Showing posts with label Christmas Market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas Market. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Food Adventure at the PNE Winter Fair

My hubby and I went to the first night of the PNE Winter Fair to see the beautiful lights display and check out the food scene.

For details about the event, check out this post. If you need the PNE Winter Fair food menus and prices, this is where you need to be.

We left our home later than I would like, but it's a weekday, so it is what it is. We arrived at the Pacific Coliseum entrance a couple minutes before 6:00 PM.

Winter Lights inside the PNE Winter Fair powered by BC Hydro

We first walked around to see all the lights displayed and checked all the sections of the whole fair. Then, I took photos of the menu to write my post.

Beef Chili from Chili Hut

If you need something to keep you warm, Mr. Arancino sells onion soup, while Mom's Grilled Cheese offers tomato soup. However, the Chili Hut near the Duelling Pianos is the primary food vendor focusing on chili and soup.

We ordered the Beef Chili, which was served on sourdough bread. It was $14.00. It was decent chili but needed a bit more salt and pepper.

Beef Chili Bowl
House-made beef chili with kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas, and mixed vegetables. Served in a sourdough bread bowl with all the toppings.

After eating our Beef Chili, we admired the lights in the Winter Creatures display. Then, dessert!

Mehple from BeaverTail

I let hubby choose our dessert, and he went for the BeaverTail because, as he pointed out, we rarely see them.

The line wasn't too bad, but the wait was close to 10 minutes. It was freshly made and still perfectly warm, even on a cold evening.

We ordered the Mehple, which is all about the Canadian maple flavour on top of their signature fried dough.

Mehple from BeaverTails
Maple-flavoured spread & maple sugar crunch

We ate while walking back to the next food stall we wanted to try.

Chicken & Holiday Waffle from Hot & Crispy Chicken

Hot & Crispy Chicken is a permanent fixture in PNE Fair, and I am happy to see them during the Winter Fair offering the same stuff with the addition of two-holiday menu items.

We ordered the Chicken & Holiday Waffle. It tastes like a turkey dinner in chicken and waffle format. All the stuffing flavour is stuffed in the waffle,   while the perfectly juicy and crispy chicken serves as the vehicle for the warm gravy as it gets transported to my mouth.

Chicken & Holiday Waffle
2 pieces of chicken, sage & chicken stuffing waffle, cranberry glaze, and gravy

It's my favourite thing we tried this evening.

Cinnamon Sugar Chimney Cake Praguery

After the delicious meal, I had my eye on the Praguery. I am on a Chimney Cake hunt since enjoying one at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Much to the surprise of the lady selling the Praguery, I ordered the Chimney Cake covered in just Cinnamon Sugar - no ice cream or spread inside. It's similar to what I tried at the Vancouver Christmas Market (VCM).

Cinnamon Sugar Chimney Cake from The Praguery

Focusing on just the chimney, Praguery cooked it better than what's in the VCM. At least I now have a source of delicious chimney cake in Vancouver that's available year-round. I just need to keep an eye out for their food truck.

We ate our cake while walking towards the Cocoa Hut.

Hot Chocolate from Cocoa Hut

It seemed silly to enjoy the PNE Winter Fair without a hot drink, so we ordered Hot Chocolate from Cocoa Hut.

It was decent hot chocolate, but not worth $4.00.

Hot Chocolate from Cocoa Hut
With a choice of whipping cream and topped with sprinkles

Before ordering our last meal, we checked out the Winter Live Shows and surprisingly enjoyed it.

The Magic of Santa Holiday Musical in Holiday Theatre

Christmas Poutine from UnRoutine Poutine

For our last meal at the PNE Winter Fair, we went to UnRoutine Poutine which is also a staple of the PNE Summer Fair, but this time they're offering a Christmastime Poutine.

Christmas Dinner Poutine from UnRoutine Poutine
Vegetarian gravy, diced turkey, sage & thyme stuffing, cranberry, and cheese curds.

