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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.

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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