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Gifts From Vancouver’s Farmers Market #BuyLocal

There’s still time to put together some pretty awesome local-themed gift baskets when you visit this weekends Nat Bailey Winter Vancouver Farmer’s Market (10-2 pm Saturday). Why not grab some Copper Pot Preserves with their offers gourmet twist on old-fashioned homemade preserves such as jams, jellies and fruit relishes, using locally sourced berries and fruit, or Legacy Wood Crafts’ handmade cutting boards crafted from rare, salvaged Western Broadleaf Maple. For the chocolate lover on your list, Take a Fancy Chocolates and Sweets offers artisan chocolate made from fair trade organic cocoa beans, roasted, ground and refined in-house.

East Van Vodka

From left to right: Key Lime & Mint Cordial (Frostbites, $14), ; East Van Vodka (Odd Society Spirits, $36-$44), ; Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts, $40-$80)


From left to right: Lemon Blueberry & Spiced Lemon Marmalade (Kics Lemonade, $8); Garlic Dill Pickles (Klippers Organics, $8); Beef Jerky (Jerky (Baron, $5/5 for $20); Canned Tuna variety pack – includes regular, no salt, smoked, & in olive oil (Estevan Tuna, $6-$7.50); Lemon & Vodka Marmalade – featuring East Van Vodka (Le Meadow’s Pantry, $10); Cranberry Sauerkraut (Rooted Nutrition $9); Jalapeno Jelly (Three Feet Below $8); Kiwi Jam (Petkov Kiwi Production $5) ; Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts $40-$80)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

From left to right:  Lemon Poppyseed Soap ( $6.95/3 for $18); Brown Sugar Body Polish ( $16.95); Aromatherapy Roll-On in Exotica ($11.95); Bliss Body Butter ($16.95) All from Scentimental Creations; Shea Butter Hydrating Cream ($18); Relax Bath Salts ($12); Lemongrass Lavendar & Sandalwood Soap ($7.50), All from The Other Eden; Hand Dipped 100% Beeswax Candles (von Hardenberg Candles, $1.25-$8.00/pair); Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts, $40-$80),.


Chef Comp at Main Street Station Farmers Market

Chef-vs.-Chef-Digital-Asset-Square-1024x1024Pro-Am Competition Details

Here’s your chance to compete head-to-head alongside a couple of the most reputable chefs in town. Chef Alvin Pillay of the Blackbird Public House and Oyster Bar and Chef Nathan Lowey of Campagnolo are inviting aspiring chefs to partner with them in a friendly pro-am competition at the Main Street Station Farmers Market on September 24.

To enter for a chance to join either Team Pillay or Team Lowey, submit an image featuring a dish you’ve created using local ingredients along with why you want to compete on social media using the hashtag #VFMProAm. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 19 and final selections will be made by Alvin and Nathan.

The winner will receive $50 gift certificates to both the Blackbird and Campagnolo restaurants.

Make sure to follow VFM on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanMarkets

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanmarkets

Instagram: http://instagram.com/vanmarkets

Competition Rules

  • Teams will be required to use 3 main ingredients in their dishes
  • Teams will have 10 minutes to discuss what they think they should prepare/compile a shopping list
  • Teams will have 20 minutes to shop around the market to get all the ingredients they need
  • Teams will have 30 minutes to prepare the dish
  • Must make enough to yield 5 samples for selected judges


5 food blogger/food media personalities will be selected to judge the competition by tasting both teams’ dishes. Judging will be based on creativity, presentation, and flavour.

Vancouver Farmers Market Tomato Festival

INGLORIOUSTOMATO-150x150Celebrate the “Love Apple” with tastings, beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market.  James Coleridge from Bella Gelateria will be crafting tomato basil gelato from Sole Food Street Farms tomatoes and Earth Apple Farm basil! This limited edition gelato will be available at the Trout Lake & Kitsilano Tomato Festivals until sold out. Proceeds go to help support farmers markets in Vancouver.

Instagram Contest

Take a picture of the weirdest, most imperfect and obscure tomato that you find at the Kerrisdale,Trout LakeWest EndKitsilanoMt PleasantMain St Station or Yaletown Farmers Markets this week. Tag it #inglorioustomato and you could win $20 to spend at Vancouver Farmers Markets! Contest ends August 22 at noon.

