After years of surviving roadworks and disruption, the stallholders at St Mary’s Market, tucked behind John Lewis on the corner of York Place, have decided to take a positive attitude to the launch of the Edinburgh Trams on 31 May 2014 and re-name the market as The Tram Stop.
Market Operator, Vicky MacDonald, said “We’ve had our challenges during the roadworks, including turning up one morning and discovering the market site had been dug up for emergency repairs, and like many others, we suffered because customers didn’t want to fight their way through the city. However, we’re really looking forward to the trams bringing new customers to York Place and the stallholders all agreed it can only be good for business.”
Stallholders will be celebrating the return of the trams with a special Street Food Saturday on 10th May from 11am to 5pm. The market is located at the ‘end of the line’ on the corner of York Place outside St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, just next to the last tram stop.
“We’d like to encourage local restaurants, cafes and bars who’ve been affected by the tramworks to celebrate with us and have a stall at the market to showcase their menus or create something new for the occasion. It will be great for customers as everything must be under £5 a portion and some of our regular traders are even offering freebies, like the sourdough starter kits that Breadshare Bakery will be giving away,” said Ms MacDonald.
Stall fees are £50 for the day and include a traditional market stall with red and white striped roof.
Some of the food on offer includes Jones & Son Bespoke BBQs, with their slow-cooked pulled pork, home-made chilli jam and coleslaw, as well as hand rolled porchetta with salsa verde and Ninja Buns, selling steamed Taiwanese buns with pulled chicken, braised beef or tofu fillings.
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