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One of the things I missed most during the first three seasons of lockdown was being able to mooch and mingle amongst hawkers and food stands taking in the sights, sounds and smells of a hand crafted fog horn or a freshly baked bao. So, the return of Middlesbrough’s Orange Pip market this month really does bring back a lusty last-Saturday-of-every-month sense of normality for me.

After a break of 18 months due to you-know-what, Orange Pip returns on Saturday 31st July with a heady but familiar mix of food stalls, artisan activities and live music. The main event has relocated to Centre Square from nearby Baker and Bedford Streets, to ensure COVID safety, but the new Fringe Pip event will continue on the iconic terraced streets.

Foodies will be delighted by the return of regulars including Armenian Family, the Clucking Pig, Fat Hippo and Fancy a Tipple while new kids on the foodie block include lockdown legends Northern Portions, serving up epic sandwiches and Maple & Dough’s thick vegan cookies.

Live music includes folk blues from Leeds City Stompers, rap from Sam Summers and a summer sounds DJ set too. And brand new for Fringe Pip sees Finn Forster take to the Soapbox for an acoustic performance.

Orange Pip Market will be in Centre Square and Baker and Bedford Street on Saturday 31st July from 12-7pm

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