It has everything you like about a turkey dinner, but fries replace mashed potatoes. All the flavour of stuffing and thyme is there. The turkey was decided and easy to eat, covered in a delicious gravy. The only letdown is the fries. They're not crispy. It couldn't maintain whatever crispiness was originally there because of all the sauce.

We ate our poutine inside the Dueling Piano hut, which I think is the best area for adults to enjoy their meal with live music in the background.

Duelling Pianos inside the PNE Winter Fair

We finished shortly after 9:00 PM, and the fair was nearly empty. So we were able to take more pictures without the crowd.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

I tried ALL FOOD HUTS inside the VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET | Here are my Favourites

I tried all the food huts inside the Vancouver Christmas Market, and below are my top 5 must-try. For prices and menus, check this post.

1. Das Gulasch Haus

The stew is flavourful and perfectly warm for the cold weather. If you eat meat, go for beef stew. Otherwise, they offer the potato vegan stew.

Tender Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl from Das Gulasch Haus

2. Haxen Haus

If you told my past self that pork would be something I'd love, she might get a heart attack. It's a testimony of the delicious pork hock from the Haxen Haus. It's crispy and full of pork flavour, perfect with beer.

Half Pork Hock with Sauerkraut and Rye Bread from Haxen Haus

3. Perogies

It seems silly to recommend the perogies, but the perfect bite is a piece of perogy, sauteed onion, sausage crumbs, sour cream, and sauerkraut. I am salivating just thinking about it.

Potato and Cheddar Perogies

4. Mr. Hotcakes

Hubby and I had difficulty recommending sweets because there are so many delicious ones. However, our favourite sweets food hut is Mr. Hotcakes. It was warm, topped with whipped cream, and filled with something gooey. It's perfect.

Original Hotcake with Whipped Cream from Mr. Hotcakes

5. Churros

The last spot was a toss between Authentic Churros and Pancake and Waffle Haus, but I can always get pancakes and waffles outside the market. But delicious churros are harder to find in Vancouver, and the churros inside the Vancouver Christmas Market are top-notch.

Sugar Churros

Hubby and I paid for seasonal tickets to try as many food items as possible to prepare this list. If you want to know my thoughts on all the food hut vendors, you can find the list below.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! May you find peace, joy, and love this festive season. If you find this post helpful, please share it with your family, friends, and loved ones.

Vancouver Christmas Market Food Vendors Menu Prices 2022

Vancouver Christmas Market 2022

When is the Vancouver Christmas Market?

The Vancouver Christmas Market is from November 12 to December 24, 2022.


  • November 12 – 25: open 4 pm to 9:30 pm (Fri-Sa open until 10:00 pm)
  • November 26 – December 23: open 11:30 am to 9:30 pm (Fri-Sa open until 10:00 pm)
  • December 24: open 11:30 am to 6:00 pm

Where is the Vancouver Christmas Market?

The Vancouver Christmas Market is located at Jack Poole Plaza 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC., V6G 3E1

Vancouver Christmas Market

We did the crazy thing and purchased season tickets for the Vancouver Christmas Market 2022. The market opens tonight, and you bet we're in line an hour before opening. So the first order of business is to take a picture of all the food options available and how much they cost to provide you with this menu.

Prices below are subject to changes without prior notice and do not include taxes and tips.

The food stalls are arranged alphabetically, but I also noted their booth numbers.

