Luxury Farmers Market Sets Up in Downtown Vancouver

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC | Flickr

Photo credit: Mr. T in DC | Flickr

Vancouver has plenty of farmers markets.  But only one is attached to a five-star hotel.

The Shangri-La Farmers Market is back for another season, offering trendy downtown shoppers a place to find the freshest fruits and veggies and a little something more.

Held every other Sunday in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel and Urban Fare grocery, the market has carved out a niche with its specialty prepared foods – everything from organic olive oils to goat cheeses and Italian delicacies.

But this year, the Shangri-La is offering something few markets can boast: cooking demonstrations with one of the top French chefs in the city.

Wayne Harris, executive chef at the Shangri-La’s Market restaurant, will be whipping up recipes featuring products from the day’s market.  A veteran of Iron Chef America, Harris trained under Rob Feenie at Vancouver’s legendary Lumiere before moving to Market, where he now works under three-Michelin-star sensation Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  The best part: All of Harris’ creations will be available for sampling.

The Shangri-La Farmers Market also features one other popular twist: a specialty brunch. After loading up your basket with greens and artisan foods, head up to Market restaurant for a three-course brunch created using items from each Sunday’s vendors (At $29, it’s a steal at Market, which normally charges the same price for its basic two-egg breakfast).

First course consists of banana bread French toast, with warm vanilla maple syrup.  Next comes a goat cheese fritatta, with mushrooms, crispy potatoes and tomato salad.  Finish things off with a slice of lemon loaf, with local jam and fresh berries.  Just about every ingredient is fresh from the Lower Mainland.

Here’s a peek at a few of the vendors setting up shop at this year’s Shangri-La Farmers Market:

  • Nelson the Seagull: artisan breads and baked goods
  • Happy Days Dairy: goat cheeses, milk and yogurt
  • Erin Ireland’s To Die For Fine Foods: famous banana breads and lemon loafs
  • Sandhill Estate and Red Rooster wineries: Okanagan wines, perfect for Sunday sampling
  • Lusso Verde: Italian fine foods and flower arrangements
  • The Jam Ladies: jams, marmalades and hot pepper jelly

The Shangri-La Farmers Market runs every second Sunday, through September.  The next market is Sunday, June 2.

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5 Responses to Luxury Farmers Market Sets Up in Downtown Vancouver

  1. Amandine

    We can look them up online but it would be helpful to know the times for the market too, please. Presumably it starts in the morning till early afternoon?

    • Hi Amandine – Thanks for your great question. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cooking demonstrations are at noon.

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