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I cannot believe Christmas is only a couple weeks away! I, for one, was shocked by how quickly the year flew by and was not prepared for Christmas at all. Luckily, many Christmas festivities have popped up across Lower Mainland to help getting into a festive mood.

Of course, the iconic Vancouver Christmas Market has returned for its 10th year. I still remember when it was back at Queen Elizabeth Plaza and how much it’s grown since. Same as the last few years, the Christmas Market can be found at the Jack Poole Plaza. I was invited to its media event and have returned a couple of times since. Here are some food and shopping suggestions for you.

Food

Obviously there are some must-haves at the Christmas Market but they have new vendors this year too. Here are some highlights.

Mulled Wine

You can’t go to the Christmas Market without a cup of mulled wine (Gluhwein) to warm your cockles.

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In recent years, it has become our Christmas tradition to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market. This year, the Vancouver Christmas Market is celebrating its 5th anniversary and of course we wouldn’t want to miss it!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

Vancouver Christmas Market was created to bring Vancouverites the experience of a German Christmas Market. For the last five years, it has offered a mix of food, drinks, Christmas gift ideas, and fun for friends and families.

Vancouver Christmas Market 2014

Inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

Grab yourself a souvenir mug and a cup of hot apple cider for the kids, or mulled wine for the adults. The aroma and flavours of cloves, star anise and cinnamon have holidays written all over the mug — and it keeps you warm on a cold chilly day/night!

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There is a good variety of food vendors this year. How about stick-style pastries or chocolate fountain?

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Waffle on a stick and hurricane potato were pretty popular too!

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It was pretty cool to watch them make fresh Turkish pastries on-site!

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To this day, one of our favourite spots for food here is still Black Forest Delicatessen. (more…)

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On a Monday evening, I checked out the Vancouver Christmas Market with my coworkers. In its second year, the Vancouver Christmas Market is modelled after the German Christmas Market. Located at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, you will find Christmas gifts, craft goods, a giant Carousel (which I forgot to take a picture of) and of course, food and drinks. Here’s a quick take of what I had while I was there.

Big Christmas Tree at the Market

Big Christmas Tree at the Market

Bavarian Sausage at Black Forest Meat & Sausages – tasty sausage mixed with caramelized onions and sauerkraut. I wish they would toast the bun too, but I think it’s a bit of work to manage that. The various sausages are of decent size, not bad for $8. If you are tiny like me, make sure to get their attention when you’re waiting for yours by the grill. They do shout out the orders but they might miss one here and there, and with a tall counter top, they may not see you and forgot your order. Just shout out politely what you ordered again and it’ll be ready for you in seconds!

Bavarian Sausage

Bavarian Sausage

Melted Swiss Raclette on Ciabatta at Dussa’s Ham & Cheese – this, you can smell it miles away. In fact, this is the first thing you’d smell when you get to the market. Just follow your nose and you will find the booth. It’s quite entertaining to watch the staff prepare it, as they place half a wheel of cheese under a special Raclette grill and the top layer of cheese bubbles away and turns golden brown; then the staff would scrape the cheese off and put it on top of the Ciabatta bun. (more…)

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