Visitors will have opportunities to shop and browse over quality products and culinary fayre in the traditional venue of City Hall Gardens, the historic setting of St George’s Market and at the Maritime Festival, Queen’s Quay – injecting fresh gastronomic splendour into the retail experience across the city.
Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development Committee, commented:
“The Continental Market is a great attraction for visitors and residents alike: I would like to congratulate Market Place on the great effort they have put into working with our long-established traders at St George’s Market to ensure that the profile of our local entrepreneurs is raised and that a large proportion of the benefits accruing from this year’s event will help local businesses to prosper and grow.”
The Belfast Continental Market is fast becoming a symbol of the beginning Spring, not only with Northern Irish shoppers but also for tourists and visitors to the island. The Market has been a fresh fixture in the grounds of the Belfast City Hall for the past seven years bringing a unique cosmopolitan charm to the outdoor market experience.
This year visitors can follow our tasty treasure trail around the three markets to fully experience all our global and local traders have to offer. With traders from 26 countries as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Tanzania, Spain and China joining some of the very best local traders, the Belfast Continental Market is more than just a pretty façade. From Crepes to Macaroons there is something to make everyone’s mouth water. In City Hall Gardens, St George’s and at the Maritime Market Queen’s Quay, local traders will offer the finest local produce alongside the amazing mix of international stalls, with a free bus shuttle service between the three venues.