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Vegan Food at the Vancouver Christmas Market

Well, guys, it’s that time of the year again. I’m not quite sure where 2018 went, but what I do know is, I ate some great food this year.

The Vancouver Christmas Market has become an annual tradition here in our fair city. Every year, they build a magical village at Jack Poole Plaza (surrounding the Olympic torch) in Coal Harbour. Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Markets are a staple in Europe, and this one is done in a German tradition. There are tons of activities for the kids, an old-fashioned carousel, live music, and of course German beer and traditional gluhwein, warm wine mulled with spices.

There are tons of crafty-type booths where you can buy Christmas gifts, but for me, the highlight of the Christmas market is the food. I mean, duh, right??

While many people equate German food with meat-oriented foods like schnitzel and bratwurst, the reality is that Germany has a huge vegan population. And this year, there are more vegan food choices than ever at the Vancouver Christmas market.

There are two new vegan options this year, so I’ll start with those first.

Organic Villa Veggie Dog

Organic Villa Vegan Haus – This is where you’re going to find some savoury items. They serve a quinoa and bean burger, a roasted veggie wrap, a veggie dog, and dosas. Dosas, guys!! Yeah, yeah, I know they’re not German, but they are delicious. I tried the veggie dog from here. It’s made with an Yves veggie dog, but the spicy, cheesy sauce and toppings are what make it delicious.

Mr. Hotcakes

Mr. Hotcakes: Dessert in the form of a filled pancake! Mr. Hotcakes makes these vegan pancakes that are filled in the middle with a sweet brown sugar syrup. Then they put them on the grill and you get a toasty pancake with a gooey, warm, sweet centre. So good!

Das Gulasch Haus vegan stew

Das Gulasch Haus: These guys do a hearty stew filled with potatoes and other veggies, served in a bread bowl. So comforting and warm.

Bavarian Burger: Despite the name, these guys sell a vegan split pea soup.

Das Kartoffelhaus Hurricane Potatoes: yup, those giant potatoes on a stick are vegan. Vegan toppings include cinnamon sugar, salt & vinegar, and ketchup.

Vegan Churros

Traditional Spanish Churros: also really, really not German, but who cares?? I have to have these every time I go to the market. Because donuts, guys. Donuts.

Taste the Wild: These guys do a hot vegetable and mushroom broth that’s made from locally-sourced mushrooms from right here in British Columbia.

Das Stollen Haus: They have a whole selection of vegan cookies and baked goods for yourself, or to gift.

You’ll also find vegan chocolate and vegan candy options as well.

Gluhwein

The Vancouver Christmas Market is open now until Christmas Eve at Jack Poole Plaza. Admission is $12 for adults ($10 if you buy your tickets online), and food items will run you anywhere from $5-$15.

What to Eat at the Vancouver Christmas Market

Well, ladies and gentlemen, as mixed as your feelings may be on the subject, the Christmas season is officially upon us, as Christmas is in exactly one month.

This time of the year is such a flurry–there are parties, family gatherings, and of course the shopping, cooking and baking. Every single year, I feel like I’m never going to make it with my sanity intact, but yet, here I am, 40-some-odd years in, and still in possession of most of my my marbles.

vancouver christmas market food

Five years ago, a new Christmas tradition was born in Vancouver. For hundreds of years, European countries (particularly Germany) have celebrated the oncoming holiday season with a Christkindlmarkt, and now Vancouver has its own. Michael and I have been enjoying it as part of our holiday traditions for the last three years. We like to wander around and look at the vendors–toys and crafts–ride the carousel, listen to the live music, and, of course, eat!

The Vancouver Christmas Market is now open for the season just outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Georgia St.

Here are some of the tasty bites you can expect this year at the Market:

vancouver christmas market food

Traditional German Fare: pretzels, bratwurst and schnitzel, oh mein! The Germans traditionally have a pretty meat-heavy diet, and you’ll definitely see that reflected at the market. Bratwurst is a lot like a hot dog, and a schnitzel is a piece of pork that has been pounded thin, then breaded and fried. You’ll also find Haxen, a roasted ham hock that is first salt-cured, then slowly roasted for hours until the meat is falling off the bone. Potatoes also figure heavily into the German diet, and among the potato options you’ll find a potato pancake, which comes served with sour cream and sauerkraut.

vancouver christmas market food

Sweets: there is quite a wide variety of sweets at the market, both to eat there, or to purchase and take home. There are lots of waffle options, of course, and also a poffertjes, which is Dutch mini-pancake made in a cast-iron pan that reminded me of a Takoyaki maker that you see at the Asian Night Market. Both the waffles and the pancakes come with a variety of toppings, including (my fave) bananas and Nutella. There are also traditional German desserts, like a Black Forest Cake, stollen, gingerbread, and crepes.

vancouver christmas market food

Hot (and boozy) beverages: because it’s an outdoor market, having a warm drink in hand is required. Having it in a warm, steamy mug you can wrap your hands around, and having the addition of liquor are a (wonderful) bonus. The options here include gluhwein (a warm, mulled red wine), hot spiced cider (alcohol free for the kiddies), and boozy hot chocolates and coffees.

vancouver christmas market food

Things on sticks: c’mon. It’s an outdoor market. That means street food. Street food equals things on sticks! They may not be very German, but Hurricane Potatoes (an entire potato is cut in a spiral, threaded onto a stick, deep fried, and then dipped in seasoning) are a huge hit at the market. There are also waffles on a stick. That’s right. Waffles. Awesome. On a stick? Awesomer. And, although they aren’t on a stick, there are also stick-style pastries, shaped like a long log, similar to a danish, but slightly chewier, and filled with bavarian cream, chocolate, or apples.

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Vegan options: I was really pleasantly surprised to find vegan options at the Market this year. It’s a surprising fact, but Berlin is one of the top vegan cities in the world, and that’s reflected at the Market this year. Zotter’s Chocolate serves a variety of vegan hot chocolates (made with coconut milk), and there is entire kiosk, Berlin Vegan Eatery, which serves veganized German classics like a grilled cheese made with Daiya and saurkraut, and a vegan bratwurst by Tofurky.

If there’s one thing I love about my city, it’s the multiculturalism, and the food options that come with that. Still, it seems like my defaults end up being Thai, Japanese, or Indian food when I’m eating out, and almost never German. So visiting the Christmas Market is a great opportunity to try something new.