Taste of Tunisia in centre of Sheffield

Tunisian Market. Allison Sanders with Ridha Essalah
Tunisian Market. Allison Sanders with Ridha Essalah
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SHOPPERS might not have enjoyed the sizzling hot temperatures of the Mediterranean coast, but it did not prevent people in Sheffield from getting a taste of Tunisia.

If it were not for the grey skies and pouring rain, the streets of the city centre could have been mistaken for a bustling bazaar in North Africa as the five-day market event got underway.

All of the authentic sights and smells of Tunisia were present as traders selling everything from hand-crafted carpets, baskets and ceramics to the country’s authentic cuisine lined up in Fargate.

The Tunisian Souk Market, run by Sheffield-based company WW Markets, has proved so popular that it will be extended to a 16-day run in October.

Shoppers can expect live entertainment including belly dancing, while a medina will be set up in the city centre to give people the opportunity to take a look inside a Tunisian home.

Ridha Essalah, event operator for WW Markets, said: “We haven’t had good weather, you can’t bank on it, but we still attract a lot of people over the days. The traders fly over here and do a few different locations before they go back, so it is very authentic.

“We’re planning a really big one for October. The medina gives people an idea of what it is like in a typical Tunisian house.”

One of the biggest draws in the Tunisian market was the shisha tent, where visitors could try smoking flavoured tobacco using special pipes.

Jed Benzid, who runs the shisha tent for WW Markets, said: “A lot of people try shisha when they are on holiday and are pleased when they see they can have it here.”