Vancouver’s Hawkers Market: delicious eats and smooth beats


The Hawkers Market is all about discovering and supporting local food and beverage businesses.

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Night markets have become synonymous with Vancouver’s summer scene with both the Chinatown and Richmond markets more popular than ever before.  But there is a new night market on the scene that appears to have been created just for us!

And while we too enjoy the overabundance of cell phone cases, cheap sunglasses and other oddities at the traditional markets, it is the monthly Hawkers Market in East Vancouver that has us really excited.

It should come as no surprise that for us the best thing about any night market is the food, and that’s why the Hawkers Market is our new favorite, with its focus on discovering and supporting local food and beverage businesses.

The Hawkers Market features a passionate group of vendors each month.

The Hawkers Market features a passionate group of vendors each month.

Taking place on a monthly basis, the underground food and music night (yes, there is music and even dancing!) comprises of delicious eats and smooth beats, all in a funky Strathcona warehouse.  And while it may all sound a bit like a hipster hang-out, we promise you that it caters to, and attracts, an eclectic mix of people.

With three now under his belt, creator Chris Jerome brings together a passionate group of vendors each month who are fresh and exciting, and the Market is quickly becoming an incubator for new food entrepreneurs and chefs in Vancouver.

“One of the largest inspirational draws I have for Hawkers is a Market in London called Borough,” explains Jerome. “It’s a place where you can get things like incredible grilled chorizo sandwiches grilled for you while you watch outdoors, then walk a few feet and someone will shuck oysters open for you.  Emulating these types of experiences for the market and dreaming up new ones with our “hawkers” has been the primary focus in our development.”

With hawkers meaning “one that usually walks about trying to sell goods typically by shouting”, Jerome says pairing it with an open space to sell goods was the perfect fit for his vision, while also drawing inspiration from the Spanish culture of going out at 9:00 pm and eating, drinking and partying.  “I’m still working on getting the vendors to shout more,” he smiles.

Past nights have featured everything from an adult sundae bar from Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream, to fresh fish tacos from Chef Steve at No Fixed Address (NFA). We even discovered a new favorite: habanero tequila jelly from local start-up Dolly’s Treats, which is now available from retailers including Vancouver Urban Winery and Edible Canada.

The next Hawkers Market is September 28, 2013 and will feature tasty treats like empanadas, Latin cuisine, and creations from local Chef David Mendes. Tickets are just $10 online at

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