|The Peoples Market – not exactly overrun with people|
However once I started having a wander around it was clear the market was more style than substance. The advertised farmers market was only three paltry stalls while the flea market was a handful of vendors touting the same old tat that you could buy anywhere. There were a handful of brave food and drink vendors with The League of Honest Coffee selling coffee, Thousand Pound Bend manning the bar and Phat Brats selling their gourmet hot dogs from a fire engine red shipping container.
|Phat Brats beer soaked bratwurst|
Phat Brats is one of Melbourne’s new wave of “gourmet ” sausage vendors and has just opened up a store on Brunswick street. I wrote something for Broadsheet recently about how the humble snag has gone all upmarket and Phat Brats is leading the charge with its gourmet hot dogs.
|Phat Brats chilli dog|
I’m all for putting the sizzle back into sausages but Phat Brats’ meaty beer-soaked bratwurst ($8.90) was overwhelmed by the lashings of mustard it was covered in, forcing me to abandon my hot dog halfway through. A better option was the spicy chilli dog ($8.90) with its combination of meaty sausage paired with yet more meat in the form of the chilli and a cheese sauce.
|Coffee at the market from the League of Honest Coffee|
I felt my sorry sausage was symptomatic of the market itself, rather unsatisfying. I said as much on Twitter and one of the sellers at the market agreed that they were also disappointed:
Lets hope things do improve. I am fully in support of The People’s Market for trying desperately to bring some life to Melbourne’s blighted Docklands area but if a market like this is struggling on a sunny, summery day I hate to think what it will be like on a wintery Saturday.
Details: The People’s Market, 453-507 Docklands Drive, Docklands. Open Saturday 10am -9pm. You can also find Phat Brats at 320 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065 (Ph 94195526) Open: 12-11pm.
Damage: Free entry. Reasonable prices for food and drink.