With the Manchester Christmas Markets coming to a close again for another year I wanted to talk more about why these events and markets are so important.
If you’re looking for a run-down of the markets then check out my overview from last year. But this post is less about the amazing food on offer and more about the people.
I’ve been going to the Manchester Christmas markets every year since I moved up North for university, but this year was my first going as a Manc.
Since moving to Manchester I have been overwhelmed by the community spirit for this great city. From the amazing response after the attack earlier this year, to small things like how people support independent businesses.
The Christmas Markets is a brilliant example of how the locals support their community.
We flock to the markets every year and spend our hard-earned money on handmade gifts, one of a kind presents and of course the yummy food. All of which are made and sold by independent businesses.
Instead of heading to Starbucks for a coffee we will go to St Peter’s Square for a hot chocolate or mulled wine.
We pop along on our lunch hour for a hog roast sandwich instead of grabbing a meal deal.
What’s even better is that we are supporting local businesses with a variety of backgrounds. From Dutch pancakes to German saussages. Manchester accepts and welcomes cultures and their cuisines to the city.
When the markets are here we make the most of them – and not just the Christmas markets but the food markets and the Northern Quarter markets.
This city and the people in it are so willing to help out entrepreneurs both young and old, no matter what their craft be it baking or dress making.
Although the markets are now over Manchester will still continue to support its striving entrepreneurs. They will eat in local restaurants and cafes, spend hours of the evenings in new pop-up bars and every year will go back to the markets.
I for one am proud to be an honorary Mancunian, and will support my community with my feet, heading to local cafes, venues and shops.
What’s your favourite thing about your city, I’d love to know. If you’re from Manchester let me know which is your favourite independent business and I will check them out.
© Emmi Bowles
Photo by Alice over at Twenty Something City