It’s 5:15pm Wednesday. Typical peak hour in Auckland, the traffic’s starting to build. Noisy kids clamour out of cars. Mums looking a little relieved; squeals of delight escape from small faces as Dads arrive. It’s the second Wednesday of food trucks at La Cigale French Market in Parnell.
The crowd thickens, some meandering down the road from local businesses. Everyone’s looking very relaxed or maybe its relief after the Blackcaps' semi-final win last night.
People wander checking what’s on tonight’s menu, others join a queue. Grabbing what they fancy: pulled pork and spare ribs, vegetarian burgers, chilli dogs, various sliders, prawns and much more.
Try craft beers from Hallertau Brewery, a Zeffer Cider or even a glass of French wine. For those still hungry; a fruity dessert pot, a gelato cone or a cheese plate. Take your time, sit at communal tables and talk to fellow diners. Enjoy the entertainment - sing-a-long like me if you forget where you are.
Don’t take my word for it. The Food Trucks at La Cigale French Market, fortnightly on Wednesdays from 5pm - 9pm. Mark Wednesday 8 April in your calendar now - the perfect school holiday treat for everyone.