The first time I’ve been to the Vancouver Christmas Market was last year. We waited in line cheerfully with others to enjoy the festivities not knowing what to expect. I was left feeling the spirit of Christmas but lonely because I was single at the time. I promised myself that when I do find that special someone I would go to the market with her, and hopefully continue the tradition for the years to come.
This year we had the pleasure to be hosted by Malte Kluetz, the president of the Christmas Market. He took us on a tour and gave us some insight to his inspiration of the market. Let’s take the tour together.
The Entertainment Schedule: lots of entertainment for visitors to get an experience of a German Christmas
Since this is a food blog, just want to begin by featuring some of the food vendors the market has to offer.
Black Forest Meat & Sausages: Bratwurst – Cold day. Quality German sausage with sauerkraut. It doesn’t get any better than this. As you can see on their menu. They offer different variations that you can choose from. We opted for the original Grilled Bratwurst.
Powers Chocolate – Nothing beats the cold with your loved ones with a cup of hot chocolate. I am not a sweet tooth at all but the hot chocolate was just perfect. It was rich and flavorful but not overwhelming. I have to be honest, the only hot chocolate I’ve had in the past were full of sugar to imitate the chocolate taste, which you will not find here. They also offer many different traditional treats which you probably won’t find anywhere else.
Artisan Bake Shoppe: Freshly baked pretzel is one of their best sellers in the market. Soft, warm pretzel with taste and scent to match. Check them out at their retail location in North Vancouver.
Goodies by Thelma: Goodiesbythelma.com – A family ran business consisting of 3 generations. We had a sample of the Hot Asparagus Tips and they were so tasty on their own. It is something I want to snack on and not have to be concerned about packing in the holiday weight from it.
Hendl & Haxn Rotisserie, Adnan & Donna Evren – I have to say that as soon as I entered the market and had a chance to walk around. This was the one booth that caught my attention. The presentation, aroma, and selection from the menu made my mouth watered instantly. We had the pork knuckle sandwich and my goodness was it ever good. I talked to the owners and they are planning to open a restaurant in the Fraser Valley. I want to be there for the grand opening to try their restaurant prepared food. For now, they are a caterer at your service for any occasion.
Feuerzangenbowle – It is indeed a fact that alcohol warms out up when consumed in cold weather. I don’t care if you are hungry or full when you arrive at the market. You have to try this. They serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations of this beverage and it’s packed with the flavor of fruit wine.
There are so many different booths to check out. The Vancouver Christmas Market wants their visitors to experience a authentic German Christmas. There are two days left, you don’t want to miss it.