Hawkers Market returns to Vancouver after long pause


“The snacks are back in town” declares the Facebook event page for the 2018 edition of Hawkers Market.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the Hawkers Market crew. The event began in 2013 as a way to bring local food crafters, artists and artisans, musicians, and the people who enjoy all of those things together for a lively market-place style recurring event.

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The Hawkers Market team branched out, acting as curators for things like the temporary food marketplace in the early days of McArthur Glen in Richmond, as the outlet-style mall brought on permanent food vendors in dedicated spaces.

Then Hawkers put their energy into a North Vancouver project for a permanent and ambitious marketplace with shipping container restaurants, gardens, and other community-driven programs, but sadly Hawkers Wharf did not come to fruition.

Now Hawkers Market is hawking its return. Set for November 17, 2018, with sessions at 4 pm and 8 pm, the event once again aims to promote “independent chefs, breweries, distilleries, side hustles, pop ups and indie food producers in a format centred around a Hawker style eating and drinking experience where guests are able to choose from multiple tastings included in their wristband ticket.”

The event will be packed with food and drink, and the list of chefs, breweries, distilleries, cideries, and more slated to take part is pretty impressive, ranging from acclaimed Boulevard chef Alex Chen to newcomer monthly Beer and a Curry on the food front.

There’s even a special Hawkers collab beer for the event, and live entertainment from Peanut Butter Wolf and J Rocc. Sweet treats will be on board with Say Hello Sweets, along with Oddity Kombucha, and many more.

Ticketing is “all-in” style, and start at $135 per person, with some special merch bundles and add-ons available.

Hawkers Market

When: November 17, 2018 at 4 and 8 pm
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
Cost: $135+ up; tickets available online

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where SHE (look no typo!) earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com