Vegan & Vintage Fair 2018

This May Day Bank Holiday weekend our Vegan and Vintage fair is back! This popular event brings together an eclectic mix of vegan food alongside vintage, retro and traditional market stalls.

Our Vegan and Vintage Fair is a brilliant event for all the family. You don’t have to be vegan to appreciate it – we’ve got delicious food and drink that’ll please everyone, as well as lots of vintage stalls. It’s a chance to experience something new and enjoy a bit of retro fun while soaking up the atmosphere of our beautiful city.

Our markets have a great reputation for vegan food. At our Vegan and Vintage Fair, we’re bringing together local favourites with food and producers from all over the region. We’ve got something for everyone.

For street food fans, there’s a vegan burger van, wraps, samosas and curry. There’ll also be delicious vegan-friendly coffee, tea and cake – plus a bar on the Market Place. Keep an eye out Food by Lizzi’s famous “Scotch Eggless”– plus vegan beauty products and ethical clothing.

As well as sampling vegan food, we’ll also have a selection of retro-inspired stalls. This year there’ll be everything from furniture and retro lamps to 1950s-style dresses and vinyl.

So, whether you’re curious about vegan food, or a fan of vintage style, come and explore our Vegan & Vintage Fair this bank holiday with your family and friends.

The Vegan and Vintage Fair will take place on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May 2018 from 10am – 4pm. Vegan food and produce will be available on Dolphin Lane and the vintage stalls will be on the main Market Place. There will also be a bar, traditional bank holiday market stalls, family entertainment and more.

Our Mini-Markets Launch

Ely Markets: Now bringing the community together six days a week.

On Wednesday 3 April 2018, we launched our new weekday mini-markets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays. You’ll find everything from daily essentials like bread, fruit and vegetables to delicious
locally-roasted coffee and there will also be fresh fish every Tuesday. Our new markets complement the larger markets on Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays – and give you more flexibility and choice than ever before.

The day we launched our new mini-markets there was a real sense of community and
independence in the Market Place. People came away with something that made their day a little
brighter: a bunch of local carrots, a loaf of freshly baked bread or a new plant for their doorstep.
Each week you’ll find all these daily essentials, plus the best seasonal produce – and there’s always
the chance to bump into friends and catch up on all the local news.

Shopping is changing

Visitors to our markets tell us they want more flexibility and choice. They want to get more of what
they want, when they want it – at the best quality and the best price. Increasingly many of you are
swapping a big weekly trip to the supermarket for a new pattern of shopping little and often. And
many of us want less waste and packaging too, don’t we? That’s where our markets come in.

Visitors to our markets are always delighted to be have the chance to buy their fruit, vegetables
and bread in just the right amounts – just the way people have done for hundreds of years.
According to the Food Standards Agency, almost half the food thrown away in the UK comes from
our homes. Too often supermarkets encourage us to buy too much, and we don’t always get
around to using it in time. Our markets give you the option to shop more thoughtfully and
sustainably – buying what you need, when you need it.

Ditch the unnecessary packaging

Reducing packaging and cutting back on plastic is a huge concern for us. On market days, the
majority of our customers now bring along their own reusable shopping bags. Always carry a few
with you and ask our traders to weigh your fruit and veg directly into your own bags. It’s not easy to
go zero-waste, but our markets will help you get pretty close.

Don’t forget your coffee cup!

These days people aren’t just bringing their own bags to the market, they’re bringing their own
coffee cups and containers too. Silver Oak Coffee, whose new double-decker coffee rig will now be
at the market 6 days a week, have noticed a huge change in their people’s habits. Many of their
customers now bring their own re-usable cups with them. And if you forget, then you’ll be happy to
hear that all their takeaway coffee cups are now fully biodegradable.

A small city with a lot to offer

Ely attracts many visitors each day. We’re thrilled that it’s now possible for everyone to experience
our markets six days a week. And once you’re at the market, you’re just a stone’s throw from the
many other exciting shops, cafés and restaurants the city has to offer. Our new mini-markets will
even include a regular space for outdoor seating for the Lemon Tree Deli – whose shop sits right on
the Market Place.

It’s now easier than ever to come and experience our thriving markets for yourself. We can’t wait to welcome you!