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Food Truck February - Week 1


This year’s Food Truck February is all about delicious food and zero waste. Wells Can is providing us with 16oz wide-mouth mason jars and we’ve got the cutest cozies to make sure your food (or drink!) stays at the right temperature. Pick up your very own signature jar and cozy and participate all February long for only $5!

#MarketJar Meals

IMG_3503Here’s a sneak peek of some of the #MarketJar meals you can fill up on this week at Nat Bailey:

  • Disco Cheetah: pick up a Jar Salad that’s packed with protein and nutrients featuring quinoa, barley, greens, yogurt dressing, nuts, veggies and choice of Bulgogi Beef, Chili Chicken and Soy Tofu
  • Aussie Pie Guy: one of the most locally-sourced items, get this Pepper Steak and Ale Stew that features veggies from Klippers Organic Acres, Forstbauer Family Food Farm and beer from Bomber Brewing!
  • Yolk’s Breakfast: their yogurt parfait features layers of house-made granola, yogurt and fruit compote
  • Feastro-the Rolling Bistro: Deconstructed Breakfast Taco – haven’t you always wanted to eat a taco in a jar?
  • Eli’s Serious Sausage: Bratwurst-in-a-Jar – it’s a great way to go gluten-free and take advantage of all the sauces
  • Chilitank: fill up your jar with chili and all the toppings!

Take a picture of your #MarketJar, post it on Instagram, tag @vanmarkets and you’ll be entered to win a farmers market #ZeroWaste survival kit!

Find the full vendor list here

Lucky Lion

IMG_1472In the tradition of Chinese New Year, the lion will make an appearance to dance and bestow good luck and fortune on local producers, in the hope that better weather will return for the 2016 planting season. The lion will forgo eating the usual imported lettuce during the ceremony this year in favour of seasonal greens that will be hung from stalls throughout the market.

Other New Year festivities at the market this Saturday include a red envelope give-away to shoppers, a visit from the Hua Foundation to promote their Seasonal Choi Guide, and local offerings like meat, fish, and vegetables to help shoppers prepare a healthy New Year’s feast for the family.

Water Bath Canning & Pressure Cooker Demos

Since we’re featuring jars this February, the experienced folks at Wells Can are onsite all month to help you make the most out of yours! This week they’ll have:

  • On-site Calibration & Repair: Pressure Canners & Can Sealers
  • Make your own Tin Can Coin Bank
  • Canning: Hot water bath and Pressure Canning w/ Jars & Tin Cans

It’s a packed Family Day Long Weekend and lots to do for everyone. (Did we mention it’s Member Appreciation Day?)

See you at the market!

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Opening Soon: Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market

HP_RollerOpening Sunday, November 8th!

The Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market is excited to return for a full winter season! Located on the PNE grounds at Gate 2 off Renfrew, this market is an excellent place to shop if you’re in the neighbourhood or coming in from nearby Burnaby and North Vancouver. The tree-lined paths with glowing lights give this market a European feel. The market will feature over 30 vendors with 4 food trucks and 1 food truck every week including exclusive vendors only available at Hastings Park! The market will be open every Sunday* from Novemver 8th-May 1st from 10am-2pm.

Opening day will feature a full vendor roster including organic fruit and vegetables, meat + seafood, beer + wine, food trucks and much more. Check out which vendors will be at there on opening day HERE. On top of our amazing list of vendors, ElectroRecycle will be setting up a popup recycling depot, accepting small appliances for free!

Spread the word. Bring a friend. Shop weekly. Help this market grow!

*Closed for the holidays on Sunday, December 27th

Announcing! People's Choice Award

The people have spoken – Blue Smoke BBQ and the Juicy Lucy win the People’ Choice Award for this year’s #foodtruckfeb.

Wayne featured 11 local Winter Market vendors in his meatloaf sandwich. He sourced specially made A Bread Affair buns, and somehow managed to incorporate KICS marmalade, Aji Gourmet Products hot sauce, Dundarave Olive Company, Chef Enrick Fruit Ketchup, Klippers dried herbs, Saltwest Naturals sea salt, Little Qualicum & Golden Ears cheeses, and Rondriso onions into the Juicy Lucy. The sandwich came with Rootables Chips on the side.

