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West End Farmers Market
This laid-back event takes over Vancouver's bustling West End on Saturdays from May 27 to October 21. Expect the usual array of crafts, artisanal delicacies, sustainable seafood, and local seasonal products like summer's sweet fat blueberries. Hungry shoppers should swing by Nidhi's Cuisine for meat-free samosas and flatbreads or the Chouchou food truck serving authentic Brittany crêpes. Bring a bag for take-home treats ranging from French Made Baking macarons to bottles from BC Wine Studio. Overlooking Nelson Park and the community gardens, this market takes over Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow from 9am to 2pm. Parking is quite limited, but the market's an easy walk from most downtown hotels.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Scones & Muffins in Vancouver's West End
There is no better way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday summer morning in Vancouver than a walk through the neighbourhood farmer's market. The West End Farmers Market is by no means the biggest, but offers up a large array of food and craft choices for all tastes. The farmers themselves typically set up shop on the eastern end of the park with larger stands full of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Sweet British Columbia blueberries are a major favourite, with a transition to apples signalling the coming change in seasons as September approaches. Walking westward through the market, baked goods, fish, and cheeses take over the sidewalk. Of course, several coffee vendors regularly appear - an important part of any Vancouver event. The West End Farmers Market is held every summer Saturday in Nelson Park by the corner of Thurlow and Nelson streets. For an extra 'secret' treat, check out the cooked food for sale by families that set up tables just outside the park.
By AFAR Traveler
1100 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1K5, Canada