Event Schedule

  • Trout Lake – Saturday, August 23, 9am-2pm (North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park)
  • Kitsilano – Sunday, August 24, 10am-2pm (Kitsilano Community Centre, 10th Ave and Larch St)

Activity Line-up

  • Tomato Display: Did you know there are over 150 varieties of tomatoes at the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets? Including but not limited to 150VarietiesofKlippersOrganicTomatoes (click on the link for a PDF with pictures!). Check out our display tent to see some of the different varieties as well as suggestions for how to eat them
  • Tomato Tasting: What better way to get to know tomatoes than to taste them? We’ll sample Black Krim, Green Zebra, Taxi, Brandywine and many more!
  • Kid’s Activities: Look for our scavenger hunt, tomato facts, colouring sheets and more
  • Recipes: We’re looking for sweet tomato recipes – cakes, pies, jams, even sweet roasted tomato recipes. Share yours on our Facebook page or pick some up at the markets!

Trout Lake Extras

  • Inglorious Tomato Display & Tasting: Have you heard what the French supermarket chain, Intermarche, is doing with ugly vegetables? We’ve challenged our vendors to submit some of their ugliest tomatoes for display. Inglorious tomatoes will be sampled near the end of the day.
  • Interactive activities with SPEC

Kitsilano Extras

  • Seed-Saving: pick up some seed-saving tips from Kelsi at Homesteader’s Emporium
  • Chef Tours:  the lovely chefs from Cooking Journeys will teach you how to shop for the tastiest tomato, which varieties are best for which uses, and tips on how your bounty of tomatoes can be preserved to last throughout the year. Sign up to reserve your space!

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Main Street Pie Comp AND Berry Fest – July 16!

berryfestlogo1Celebrate the bountiful berry harvest on July 16th at the Main St. Station Farmers Market! Enter the BC Berry Pie Competition or stop by a jam demo and check out the kids activities. We are judging!

BC Berry Pie Competition – Vancouver’s best berry pie baker will be crowned!

Entry forms available at any market info booth or download it here . We’ll be sampling all pies by donation, so stick around after the judging and have a taste of the best pies in town!

*Entry deadline is Monday July 14

Jam Demos

VFM’s very own jam experts, The Jam Ladies, will be doing on-site jam demonstrations. Ask Joanne about jam making, berry selection and how to safely do it yourself! Demos will take place at 3:30pm & 5:00pm.

Fun with Food

Learn about berries and have fun! We’ll have fun educational berry themed games and activities for kids. Market Bingo anyone!


Berry buttons, free recipes, berry displays and plenty of berries for sale!


Green & Leafy Festival

green and leafyThe First Annual Green & Leafy Festival is happening this Thursday at the Yaletown Farmers Market, celebrating the abundance of in-season salad greens. The festival will feature a chef-guided tour of the market and its vendors with Chef Alvin Pillay.

What: Green & Leafy Festival and Chef Tour with Alvin Pillay

When: Thursday, May 29 at 3pm-4pm or 4pm-5pm

Where: Yaletown Farmers Market, 1100 Mainland St.

Why: Chef tour with Alvin Pillay; wheat-grass juicing demo; book signing by Sharon Hanna, author of Book of Kale

Photo and Interview Ops:

  • Amateur chefs touring the market with Alvin Pillay
  • Sharon Hanna (Book of Kale) on her favourite superfood
  • Juicing demos
  • Hustle and bustle of a mid-week market against the backdrop of Yaletown’s urban landscape
  • A vibrant display of seasonal green produce

What’s Good March 28+

Hawkers MarketYou won’t go hungry this weekend my food loving friends as there’s a huge range of food-centric events that will satiate even the most enormous of appetites.

From Friday March 28th  Sunday 31st Boudin Noir and Morcilla are on the menu at Oyama Sausage in Granville Island.  Both are speciality blood sausages, delicious grilled or simmered and served up with a side of spuds and greens.

While there why not venture into Granville Island Brewery for some samples and pick up their latest addition to Brewmaster’s Vern’s Black Notebook series, Shamrocker Potato Stout. This dry Irish-style stout has tones of coffee, malts, barley and a hint of caramel.

