To encourage repeat visits, your first paid admission grants a free re-entry pass for the whole season! Pay once and go as much as you like until December 24! From Black Forest Meats and Sausages based in North Vancouver, we have a large selection of German Bratwurst, a mini Bratwurst perfect for kids, as well as the more familiar Smokie. We decided to go for the one that looked like the "cinnamon bun-like" sausage. Once you order it, they place it on the grill to reheat but it's a shame that they don't toast the bun at the same time.
I loved the ingenious Mustard and Ketchup dispenser...they should have these at Rogers Arena! After all, it's just a C-clamp on the flat service. This was the gravity works with you, instead of those annoying pumps. Here is my Schnecken Bratwurst, loaded with onions and sauerkraut. This was enough for two people to share, after all there is so many other things to try! For example, something from The Farm House Natural Cheeses from Agassiz? Ooeey Gooey cheesy goodness! Be sure to try the Traditional Raclette, as comforting to hold as it is to eat. We also got a lesson from Captain Randy’s Seafood From The Source, who fishes out of Haida Gwaii. In addition to the fresh wild salmon he is known for, he also brought along some mackerel for us to try. The mackerel is on the left, and on the right, is some of the salmon being grilled on a stick. Best eaten piping hot, they have a grill on hand to reheat as needed. The mackerel actually tasted better than the salmon. Be sure to give them both a try. From the D-Original Sausage Haus based in Richmond, we have a traditional Bavarian Meatloaf, served in a bun with hot mustard. The meatloaf is made with pork, onions and spices. The mixture is ground until fine and then baked in a bread pan. I found the meatloaf to be a little "mushy" but they also have on offer some amazing Bierbeisser, a German snack salami. Try the hot one, it was super tasty with a nice chew in its texture too. There was also a giant chocolate fountain from Powers Chocolate. The fruit or other treats are dipping into a five-tier chocolate fountain and then served in a glass, topped with whipped cream. The warm chocolate coats the fruit perfectly and is a great treat for chocolate lovers.
If you are looking for something a little less messy, give these Butter Tarts from Maple Sugar Shack a try. Looking for Kettle Corn? Find it here from Canadian Kettle Korn Extreme, these are roasted so fresh and warm, it's a slightly salty sweet snack. Impressive to watch, delicious to eat! Make it fancy by adding some chocolate, the fancy packaging makes it perfect for gift-giving too! Freshly baked waffles from Das Waffelhaus. You can have it cherries, whipped cream, maple syrup or chocolate, but if you're braver, give their savoury version a try, with sour cream and green onions. Also freshly made to order are Frech Crepes from Krepe Korner. You have a huge selection of fillings such as Canadian maple syrup, ham & cheese, tuna, beef, mushrooms, strawberry, banana & Nutella, and even German Sausage & Sauerkraut. But for a traditional German treat, try the Dark chocolate and Cherries. Coming from the Okanagan Valley is Das Apfelhaus. We've all had candied apples before, but have you tried Brataepfel? It's stuffed baked apples, a traditional German Christmas dessert, served hot with vanilla or chocolate sauce. The spices used here are amazing and truly bring out the scents of Christmas.
Now after all that eating, if you are looking for something to take away with you, there are lots of gift ideas available at the market too. From the The Candy Hut, Berlin, Germany, there are a lot of candies available. Give the Christmas Mulled Wine a try. They also have Sage Candies, Spicy Ginger Candies and evey an Aniseed version too!
No, this isn't fresh fruit...they're soaps! These are from The Art of Soap, Vancouver - Turkey, with delectable scents and vibrant colours. Get a few and make your own fruit basket.Lots to learn here too, click to enlarge the picture and learn about the history of the Christmas Stocking!
Here is one of the many Christmas decorations you can enjoy at the market.
What could be more Christmas-y than the Nutcracker and Santa Claus? There is also a live band offering musical entertainment, this changes frequently, check the schedule. There are lineups, especially on the weekends, go early or plan to stand in line for a bit. Dress warmly because the whole fair is outdoors so staying warm means you can stay at the fair longer to enjoy everything!