A childhood classic just got an adult twist.
Like all great ideas, they often start on the back of a coaster in a pub. And this idea doesn’t break that tradition. Mike Burke and Ben Johnson have been friends for over 20 years, and back at the beginning of 2016, after many chats and beers, decided it was finally time to put a shared passion for food and drink into action. Not content with being ordinary by any means, they’ve bought a Dutch vending tricycle and sell alcoholic popsicles from it.
The idea for a street business was borne out of a growing trend for local independent pop ups in London and other big cities, and it was now taking hold in Liverpool. At this time, Prosecco was already big business in the UK, and they both decided this would be a great product for their first trike. They first came across a Dutch vending tricycle on eBay, and straight away, both agreed it was perfect for what they needed. The bar itself was designed and built by a local joiner and, within a few weeks, The Peddlers were ready for their first outing, a friend’s wedding at the Camp and Furnace.
Since then, they’ve gone on to exhibit at local shows, wedding’s and hen parties and added the fantastic POPS to their product range. These alcoholic and non-alcoholic ice popsicles are already hugely popular, and we think they’ll be a perfect addition to the Baltic Market. Currently, they’re in the process of designing a charcoal Chilli/BBQ bike, and once built, plan to showcase the best local ingredients served in a simple, traditional way. This should be out on the streets of Liverpool and Wirral within the next few months, and hopefully this is just the beginning of their journey.
Some of the flavours include Frose, Peach and Prosecco Bellini, Watermelon Martini, Prosecco, Pimms and there’s even some flavours like Strawberry and Mint for the non-drinkers. You can catch them at Baltic Market, Liverpool’s first street food market based in the iconic Cains Brewery, on sunny weekends starting from next week. To read more about the Baltic Market, click here. On a hot day, there’s nothing better. But remember, please pop responsibly.
Address: Baltic Market, Cains Brewery, L8 5XJ.