Vancouver Christmas Market Food and Drinks Menu with Prices

Pyramid Menu
Taxes not included
Gluhwein $9.50
Feuerzangenbowle $9.50
Kinderpunsch $5.00
#60 Apfel Haus
Taxes not included
Non-Alcoholic Cider $5.00
Cider Squared $9.50
#54 Authentic Churros
Taxes included
Cinnamon Sugar or Sugar 3 for $7.00
6 for $12.00
Caramel Sauce $1.00 each
Chocolate Drizzle
Whipped Cream
Oreo Crumble
Nutella $2.00 each
Maple Syrup
Coffee Cream
#57 Barista Brothers Espresso Bar & Coffee Catering
Brewed Coffee $4.00
Cafe Americano $5.00
Latte $6.00
Mocha $7.50
Cappuccino $6.00
Macchiato $7.50
Chai Latte $6.00
Espresso $4.00
Flat White $6.00
Espresso Macchiato $5.00
Steamed Milk $5.00
Tea $4.00
Extra Flavours $0.70
#59 Beer Haus
Taxes not included
Stiegl Lager Unreadable Price
Stiegl Raspberry Radler $9.50
Stiegl Grapefruit Radler $9.50
Erdinger Wheat Beer $9.50
Erdinger Dunkel $9.50
Erdinger Non-Alcoholic Unreadable Price
Pepsi / Diet Pepsi / 7UP
TIP: $2.50 pop at Bratwurst Haus
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
Orange Juice $4.00
#40 Bratwurst Haus
Taxes included
Thuringer Brat
Medium-fine grind pork with a distinctive blend of spices heavy on the marjoram and garlic.
Bavarian Smokie
Finest cuts of pork, the most flavourful blend of spices, naturally smoked.
All Beef (100%)
100% fine grind beef naturally smoked
Farmer Sausage
150-year-old traditional Transilavian family recipe smoked with applewood
Bite-sized chunks of sausage seasoned with curry ketchup sauce, topped with curry powder
Veggie Sausage
Meatless alternative, based on soy and bean protein, veggies and a blend of mild Italian spices
Cheesy Bacon Twist
Flavourful cheese-filled Bavarian Smokie wrapped in delicious bacon Sm
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
#46 Cheese Me Raclette
All prices EXCLUDE tax and a 3% surcharge on card payments.
Classic Raclette
Swiss raclette cheese melted over herbed smoked ham, potatoes, baby dill pickles, and pearl onions.
Vegetarian Raclette
Swiss raclette cheese melted over sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, potatoes, and pickles
Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwich with gouda & Havarti, creamy potato soup on the side.
Cheese Me Chowder
Creamy potato soup topped with cheese flakes and croutons
Extra Herbed Ham $7.62
Extra Raclette Melted $8.57
#42 Das Gulasch Haus
Tender Beef Stew $15.00
Tender Beef Stew with Bread Bowl $17.00
Vegan Potato Stew $13.00
Vegan Potato Stew with Bread Bowl $15.00
Water $2.00
#45 Das Langos Haus
Taxes included
Garlic powder, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onion
Garlic powder, sour cream, cheese
Nutella $10.00
Plain $9.00
Add Extra:
Bacon +$2.00
Cheese +$2.00
Green Onion +$2.00
#52 Das Pretzel Haus (Mr. Pretzels)
Puerto Rico
Sugar & Cinnamon Pretzel $8.25
Salted Pretzel $8.25
Combo #1: Pretzel + Bottled Water $10.00
Combo #2: Pretzel + Bottled Water and Dipping Sauce $12.00
Bottled Water
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
Dipping Sauce $2.00
#48 Das Smoked Meat Haus
Debit, credit, and cash are accepted. The price does not include tips and taxes.
Original Smoked Meat Sandwich
Bonjour! Visions of Montreal smoked meat dancing in your head! The king of deli sandwiches starts with Canada Grade A Beef Brisket, cured, seasoned with a secret family recipe, then slowly smoked and sliced paper thin.
$14.99 Original Size
$19.99 Grande Size
Original Roast Beef Au Jus Sandwich
Mouth-watering Canada Grade A Beef is seasoned and slow-roasted for hours, sliced thin and dipped in au jus before it's served on a brioche bun.
