Baltic Market Farmers Market Review
This blog post first appeared in Gilded Gingerbread.
If you’ve never been to Baltic Market before then you are missing a treat. Situated in the old Cains Brewery building, Liverpool’s first Street Food market has something for everyone.
We first visited Baltic Market a month ago having heard goods things from my husband’s work colleague. My sister was visiting with her husband and two children, it was a lovely sunny Sunday, so we decided to go to Liverpool for some lunch.
We arrived just after 1pm and it was already packed. It was hard to find a table for eight of us but after standing around a little while we snagged a table outside in the sunshine.
Inside seems to be modeled on a German beer hall and is split into two halves. On one side of the rectangular room is a stage and open area used for live music and the various markets that are put on. In the middle is a large bar and then on the other side of the room are the street food vendors with long tables and benches for customers to sit down and eat their food.
There is a good mix of street food on offer including fresh wood fired pizza, tacos, falafel, fried chicken, fish and chips, and ice cream amongst others. It’s worth noting that the vendors are on short term contracts which mean that the food on offer changes as new vendors come in.
We opted for pizza for the kids and we ate falafel and haloumi fries. Although it is a street food market, the food has restaurant prices but it is good quality and very fresh. Everything we bought was tasty.
While we were there, I spoke to the manager about having a stall at their upcoming vegan market for my catering company, Love Kimchi. The manager was very happy to book us so a week later we attended. It was crazy busy and we sold all our food in two hours.
The manager was impressed by us and asked us back for their upcoming Farmers Market. We said yes immediately.
Last Sunday, we turned up early and set up our stall. The market runs between 11am and 3pm so we had a bit of time to chat to some of the other vendors before the start. There was a good mix on offer with Perfect Samosa (the Spiced Pumpkin Samosas are amazing) Baltic Juicery (their Pomegranate Juice is delicious) and Postcode Honey (try the Mossley Hill honey, you won’t be disappointed) being the standouts. Definitely worth parting with your hard earned cash.
There was a very good mix of sellers at the market. Sometimes you go to these places and there are three stalls selling doughnuts. I’m happy to report there was just one. 🙂 Next to our stall, was a baker selling German bread. At the end of the market we swapped some Kimchi Fried Rice for a loaf of Rye bread. It was delicious. One of the perks of having a stall is that most vendors are happy to do a food swap with you at the end of trading. That’s how I know Perfect Samosas and Baltic Juicery are great. I will definitely be trying more of their delicious food.
If you are thinking about visiting one of the markets at Baltic Market I would advise you to get there early as it fills up quickly an it can be difficult to find a seat. Having said that, the food on offer is great and it is wheelchair accessible (the pay and display car park is about 50 metres from the front door), child friendly and even dog friendly! Well worth a visit.