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The new Calgary Farmers' Market at Blackfoot Centre will open tomorrow

I know there are always mixed reviews about this market...but it will finally open tomorrow at 11 am. There are a lot of new vendors who were not at the Currie Barracks location. Give them a try. There is lots of parking on the east side of the building with entrances from the SE and NE corner of the location. Many of the vendors did not have other locations to sell out of while the construction was ongoing (and on going and on going) so I am sure they would greatly appreciate any support. They will be open on Thursdays YEAR ROUND from 11 am to 7 pm and then on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.

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Calgary Farmers' Market
510 77th AVE SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1C3, CA

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  1. Ooo, interesting. I wonder if they're open Good Friday? Probably not...

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    1. re: AriaDream

      I e-mailed them and got a reply. They're open on Good Friday! I'm definiely going. :)

    2. I think this will be an interesting new market and hopefully there will be less misrepresentation than some of the other markets. There are too many people pretending to be farmers.

      Check out Kingsland Markets video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikrd5U... . At 1:15 of the video a market spokesperson claims that everyone must "make it, bake it or grow it" to be in Kingsland market.

      That's funny because Prairie Farms has no farms and Kings Orchard is only a myth as far as I've seen.

      If you go to the market ask the vendor where there farm/kitchen is and see what they say.

      Good Luck CFM, lets keep it real.

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      1. re: hippiehouse

        It's not a new market, it is CFM with a new location and some new vendors. Count on the same high, or higher, prices.

      2. Awesome news! I'll be checking out the product tomorrow for sure...

        Thanks for the heads up

        1. I've missed my Gull Valley tomatoes for sure.... despite the lack of communication on opening dates... I'm really glad to see the market reopen.

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          1. re: foodkarma

            Just to clarify...in order for a market to be an "approved" farmers market by AFMA - 80% of the vendors must "make it, bake it or grow it". Both Kingsland and the new CFM fit these guidelines (Crossroads does not). For sure the market will be open Good Friday and all weekend. On Easter Sunday - there may be a few vendors who will not be open - but most will be. I think the best move was making the Thursday hours (11-7) year round.

            1. re: katidyd

              unfortunately, that "regulation" is about as believable as an "organic" sticker on a piece of fruit.

              1. re: katidyd

                How does "making it" or "baking it" qualify as farming? Are knick-knacks produce?

                I'm confused.

              2. re: foodkarma

                Until I can get some more Gull Valley, Red Hat tomatoes have been tiding me over. They're much better than the usual bland grocery store boxed tomato.

                1. re: 23skidoo

                  I'm lucky I go back and forth between Calgary and Edmonton. Gull Valley Greenhouses is also at the Edmonton Strathcona Farmer's Market.... but still miss it in Calgary. Will have to give Red Hat a try but definitely have problems with the "bland grocery store" tomatoes... Gull Valley turned me off almost all other tomatoes.

              3. Perigord sandwich at Le Petit Mousse. My highlight today.

                1. I had a chance to drop in to the the new market yesterday aft....

                  The Fratello coffee shop has arguably the best location in the entire place. I had a delicious hand poured drip Nicaraguan coffee. A great way to enjoy the subtle nuances of different roasts from all over the world. They're apparently going to feature a handful of different coffees every week. This place is going to be great I think.

                  The market is big and spacious with high ceilings and has a pretty nice feel to it for a place that is brand new.

                  There are tons of vendors here but I'll just mention a couple that caught my eye...

                  Gull valley tomatoes has a great stand and their produce looked amazing.

                  Silver Sage beef had some really good looking (and well marbled for organically raised) steaks. They also had a separate stand specializing in burgers which I'd love to try.

                  There's a bison speciality stand that sell everything for Bison steaks to chorizo to pepperoni. I was impressed at how good some of their samples tasted.

                  To be honest almost all of the produce I saw looked great but I didn't have the time to go through it all and check prices.

                  There is a new smoke house BBQ joint that wasn't quite open......looking very froward to this.

                  Los chilitos has a mexican stand that serves prepared foods. To be honest it looked fairly pricey for tacos.

                  There is another creperie that was quite popular.....they also serve some kind of baguette sandwiches.

                  There were at least 3 or 4 sausage vendors.....there should be a sausage for everybody here!

                  All in all I think the new CFM will be a great place. Unfortunately I think prices will likely be on par with the old CFM. There are so many places that I didn't mention....I look forward to trying most of em in the near future

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                  1. re: johnjohnson78

                    I agree with this review! The market itself looked great and I think it will be even better in the coming weeks, especially when all the BC summer fruits come in.

