Tuesday, October 19 2021

Along with handcrafted jewelry, home decor, clothing, art, wooden creations, and other thoughtful items, shoppers can also find a wide range of consumer goods at this year’s Circle Craft Christmas Market ( until November 11).

Located at the Vancouver Convention Center West (1055 Canada Place), more than 300 artisans are featured in the huge holiday market which is always a great destination for looking for gifts.

For lovers of a good bite, there is no shortage of gastronomic exhibitors. Expect to find everything from gourmet wild seafood to toasted nuts, traditional masala chai to Belgian chocolates, and Indian spices to syrups in small batches.

Here are five food vendors to check out at Circle Craft this year.

Blair Confectionery

Blair Confectionery

If you have a sweet tooth, stop by this vendor specializing in Scottish treats. You’ll find sweet bites like butterscotch, crunchy caramel, tartan tablets and more.

Coach House shortbread

Coach House shortbread

Holidays don’t really look like vacations without shortbread, right? This Toronto-based shortbread company offers sweet and savory flavors including the original, dark chocolate and fleur de sel, orange and cardamom, sweet almond and rose, cheddar and chipotle, spicy asago and garlic, and gorgonzola and pistachio.

Become crazy

Become crazy

It never hurts to find a gourmet treat in your Christmas stocking, and these from this Calgary nut seller will satisfy the taste buds. Its handmade nuts come in different flavors and styles, such as Sweet Chili Cashews, Salted Caramel Almonds, Lime Pecans, Thai Sesame Peanuts, and more.

Salt Spring Island Cheese Co.

Salt Spring Island Cheese Co.

Find hand-wrapped artisanal goat cheeses here and don’t be surprised how photogenic they look. Flavors include chili, base, flower, garlic, lemon, truffle and more. Serve them with a cracker or a side dish of fresh fruit.

Chai and spices from Trudy Ann

Chai and spices from Trudy Ann

Perfect for winter, this local tea vendor is known for making traditional masala chai made with organic teas and ingredients. Buyers can also purchase other organic spices and a cookbook for inspiration.


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