Thumbs up to the Taste of Ottawa – first-ever Westboro Holiday Food Market a big success


The Westboro Holiday Food Market took place on Dec. 9

Nicola Maule is an event planner who is always trying to bring a bit more excitement to Ottawa.

The first Taste of Ottawa- Westboro Holiday Food Market on December 9th, 2012 was a gastronomic success!

More than 700 people visited the market, held at the Westboro Masonic Hall, and no one walked away empty handed including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. Many stockings will be filled with delicious treats this Christmas and taste buds will be spoiled.

The doors of the market opened at 10 a.m. and there was a non-stop stream of people for several hours which kept the hall humming. Customers loved the variety of products available and took full advantage of sampling items such as gourmet jams, shortbread, chocolate and honey.

The Relish gourmet food truck served delicious tacos outside the hall and hand thrown calzones baked in Flatbread Pizza’s wood burning pizza oven. The smells from the fire caught the attention of many people strolling by and they were not disappointed.

The market ran smoothly thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers. Three teenagers were on hand early in the morning to help the vendors set up their stalls quickly and efficiently.

The also event collected $1,077 and several boxes of food for the Westboro Region Food Bank.

And Westboro resident Brenda Couch won the gift basket filled with products from each vendor .

Diane Allingham and Jen Stewart, brokers with Royal LePage, sponsored the event and their support helped us advertise the market and provide it with signage so customers could easily find the hall.

 Taste of Ottawa vendors and organizers all went home with a big smile on their faces knowing that Ottawa’s gourmet food scene is healthy and growing!  After this event the Taste of Ottawa has 93 Facebook likes and 263 Twitter followers- social media is definitely a great way to reach the foodie community in Ottawa!

Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers who helped make this event possible! What is your favourite place in Ottawa to get unique holiday gifts?