                    However, the parking is definitely going to be a situation. I tried to go on Friday. I entered via Blackfoot and was stuck in a line up on a one way street for 20 mins. When I finally got to the parking lot, it was packed. It's WAY too small so I really don't know how it's going to work out once the summer crowds hit the market.

                    I tried to go again at 4:00 on Saturday and entered via Heritage Dr... no problems and I found a parking spot without any problem. However, it was closing an hour later so the selection was limited. Lucky for me, I had already been to Kingsland Farmers Market on Friday ;)

                    1. re: cellophane_star

                      I took this posting to heart when I headed down to CFM this morning (Thursday).

                      I was there at 11:01, and the parking was a nightmare. The front lot had guys directing traffic and there wasn't a spot to be had. The "back" lot, which is on the north side of the building is said to have 600 spots (according to CFM), but IMO that is rather optimistic. I would guess this location has 20% of the parking compared with the Currie Barracks if you allow for their overflow parking options. Yikes.

                      I think I'll be getting hubby to drop me off and wait while I run. Likely not exactly what CFM had in mind I imagine.

                      1. re: nutellaluvr

                        Agreed, I think their claim of increased parking spots is total B.S.

                        Maybe they're including the parking spots within a mile radius?

                        A question: Since when is a market called a "Farmer's Market" when 1/3 of the space is taken up by fast food and related seating?

                        1. re: Scary Bill

                          Hubby also mentioned that more of the retail space seems to be taken up with prepared food offerings; he was thinking the overall space was smaller than at Currie Barracks.

                          Also mentioned was how thrilled the nearby businesses will likely be with CFM customers taking spots in their parking lots across the street, hence the mile radius comment may come true.

                          I am however just glad to be able to get Gull Valley tomatoes. For that I can run in while someone hangs.

                          1. re: nutellaluvr

                            There are, as you point out some very good things one can get at CFM, though to me it is more like the CFB (Calgary Food Boutiques). To me, a farmer's market is, well, farmers. And I think that <5% are actual farmers. And they are usually temporary setups around harvest time. Heck, Superstore is more of a farmers market.

                            1. re: nutellaluvr

                              Broxburn at Kingsland Market sells tomatoes that are on par (if not BETTER THAN) Gull Valley tomatoes. My husband bought some GV tomatoes last weekend and I did a side by side comparison.... it was very close. I personally choose Broxburn though. They also sell larger beefsteak , cocktail & heirloom tomatoes, not just cherry.

                              In the past, I've seen GV tomatoes for sale at Sunnyside Market in Kensington.

                              1. re: cellophane_star

                                While CFM was closed, I tried out Kingsland and Broxburn specifically. Gorgeous swiss chard!

                                I also made a special trip to Sunnyside for GV tomatoes back in March, and sadly they only had cherry tomatoes (no signs indicating they were GV and the staff was - let's call them unresponsive) @ $8.95/lb. Yikes.

                                Happily, the cocktail tomatoes I picked up yesterday from GV @ CFM were outstanding as usual. May have to go back before the weekend is out for more!

                            2. re: Scary Bill

                              I quite agree. The food is delicious but it seems like there's fewer craft vendors. Does anyone know where the guy selling the silk paintings has gone? I couldn't find him, but it was so crowded when I went that I could hardly find anything. Oh, the sandwiches at Taste of Quebec are to die for!

                              1. re: AriaDream

                                Sandwiches? Sounds like ToQ has expanded. Good for them!

                                1. re: maplesugar

                                  ToQ? I will have to give them a try!

                                  Back to CFM Saturday morning for more GV tomatoes, but I arrived at 8:30 in an attempt at good parking. Success! I was banking on Fratello being open and I could wander with it as vendors opened. The latter part of the plan worked, but Fratello's Espresso was (dare I say), nasty. Acidic. Head-shakey stuff. And I like Ristretto. I had enquired what variety/type of chocolate they used for their Mocha and the girl said it was a chocolate flavoured pump syrup. Hence the reason I passed on that one. And I had such high hopes. Back to P&S!

                      2. Finally made it out yesterday (Sat) at about 2pm.

                        We took Heritage to the Market and went into the parking from what I assume was the back way. Found parking right away (when we left, there were lots of spots around as well).

                        Walking in, I was struck by two thoughts - one is that the new market seemed quite a big larger and the second was a feeling of comfort as I immediately saw some familiar faces from the owner and staff of Gull Valley and Bob and the crew at Simple Simon's.

