I am a Francophile. I love French wine, French perfume and France. But mostly I love French food. So I am happy to tell you about this French Market which is coming to East Finchley. Touring the UK annually for over a decade, Savoir Fayre's French Market stimulates the senses and pays homage to the market place's tradition of exploring and embracing culture. Each year, Savoir Fayre selectively invites traders who exhibit the range of wares sourced and imported from towns continuing to craft foods from traditional ingredients and recipes passed down through the generations. The stallholders must also possess cultural, historic and culinary knowledge and authenticity that they hold precious to the market as a cultural institution.
We have all tasted baguettes, maybe experimented with croissants and love a warm pain-au-chocolate. But this weekend why not try a crunchy yet airy pain noix? Or taste a fresh and traditional tarte fraise, ou citron? Or how about millefeuille the way it was supposed to be made?
From Le Specialiste du Fromage, established now for over half a century and with a range of over fifty cheeses, sourced from almost every region of France, to represent every one of those years, to the garlic prawns of Terre et Mer and the cured meats, fuet and saucisson of The French Comte, the best of France (and its European friends) are coming to the heart of Britain's town centres including East Finchley.
Biscuits Stall (image from organiser's website)
Stallholders who have confirmed attendance include:
Terre et Mer
Le Specialiste du Fromage
A Hutchins Crystals and Fossils
Nuts and Baklava
The Olive Stall
Jellies and Fudges
Savon de Marseille
How do you like your croissant? (image by writer)
The land on which most of East Finchley now stands was once part of the Bishop of London's hunting ground, named Finchley Common, first recorded around 1400. The Bishop of London built a road through his land which wove through what is now Market Place, The Walks, King Street and Oak Lane up to the north. As a result, pubs such as The White Lion, The Bald Faced Stag and The Five Bells (on East End Road), all of which survive today, sprang up to provide rest for the people using the road.
La Baguette Croustillante (image from organiser's website)
The area of "East Finchley Village" around Church Lane was west of the common and Bulls Lane (now Church Lane) dates back to at least the 1600s. With the coming of the Great Northern Railway in 1868, the area began to emerge and property was built gradually between the 1870s and the 1930s. However, it was not until 1914 that a more recognisable East Finchley High Road and surrounding area was visible.