5 reasons to visit the Vancouver Farmers Market during the Winter

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Thought you could only get farm-fresh local fruits, veggies, eggs, and meats during the summer? Think again! Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets are a great opportunity to shop for farm-to-table goodness every Saturday and Sunday during the winter season.

On Saturdays, Nat Bailey Stadium is transformed into a food-lovers paradise when 70+ farmers and merchants flock to the stadium for BC’s largest winter farmers market. Featuring winter veggies, eggs, cheeses, breads, and craft alcohol, it’s a great place to shop for your weekly groceries. If you miss Saturday’s affair, you can also check out the Sunday market at Hastings Park. Located near the PNE Fairgrounds, this market features over 20 vendors hawking their delicious seasonal goods.

Need a few more reasons to check out the winter farmers markets? Check out five more reasons to visit below!

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5 reasons to visit the Vancouver Farmers Market during the Winter

Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

Just keep these on hand in case you need a sugar hit this season. | Image by By Lenée Son

There’s an unspoken collective agreement that December is the time where you get to gorge yourself on as much as you want, which makes it an especially wonderful time to share great food and beverages among all the people you like best. The diversity of the ingredients and of the people in our corner of the world makes shopping anything but local totally unnecessary – so while you’re thinking of treats and decadent dinners, why not have all that blissful gluttony also support creative locals who are super passionate about feeding it?

WestCoastFood.ca reaches across the Lower Mainland from Metro Vancouver to The Fraser Valley to tell food stories about the ingredients, the place, and of course, the growers, makers, and business owners that make it all thrive together. You can find pretty much anything you’re craving made right here.

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Holiday Dining and Gift Ideas Across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for Foodies

A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Photo: www.bcliving.ca

Hello Vancouver! As you all know, I’m a Vancouver newbie. I’ve lived multiple places around Canada, and I’m pleased to say I’ve now landed in this lovely city. I’m stumbling upon new reasons to love this city on the daily, and I could not be happier to call it home! Follow me and my column, New-B, as I get to know Vancouver and, inevitably, fall in love with it.

Before moving to Vancouver I had dined on what I thought to be some pretty acceptable, if not pretty delicious, sushi. Many cities I’ve lived in or visited have had their roster of “best” sushi hot-spots Continue reading:
A Vancouver Newcomer’s Observations Vol 3: Sushi Snobs

Let’s Hear it For Local: It’s Time For The We Heart Local Awards!

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Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We Local Awards! For the last three years, this people’s choice awards has highlighted the most popular food and agriculture businesses and organizations across the province. Your vote helps support the local economy, spread the word about why local is better…and it also tells your favourites- in a very concrete way- how important they are to your community. If you want to support your local butcher, baker, or ice cream maker, nominate them for a We Local award!

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Get Your Fill of Fall Comfort Food at Yew’s American Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 22

Artic Char with green peppercorn and potato hash, and balsamic marinated mushrooms. Photo credit: Yew

Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but American Thanksgiving goes down this Thursday, Nov. 22. For Canadians in need of a second helping of turkey, or American expats short on time, swanky Yew Restaurant + Bar perched at treetop level in the downtown Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel has an enticing American Thanksgiving menu.

On Nov. 22, Yew restaurant will serve a fancy, 3-course Thanksgiving Dinner for $45 per head. As a new mom who’s been planning on baking a pumpkin cake for two weeks now, and still hasn’t gotten around to it, the menu is really appealing. My inner Martha Stewart is, as Yew suggests, taking a break this year.

The menu features enhanced classics like slow cooked turkey breast, stuffing, brussels sprouts, maple cranberries and buttermilk mashed potatoes. Turkey dinner seconds are only $10 more. And for those who aren’t into the bird, Yew is also serving arctic char with potato hash and balsamic mushrooms (pictured above). Perhaps the desserts (pumpkin pie with Nutella ice cream and salted caramel popcorn, for example) are the real draw.

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Get Your Fill of Fall Comfort Food at Yew’s American Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 22