham’s first artisan food market

Hundreds of people were able to sample delicious food and see traditional crafts being made at Buckingham’s first artisan food market on Sunday.

Organisers estimate around 500 people turned out for the inaugural event, which ran from 10am to 2pm in the Old Cattle Pens in Buckingham town centre.

Buckingham Artisan Food Market. Lucy Brooke of Made By Mums.'130721M-B502

Buckingham Artisan Food Market. Lucy Brooke of Made By Mums.'130721M-B502

Elliot Wallis, owner of Buckingham’s Gyre and Gimble Tea, Coffee and Chocolate Emporium, was among the stallholders on the day.

He said the number of visitors had exceeded organisers’ expectations, adding: “It was very successful, and it was pretty well rammed between 10.30am and 1.30pm.

“We had producers from Buckingham, Brackley, and the Thame area.

“The bread guy sold out at about 12pm, and the sausages sold out at about 12.30pm.

“It was the first one so they didn’t know how much to bring, but they know the market’s got legs now.”

He added: “There were some interesting things on sale and some great crafts.

“Next month we’re having more stallholders as well, with Buckingham Brewery, chocolate and cakes.”

Mr Wallis said he thought the Sunday free parking had helped encourage more visitors.

“More people are coming into town on Sunday because it’s the free day,” he said.

“If we can give them more new reasons to come in it could become Buckingham’s most successful day.”

All producers came from within a 20-mile radius of Buckingham.

The market will be held on the third Sunday of each month, with extra events planned around Christmas.

Click on the link to see a slideshow of the first Buckingham artisan food market.