$14.99 Original Size
$19.99 Grande Size
Kosher Dill Pickle $3.00 each
Gluten-Free Bun Alternative $2.00 each
Soft Drinks & Bottled Water
TIP: $2.50 (cheaper) pop at Bratwurst Haus
TIP: $2.00 (cheaper) water at Das Gulasch Haus
$2.75 each
Boylan's Craft Soda $4.50 each
#50 Das Soup Haus
Mom's Perfect Grilled Cheese
Hot buttery grilled sourdough, Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella
Hot Vegetable Soup
Bean, tomato, onion, carrot, potato, celery, peas, & corn
French Onion Soup
Beef bones, onions, thyme, cheese, red wine, and butter
Mushroom Soup
Chicken broth, wild rice, mushroom, onions, thyme, cream, and butter
#41 Haxen Haus
Taxes included
Half pork hock with sauerkraut and rye bread (Feeds 1-2 people) $14.50
Whole pork hock with sauerkraut and rye bread (Feeds 1-4 people) $29.00
Pork hock meat in a bun topped with sauerkreaut (Feeds 1 person) $9.50
Side of Sauerkraut $4.00
TIP: $2.00 water at Das Gulasch Haus
#58 Ho Ho Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate $6.00
#43 Hurricane Potato
GST Included
Potato $9.00
Zucchini $11.00
#55 I Love Chocolate
Taxes included
Fruit skewer $8.00
Marshmallow skewer $6.50
Chocolate covered apples $10.00
2 Chocolate covered Pretzel rods $7.00
Hot chocolate dark $5.00
Hot chocolate white $5.00
Whipping cream $1.00
Mini marshmallows $0.50
#43 Kartouffel Haus
GST included
Served with Apple Sauce and Sour Cream
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) 2 pieces $12.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with smoked salmon 2 pieces $17.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with brie cheese 2 pieces $17.00
Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) with smoked salmon and brie cheese 2 pieces $21.00
#53 Mr. Hotcakes
Original Hotcake with whipped cream $9.00
Original Hotcake with cream cheese icing $10.00
Original Hotcake with vanilla ice cream $11.00
#51 Pancake & Waffle Haus
1. Pick your style:
  • Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes)
    Traditional Poffertjes (10 pieces) with Icing Sugar and Butter
  • Croffles (Croissant x Waffles)
    Traditional Croffles with Icing Sugar and Butter
  • Affogato (Hot Coffee on Ice Cream
    Traditional Affogato (Coffee and Ice Cream)
2. Add Sauce
  • Nutella
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • Raspberry Jam
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel
  • Condensed Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maple Syrup
$1.00 each
3. Add Topping
  • Oreo
  • Biscoff
  • Coconut
  • Marshmallow
  • Peanut
  • Cinnamon
  • Crunch
  • Lemon
  • Caramel Popcorn
  • Cinnamon Sugar
$1.00 each
4. Add Fruit
  • Strawberry
  • Banana
$2.00 each
5. Add Ice Cream $3.00 each
#47 Perogies
Potato and Cheddar Perogies
Served with:
  • Crumbled Farmer's Sausage from Rempel Meats in Abbotsford
  • Grilled Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Sauerkraut
Drinks $2.00
#56 Schnitzel Haus
Viennese Pork Schnitzel with Potato Salad $18.00
German Pork Schnitzel with Potato Salad and Gravy $19.00
Bottled Water $2.00
#49 Squid Feast
Deep Fried Squid Tentacle $16 Small
$19 Large
Deep Fried Whole Squid $12.00
Creamy Seafood Soup $13.00
Deep Fried Shrimp $15.00
Deep Fried Oyster $15.00
Pop/Water $2.00
#61 Those Pretzels ⭐
Big Bag $20.00
Small Bag $8.00
#44 Transylvanian Chimney Cake
Chimney Cake
Choose Toppings
Add Filling (Spread)
Nutella $2.50
Lemon Curd $2.00
Apple Cinnamon $2.00
Black Forest Cherry $2.00