(It probably didn’t hurt that the whole thing came with a free mac + cheese)

Congrats, Wayne and we’ll be seeing you at Trout Lake on Opening Day!

Congrats to West Best Coffee (46), Schnitzel Shack (30) and Guanaco (18) for giving Blue Smoke BBQ a run for their money.


Announcing! Judge's Choice Award

Our panel of 3 esteemed judges sampled all the Market Menu items (rough job!) and decided on their favourites. Items were judged on appearance, use of local ingredients, taste and originality. Scores are out of 5 stars. Read on for the Top 10 Food Trucks at VFM’s Food Truck Feb!

10. Blue Smoke BBQ | the Juicy Lucy | 4

Golden Bun made specific for this. Handmade mac + cheese great taste compliment. Everything about that sandwich was fantastic! Beyond juicy! Their extra mac + cheese was my toddler’s fave

10. Yolk’s Breakfast | Pork Confit | 4

Looks good, egg done perfectly. Could/would happily eat that for breakfast every single day

Jj's Trucketeria | the Harvest Shaker
#2: Jj’s Trucketeria | the Harvest Shaker | Credit: @vfm_randy

9. Aussie Pie Guy | Pork Tourtiere | 4

Light, rich crust golden brown, not too moist but not too dry. The blueberry added a surprise depth when encountered. I love it when blueberries are added to a savoury dish!

8. The Schnitzel Shack | Schnitzel Madley | 4

Thoughtful presentation and attention to details. Schnitzel lived up to expectations and the edible bowl was brilliant.

7. West Best Coffee | Honey Cinnamon Latte & Fruit Soothies | 4

Thoughtfully and lovingly constructed with particular attention to local

6. Soho Road Naan Kebab | Veg Sabji & Rice Pudding | 4.5

Careful & lovely presentation. Fresh naan on the truck. Brilliant! Warm, local honey rice pudding a good touch

5. Culver City Salads | Crisp Collard Caesar | 4.5

Tons of great & different flavours & textures

Creperie La Boheme | the TASTY beet | Credit: @Aimeebourque
#3: Creperie La Boheme | the TASTY beet | Credit: @aimeebourque

4. Guanaco Salvadoran Cuisine | Campesino Breakfast | 4.5

Kind & hospitable! Beautiful presentation & mix of flavours. Beans and egg runny to perfection | MMM that spicy chorizo! The best value of any food truck at the festival!

3. Creperie La Boheme | the TASTY beet | 5

Golden, crispy crepe with a bouquet of ingredients & taste. Nice tang of the vinaigrette leading to contrasting with the smoked beef

2. JJ’s Trucketeria | the Harvest Shaker | 5

Thoughtful presentation. Clean, layered flavours.  The gnocchi were like little potato pillows & the greens were the perfect compliment

Le Tigre | Very Gouda Veggie Gratin | Credit: @yveehops
#1: Le Tigre | Very Gouda Veggie Gratin | Credit: @yveehops

1. Le Tigre | Very Gouda Veggie Gratin | 5

A fountain of green yummy. Top to bottom the landscape changes. As always, filling, fresh & delicious!

Special thanks to our judges, Lindsay William-Ross (Vancity Buzz), Ethan Adeland (Food Bloggers of Canada) and Marc Lindy (Co-op Radio) for coming out every week and trying every single item! No small task. Congrats to Le Tigre for getting their top three dates at a summer market of their choice!

The Winter Market continues at Nat Bailey Stadium until Saturday, April 25. Local farm, prepared food, craft and food trucks every Saturday, 10-2. Check us out!

Announcing! Most Local Award

For a truly local #foodtruckfeb – we asked our food trucks to create a Market Menu item using ingredients sourced as locally as they could – right from their fellow vendors!

We’ve compiled the data, analyzed all the sources and come up with a winner! Shout out to all participating Food Trucks who did a marvelous job getting creative with local food in February! How many of these delightful dishes did you get to try?

Look for the (*) to find these vendors at this week’s Winter Market

10% Local!

These vendors garnished their Market Menu Item with locally prepared foods

The Bean Buggy  featured Cajeta from OMG in their lattes

20% Local!

