Picking out a pumpkin is one of the many family fall traditions, usually done at an orchard or farm. However, the Covent Garden Market brought a pumpkin patch to the heart of London.
Despite the usual outdoor farmers market continuing, the Family Pumpkin Patch event was brought into the upstairs mezzanine because of the rain. Parents still brought their young children, as they enjoyed picking out a pumpkin, painting a smaller one, and other activities.
Sandi Frawly brought her niece and daughter to the market. “It’s nice because the kids aren’t getting wet, no one’s getting dirty, the parents can enjoy themselves,” she said.
Some even brought their kids in costume, including Thea Close, who was also a fan of the indoor event for her children.
“[It’s] also nice to get the kids to wear their costumes more than once on Halloween.”
Even the dogs were in costume, because the Barkery was having a contest for top three best dressed pooches. The shop was also giving treats to whoever participated. However, the manager, Cassie Cordis’ dog didn’t seem to enjoy dressing up. “He hates his costume, but he looks really cute,” she said.
Fanshawe ‘s Culinary Arts department, and local restaurants such as Morrissey House and the Black Trumpet was at the event for a chili cook off fundraiser for the organizations such as the London Food Bank, and Growing Chefs, an organization teaching children culinary skills, including sustainable cooking, and buying locally.
Matt Rice, the executive sous-chef at the Black Trumpet, said the cause is close to the restaurant’s heart. “Everyone needs to eat, so it’s good to get the young ones out there learning how to sustain themselves.”
Pumpkins were sold for about two dollars each.