The holiday markets are almost in full swing. One of the city’s first shop-local markets, Portobello West, is returning to the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) for its winter edition this weekend (November 9 and 10) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artisan goods like confectionery, baked goods, spirits, and condiments will be available, which will make your shopping trip a tasty one.
Here are seven gourmet food vendors to check out at the popular event, where you’ll probably find more than a handful of perfect gifts for the food lovers in your life.
A local French pastry business specializing in croissants, seasonal tarts, apple turnovers, rotating Danishes, and more. You’ll be tempted to chow down on a few before bringing a box back home for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Jessica’s Gourmet Alfajores
Check out its signature alfajores, which are delicious sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche and dusted with coconut shavings. These popular treats originate from South America, and this vendor offers a vegan option as well.
Indonesian home-style peanut sauces that come in various heat levels and can add serious flavour to any dish. We suggest pairing the dipping condiment with meat skewers or sliced veggies for a standout meal.
3J’s Smokehouse Island Jerky
Quality wood-smoked jerky from Vancouver Island, made with AAA Alberta beef and real hickory wood. These snacks are best enjoyed while watching a movie and serve as great munchies during a hike or fishing trip.
Salt Spring Wild Cider
Cider made with wild apples that grow on Salt Spring Island, in flavours that range from pear to elderberry, and from hopped apricot to pineapple amaro, among others.
Award-winning chocolates characterized by their brightly hued coatings, with unconventional flavours like mango saffron, ginger lemongrass, and spiced chai. Vegan, sugar-free, and keto-diet chocolates are also available.
Aji Gourmet Products
Add a little kick to your culinary creation with Aji’s heat products, including various hot sauces, chunky chili condiment, and medium-hot sachets. Shoppers will also find pasta sauce and guacamole mix in its repertoire.