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Fall Vendor Update: cheese, mead, & sweet treats at Hastings Park

 

We’re not sure if it’s the idyllic, tree-lined location or the exciting roster of new vendors on board this season, but we can’t wait for the 3rd season of our Hastings Park Winter Market to open on November 5th.

Along with weekly appearances from popular farm vendors like Klippers Organics, Stein Mt. Farm, Golden WestCrisp Organics, and Cropthorn Farm, some new growers to Hastings Park this season include Abundant Acre Family Farm, Salt & HarrowIce Cap Organics, and Snowy Mt. Organics.

Popular Agassiz-based organic dairy The Farm House Natural Cheeses will also be adding dates at Hastings Park this year, along with a weekly spot from Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, who produce a range of grass-fed cheeses and butter.

Ex-Bourbon Sherry Wood Single Malt Barreled No.82 Amaretto from Sons of Vancouver (photo credit).

Vancouver’s only meadery, Humblebee Mead are bringing their unique blend of honey-based libations to the market throughout the winter season. They’ll be joined by Sons of Vancouver Distillery, makers of small batch vodka and amaretto, and award-winning Vancouver Island winery Rocky Creek, who produce a selection of reds, whites, and bubblies.

New food carts at Hastings Park this season include yummy eats from Mandalay Burmese Kitchen, who serve up South Asian/Burmese favourites, and Beiju Foods, Vancouver’s first Brazilian food truck bringing savoury, gluten-free options to the market.

Photo credit: Elephant Garden Creamery

For something on the sweeter side, don’t miss Hella Puffs (Greek-style dessert dumplings), and Elephant Garden Creamery, whose collection of handcrafted ice creams include flavours like Vietnamese coffee, genmaicha matcha, and salted gula melaka (palm sugar).

To fuel your market shop, grab a quality brew from the folks at Kafka’s Coffee on Main St. who will be popping up at the market in their bright blue truck every other week starting January 7th.

 

Other Hastings Park newbies to look out for this season include yummy baked goods vendor Le Bouledogue; gluten free and paleo friendly offerings from Virtue Natural Bakery; handcrafted ferments from lakehouse foods, natural and nutritious baby food options from Tiny Tummies; a selection of microgreens and sprouts from Nutrigreens, and November appearances from The Sharing Farm, BC’s only non-profit farm that grows food for the Food Bank and community meal programs.

Hastings Park Winter Market runs Sundays, 10am-2pm from November 5 – April 29 (closed Dec 24 & 31) at the PNE. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew Street. More info on dates/times, location, and vendors schedules on the Hastings Park page.