By Jane Barnett
In a former life, I designed, made and sold my own wares under the guise of Crafty Nomadess, currently inactive, but in time she may well return. As a result, I’m a keen supporter of the maker, entrepreneur and those hardy enough to man their stall come rain or shine. I’m also a fan of the local, sustainable and original, so I actively seek out artisanal food and arts markets. Spring is here and despite restrictions, the market season in Bucharest is firmly underway. This weekend saw the Roditor Food Market in a popular spot just off Calea Victoriei, recognizable by the local landmark street art murals (pictured). I went early, armed with plenty of cash, although many of the sellers do accept card payment. There was a good range of produce from honey to olives, relishes, wine and beer. I visited Chef Sosin where I bought some tasty lovage pesto and also lightly spiced cheese, made by an Italian lady he told me lives in Timisoara and has just 5 cows! From ARBO I bought apple juice with sea buckthorn – an instant vitamin boost. I can also recommend Energovita for their organic superfoods and Corinne Chocolat for excellent vegan chocolates – the pistachio cream filled ones are particularly delicious. For those wanting something other than food, there were plenty of options too, from handcrafted wooden boards, to cool but practical work aprons to naturally scented candles. I’d met the ladies from CeramiCandle at Moonbazar Spring Market the previous weekend. They were all out of the kind of scents I like, so had made some specially on the off chance I’d turn up. Their ceramics are so beautiful, it’s great that they also refill candles once used.
All in all, not a bad haul for a Saturday morning and I will be back.
Roditor Food Market is located on Calea Griviței 15, and is open from April 17th & 18th and 24th & 25th 10:00 – 17:00
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