Where are the food vendors located inside the Vancouver Christmas Market?

Below is my poor attempt to map out and visualize the locations of the eats and treats inside the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Mr. Pretzels inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

With this post, I can finally say that I have ordered from every food hut in the Tannenbaum Terrace inside the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Mr. Pretzels has locations inside Park Royal, Richmond Centre, Metrotown, and Tsawwassen Mills near Vancouver, so it seems silly to prioritize it over other vendors. However, it doesn't discount the fact that they have delicious pretzels. We ordered the Cinnamon & Sugar Pretzels, and I ate more than my hubby, which is all you need to know if I like it.

Mr. Pretzels from Vancouver Christmas Market

I'll definitely order one again in Richmond Centre or Metrotown whenever we find ourselves there.

Fried Squid Tentacles from Squid Feast inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

Please correct me if I am wrong, but fried squid is not usually found in European Christmas Market. However, we're in multicultural Canada and need our own touch.

I ordered large salt and pepper fried squid tentacles, and I absolutely love them. Honestly, it's one of the foods I didn't want to get because it seems out of place, but I have no regrets. It was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It's also the perfect finger food while walking around the market.

Large Deep Fried Squid Tentacle

I immediately thought of my younger sister, who loves salt and pepper squid from Chinese restaurants.

This is the penultimate food hut we have tried. One more to go, and I can officially write that I have tried all the food huts inside the Vancouver Christmas Market.

French Onion Soup from Das Soup Haus in Vancouver Christmas Market

I have tried almost all the food huts inside the Vancouver Christmas Market, and unfortunately, the item we dislike the most is the French Onion Soup from Das Soup Haus. (Sorry!)

It's just sweet because of the onion and a different note of sweetness because of the bay leaf. There's no salt or pepper, no wonder they have salt shakers where you pick up the food.

French Onion Soup from Das Soup Haus in Vancouver Christmas Market
Beef bones, onions, thyme, cheese, red wine, and butter

Mom's Perfect Grilled Cheese
Hot buttery, grilled sourdough, Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella

The grilled cheese was incredibly buttery but was not enough to save the soup.

The better soup and grilled cheese for me are from Cheese Me Raclette, or just get the stew at Das Gulasch Haus.

Schnitzel in Vancouver Christmas Market

We entered the Vancouver Christmas Market shortly after 11:30 AM. Our first stop is the Schnitzel Haus, for obviously, some Schnitzel served with potato salad and gravy.

German Pork Schnitzel with Potato Salad and Gravy

Pork Schnitzel in Vancouver Christmas Market

I am pleasantly surprised with how well the freshly fried pork cutlet, salty gravy, and sweet cold potato salad work together. I love the balance of the meal.

The description below is printed under the menu of the Schnitzel Haus.

Schnitzel is a gently tenderized meat cutlet that is breaded in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs then fried.

In its present form, Wiener Schnitzel (Wien - Vienna) dates back to the late 1800s.

Our "Viennese Style" Schnitzel is served with potato salad. A German twist is adding gravy, making German Schnitzel another favourite in European Cuisine.

Did you know... The German word for schnitzel (High German: snitzel) is a derivative of sniz, 'slice.'

Below is a list of food we have tried inside the Vancouver Christmas Market.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Churros from Authentic Churros at Vancouver Christmas Market

Churros! In 2016, I wrote about my churros hunt in Vancouver.

Our primary experience with churros is from Taco Bell in the Philippines. It's pretty simple, really. The fried dough is distinct churro-shaped and has a chocolate dip on the side. No cinnamon sugar or sugar coating - just the donut and a thick chocolate dip.

We found the closest churro from a food vendor in the Richmond Night Market. Then, today I discovered that the Authentic Churros food hut in the Vancouver Christmas Market gives you the option between sugar and cinnamon sugar, which means I can probably ask for no sugar. The only downside is I didn't see any chocolate dip.

Sugar Churros from Authentic Churros at Vancouver Christmas Market

The churro is delicious. I went for sugar, and I love it. We enjoyed it while walking to Costco for our weekly grocery run.

Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.

Poffertjes at Vancouver Christmas Market

After enjoying a Classic Raclette and Pork Hock, we went into dessert mode. We decided to try the Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes) from Pancake and Waffle Haus.

Poffertjes (Dutch Mini Pancakes) from Pancake and Waffle Haus
Traditional Poffertjes (10 pieces) with icing sugar and maple syrup.

They're so tiny. It's bite-size pancakes. Because we're in Canada, I opted for maple syrup, a delightful, easy-to-eat dessert.

Dutch Mini Pancakes from Pancake and Waffle Haus

We'll get the croffle and affogato next time. 🤤

Food Vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market

Below is a list of food vendors inside the Vancouver Christmas Market we have tried so far, and we're almost done trying all of them.

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