Visiting food markets around the world is a great way to delve headfirst into the culture of a place, so, luckily for us, we’ll be able to do it via a new BBC travelogue. Offering a real taste of different countries from the comfort of our sofas, new three-part series World’s Greatest Food Markets will see presenter and market trader Roger Barton (known as the King of Billingsgate Market) visit the planet’s best foodie bargaining spots.
Barton will travel to New Fulton Fish Market in New York, where traders rack up a staggering billion dollars-worth of trade each year, plus the Mercado Central del Abasto wholesale veggie market in Mexico City and the hustle and bustle of Azadpur Market in Delhi – the biggest fruit and veg market in Asia. Barton will see if he has what it takes to sell glorious grub in each place, and will meet some of the vibrant characters and personalities that make these spots come alive.
Lucy Carter, executive producer of Indus Films, said: “Roger is a refreshing and colourful character who thrives in these incredible markets, which in turn reveal fascinating cultural stories of the mega-cities beyond the market stalls.”
World’s Greatest Food Markets will air on BBC2 later this year.