Greaty Market in Liverpool is where our street food story began! Given a pitch on the back row out of the way with a little 8' space. 5 other food vendors including vans and cafes who had been there for years still didn't deter us.
We where the only stall full of signs and banners standing next to all the rusty old market stalls. Making a deal with the onsite butcher and baker and armed with the largest of stainless steel hotplates (made by us) we started cooking to order fresh marinated chicken and rib-eye steak wraps and barms (or t cakes, stotties, bread rolls, buns depending where your from!)
It started to become a success and we coupled up with a coffee van and created a small street food corner (not that street food was even a known word back then).
Within the first year we had become extremely busy, had regular customers, grew to a 20' stall and loads of new friends.
I tried so many different foods, equipment and also developed what is now known as The Big Kahuna Hut it was all great experience for the future ahead.
As the business grew and we started to do more weddings, corporate and public events it was hards to keep up with the market so unfortunately we sold the pitch. One if not the only regret I have is not keeping this on. No matter how big the business gets I think i will always miss this stall and market trading.. nothing beats having a busy stall and the friends you make at a market!
I really wish I had started this blog from the beginning of the Big Kahuna Journey.. 7 Years ago!!
But hey.. here we are now 7 years on in the street food business with a new website/blog and loving every minute. We have watched the street food revolution creep up and explode all over the UK. I remember everyone saying its just a fad, a phase. Well its been happening all over the world for years I think we where just late to catch on to how good the 'lifestyle' is.
And thats not just the lifestyle of the 'street food trader' its also the people who like to travel to, watch and eat the good food thats been cooked for them, sitting enjoying the buzz, the vibe and soak up the atmosphere of what a street food scene creates and brings to a place/event.
Our street food blog will probably be a mix of experience, products, tips and passion with everything we have learnt over these years and continue to learn throughout our journey in the outdoor catering business from our own trading to using and building our own products.
Craig - Big Kahuna!