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Vegan and Sustainable at the Vancouver Christmas Market

I know it’s officially the holiday season when the fencing goes up at Jack Poole Plaza, and behind it, a carousel, a village, and lots and lots of twinkly lights. The Vancouver Christmas Market has opened its doors, y’all! 

Vancouver Christmas Market

For me, the Christmas Market has been a holiday tradition for many, many years. I could go back through my archives and pull the photos, and someday I probably will, but today is not that day. 

As with any event I go to that includes food (and lets be fair, why would I even go to an event if it didn’t include food??), I’m always on the lookout for the vegan and vegetarian options. 

Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favourite vegan options at the Vancouver Christmas Market this year: 

Das Gulasch Haus: a hearty stew of carrots and potatoes, spiced with paprika, this stew comes served in a bread bowl, which is both so comfort food-y and sustainable all at the same time! 

Das Kartoffelhaus Hurricane Potatoes: those crazy spiral potatoes on a stick! 

gluhwein vancouver christmas market

Taste the Wild: these guys have a delicious vegan mushroom soup. Soup is what you need when you’re outdoors at night in December. Also, wine. You need warm, mulled wine. They have that, too (but not at Taste the Wild). 

JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts: I mean, does it get more Christmas than freshly roasted chestnuts? I think not. 

Mr. Hotcakes: they serve a pancake filled with melty brown sugar… it’s reminiscent of your childhood and will make you very happy. 

Vegan Churros Vancouver Christmas Market

Traditional Spanish Churros: I know, I know, it seems weird to have Spanish food at a German Christmas Market, but really, who cares? They are my favourite thing every year, and the market just wouldn’t be the same without them. 

Candy Meister: don’t forget that they have tons of vegan candy options here. 


One thing I thought was interesting about this year’s market were the vendors selling sustainable goods. One major reason I don’t eat meat is because I believe a vegetarian diet to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, so to me, sustainability and being meat-free go hand-in-hand. 

So I wanted to highlight a few vendors at the market that weren’t selling food, but were selling products that can help to reduce waste and have a lower impact on the environment. 

Amezing Lights Vancouver Christmas Market

Amezing Lights are made from recycled milk cartons. They come in a kit, so part of the fun is building the light. They are kind of like Lego; you can follow the formula, or you can branch out and create your own. 

sustainable vancouver christmas market

Clockwise from top left: Life UNPacked, The Straw Hut, Ru Supply and MysGreen

Single-use plastics are one thing I am trying to cut out of my life. But in order to do so, you need to replace your ziploc bags and your plastic wrap with sustainable options. At the market, you’ll find Rü Supply, who sells sustainable lunch bags, The Straw Hut, who is providing an alternative to single use plastic straws, MysGreen who is selling beeswax wraps (to sub out for your plastic wrap) and reusable pouches (to sub out for your ziploc bags), as well as Life UNPacked, who’s got environmentally-friendly grooming supplies, like toothpaste, bar soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs and floss. All of which are vegan! 

What’s your favourite part of the Vancouver Christmas Market? Comment below and let me know! 

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.

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