Saturday a.m. you’ll want to throw on your rain gear and get down to the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market. Looks like the fiddle heads and first of the asparagus could be on your dinner plate along with farm fresh eggs and the other usual suspects.

Saturday night at 870 East Cordova, the Hawkers Market celebrates one year starting at 6 pm and running until “late”. Do it yourself donut bar from Electric Jelly Donuts, 05 Tea’s Kombucha, beer from 33 acres beer and a culinary photo booth are just a few of the delicious items on the menu.

Night markets seem to be the theme this weekend as The Tuck Shop also has a pop up at 648 Kingsway at The Toast Collective. Everything is handmade here from hot sauce to soap.

hot chocolate service

Sunday Chocolate Lovers should take note of Chocolate Arts for their haute chocolate experience.  Enjoy a choice of three unique hot cocoas, a rotating selection of chocolates and pastries, and the option of either a house made marshmallow or whipped cream garnish.

Sunday evening Vancouver’s Top Japanese Chefs come together to support the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  Hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30, 2014 with dishes also by Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi. $150 ticket with $100 tax receipt for those who can use it.


All weekend Mac & Cheese fans should roam the town and gorge themselves while deciding who makes the best Mac & Cheese. The Vancouver Mac & Cheese Challenge presented byVancouver Foodster includes dishes from Burgundy Restaurant, The Gramercy Grill, Milestones, Dunn’s, Kessel & March, Fable, 1789, Meinhardts, Graze and Lift.

Stay hungry!

Kerrisdale Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers MarketsWhile the Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets are tightly packed with shoppers, the Kerrisdale Village Market moves at a slower pace, allowing buyers to properly interact with the farmers and vendors.  The market is held each Saturday from Saturdays, June 15 – October 12, 2013 from 10am – 2pm each week at East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenue – near Kerrisdale Arena.

Map of Market Location  INTERACTIVE MARKET MAP

If a farmer is new to the market they end up at the Kerrisdale Market first to test out whether the concept works for them, so this is a place to discover some new vendors as well as supporting and buying locally.

Don’t miss Koko Monk’s decadent and unusual chocolates, Pate Pastiche pate, Earth Girl’s scrubbing salts as well as Blue Comet Seafood and Rockwell Farms Chicken.  Then grab a bunch of fresh fruit and vegetables and build a meal all sourced from the market.































Portable Feast at the 1st UBC Farm Campus Market of the season

ubcWednesday, June 19 | Chef’s Demo:  11:30am to 1:00pm | UBC Farm Campus Market: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Outside Irving K Barber Learning Centre, East Mall and Agricultural Road

UBC Food Services presents our newest talent, Chef Ian Demuth at this season’s first Portable Feast.

  • See what Chef Ian can do with local, fresh UBC Farm ingredients
  • Samples and recipes
  • Presenting 3 new recipe ideas
  • Learn to make Red Beetroot Stained Gravlax

Remember to bring your own bag for the Campus Market, why not bring your own container and cutlery for the samples!

www.ubcfarm.ubc.ca | www.food.ubc.ca | www.events.ub

Market Wednesdays at Campagnolo Restaurant

campagnolo4Campagnolo Restaurant is thrilled to welcome back their neighbours for the summer; the farmers and purveyors of The Main Street Station Farmers Market. The Main Street Station Market at Thornton Park opened on Wednesday, June 5. The market runs from 3PM until 7PM every Wednesday until October 2 and is located just steps away from Campagnolo Restaurant. The chefs from Campagnolo will be at the market every week picking the freshest ingredients of the day and creating Market Wednesday featuresavailable for dinner service at Campagnolo Restaurant starting at 5pm.

In addition to the Market Wednesday features, Campagnolo has set up a stall at the market where they sell their house-made dried pasta. All proceeds from the pasta sales benefit Thunderbird Elementary School’s food program. There is no set price, allowing market shoppers to make a donation in exchange for a bag of pasta. Thunderbird Elementary School has a large number of students enrolled who come from low-income families in East Vancouver. Campagnolo hopes to bring awareness to the public that kids are going to school hungry in Vancouver communities and want to be a part of the solution through fundraising.

“Students should be able to focus on learning, not the rumbles of an empty stomach,” says Tim Pittman, Co-Proprietor and Operations Director of Campagnolo Restaurant. “With almost the entire student body participating in the program at Thunderbird Elementary, we saw a need and we found a way to help.”

