Festive food market ‘will be bigger and better’

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DETAILS for this year’s popular Christmas food market in Magherafelt have been announced.

The local council say the market will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2 at the Market Yard in Rainey Street.

Around 40 food outlets will take part and a separate craft tent will be provided as research has informed the council that there is a desire to extend the number of craft stalls.

Financial assistance was secured from DARD through the Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme.

Activities planned include: a Kidz corner, The Lounge (heated seated area with live entertainment), craft corner, sausage competition, cupcake competition and Christmas costume characters.

Meanwhile, the Christmas street lights switch-on will take place on December 1 at 7.30pm in Broad Street. Cool FM will provide the on stage entertainment.

They will also provide additional marketing and prizes that Cool FM gives out, such as tickets to the X-Factor final.

The council may not hold a fireworks display in Maghera next year, the monthly meeting heard.

Maghera Community Forum has asked the council to consider using the funding for the Halloween event to host a Christmas light switch on event in the town.

It is proposed that officers will consider options regarding this request and bring forward recommendations to council at a future date.

And the Halloween Hooley, which has proved very popular in Magherafelt over the years, will this year be held at Meadowbank Sports Arena on October 27.