Christ­mas Mar­ket of­fers gourmet hol­i­day eat­ing

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OTammy Kwan

ne of the city’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day at­trac­tions has re­turned, mean­ing we can start stuff­ing our faces with its de­li­cious food of­fer­ings. The an­nual Van­cou­ver Christ­mas Mar­ket at Jack Poole Plaza (1055 Canada Place) is known for its kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties, ar­ti­san goods, and fes­tive dé­cor, but its gourmet eats are al­ways the star of the show. From authen­tic Ger­man fare to Aus­trian sweets to clas­sic In­dian bites, guests will find it dif­fi­cult de­cid­ing what to in­dulge in as they roam through all the culi­nary huts. We sug­gest head­ing to the mar­ket wear­ing loose cloth­ing, be­cause your waist­line is guar­an­teed to ex­pand. Here are nine tasty foods to try at the an­nual Yule­tide cel­e­bra­tion. SCHWEINSHAXE

You can’t go wrong with this Ger­man del­i­cacy: a large pork shank roasted on a spe­cial ro­tis­serie un­til the meat is golden brown and crispy on the out­side, juicy and ten­der on the in­side. It’s a real treat—you won’t want to share. Pair this Bavar­i­anstyle pork hock with a cup of mulled wine and you’re good to go. Find it at Haxen Haus.

ROASTED CHEST­NUTS

Even those who don’t nor­mally en­joy chest­nuts will change their minds when they get a whiff of these freshly roasted nuts at the Christ­mas mar­ket. These Eu­ro­pean chest­nuts are one of the tasti­est snacks on a chilly win­ter night, best en­joyed while still hot. Find them at JJ’S Fresh Roasted Chest­nuts.

CHIM­NEY CAKES

Orig­i­nat­ing from Hun­gar­ian-speak­ing re­gions, kürtőskalács (“chim­ney cakes”) are a highly ad­dic­tive treat. Made with sweet dough that’s dusted with su­gar and paired with your choice of fill­ing—think cus­tard or Nutella—they’re flaky and crunchy on the out­side, with a soft and fluffy in­te­rior. Find them at Tran­syl­va­nian Chim­ney Cakes.

BRATWURST

Freybe has been mak­ing sausages for the past 172 years, so we don’t doubt they make de­li­cious meats. Their Ger­man-style bratwurst, Das Brat, re­turns to the menu—re­mem­ber to add sauer­kraut and mus­tard for the per­fect combo. Guests will also find other tra­di­tional sausages, dried pep­per­o­nis, and savoury land­jaegers (semidried sausage) on of­fer. Find it at Freybe Brat Haus.

Chim­ney cake is a Tran­syl­va­nian treat.

VE­GAN DOSAS

Ve­g­ans and vege­tar­i­ans have a new ven­dor to visit at the hol­i­day at­trac­tion this year that serves up tasty items like dosas, ve­gan burg­ers, tacos, wraps, and or­ganic veg­gie juices. These dishes will at­tract even the big­gest car­ni­vores. Find them at Or­ganic Villa Ve­gan Haus. RACLETTE

This Swiss dish con­sists of freshly melted cheese scraped from the wheel and served on a dish filled with items like pota­toes, pick­les, cured meats, and more. It’s a lit­tle slice of Switzer­land in the heart of Van­cou­ver. Find it at Cheese Me Raclette. SCHNITZEL

This ven­dor prom­ises to treat guests to an authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence of clas­sic Ger­man schnitzel (fried thinned meat), and we be­lieve them. This warm and crispy food item can be en­joyed with mush­room gravy or in a wrap, and has been pop­u­lar at the mar­ket since 2012. Find it at Das Schnitzel Haus. AUS­TRIAN CHOCO­LATES

These 100-per­cent-or­ganic and fair­trade Aus­trian choco­lates make for a great dessert or hol­i­day gift. Zot­ter Choco­late’s flavours in­clude co­conut, ba­con bits, rasp­berry, and goji berries in se­same nougat. Choose from more than 400 kinds of con­fec­tionery at Zot­ter Choco­lates. BERLINER KRAPFEN

Ger­man cakes and pas­tries never dis­ap­point, es­pe­cially Berliner krapfen (straw­berry-jam-filled dough­nuts). Soft and fluffy, with a fruity in­te­rior, these ba­bies are al­ways sat­is­fy­ing. Other spe­cialty treats at this cake house in­clude ap­ple strudel, bi­enen­stich (bee-sting cake), and Ger­man-style cheese­cake. Find them at Das Kuchen Haus.

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