Eurofair sells out

Contributed by editor on Nov 30, 2004 - 04:15 PM


More than 35,000 people flocked to Canterbury's Eurofair last weekend to spend their cash on some of the best food, drink, arts and crafts Europe has to offer.

The three-day event featured a tented village of 100 stalls in the picturesque Dane John Gardens. Among the wide range of products on offer were meats, wines, cheeses, cakes, beers, biscuits, speciality sweets, toys and flowers. Traders from France, Italy, Germany and Great Britain were all selling their wares.

In addition, there were cookery demonstrations by chefs from all four countries and music and dancing from the city council's partner cities of Certaldo in Tuscany and Rennes in Brittany.

Deputy Leader of Canterbury City Council, Cllr Ron Pepper, said: "The Eurofair was a total, unqualified success. All the traders have told us they were very pleased with how it went and by the Sunday afternoon, many of them had sold out of everything they brought with them.

"Our partner cities were so impressed they told us they couldn't wait to come back next year with more traders, musicians and chefs.

"Saturday was the busiest day, as we expected. Within an hour of opening, people were four or five deep on every stall. The city centre car parks and the three park and ride sites were full to bursting. Canterbury was buzzing.

"The council was surveying shoppers throughout the three days to get an idea of how much they were spending at the Eurofair and elsewhere in the city. These financial statistics will be available in a few weeks time and we're confident they will show that people spent a small fortune in Canterbury last weekend. It was a great way to start the festive season."