Sunday was a lovely hot summer's day, so there was only one place to go... the beach! Well, Frome-On-Sea, not a seaside town, but the theme for this month's Frome Independent market, celebrating some of the best local talent. The highstreet, riverside and skies were scattered with bunting, sand, donkey rides, live music, quirky pop up vintage boutiques, antiques and buzzing foodstalls.
Flea market stalls sell everything from manic 70s mannequins, vintage school desks, workers' overalls to ultra kitsch 50s kitchenware. You can wander round the spiralling antique flea market, to the North Parade and Market Place filled with artisan breads, cheeses, wines and ciders and finally up the rambling, cobbled Catherine Hill where traders sell homemade trinkets, artwork and jewellery out of vintage suitcases and prams. Travel back in time as you enter Donna May Vintage, a vintage clothing boutique blasting 20's tunes and sourcing 20th century tailoring, gowns, hats, gloves, glasses, bags and jewellery.
Frome Independent's choice of food is particularly good - vast dishes of simmering aromatic asian curries, gourmet British sausage rolls, delicate French pastries, a whole roast suckling pig, to a stall that invites you to 'cycle yourself a smoothie' with a cycle powered blender. You can grab lunch on the go, prepare for a gourmet picnic, or stock up on groceries and dinners.
The Portuguese custard tarts, pastel de nata, are among my Frome favourites. Ultra flaky pastry encasing smooth, vanilla, yellow cold custard.
Another recommendation? The Beef, Bellringer Ale and Bath blue cheese pie from local business Lovett Pies. The beef was crumbling and tender, melting in the rich and hearty ale and beef gravy, finished with a creamy and indulgent blend of local blue cheese and flaky, buttered pastry.
The choice of desserts is equally impressive with cakes, pastries and tartlets that are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost...
This time we went for a New Yorker brownie from Dark Matters - traditional chocolate brownie layered with salty crunchy peanuts and caramel.
And a mini raspberry crème brûlée - a classic vanilla crème brûlée with a hidden sharp raspberry filling, caramelised and crisp sugar topping and a tartlet casing.
Open every first Sunday of the month from March through to December in a bid to 'reclaim the high street' The Frome Independent is an eclectic mix fit for everyone - even a dog!
... Or a polar bear.
Next market - 6th September. So come and reclaim the high street then!
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