Market Wednesdays Details: 
At Campagnolo:
Guests can visit Campagnolo Restaurant at 1020 Main St. after 5pm every Wednesday and sample a different market fresh featured menu item.

At Main Street Station Farmers Market

Market shoppers are encouraged to visit the Campagnolo market stall (1100 Block Station Street along Thornton Park) between 3PM and 7PM, and pick up a bag of house-made pasta in exchange for a donation to Thunderbird Elementary School’s food program. Fresh market finds are the perfect pairing for an inventive mid-week pasta.

About Campagnolo Restaurant: Serving rustic affordable Italian dishes made with integrity, from locally sourced seasonal ingredients, in a welcoming space, Campagnolo buzzes with engaging energy and laughter. Though spacious and open, the atmosphere is cozy and intimate in the 65-seat dining room and 25-seat wine bar. Campagnolo was named one of the hottest new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller and is consistently recognized at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Located only five minutes from Rogers Arena, Campagnolo is just steps from major corridors into Vancouver’s downtown core. Campagnolo is open seven days a week for lunch from 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner nightly from 5pm. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis with reservations only taken for parties of eight or more dining with one of our family-style group menus.

P: 604.484.6018  

W: campagnolorestaurant.ca

A: 1020 Main St. Vancouver BC, Canada 


About Vancouver Farmers Markets: Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. Through the Markets and our special events, the Society spreads awareness of agricultural issues facing our largely urban society. These issues range from the truths about genetically modified foods, to fair pricing for agricultural products, to the glory of a variety of foods available with a locally networked food system. When you shop at Vancouver Farmers Markets, you help keep BC farmers farming. 

W: eatlocal.org 


About Thunderbird Elementary Food Programs: Thunderbird Elementary is a designated Inner City school located in East Vancouver that serves the needs of a high number of multicultural, low-income families who have limited resources.  They have the 2nd highest number of vulnerable families in the Vancouver School District. Every day 95% of the students participate in the lunch program and currently between 25% and 35% of the students access the breakfast program every day. In the winter months this number doubles.  

W: thunderbird.vsb.bc.ca



Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver’s Farmers Market will be taking place again this Sunday, June 2nd from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

shangri-la farmersChef Montgomery Lau will be cooking up a storm during his live cooking demo.  Each Sunday at noon, our Chef will pick products from that day’s market to create a special dish for the crowd to sample.

Come sip, sample, savour and shop in the hotel’s plaza, then head up to MARKET by Jean-Georges for a special three-course brunch menu, eated using items from each Sunday’s vendors. Brunch is available for $29 (plus tax) per person.

Sunday’s Farmers Market Brunch menu includes:

First Course

Goat Cheese, Roasted Beet Marmalade and Toasted Crushed Pistachios

*Goat Cheese Royale by Happy Days Dairy

Second Course

Fresh Angel Hair with Asparagus, Morels and Shitake Mushrooms

*Mushrooms from Ponderosa Mushrooms


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar, Salted Caramel Ice Cream

*All natural peanut butter by Monkey Butter

To make a reservation for brunch please call 604 695 1115


We are proud to feature the following vendors this weekend:

Andrew Peller – Sample of Sandhill Estate Winery and Red Rooster wines

Cocolico – Caramels, chocolates and dessert sauces

Domenica Fiore – Organic olive oil

Eat It Up – Fruit spread and agave nectar

Glutenull – Gluten free baked goods

It’s About Pearls – Pearl jewellery

Happy Days Dairy – Goat cheeses, milk and yogurt

Hearts and Greens Produce Inc. – Microgreens

Jules + Kent Food Group – West Coast Artisan Foods

Lusso Verde – Italian fine foods and flower arrangements

Monkey Butter – All natural peanut butters

Nelson the Seagull – Artisan breads and baked goods

Péché Mignon – Artisan gourmet shortbread cookies

Ponderosa Mushrooms – Fresh and dry mushrooms

Sweet Thea – Baked Goods

The Jam Ladies – Jams, marmalade, hot pepper jelly

 Sunday June 2nd, 2013

11:00am to 3:00pm

Cooking demonstration at noon

Plaza area between Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Urban Fare

No reservations required

Paid parking available under Urban Fare

 ***Cash Only***