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Vegan High Tea at Neverland Tea Salon

I love my city. I really do. And I especially love how the veg scene is really taking off here. Earlier this week, I brought you some news about our first dairy-free cheese shop opening up in Mt Pleasant, and today I have another story for you about a new veg-friendly experience.

I’ve been a fan of Neverland Tea Salon since it opened in 2012. My friend Renee is one of the owners, along with Terri Tatchell (you may know her as the writer of District 9). Neverland is, in a word, charming. The furniture is an eclectic mix of vintage finds, as is all of the china. Sparkling chandeliers mix with natural wood touches. The overall effect is warm, fun and welcoming.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free menu

Just before Christmas, Neverland launched what I think is Vancouver’s first Vegan, Gluten-free high tea.

As you can imagine, there are challenges associated with going both vegan and gluten-free, and I interview Jess, the pastry chef in this video and we discuss just that.

Here are some of my highlights from the experience:

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free tea sandwiches

Tea: Neverland has a fantastic variety of different kinds of teas that they have had blended for them. My favourite is always the London Fog, which is a latte made with their Earl Grey (which is one of the best in the city, IMHO). But I also love their Neverland blend, which is a chocolate mint.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free high tea

Savoury: on the bottom tier of the high tea are the savory bites. Here, you’ll find tea sandwiches that include some more traditional type bites (hummus and cucumber) as well as some more inventive one (I particularly enjoyed the carrot lox and the harvest scone, which tasted like thanksgiving in one bite, with butternut squash, sage and cranberry).

Neverland tea salon vegan high tea

Sweet: moving up to the second tier, you’ll find sweet bites like a coconut panna cotta with tea-poached pears, and an incredibly moist chocolate cake.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free scones

Scones: the final tier includes adorable little scones with vegan cream and jam, just like a proper high tea should have.

Here’s my video of the experience. Pinkies up!


Vegan Food at the Vancouver Christmas Market

For the past 8 years, the Vancouver Christmas Market has been a December tradition here in Vancouver. Modelled after the outdoor German Christmas Markets where you can stroll, sip mulled wine, snack and shop for artisan goods, ours takes place at Jack Poole Plaza in Coal Harbour.

What you may not know about Germany (and this may come as a shock) is that it has a very high vegan population. 6 Million Germans identify as vegan in a country that is famous for schnitzel!

The Christmas Market has quite a few vegan options. My absolute favourite? The Churros–yes, I know, they’re not German at all, but they are warm and crispy and delicious.

Here’s a vlog I made of our night at the Christmas Market, highlighting the vegan food:

And here’s a complete list of the vegan food at the Christmas Market: 

  • Hurricane Potato: Visit Das Kartoffelhaus for their famous hurricane fries! They use Yukon Gold potatoes, or for those on a carb-free diet zucchini and you can take your pick from a number of flavours including cinnamon sugar, salt & vinegar, and ketchup!
  •  Stollen Haus: Have  sweet tooth? The Stollen Haus has a whole selection of vegan cookies! Perfect for Christmas gifts or as a delicious vegan treat for yourself!
  • Chocolate A.M.: Schoko makes chocolate tools and shoes from the finest Italian dark chocolate. Almost too pretty to eat….almost!
  • Gulasch: Pick up vegan hungarian potato stew in a bread bowl from Das Gulasch Haus! Warm and hearty food, perfect for the cold Vancouver winter!
  • Fruit Kebabs: Get a vegan sweet-treat from I Love Chocolate! Pick up a delicious fruit kebab to enjoy as you stroll around Vancouver’s favourite Christmas Market.
  • Candy: Want some candy that is free from animal products? Candy Meister is your man! A huge selection of natural, traditional, gluten-free German candy, much of which is vegan and vegetarian!
  •  Spanish Churros: A fried-dough pastry made without animal products! Sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar you get a taste of Spain in the middle of downtown Vancouver
  • Taste the Wild: Keep warm with hot vegetable and mushroom broth from West Coast Wild Foods! West Coast Wild foods are a Vancouver based company specializing in wild mushrooms and other wild food products. Their soup is made from locally sourced mushrooms from right here in British Columbia!

What’s your favourite thing to eat at the Vancouver Christmas Market? Share in the comments below!

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