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A Taste Of Trafford in 2011

A Taste Of Trafford in 2011

Taste Of Trafford is one of the finest events in Altrincham’s calender

After a few years of running one big annual event in September, the organizer’s have decided to run it several times a year with this being the 2nd extra event after a trial at Christmas

Not been to Taste Of Trafford before – it’s some of Trafford finest restaurant and foodie types coming together complete with its own currency Tesetas

Altrincham HQ questioned  just a few of the stall holders about their foodie delights

Vintage Ts

Vintage Ts

VINTAGE Ts – Tweet @VintageTs

Vintage Afternoon Teas will be bringing along lots of tea and cake which we’re hoping you won’t be able to resist. We only serve Teapigs tea (which is proper leaf tea), their everyday blend, Darjeeling Earl Grey and Superfruit (we’ll be selling boxes of Teapigs tea at the market too). We’ll have coffee for non tea drinkers and cups of orange squash for children. Meanwhile, what could be nicer to munch at the market or take home for tea than a decent slice of proper homebaked cake? Carrot cake, victoria sandwich, courgette cake, coffee cake and marmalade cake. Scones baked fresh that morning, with clotted cream and strawberry jam, will feature in our “Afternoon tea bags” specially designed to take home for tea. Spend a few tesetas with us and you’ll be joining a growing band of fans and regular customers.

Everything’s vegetarian on our stall, especially the carrot cake and courgette cake!

We operate from a kitchen in Altrincham, delivering afternoon teas and cakes all over Manchester and Cheshire for birthdays, hen parties, christenings and other celebrations, or just tea with friends. We have a huge collection of vintage china and table linens for hire too, to make an occasion extra special. We can set up a pop-up tea room almost anywhere: future events include a monthly tea room at Sale Town Hall and a tea room for Homemade Heaven, a new vintage and craft market in Hale.

Vintage Afternoon Teas has been up and running since 2010 and we’ve never advertised, we’ve grown through word of mouth recommendation, so events like this are really important for us. It gives us another opportunity to meet and chat to new customers and let them taste our wares. Personally I love being at events like Taste of Trafford, I like meeting people and I’m a big fan of Altrincham market and know lots of other people feel the same.

As an alternative to traditional advertising, we’ve used facebook and twitter to communicate with local people who are interested in Vintage Afternoon Teas. Twitter has been really successful, helping us to meet new customers and suppliers and to advertise events. Facebook is a great way medium for quick updates and photo albums. If you want to see photos of our tea parties and cakes, our photo gallery on is a good places to go. If you like us on facebook, you’ll hear about our events first. Follow us @VintageTs on twitter.

Everything will be great value I promise, come on a cup of amazing tea for £1, a slice of homebaked cake for £2, and a full afternoon tea (packet of finger sandwiches, leaf tea bag, scone with jam and clotted cream and a slice of cake) for £5. When I say £, I mean tesetas (you can buy books of tesetas on the day).



Lush Brownies

Lush Brownies

LUSH BROWNIES  – Tweet @lushbrownies

My name is Nicki and I am lushbrownies!
 Am very excited to be part of Taste of Trafford this weekend. I have a market stall selling brownies and trade monthly at the following markets:
Northenden St Market, Palatine Rd on the first Saturday of the month
Chorlton St Market, Manchester Rd on the third Saturday of the month
Chorlton Farmers’ Market outside the ‘Horse and Jockey’ pub on Chorlton Green on the last Saturday of the month (I have 2 stalls at this one…lushbrownies and a traditional cake stall serving other delights)
I have had a stall now for just over a year. I set up in business about 18 mths ago. I have always loved baking and friends were always telling me I should try turning it into a business. Every year I do a Macmillan Coffee Morning at home which has created a lot of interest in my cakes…particularly my brownies. In 2008 there was a ‘bake off’ competition held at ‘Cup Cafe’ in the Northern Quarter as part of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival. I decided to enter and my brownies won the ‘Most Delicious’ category! This spurred me on and I eventually decided to go for it!
I have concentrated on brownies as these are extremely popular with my customers…I have built up an ever growing returning customer base. I always have a variety of brownies to choose from…double chocolate, snickerdoodle (with peanut butter), toblerastic (with chunks of toblerone), chilli caramello (with home made chilli caramel) to name but a few. I love thinking up different varieties (and names for them). I always offer one or two gluten free options which are very popular. Other delights on offer are brownie pops (double chocolate brownie lollipops drizzled in chocolate) and lushbrownie and strawberry chocolate kebabs. I only use dairy butter and free range eggs in my baking and I think that makes a huge difference to quality and taste. Customers can order them as treats for special occasions and brownies can be sent as gifts via Royal Mail.
Events like Taste of Trafford and also regular markets are great for small local businesses like lushbrownies. It’s a way of getting out there so that people can taste your goods and it doesn’t take much time to build up a customer base. It’s a good way of getting your name known…. particularly when you are trading alongside other producers who are interested in providing quality products.
Re Social Media. I have to say I have struggled a little with website, but being a keen user of Facebook I have taken to using my business page on there (Lush Brownies and Cakes). It’s great because it’s live and easy to manage with uploading photos etc. I started using Twitter relatively recently.It took me a while to get used to the format but I use it regularly now to promote my business. I wouldn’t really use it for personal things. What is great about Twitter is the support you can get from other local businesses. I live close to Chorlton and most of my trading is there. We’re really lucky as Chorlton is a thriving community with lots of independent retailers…all of whom support each other via Twitter.
At Taste of Trafford people will be able to use tesetas or money to purchase their delicious brownies!
Taste Of Anatolia

Taste Of Anatolia

TASTE OF ANATOLIA – Tweet @tasteofanatolia

We have Homemade Mediterranean food crafted from Turkish recipes: Borek, Pogaca, Original & Pepper Humus, Ajuka, Lentil Kofte, Stuffed Peppers, Rice Dolma , Baklava

All our products are vegetarian

We love these events as they allow independent businesses to access new and some existing customers.

We are on both twitter and facebook and they let us keep in touch with existing customers and attract new ones.

When we’re not at Taste Of Trafford we’re at Monthly Farmer Markets and Food Fairs

Our monthly farmers’ markets
1st Saturday: Rode Hall (
2nd Saturday: Wirral (
Last Saturday: Bakewell (

Our food fairs
Congleton Food Festival – late Sunday in June
Hoylake Food Festival – last Sunday in February and October
Taste of Trafford (Altrincham) – late Sunday in April & September
Warrington Food Festival – early Sunday in May & September

And last but not least we offer free lentil kofte for our twitter followers on @tasteofanatolia

A Taste Of Trafford takes place at Altrincham Market on Sunday 22nd April between 11am-4.30pm

Altrincham Market is 2 minutes from Altrincham Tram / Bus interchange

For full info on all the stalls and restaurants attending check out


*** DON’T FORGET TO USE THE HASHTAG #atasteoftrafford while tweeting about the events – WE’LL BE RETWEETING THE BEST COMMENTS ***

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We’ve worked with Dry Bar in Manchester as well as Leo’s Fish Bar  in the Northern Quarter

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