Shops & Markets

Flavours of the World

By Sarah Edwards at

The international food market Flavours of the World will be in Bicester next Saturday (September 9).Traders will be selling top quality artisan-produced foods and craft products from around the world.

Flavours of the World is organised by international market operator Savoir Fayre and facilitated by Cherwell District Council to encourage more footfall and consumer spend in the town.

As part of the deal, the market will be advertised and promoted by the operator throughout Oxfordshire and beyond. The aim is that the extra visitors attracted into Bicester will also spend money in shops, cafes and bars.

Market organiser Conrad Murray said: “We have been to Bicester with our touring markets many times and have come to love the town and its people.Flavours of the World is a market crafted to stir the senses and appeal to locals and tourists alike. We work hard to create an international atmosphere so people can enjoy exotic flavours and unusual aromas and delight in products they might not otherwise see or buy everyday.”

Among the products on offer will be Italian sweets and biscuits and delicate nougats; unusual cheeses not easily found in the UK which reflect the cultural and culinary traditions of rural France; and a stall which sells cured meats and scrumptious rustic saucisson sourced from every corner of Europe. There are also specialist stalls offering an unrivalled choice of ground coffee and mustards.

Conrad added: “All of our traders are especially chosen for the knowledge of and passion they have for the products they sell and their delight in offering tastings and explaining the particular characteristics and features of the goods they sell.
And beyond the stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market has traders who showcase the beauty of international craft traditions. They include bowls and ornaments carved from Moroccan marble; Baltic amber set into handcrafted jewellery; finely woven Italian clothing; and rugs and throws from Morocco and Turkey. One stall sells an astonishing 60 varieties of beauty bars and natural soaps derived from olive and argan oil.

“We delight in bringing stalls which offer unusual goods, a wide choice of products and good value to our customers. We also have a record of bringing a lot of extra footfall to the places we visit which pleases local traders. That means everyone is happy and we typically establish a strong relationship with our hosts and in many cases our visit becomes a much-looked-forward-to regular event.”