August 10th, 2013 was the day of the once a month foodie gathering at Hawkers Market put on by Chris Jerome, Chris is passionate about showcasing some of Vancouver’s new food talent since March and does this by putting together about 10 to 15 artisan food vendors (no food cart or van in sight) appealing to both the sweet and savory tooth with products ranging from oysters to ice cream.
No Fixed Address Catering was servicing at this event. We were there putting together out some awesome tacos cause after all who doesn’t like a really good taco. We just had two tasty options, the first being a potato crusted ling cod with a chipolte remoulade and pickled red cabbage and the second being seared albacore tuna with a slightly spicy coconut yam mash, yuzu citrus aoili and a soy ginger dressing. We had a lot of folks asking if we had a food truck, alas no but still a great compliment. Its actually a new upscale catering service we offer – high end taco parties complete with appies and a range of delicious salads and desserts.
Although we were simply too busy to taste all the other vendors, there were a couple that really impressed me. What I really liked about the event was the obvious passion each vendor had for putting out a great product.
No more so than Beak to Blume with Jessie and Michael, Jessie works full time as a waitress but she is clearly wasted in that role, she is a self taught talent and together with the guiding hand of Michael, they are pair to watch for in the future. They put out some real ballsy gutsy food highlighting in this case all the elements of the humble chicken, the menu included an excellent congee made from scratch at the event (I mean who does that!!!) with fresh chicken stock, a type of chicken thigh large meatball encased in caul fat served with gremolata and cous cous ( the flavors worked really well together) chicken heart salad (which my sous hef David loved) and a chicken liver pate. The funny thing was they didn’t even have any business cards but I heard rumors they might be doing a pop up in the near future.
The other cool vendors I saw and tasted were Nice Pops – mobile artisan ice pop makers, who put out some funky flavors such as cucumber, chili and lime and apricot and salted caramel. So if anyone is getting hitched in a sunny park – they might well be a good option for dessert.
Also the lovely Rikka and Sepi from Dollys Treats who put some wicked little adult only jellies, my favorite was red pepper and vodka but there Sangria jelly was pretty good too. Anyway good times were had by all and I’m sure Hawkers Market were continue to grow and kudos to Chris for putting together such an interesting event.