The rain decided to hold off until our stomach were full of alcohol and delicious food. Friday was my first proper introduction to the Vancouver Christmas Market and I loved it.
It’s that time of year when everything around you is decorated for the holiday season. I’m trying to make the most of the season this year by jumping in feet first. It began with joining some friends, Henry and Amanda to exploring the Vancouver Christmas Market which are modelled after the markets in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
Henry was our unofficial guide, speaking German with employees and volunteers. He already visited the market on opening weekend and had a routine down. He took us on an orientation tour and introduced us to the food choices that we would need to pick from. Multiple food options ranged from apfelhaus (stuffed apple covered with vanilla sauce), apple strudel, flammkuchen, schnitzel, bratwurst, waffles and tons of treats. I want to come back to sample some more of the food options and then choose my favourites.
We walked around, but soon a warm drink was calling us. After reviewing my choices, I picked a traditional Glühwein. The staff were friendly and would ring a bell with each tip. On our second round, they let us try small samples of the Glühwein we didn’t taste. We couldn’t decide between traditional, white, cherry and apple. My favourite was the traditional Glühwein made with red wine. The drinks kept us warm as we went off to explore the rest of the market.
Maple taffy on snow from Maple Sugar Shack in Squamish, delicious and such a huge sugar rush.
Flammkuchen cooking in the fire, delicious
Make sure to bring your appetite and indulge for the evening. By the end of the evening, we tried the Flammkuchen, Bratwurst, Spätzle, Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and the Feuerzangenbowle (rum drink) with plans to return to try more. I recommend everything I tried, expensive but yummy. Plus, I found a couple of gifts that will make the receivers very happy.
Have you been to the Christmas Market yet? The market is open till December 24th, grab some friends and enjoy the experience.