Ottawa’s Christmas markets: Will you or won’t you?

Life of Pie's signature fruit cake

Life of Pie’s signature fruit cake

The thought of battling the overheated malls to buy more stuff for my friends and family has not been an appealing activity for me in the past few years – that’s why I love hitting up local markets, and supporting local artisans.

At the perfect holiday market, I can buy gifts that will tantalize taste buds, support local artisan food producers and not leave behind dust collecting clutter – and that’s why I’m excited about Flavours of Ottawa: Holiday Food Markets in Westboro and New Edinburgh.

 The Flavours of Ottawa: Westboro Holiday Food Market will be held on December 14 at the Westboro Masonic Hall at 430 Churchill Ave. and for the first time a second market will take place on December 21 called Flavours of Ottawa: New Edinburgh Stocking Stuffer Specialty Food Market at the St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall at 125 MacKay St.

Colourful macarons from Hearty Bakery

Colourful macarons from Hearty Bakery

Each fair will feature 20 local artisan food vendors selling items including chocolate, macarons,  teas, tortieres, Caribbean soul food, sap drinks, chutney, jams, gluten free baked goods, holiday cookies, fruit cake, and hot sauces to name a few. You’ll find something for everyone on your holiday gift giving list.

There are some new vendors that are premiering at the markets including Tree Well which makes sparking drinks from maple tree sap, Baccanelle which specializes in healthy Caribbean soul food and Carolina’s Box of Goodness which makes melt in your mouth artisan brownies, caramels and dulce de leche. Be one of the first people in Ottawa to discover these mouth watering delights.

Be sure to come hungry and stop by the Relish The Flavour food truck which will be serving a delicious fresh curry dish for lunch on-site. Come and see why food trucks are no longer just for poutine and hot dog lovers! Also, try out some of the newest gadgets from Kitchenalia.

Life of Pie’s signature fruit cake

Eggnog Cheesecake from bez gluten free

Entrance to the markets are free, however, donations of food will be collected at the door for the local food banks in Westboro and Vanier.

Hope to see you out at these markets this December and taste the best of what Ottawa foodie entrepreneurs have to offer!

For more information on the Flavours of Ottawa Holiday Markets please visit www.osfa.ca or follow on Facebook/Flavours of Ottawa and on Twitter at @Flavours_Ottawa.

What’s your favourite of Ottawa’s many holiday season markets?

Nicola Maule is a local writer who loves meeting new people and helping them network in her hometown of Ottawa.