What to Eat & Drink at the 10th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

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Today marks the opening of the Vancouver Christmas Market, which is celebrating a decade of bringing food, drink, entertainment, and craft gift items to the city during the holiday season. The market runs until December 24, 2019.

The German market has tons of gourmet treats for you to enjoy, with many new delectable items worth sampling:

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East Van Roasters Kaffee & Schnappsl Haus is new to the Vancouver Christmas Market this year. This local social enterprise aids women reentering the workforce through the PHS Community Services Society. They are serving all sorts of beverages to keep you warm, like single origin (Dominican Republic) hot chocolate, holiday blend coffee (Ethiopia, Sumatra, Peru), egg nog, and spiked drinks, like Santa Baileys (a combo of Bailey’s Irish Cream and hot coffee). Baked goodies like gingerbread brownies are sold.

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It’s not Christmas until you’ve tried the Turkey Haus, also new to the market. The booth is serving JD Farms’ local smoked turkey legs, which are non-GMO, grain-fed, and antibiotic-free. The meat has incredibly flavour from the smoking process.

Smoked turkey leg (with raclette cheese from Cheese Me Raclette vendor); Photo Credit: Tara Lee

Always popular is Cheese Me Raclette, where you can wait in anticipation for melted cheese scraped from the wheel, served over items like potatoes and pickles. Especially on a cold day, it’s divine.

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Mr. Hotcakes serves flaky pancakes stuffed with cinnamon and brown sugar. The pancake comes with either whipped cream or ice cream, the latter option creating the perfect hot/cold holiday treat.

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Taste the Wild not only sells packaged wild mushroom products, but also serves a bowl of velvety cream of wild mushroom soup. On their menu, you’ll find truffle grilled cheese, huckleberry pie, and nettle tea.

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Two Sweet Elves is definitely going to be a crowd favourite. This new vendor stand, run by Two Sweet Guys, specializes in Dutch mini pancakes (poffertjes) and Danish pancake balls (aebleskiver). You can choose from a variety of sweet drizzles (e.g. Nutella, condensed milk), and toppings (e.g. marshmallows, M&Ms, coconut, fresh strawberries, peanuts). Served with whipped cream, they won’t be on your plate for long.

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For a hearty meal at the market, head to Das Gulasch Haus, for a stick-to-your-ribs bowl of Austrian gulasch. There are two options, both served in a bread bowl: a tender beef version with potatoes, and a vegan one with carrots and potatoes. Both are flavoured with Hungarian paprika. Grab a spoon and dig in!

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The WunderBAR can be booked for hour-long seatings for the ultimate VIP experience. There, you can enjoy charcuterie platters (vegan option available), as well as desserts, like rich German black forest cake. Christmas cocktails, hot Jägertee, and non-alcoholic beverages are available.

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Transylvanian Chimney Cakes will be back this year, with their well-loved conical sweet. In addition, Transylvanian Traditions Bakery will be offering a new treat: lángos (flatbread) with sweet or savoury toppings.

The market has plenty of gourmet items for purchase, either to enjoy at home or to give as gifts to your loved ones during the holidays. Damiani Fine Foods is a new vendor, which stocks Italian food products, such as balsamic vinegars and pasta sauces. Other food-related vendors include Candy Meister (e.g. mulled wine candies) and Mulling Spice Haus.

And, it goes without saying, that you need to have a mug of glühwein (hot-spiced mulled wine) as you wander and take in the many sights and activites at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

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Further info can be found on-line.


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4 Responses to What to Eat & Drink at the 10th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

  1. Ahh yes, I can’t wait to check out the food stalls. If you live in the City the annual membership makes sense if you’re going to go back more than once!

  2. Man I got hungry when I see these photos. Could try one before the Xmas. ha ha

  3. Remarks Wondering if there are many gluten free choices other than gluhwien ;)

  4. Remarks you excellently covered what how and why..the only unanswered question is WHERE exactly. For those of us who have to make a trip to Vancouver in order to see it, it would have helped a lot. thx

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