Thornbury's highly successful Food Fairs brought together the best of local producers with members of the popular Thursday Farmers Markets, providing a wide range of fresh produce to suit all tastes.
In 2016 Thornbury Chamber decided to discontinue the regular fairs for a number of different reasons. A key factor was the loss of parking for traders' vehicles at the former South Gloucestershire Council offices on Castle Street.
The fairs were a celebration of food and gifts in Thornbury - Castle Street and The Plain were closed off to allow local food and gift suppliers and caterers to display their products and services.
There were ample opportunities to sample stallholders’ wares, with hot food and refreshments available.
Not only were these fairs a great chance to stock up on delicious food, you could also meet up with friends and neighbours for a chat and a cup of tea.
The fairs attracted both Thornbury residents and visitors from further afield, who were all welcome.
Many of Thornbury's shopkeepers entered into the spirit of the Food Fairs, with promotions and offers in throughout the town.
The Food Fair dates were arranged to coincide with other local events, such as the Thornbury Arts Festival in Spring, the South Gloucestershire Food Festival in September and Christmas Craft Fairs in December.
On behalf of Thornbury's hungry shoppers, Thornbury Chamber would like to say a huge, huge thank you, especially to Penny Skinner and Rowena Moncrieffe at Bonds of Thornbury for organising the fairs, and to all the traders for their hard work and support over the years, particularly those who were with us from the start and who came out in all weathers for each event.
It was a pleasure to meet you all, to work with you and most of all, to enjoy the lovely food that you all work so hard to provide.
For further enquiries, please contact Thornbury Chamber of Commerce.
Wow - what a great day that was. (Jonathan)
We loved the Food Fair! It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the lovely weather and experiencing the best of Thornbury. (Perry)
Thornbury’s Food Market was superb in terms of its setting, variety of stalls and atmosphere. Having a young family, we were happy in the knowledge that they were safe wandering around. (Julian)
I really loved the Food Fair and thought it had a great buzz. (Heather)
Thornbury's Litterbusters group kindly tidied up at the end of the Thornbury Food Fairs.
For more information about Litterbusters, see our Environmental Organisations page.
Photos on this page appear by kind permission of Bonds of Thornbury.