                        Walk around, I did an inventory comparison of the vendors to the old CFM... MOST of the vendors we frequented were at the new market - Gull Valley, Simple Simon's, Cucumber Man, Spragg's, Missing Link, Sylvan Star Cheese, Alberta Beef Bacon guy, Stock and Sauce Co., and Innisfail Growers. The one place that I loved who hasn't come to the new CFM is Sunworks/Blush Lane. They had opened a store in Aspen and are opening their another location on 17th Ave.

                        Knowing that my core vendors have mostly stayed, it seems the new vendors are more prepared foods places and I'm fine with that. I know there's criticism about the commercialization of CFM and people feeling like there are more "fast food" vendors than "farmers" but personally I liked the variety at the old CFM and am glad they seem to have maintained a good selection of vendors and producers. I also like the hours of CFM and having the flexibility to go over 4 days, would prefer this to many other farmers' markets that are open one day from 8-noon. Having built relationships with the owners of my fav vendors for the past few years, I know they are sourcing local ingredients as much as possible.

                        The new CFM could do with more seating though. The food court although advertised to be bigger was full and unlike the old CFM there wasn't much seating spread around the other parts of the market. We did try to have a sandwich at the new smokehouse - Big D's. Maybe because it was so new to them but found there were several service issues. Firstly, the line was moving molasses slow - the couple in front of us and the couple behind us were also complaining about the time. People were leaving the line. When we got close to the front we were advised they were out of beef brisket and some other items.

                        We decided to go to Taste of Quebec for a sandwich instead. They offered a lettuce, tomato sandwich (with produce from GV) and a smoked meat sandwich. We ordered the smoke meat and both found it to be mehh. It was average in terms of quality of meat and quantity of meat... not spectacular like Dunn's or Schwartz' in Montreal. The poutine looked great but they were out of fries when we got there.

                        Am definitely excited to try out other food stands... Silver Sage has a burger stand that smelled amazing.

                        1. I went to the CFM this Friday and had no problem parking. There is a whole lot on the east side of the building which is in 2 parts, separated by a school. The south lot was very busy but the north lot was only 40% full. The entrance to to market from the North lot was still being completed however so you still have to enter from the south east entrance. I don't see parking being an issue in the long term. It's nice to have painted lines this time around. I also think there is a back way via Heritage and Deerfoot Meadows but I couldn't figure that out.

                          To me the new CFM is a step up in class from the old one with a head spinning variety of delicious looking prepared foods. Probably the best place in Calgary to go for lunch. The prices are not cheap but I think they are fair. Easily the best market in Calgary and probably Canada.

                          I do have a problem with people thinking a farmers market should be super cheap. Come on have some respect for your farmer and processor! If your into quality then go to the CFM, if you want cheap there are lots of Walmart's in Calgary.

                          Looks like they are still having some growing pains but if you remember when the Currie Barracks CFM opened in 2004, then this is many times better. It will also be there for the next 20 years at least so I feel secure in shopping there. I was also surprised that it took less time to get there from the Northwest on Deerfoot than the old one took with Chowchild. Only 20 min from the North end compared to 30 min to the old one.

                          It is missing a few important vendors from the old market but I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the summer and fall harvest. After all we do live in Alberta and there's not much growing here obviously.

                          The kids area is also a huge hit. Drink coffee and let the little ones work off some energy. It's worth a trip just to wear them out.

                          Welcome back into my life CFM, see you soon.

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                          1. re: hippiehouse

                            Is Tutti Fruitti one of the missing vendors? I'm not seeing them on the list.

                            1. re: Jasz

                              Yes Henry and Debbie of Tutti Fruitti declined to join

                            2. re: hippiehouse

                              "and probably Canada"

                              You've gotta travel a bit more, say to Granville Market in Vancouver, Kensington or St Lawrence in Toronto, the temporary summer REAL Farmers markets all over Mississauga with produce from Niagara and Holland Marsh, or the Boyce Market in Fredericton or City Market in St Johns.

                              None will rival CFM for fast food though.

                              1. re: Scary Bill

                                "and probably Canada"

                                i threw up in my mouth a little bit reading that, too. unfortunately, seems some are trying to advance particular agendas with their comments on this site, whatever they may be. hrmph.

                                1. re: nonlinear

                                  Indeed... most of the Farmer's Markets I went to in Ontario were wee little things, but I can't imagine that this one is one of the best in Canada. Not a hope. Ontario and Vancouver must have better.

                                  1. re: AriaDream

                                    I was there on Saturday and was not very impressed. As for the best in Canada I dont even think its the best in southern Alberta or even Calgary. Even the food i had there wasn't great. I eat at the BBQ place and had the brisket. I know its a fatty cut of beef but what I had was almost inedible.