These vendors garnished their Market Menu Item with locally farmed foods

Disco Cheetah*  used market carrots, cabbage and onions as garnish on their tacos
Eli’s Serious Sausage  used market mushrooms as garnish on his sausage
J-brulee*  garnished his Classic Vanilla Bean creme brulee with market hazelnuts
The Kaboom Box*  used Little Qualicum Cheese curds and local mushrooms as a garnish on their poutine
Yolk’s Breakfast*  made salsa with Golden West apples to serve with their Crispy Organic Pork Belly Confit

40% Local!

These vendors used locally farmed and/or produced foods as part of their Market Menu Item

Guanaco Salvadoran Cuisine*  featured Chef’s Natural Sausage chorizo and farm fresh eggs in their Campesino Breakfast

60% Local!

These vendors featured locally farmed foods as part of their main Market Menu Item

Soho Road Naan Kebab*  featured Urban Digs Farms carrots and potatoes in their Veg Sabji and garnished their Rice Pudding with honey from Jane’s Honey Bees
West Best Coffee*  featured Klippers Organic Acres peach and apple juices as Fruit Smoothies and made Honey Cinnamon Lattes with milk from The Farm House Natural Cheese and honey from Jane’s Honey Bees

70% Local!

These vendors featured locally farmed foods as part of their main Market Menu Item AND included local farm garnish

Chilitank*  featured Empire Valley Beef, used Earth Apple Farm chili peppers, Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm & Klippers Organic Acres squash and Stein Mountain Farm garlic, and garnished his Winter Harvest Chili with Lowland Herb Farm green onions

80% Local!

These vendors sourced from multiple prepared food and farm vendors or featured a single locally farmed food as their Market Menu Item

Blue Smoke BBQ  sourced A Bread Affair buns, incorporated KICS marmalade, Aji Gourmet Products hot sauce, Dundarave Olive Company, Chef Enrick Fruit Ketchup, Klippers dried herbs, Saltwest Naturals sea salt, Little Qualicum & Golden Ears cheeses, and Rondriso onions into the Juicy Lucy and served Rootables Chips on the side**
Culver City Salads  made a Crisp Collard Caesar with Crisp Organics collards
Feastro the Rolling Bistro*  created a Wild Foraged chanterelle bisque and Farmers Market Special with local eggs, sausage, mushrooms, and cheese
Old Country Pierogi  featured Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farms beets in his Red Borscht
The Schnitzel Shack*  created the Schnitzel Madley featuring cabbage, beets, microgreens and apples from Cropthorne Farm, Klippers Organic Acres, Vancouver Food Pedalers and Harvey’s Orchards

90% Local!

Locally farmed and produced foods made up at least 90% of these vendors’ Market Menu Item

Aussie Pie Guy  filled a delightful Aussie pie crust with Gelderman pork and blueberries, market onions and spinach, as well as Rondriso potatoes to create their Pork Tourtiere
Le Tigre*  used The Farm House Cheese milk, Helmers potatoes, Crisp Organics carrots, onions and parsnips, Beyond Bread bread and Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gouda to create the Very Gouda Veggie Gratin

100% Local!

These vendors made everything from scratch and sourced ALL ingredients locally!

Creperie La Boheme  always source all their ingredients thoughtfully (right down to the Saskatchewan buckwheat, Fraser Valley eggs and milk to make their crepes) and featured Rondriso beets in this month’s the TASTY Beet

Over the top!

These vendors made everything from scratch and sourced ALL ingredients from the Winter Farmers Market. They’re guaranteed their top three summer market dates for their efforts. Congrats!

JJs Trucketeria*  made everything in The Harvest Shaker but the Ostro Organics pumpkin seed oil and Farm House Natural Cheeses fermiere from scratch, used Cropthorne Farm Russian Blue potatoes in their gnocchi and topped it all with Crisp Organics brussel sprouts and collards, and Cropthorne squash and carrots

**Special shout out to Blue Smoke BBQ for sourcing from the most Winter Farmers Market vendors!

Find contact info for any of the vendors above | Check out the interactive market map to find out when they’ll be at the Winter Farmers Market | Food Truck February Event page for more details