The Vancouver Christmas Market is located just outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and is a great way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit. There are over 45 vendors selling various German treats and sweets; this is one event that truly has something for everyone.
As a bonus this year, and to encourage repeat visits, every paid admission gets you a free re-entry pass for the whole season! So pay once and go as much as you like until December 24!
From Black Forest Meats and Sausages based in North Vancouver, they have a large selection of German Bratwurst, a mini Bratwurst perfect for kids, as well as the more familiar Smokie.We decided to go for the one that looked like the “cinnamon bun-like” sausage. Once you order it, they place it on the grill to reheat; I wish they had toasted the bun too. Here is my Schnecken Bratwurst, loaded with onions and sauerkraut. Share this with someone if with you can, because then you can try more of what the market has to offer!
How about this Traditional Raclette from The Farm House Natural Cheeses from Agassiz – it’s totally Ooeey Gooey cheesy goodness!
We also checked in with Captain Randy from Seafood From The Source, who fishes out of Haida Gwaii. He let us sample the fresh wild salmon he is known for as well as some mackerel.
I had never had Bavarian Meatloaf before, but the D-Original Sausage Haus served up some in a bun with hot mustard. The meatloaf is made with pork, onions and spices. I found the meatloaf to be a little mushy but they also had some amazing Bierbeisser, a German snack salami. Try the hot one, it was super tasty with a nice chew in its texture too.
A fan of Kettle Corn? Try the one from Canadian Kettle Korn Extreme, freshly popped, and just slightly salty and sweet. Impressive to watch them make and delicious to eat! They can fancy it up by adding some chocolate, and the whole thing is perfect for gift-giving!
Ever had a savoury waffle? Now you can when you visit Das Waffelhaus. They have traditional toppings such as cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate, but you can try one with sour cream and green onions.
Coming from the Okanagan Valley is Das Apfelhaus. Sure, we’ve had candied apples before, but have you tried Brataepfel? They’re stuffed baked apples, a traditional German Christmas dessert, served hot with vanilla or chocolate sauce.
If you are looking for something to take away with you, there are lots of gift ideas available at the market. We tried the Christmas Mulled Wine candy from the The Candy Hut, and were blown away by the rich flavour. They also have Sage Candies, Spicy Ginger Candies and even an Aniseed version too!
Can you believe these are soaps?! These “fruits” look like the real thing and are from The Art of Soap, Vancouver – Turkey. Very strongly scented and available in a wide array of vibrant colours. Get a few and make your own “fruit” basket.
There’s lots to learn here too, click to enlarge the picture and learn about the history of the Christmas Stocking!
There are lineups, especially on the weekends, so go early or plan to wait for a bit. Dress warmly because the whole market is outdoors so keeping warm means you can stay at the market longer to enjoy everything!