The council-run market has had a fantastic year with occupancy rates soaring from 76 per cent to 91 per cent, with many new food stalls joining up. The market now has a more diverse range of eating options than ever before offering alongside its long-standing fish and chips, bacon rolls and hot dogs, also South East Asian, Spanish, Italian, French and Chilean street food along with fresh juices, falafels, lasagne and deli sandwiches.
The recent arrival of pop-up stalls has given the market even more of a boost by allowing people the opportunity to try trading on a trial basis. To add to its accolades Norwich Market was also named one of the ten best markets in England by the company Culture Trip, which has over 9 million monthly readers. Norwich City Council's cabinet member for the market, Cllr Roger Ryan said:
“This year has been a great leap forward as the first year of our ten-year plan to rejuvenate the market but we are not resting on our laurels and we will be continuing to work hard to sustain and build on the success we have already achieved.“Winning the EDP Food and Drink Awards is the real icing on the cake and a reflection of what we have to offer.”
Mark Wright, Chairman of Norwich Market Traders Association said:“All the traders are extremely proud to have won this award. I don’t think the quality, value and choice that Norwich Market has to offer can be matched in any direction for a hundred miles and you can make that 200 miles if you exclude London!"