New this year at the Winter Markets
Our Winter Markets at Riley Park and Hastings Park kick off November 3rd and 4th! Joining our amazing roster of returning vendors, we’re welcoming a whole new group of farmers, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food trucks this year!
Joining us this year for the first time is The Local Farm, Ladner-based growers of living leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and herbs. View their upcoming market dates here.
Also look out for Seed to Culture, who produce a range of sauerkrauts and fermented veggies made from produce they grow on their farm in Lillooet. You can find them on select dates across the season at both Hastings Park and Riley Park.
VFM veterans G & D Growers will be coming out to Hastings Park for the first time this season with farm product and freeze dried berries. Click here for their upcoming market dates.
Despite their name, K & J Pacific Peaches will actually be bringing a wide assortment of conventional, Okanagan-grown apples to the market for the first three Sundays in November.
Looking for grass-fed, organic beef? Aurora View Farms from Prince George produces a selection of raw cuts and prepared meats like pepperoni, sausage, and jerky. Find them on select dates at Hastings Park and Riley Park this season.
Hastings Park is excited to welcome Hillier Farms, a.k.a The Crazy Chicken Lady, who will be bringing her farm-fresh eggs to the market on the following dates.
The Neighbourly Bee has a mission that goes beyond producing high-quality, single-origin honeys – they partner with farmers across the province to ensure they have strong, healthy bee pollinators for their crops. Ask them more (and sample their delicious honey) on these Hastings Park dates.
Don’t miss pop-up appearances from The Front Yard Flower Co., urban growers of beautiful blooms, at both Hastings Park and Riley Park in April.
New beer, cider, and spirits
Award-winning distillery Ampersand Distilling Co., produces craft gin, vodka and vermouth on their five-acre organic farm in the Cowichan Valley. Come sample their wares, produced with BC-grown grain, on select dates at Hastings Park and Riley Park this winter.
Coquitlam-based Mariner Brewing will be joining us at Riley Park and Hastings Park on these dates – check out their Instagram feed to view the wide variety of brews they produce.
Cider lovers rejoice – Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse will be bringing their selection of delicious, orchard-based ciders to Hastings Park and Riley Park on select dates across the season.
Popular charcuterie producer Oyama Sausage Co. will be venturing beyond their regular Granville Island digs for appearances at Hastings Park on these dates.
Plant-based peeps can look out for Black Sheep Vegan Cheeze – producers of tasty nut-based “cheezes” – on select dates at Hastings Park and Riley Park this winter. Also be sure to check out G’s Chips vegan kale snacks on these dates, and Afro-vegan eats from Kula Foods at Hastings Park and Riley Park on these dates.
Sweet tooths will find something different with
Honey Lavender, a Japanese bakery that produces a wide range of treats with ingredients like mochi and matcha. Find them on select dates at Hastings Park. Other new bakeries to look out for at the market this winter include Whipped & Beaten Bakeshop and Nelson’s Bakeshop Co.
Rounding out the new artisanal food offerings at Hastings Park this winter include good-for-your-gut, super nutritious kombucha from Sajiva (find them on these dates), and Shorba Broth Bar, who produce healing bone broths incorporating Ayurvedic herbs and organic spices. Find them at Hastings Park on these dates.
Food & Coffee
Hot food and coffee are a must on a cold market day, and Hastings Park will welcome some new food trucks this season to fill this need.
H2 Eats is VFM’s first Vietnamese food truck – they describe their offerings as “fusion Vietnamese foods” that incorporate “traditional Vietnamese flavors in all of our not so traditional eats”. Their menu includes a lemongrass chicken taco and chickpea vegan salad rolls – find them on select market dates this season.
Look out for Venezuelan food truck Come Arepa, who will be serving up those yummy, gluten-free cornbread sandwiches on select dates at both Hastings Park and Riley Park this season.
Marimba Local Mexican Kitchen serve up authentic, Veracruz-style dishes like empanadas and tortas from scratch – find them on these dates this winter.
Grab a quick and tasty Jamaican patty (available in beef, curry chicken and veggie flavours) from Hibiscus Foods on these select market dates.
The Frying Pan brings a unique fusion of Southern and Korean-style BBQ to their deep fried food truck offerings – catch them on these dates at Riley Park and Hastings Park this winter.
Stroopwafel and espresso is the breakfast of champions, according to the folks at Johnny Can’t Surf Coffee. Try it for yourself this winter on these select dates.
View a complete list of Riley Park vendors here.
View a complete list Hastings Park vendors here.
For more info on market times and locations, visit eatlocal.org.