It all sounded very party positive as we walked up towards the market. There was a lot of hooting and a hollering surrounding The Pioneers, a Liverpool based break dancing hip hop posse who were doing their thing in front of an appreciative audience. Most of the food stalls had a queue although some were fairly quiet. The tables were by and large occupied by diners. A band of old rockers were casually seated and politely pumping out a few rock classics. A jumping castle at the top of the street entertained the kiddies.
Mamma's Jamaican 'Jerk' BBQ chicken was the surprise of the night. 10 delicious spicy BBQ wings for $10 on a cold winter's night went down well. They also had have a Jamaican style goat curry on the menu. You don't see that every day. Mexican at the Cantina Movi was excellent but a tad pricey. The pork tortilla for $11.00 was packed solid with goodness and surprisingly filling even though it looked on the small side. The hot Spanish churros donuts were divine dunked with thick chocolate sauce goodness. The choripan at Parrillo Argenchino was just OK. Just a sausage on a roll really. What we missed was the sugar cane/fresh fruit juice lady from the previous market as that only left soft drinks to choose from.
The market was light on non-food stalls and Liverpool Council will need to attract a lot more of these to get the balance right if they want keep the masses happy. At least there is plenty of free parking to make a quick visit convenient.
In the mean time, if you haven't been, you should give the Liverpool world food markets a try. The list of international cuisines available should reflect Liverpool's incredible ethnic diversity and this probably needs to expand for the markets to be successful and be sustainable into the future.