Eighteen market stalls will offer a wide range of festive food. From hog roast to paella, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Other tasty treats include local cheeses, breads, meats and many more.
Local businessman, James Payne, event organiser, said: "With its great range of shops and community atmosphere, we thought it would be fantastic to provide a Christmas Food Market at Ashley Cross. We have gathered the very best of local producers to bring you some delicious products, not only to indulge yourself this Christmas but they also make ideal gifts for food lovers everywhere."
Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Economy, Borough of Poole, said: "We are really keen to support local businesses in the run up to Christmas. Ashley Cross is a thriving, vibrant area of Poole and we are sure both shoppers and businesses alike will welcome the benefits that this new initiative has to offer."
Free parking will also be available in all district car parks from noon until 6pm on 15 and 22 December, including the remainder of the Commercial Road car park where the event takes place.
The market is also easily reached by bus and is just a short walk from Parkstone train station.
Councillor Tony Woodcock, ward member for Parkstone, said: "This is wonderful news for the area and I am delighted that Mr Payne's initiative has now got off the ground. Parkstone ward councillors have been asking for a farmers' or a Christmas market to be set up at Ashley Cross for a number of years and we hope it is the first of many."
The event is supported by Borough of Poole, Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce and local traders.
Other district car parks offering free parking between noon and 6pm on Saturday 15 and 22 December 2012 include:
- Civic Centre
- Park Road
- Ravine Road Canford Cliffs
- Penn Hill
- Jubilee Road
- Story Lane Broadstone
- Station Approach Broadstone
- Mansfield Road
- Norrish Road