Every time I am back in Belfast, I make sure I always have time to visit St George’s Market. Edinburgh has some great weekly markets, but nothing beat St George’s – partly because its indoor!
Little has changed with the market since I used to visit as a kid, other than a few refurbishments over the years. But still every Friday is the Variety Market, which is jammed packed with Fruit and veg stalls, meat and fish counters as well as the odd antique and book stalls. Saturday sees less fruit and veg, meat and fish and more craft stalls with live music and still the same lively atmosphere. This particular Saturday I lost Stuart and myself in the place for over an hour
I ended up going on a bit of spree, picking up some old favourites such as coffee beans from S.D.Bells, Aunt Sandra’s Honeycomb and Suki Tea’s Belfast Brew, which they don’t appear to stock in Edinburgh. I also picked up some new finds, Harnetts Rapeseed Oil, Mahoosive traybakes and tasty popcorn flavourings (popcorn being my latest obsession!) from the Naked Cob Popcorn Company. Oh and I how could I forget the Belfast Bap the size of my head!
I also bought 2 tea towels from Starling Bridge, featuring my favourite hot beverage – Tea! They also made an appearance in this months Image Magazine. They will be perfect in my new kitchen, once I buy it and it gets fitted!
After all this I needed food and settled for a Crepe from Le Crepiere – just a simple Nutella one, but apparently their Spanish Bonfire is legendary! Stuart opted for a more exotic chicken curry flatbread wrap, which was very tasty. We munched away on these while taking in the atmosphere and the music from the Smokin’ Guns
If you are ever in Belfast at the weekend I would suggest you make this one of your stops. The perfect place to sample some real craic!