                                    1. re: Bavin

                                      IMO, millarsville and crossroads are better markets near/in calgary.

                              2. re: hippiehouse

                                Ouch going to disagree with you there its a so so market but nothing compared to granville island in Vancouver they actual get framers produce. It is what we have in Calgary which is okay but not cheap or has a big wow factor.

                              3. We went last week-end parking was terrible, once inside lots of pre-cooked food, over priced, they somehow have forgotten to invite the farmers, even this early in season I saw no space for them to set up, unless it's outdoors in the parking lot and then I just repeat my first comment. Crossroads, Millerville when season starts are far better, cheaper alternatives,

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                                1. re: olderwiser

                                  Even at the old CFM they filled in farmer spaces with other vendors during off season. I'm sure they can't leave half of the market empty to "leave space" for the farmers. I am hopeful that it will be a true farmer's market for our ridiculously short veggie season.

                                  1. re: Merry113

                                    ^^LOL, CFM has never been a "true farmer's market." it's a yuppie fest! the silly honey booth at CFM even sells Burt's Bees products... gimme a break! and although kingsland tried to get away from that, they ended up being a CFM clone (albeit a more amateur one). i live walking distance from both markets, but never visit either except for my occasional trip to CFM where I stock up on chicken sausages from Missing Link (awesome). it's hard to walk through there, though, with all the yuppies and soccermoms paying exorbitant prices for wal-mart produce and poorly executed fast food.

                                    1. re: nonlinear

                                      It was a real farmer's market for the first couple of years, then it got really, really expensive and crowded with vendors that have nothing to do with local.

                                      1. re: nonlinear

                                        ughh...If you don't like it...don't go there!

                                        I'm not going to do my full week's shopping there, but if I'm in the neighborhood (and can find parking) I'll stop in for:
                                        - Wild rice & green onion bread from Yum bakery
                                        - Ground beef from Silver Sage
                                        - Root veggies & asparagus from Innisfail Growers (I wish Lund's was still at the CFM)
                                        - Tomatoes & basil from the Cucumber man
                                        - Pasture pork from Spragg's
                                        - Sylvan Star Gouda
                                        - Good coffee from the Analog Cafe

                                        So, there are some value/quality stops if you know where to look for them. And, let's face it...if you are posting on Chowhound, you're likely a yuppie of some stripe. I'll agree that some of the vendors are just place ridiculous (the wing place?!?!) but take it for what it is, make the best of it (like Cochinita Pibil tacos from Los Chilitos) and let the yuppies and soccermoms enjoy their morning at the market.

                                        1. re: Dennisimo

                                          The only "voice" CFM will listen to is your pocket book, don't go, spend your money somewhere else and either they change or adapt or we have another Eau Claire. As for me, my decision on where to shop is based on quality, price and selection. CFM is hit and miss on 2 out of 3, add in the parking issue, I won't be back soon as they simply don't offer me anything I can't find elsewhere.

                                          1. re: KcM

                                            I don't go there for the reasons I listed above, but that doesn't mean that I can't have an opinion about the place. i can get most anything the CFM offers for 1/4 of the price at walmart down the hill... including the same little stickers that come on the tomatoes. also, sometimes the whole "local" trend can be a bad thing, in terms of the economy AND the environment. something to think about, anyhow.

                                            1. re: nonlinear

                                              Yes there are vendors who import produce from who knows where, but there are also vendors who grow their own. To suggest every vendor is reselling Walmart produce is just plain wrong.

                                            2. re: KcM

                                              So its OK to serve tacos but not wings? I'd say the chicken wings are more local than the hot sauce.

                                              1. re: cdn

                                                I'm not going to get drawn into an argument about semantics or someone's personal axe to grind (on either side).

                                                I'll echo olderwiser's sentiment...Vote with your pocket book!
                                                Shop with your conscious.
                                                Support whoever you think to be sustainable/local/affordable/whatever.

                                                But try to bring something to the conversation here other than just "that place sucks...I'm too authentic to shop there...all they sell is factory food...or, they're the best thing since sliced bread"...

                                                So, where do you go for community supported agriculture in/around Calgary?
                                                From the sounds of things, I'll have to check out the Millarville this summer. What else am I missing?

                                                1. re: KcM

                                                  1) You need to know what grows in Alberta and when.

                                                  2) if you're serious about being local, then things like coffee aren't at all local.

