Thousands flock to Kirkstall Deli Market

Katherine Wells from Sawley Kitchen with some of her meringues on sale at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Katherine Wells from Sawley Kitchen with some of her meringues on sale at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

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IT started with just a few stalls to try to unite the community, and now thousands of people visit Kirkstall Deli Market each month.

This weekend’s event was no exception, with more than 2,500 people browsing the food and crafts stalls in just three hours on Saturday alone. The market is now in its fifth year and bigger than ever.

Plants for sale on a stall at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Plants for sale on a stall at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Organiser Mark Kilvington said: “We started with just ten stalls and within three months we’d just exploded. Now its bigger than ever, with nearly 50 stalls over two days, selling local produce, crafts and collectibles.”

The market is still run by a small team of volunteers and is held on the last weekend of the month in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey.

Mr Kilvington added: “We’ve got so much support, from local people, councillors and local MPs.”

The monthly Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

The monthly Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Oliver Fawcett, age six, admires his tiger face paint at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Oliver Fawcett, age six, admires his tiger face paint at the Deli Market at Kirkstall Abbey. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

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