The Maker’s Markets, that run markets in some of the pretty, Cheshire country towns like Knutsford and Sandbach, and the leafy suburbs of Manchester like Cheadle and West Didsbury have finally turned up in Chorlton. What’s taken them so long I wondered? Chorlton loves a good market and these are some of the best. So on Saturday I wandered down to check out the inaugural one. It wasn’t the best of days weather wise, with frequent nasty showers but, between them, Chorlton was out enjoying it’s new market.
I took a lot of pictures. I have posted before about the little coffee trucks that turn up at various events. They open up to reveal a complete coffee shop making delicious coffee. I even spotted one serving up Prosecco at the Jazz Festival. But I’ve never seen one of these. A three wheel bicycle that converts into a coffee shop. It’s run by the Coffee Crank’s Co Op from Fallowfield and they cycle it around the city to events like this. The guy who rides it about wasn’t the biggest guy ever but he must have been strong to move this safely through Manchester’s busy traffic. They have a regular coffee truck for events far from the city.
I bought a delicious Coffee Mocha. It was only when I got home I noticed this sign of the side of the coffee making machine. It talked about ‘suspended’ coffee which I assumed was some new type of coffee. They are always coming up with new types of coffee it seems. If you click on the picture below you can read that it is an idea rather than a coffee. The idea being that when you buy a coffee you buy a second one that can be given to someone else who, for whatever reason, needs a coffee and doesn’t have the wherewithal to buy a designer coffee. Cool idea that I will buy into next time I come across this company. Who knows, I may need one myself one day.
Ginger’s Comfort Emporium had one of their little bicycle ice cream carts here as well. They are based in Chorlton and make the most delicious ice cream including my personal favourite, Chorlton Crack, a vanilla based ice cream flavoured with salted caramel. If you are ever in the city, search it out. Sadly the weather was favouring a hot coffee over an ice cream on Saturday.
There’s always music at a Maker’s Market event. This red headed guitarist was entertaining the visitors from under his much needed gazebo. I liked his sign.
Kate, who runs the slightly worryingly named, deadthingsbykate.com, has a bit of a ‘Game of Thrones’ vibe about her, looking something like Emilia Clark’s character, Daenerys Targaryen. Not a bad thing to look like to be honest. Cool hat as well.
I was a bit worried about her stall, it featured an awful lot of dead creatures and I like my creatures alive and doing their usual creature things. She is a expert taxidermist and the creatures on her stall, and her shop in Macclesfield, are all brought to her by people who have found them bereft of life already. What she does gives them a second life.
I also liked this stall seeking cacti in upscaled, old tin food cans. I’ve seen them before at other markets. I must point them out to my friend, Pete, who grows many cacti and sells them on the terrace at the Post Box Café. I love the bright colours and paints used on the tins.