About

Real Food Ilkley CIC is a monthly market which takes place on the first Sunday of every month (excl. January), 10-3pm on The Grove in Ilkley.  Started in 2016, the market features a wide range of local and speciality producers offering food, drink and crafts and was set up to be a community hub for the town promoting speciality producers and talent.

We work hard to support local traders and also offer a number of stalls each month free to local charity and community initiatives.  Real Food Ilkley is run by volunteers and the work to raise more funds for equipment, bills and projects, and gather more volunteers, is still ongoing as the market grows and continues.

We work closely with residents, community groups, retailers and the council, and we’re proud of how popular Real Food Ilkley has become in the town.

The three directors of Real Food Ilkley are Lucy Allen (since 2016), Becky Nash (since 2018) and Lee Teale (since 2019). Feel free to reach out to them on via our Contact Page.

Volunteers

Quite simply Real Food Ilkley would not exist without volunteers. 

Our amazing army of volunteers help us out each market day.  Tasks can be as varied as building gazebos, setting up the RFI information stall, taking enquiries, handing out masks and hand sanitizer, setting out cones or safety tape, locating stalls for visitors, clearing up rubbish, helping visitors who are lost or need assistance with their shopping, and generally providing a warm welcome to the market.

If you feel you may have a few hours to spare on market day and would like to help, please do get in touch

Covid-19 Info

Due to Covid there are a number of changes in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
Our volunteers will be on hand to ensure physical distancing is adhered to, there will be signs reminding everyone to keep safe.  Sampling is not permitted and card payments are strongly encouraged.  Stalls will be more spaced out with queuing systems in place. Hand sanitiser is available at the Information Stall, and our volunteers will be encouraged to wear masks and gloves. 

If the market does start to get busy, we will ask customers to please wait outside the area until it is safe to enter.