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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!

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.

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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.

 

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