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Weekend what-to-do (29-31 Oct)

Continental markets, vintage fairs, Halloween horror and other larks

Published on November 9th 2010.

Weekend what-to-do (29-31 Oct)

Doing the Continental
We have one of those little rubber sheaths that peels the skin off a clove of garlic, with one quick rub of the hands.

They are all the rage in Romania, apparently, where you need to act fast when vampires are about.

We bought it with great excitement from the Continental Market three years ago – a fantastically simple labour saving device.

But like Fat Git's own supply of rubber sheaths, bought with similar enthusiasm in 2007, it has remained in the drawer ever since.

What purchase will we return home with from the International Market this weekend?

Running from today until Sunday (Oct 31) the International Market on Lord Street, Whitechapel and Paradise Street, promises to be better than ever and will consist of over 40 international traders from France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Greece, Poland, Hungary, UK and Spain offering a wide range of continental goods.

Products on offer include fruit, vegetables, cheeses, craft items, jams and preserves, olives, antipasties, German/Polish/French bread plus many traditional dishes to take away and enjoy in your own home, such as Bavarian Sausage.

Hmm, maybe we have found a use for that rubber thing, after all.

*International market, Liverpool city centre, Thurs 28 Oct-Sunday 31 Oct, 10.00-18.00, with the exception of late night Thursday 10.00-20.00 and Sunday 11.00-17.00.

Bump in the night
“Do not come if easily scared - we're serious!” says the blurb for Scarefest Halloween party this weekend. Quite possibly the best Hallowe'en party ever!, they go on. Big bold claims for only the big and bold.

Over two nights, Saturday and Sunday, the Contemporary Urban Centre will be the backdrop for the fun. First, take the Scarefest tour, a spine-tingling interactive walk of the building, “where murderers and madmen lurk around every corner”.

Then there;s a showing of Halloween, the movie, brought back to the big screen for the first time since 1978. If you thought it was scary watching this at home...

Assuming you get through all that without several visits to the facilities,

you will then be rewarded with a glass of witches brew and a party where you can dance away the night to such tracks as Here Come The Ghouls.

And, if you decide to stay out till way after the witching hour at the Sunday night bash, why not scare your colleagues witless by going straight to work in last night's make up. That'll show 'em what real horror is about.

*Scarefest Halloween Party, Contemporary Urban Centre, Greenland St, L1. Saturday 30th October 2010 (8pm) - Tickets £11.95. Sunday 31st October 2010 (8pm) - Tickets £12.95. Only available from here: www.equinoxevents.co.uk

Of course you will need a new outfit for the weekend, and Liverpool's Official Big Vintage & Fashion Fair just keeps getting bigger.

Forget scuzzy jumble sales, all you secondhand roses are polished enough for the MetQuarter these days, where you can bag a bargain of old, and act all smarmy when people keep asking you where you got that new frock/frock coat.

It's the venue for this Saturday's market, which will see 60 stalls of designer wares, accessories, boutiques, jewellery, homewares and a huge vintage pop-up shop promising the best chaps' and ladies vintage and retro.

The party just started here, and here is how you are going to look right proper cool.

Big Vintage Fair, Met Quarter, Whitechapel, L2. Saturday, 30 Oct, 9am-6pm. Free.

PS: Here's one we made earlier...

It's sparks in the dark time with the return of the Liverpool Lantern Parade in Sefton Park this Sunday. Maybe see you in the Lane for a hot-hot-hot tot afterwards. The full spec is here.

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Squeeze O'LemonOctober 28th 2010.

I bought a garlic crusher from the international market at the same time as one of those useless rubber things, and bow I use it to keep a brillo pad in by the sink.

The actual garlic is not great from there either.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2010.

The olives are overpriced too.

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