Saturday, 1 August 2015

'Foodie Friday' at the Stockport Historical Market

Last night my friend, MaCris, and I decided to go on a little adventure. I had heard about an event happening just outside of Manchester while trying to source a Peruvian restaurant for MaCris' birthday earlier in the week. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any such thing in Manchester, but there is a couple who run a Columbian and sometimes Peruvian food truck. Their next event was the Stockport Foodie Friday event, which conveniently was last night.

(Source: Foodie Friday Stockport Facebook Page)
I sourced out the bus information and the two of us walked to the stop. Eventually the bus came, we jumped onboard and began the long trek to Stockport. And this, my friends, is where the real adventure began - for you see, I only slightly glanced at the route map earlier in the week, and couldn't remember when to get off. So, we played a fun game of 'uncertain are we there yet.'

I'm happy to report that we did eventually make it to Stockport. Insert the beginning of adventure number two: finding the market. I guess I sort of figured it would be obvious when we got there. Usually there are signs and such for these things. But, it appeared as though this would not be the case. So, we took a chance on some tourist signs that, thankfully, took us to our intended destination (It was the loud 'musical stylings' of a band of 10-year-olds that actually tipped us off).

I have to admit, there were WAY more people there than I'd imagined. It was a small space to begin with, but add in the people, and it made for a bit of a slow dash for food.

An attempt at taking a picture of the crowd! 
Winding down at the end of the event.
(Photo credit: Stockport Foodie Friday)
BUT the food gods were obviously on our side, because the shortest line happened to be for ¡Arepa! ¡Arepa! ¡Arepa! where they sold - you guessed it! - arepas! There were three different kinds to choose from, a steak filling, pulled pork, or black bean. We both opted for the pulled pork option, which came with a delicious avocado, citrus, mango salsa.

Yeah - you want some of that!
For those of you who don't know what an 'arepa' is, it's a sort of flatbread made of maize flour.
It's consumed mainly in Columbia and Venezuela. Really tasty! 
MaCris enjoying her arepa!
Next, we tried to escape the crowds a bit to come up with a game plan. We had three goals in mind: eat as much of what was available, find ice cream, and get MaCris some carrot cake. Unfortunately, things sold out quickly, so the only part of our new game plan that was successful was finding ice cream. MaCris had the plum and gin flavour, while I had a peach one. I will say, both were pretty great!

Anyway, the food sold out fairly quickly, so we decided to walk around and see what Stockport had to offer* at 8:00pm. There was a beautiful cathedral outside of the old market, but other than that, there wasn't much going on. So, we decided to make our way back to the bus station. We both snapped a few photos along the way.

The cathedral.
Found this gem at a second-hand shop! Score!
I call this one: Beautiful Blue Sky, Ominous Dark Cloud 
This sign would have been mighty helpful on the way to the market...
A boarded up hotel. It just looked cool...
This was an interesting 'heritage find'.
Te event made for a fun Friday night. It was great to see so many people out supporting the event and the vendors! The event made for a fun Friday night and an even better break from dissert-ing.

-the Orange Canadian

*Note: pretty much everything was closed when we arrived at 6:30pm!

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