THE culinary delights of the continent will be on offer in Settle Market Place this weekend.

Market organiser Olivier Simonin is hoping to hold his first-ever European Food and Craft Fair in the town next Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30.

"Settle is a charming small market town and we want Yorkshire people to discover our stalls," said Olivier, who lives in Montbeliard in South East France and started running continental markets more than ten years ago.

"Our markets bring energy and atmosphere to any town high street, square or shopping centre."

Visitors will be able to experience all the tastes of Europe in one market, with products ranging fromSpanish Paella and German sausages to French crepes and Dutch cheese.

Olivier added: “We have professional continental market traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries who will be selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, delectable cheeses, sausages, tartiflette (a delicious cheese and potatoes dish from the Alps), charcuterie, fresh bread, croissants and, for those with a sweet tooth, there will also be delicious freshly made crepes.

"Most of the products on sale will come from each stallholder’s region, where they are produced by small organisations such as family businesses, farms or small factories using traditional methods, maintaining a high standard of quality!

"All of the traders will also wear their traditional local costumes from 100 years ago, as well as decorating their stall to represent the region of the country they come from. The market will therefore provide a true flavour of the continent.”

As well as tasty goods, visitors will also be able to choose from a wide range of non-food products including handbags and leather items, Marseille soaps, lavender, children’s toys and pashminas. There really will be something for everyone."

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