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Jul 15, 2010 03:00 PM

Anyone know a source of VinaTarta or Rollkuchen in or near Lower Mainland?

Since my Grandmother passed away I find myself really craving the Icelandic and German desserts she would make. In particular Vinatarta and Rollkuchen (especially now that summer is here).

An illness prevents me from having the energy to make these myself. Would anyone know of any restaurants, bakeries or anyone that makes these desserts? I would be willing to drive to anywhere in Vancouver or Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission etc...areas if you know of any such places.

Thank you kindly for considering my request for information!

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  1. If you do find some....please report back. I haven't had either and they both look good.

    4 Replies
    1. re: fmed

      The only "source" is when my father-in-law comes into town and makes a huge batch of Rollkuchen. Good stuff, addictive.

      Perhaps call around Germanic/Russian themed bakeries and get a heads up. Or call around in Abbotsford where there is more of a Mennonite influence. I'm sure you can find stuff there. Just call around and see what happens.

      Here's a site to whet your appetite:


      1. re: bill_n_opus

        I never thought of the Abbotsford/Mennonite link that is a really good idea.

        That website is brilliant. The June 18th post is exactly the kind of Rollkuchen my Grandmother made with the exception that she dusted ours in a fine powdered sugar. We always ate it with the watermelon (as pictured in the website, I had to laugh) and we also dipped them in liquid honey and home-made jams. Crazy good!

        1. re: cloudshoveller

          Good luck ... there are a ton of Mennonite businesses in the Abby area. They don't call it the Bible Belt of Bc there for nothin'!

          Try calling:

          Rempel Meats
          Downes Road
          Abbotsford, BC V2S 7T4
          (604) 853-5361

          and ask them for a source of Rollkuchen and i'm sure they will know of some. If they don't know ... well, you can always buy their famous Mennonite sausage.

          My in-laws do the Rogers Golden syrup thing too. That one pic made me smile since it's a staple at the table when the Rollkuchen breaks out.

          1. re: bill_n_opus

            Did not see either of these delicacies at Alenka on Saturday but it occurred to me they might be worth contacting as they seem pretty dialled in on things Russian/Germanic/Polish.

            Alenka European Foods
            701 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA