The Bond Autumn Market
The Bond in Digbeth played host to its third quarterly Market on Saturday.
This event originally attracted us due to its proximity to the Grand Union Canal with its two boat basin still intact, that and its proximity to the Edible Eastside site. Its a foodie event which we initially attended in the craft hall in the spring, then with The Jam Butty in the summer and now back into the hall as the weather cools off.
I have to admit that I rather like this event, its so different from the sort of thing we usually attend. It is run by a group of young people for young people with a taste for street food. The star attraction were the original Patti Men - winners of the Burger category in the national Street Food Awards. They attracted huge queues as punters (and hungry stallholders) who were prepared to wait 30 minutes and pay £7.50 for one of the tastiest things I have ever found under a bun.
The interesting thing is to see this event developing. It started as a foodie core and a craft market on the side but increasingly the food dimension is spreading into the craft hall. Last weekend half the hall was taken up with interesting food stalls including:
Artisan bread, specialty cheese, posh pies, organic veg, Greek food, hand made chocolate and of course preserves.
Out in the basin there were two trade boats : The Home Brew Boat and Da Vinci Crafts.
Don't worry if you overlooked this one, there will be a Winter Market on Sat 6th December.