By Liane Faulder | Edmonton Journal
It started in YVR in 2012, and is moving to Edmonton at the end of the month. Organizers tout the Hawkers Market as an “underground” market, intended to support and encourage the growth of local food entrepreneurs.
Hawkers Market is a recurring, pop-up food marketplace where local food entrepreneurs can test new ideas and make connections with customers. In Vancouver, it’s kind of like an indoor food-truck experience, combining music, takeaway-style stuff to eat on site, and other stuff to buy.
Hawkers Market launches its first Edmonton event on Saturday, November 30th at The Mercer Warehouse, running from 5 p.m. to late. Tickets are $10 in advance at hwkrsyeg.eventbrite.ca or $15 at the door. Ticket prices go towards running the event. Food and drinks start at $5 and work up to $12.
The November line-up at Mercer includes DJ Jaycie Jayce of Shout Out Out Out Out and Normals Welcome, chef Sean Oconnor of Red Ox Inn, chef Ryan Vickers of Hardware Grill, chef Andrew Fung of XIX Nineteen, Drift Food Truck, Sailin’ On Food Truck (for the vegans among us), Bully Food Truck and Casa12Doce Food Truck.
I asked founder and market director, Vancouver’s Chris Jerome, if the Edmonton Hawkers Market would include the participation of local vendors with food products to sell, much as they would at the farmers market. He said there are plans to include tables or booths of food wares, but so far, that’s still in the works. If you are a vendor who would like to get involved, get in touch with Jerome at 604.369.3535 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details for the Edmonton event can be found at www.hawkersmarket.com, and on Twitter @hawkersmarket.
Check out a YouTube video about the Vancouver Hawkers Market to get a sense of what to expect.