Farmers Market

SOUK EL TAYEB

  • Souk El Tayeb
  • Location: Gefinor Center, Clemenceau and Downtown Beirut at Beirut Souks
  • Date and time: Every Wednesday at Genifor from 11 am to 4 pm and every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at Beirut Souks
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Carlo Petrini Visits Beirut Earth Market

Founder and president of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini visits the Slow Food Earth Market in Hamra early November 2016 for the first time.

Slow Food Beirut has started a new chapter in 2018. One of the greatest highlights of the year was our alliance with Souk el Tayeb. We have closed our market in Hamra and now we are part of the Souk el Tayeb farmers’ market network. We will have a stand beginning February at both markets. We are closely working together to create events, workshops and educational experiences to promote our common values and beliefs.

Created in 2004, Souk el Tayeb is the first farmers’ market to open in Lebanon and is now a forum to share food, traditions and hospitality in a way that has helped bring together fractured communities. Souk el Tayeb promotes unity around a common respect for food, land, and agricultural traditions. It aims to preserve food traditions and the culture of small farming in Lebanon protecting the interests of the small farmers and producers enabling them to compete with industrial and globalized food trade.

The farmers market was created as a private initiative by Kamal Mouzawak with the intent of creating a “souk” with the same vibrant energies of traditional “souks” but featuring the products of small farmers who bring to the market their knowledge – preserving centuries old Lebanese food traditions for future generations to enjoy.

The literal translation of Souk el Tayeb means “the good market” – both good in taste and character.

By connecting consumers and producers, Souk el Tayeb promotes the consumption of local food, thereby giving livelihoods to small-scale farmers and enhance food knowledge and culture throughout Lebanon.

Souk el Tayeb’s weekly farmers market hosts around a 100 small producers from all over Lebanon who offer fresh, local, seasonal food products and organic produce, ranging from fruits and vegetables, “mouneh”, dairy products, ready- to- eat food and sweets alongside traditional, handmade crafts.