                                                  3) You need to draw a line between stuff that's made here from ingredients from all over (coffee, nuts, clothing (cotton doesn't grow here), etc). I myself don't consider a vendor "local" if they do this. And certainly vendors like the seafood guy - hey, great that he's there, but there is no way he belongs in a farmer's market.

                                                  4) Although the problem is endemic at all the farmer's markets here, I find the problem especially egregious at CFM since it seems that the majority of vendors and real estate there is devoted to products that I don't consider local.

                                                  1. re: KcM

                                                    If you want really fresh local produce, join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). There are quite a few in Calgary with an assortment of philosophies and products. I joined Thompson Small farm last year and joined Eagle Creek this year. I really like the people behind Thompson but my family doesn't eat chard or kale so I decided to try someone new this year.

                                                    The growing season in Calgary doesn't really get started for anyone other than the greenhouse tomato/cucumber growers until much later in the summer.

                                                    1. re: Merry113

                                                      Yeah the growing season here is short and unpredictable. The Asparagus Festival was just this weekend. Edgar Farms - who iirc sells with Innisfail Growers at CFM - sees their first asparagus anywhere from the first week of May to the last. We were at the festival last year and it was snowing, this year sun. Go figure.

                                                      1. re: maplesugar

                                                        That was the point of my reply before. I just don't understand how people think a market will be full of farmers in Calgary in January. I don't have any unrealistic love of CFM but I want people to be fair in their dis'ing of the place. No market could EVER be full of farmers in Calgary in January.

                                                        1. re: Merry113

                                                          to be honest, i could care less if it's full of farmers. (i don't agree with some of the reasoning behind this recent "local" trend.) i just think it's silly that people recommend and support CFM when in many cases you can get the EXACT SAME stuff down the hill at walmart for 25% of the price. $25 for a tortilla press? are you effing kidding me? i bought mine for $10 at a latin store in calgary.

                                                          1. re: nonlinear

                                                            Good discussions.

                                                            I would not be quite so offended if they simply changed the name of the market , removing 'Farmer's", because farmers it ain't.

                                                            I like "Calgary's Most Expensive Market and Food Court" at it is most appropriate in my books.

                                                            I'd still go a couple of times a year, though Crossroads has me hooked, especially at harvest times.

                                                            1. re: Scary Bill

                                                              "I like 'Calgary's Most Expensive Market and Food Court' at it is most appropriate in my books."

                                                              ^^i LOLed at this!

                                                            2. re: nonlinear

                                                              It's pretty well impossible to eat 100% local.

                                                            3. re: Merry113

                                                              Most farmer's markets don't actually open until June... CFM could just rename themselves during the non-growing months...

                                                              1. re: Shazam

                                                                I don't expect to see "local farmers" in April/May however what I did see was not to my liking, overly large & expensive food court, to many venders selling "Gourmet" pre-cooked, pre-packaged foods. I hope you are right, I hope they let the vendors selling local or BC produce in, however can you really see any of the current vendors moving out after just 3 months! and right before the busier summer season? My guess it's into the parking lot they go and that just compounds the biggest problem, no parking and terrible traffic flow around site.

                                            3. So finally made a trek over to the new location and yes parking is needs a lot of work. But overall it feels more like a strip mall with some nice food vendors. Not sure what the plans are for the summer but if you are looking for just fresh produce I would goto Crossroads Market as from my experience they sell same stuff and quality.

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                                              1. re: Budca

                                                I had a chance to wander through this market again for the first time since it first opened. I have to admit that my initial excitement for the new space has worn off somewhat, and I found myself leaving a little bit disappointed.

                                                While strolling through the isles I noticed some really expensive produce and a variety of pricey herbs, flowers, and pre made meals. (Simple Simon is still very generous with samples and very reasonably priced).

                                                Like others have mentioned, there are plenty of food vendors but very few of them had me pulling out my wallet and I was pretty hungry. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a handful of these mediocre vendors to call it quits within a year or so. I mean no offence......and I can't really put a finger on it but I suppose I was just hoping there might be some more unique and really well executed foods available. It seems like people are getting the feeling that the CFM is more of a gourmet food court than a real market. I'd be OK with that if the food offerings were actually top notch......I'm not at all convinced that they are, however.

                                                1. re: johnjohnson78

                                                  Just my $.02 but I'd be more inclined to make CFM a destination if it was a bit more progressive in attracting some of the trendy "street food" type vendors. Think food cart and food truck food with a bit of creativity like you will find in Vancouver, Toronto, and a loty of US cities. Calgary doesn't have a climate to allow this type of food vendor to make enough dough in our short summer season, but ithey'd be ideal at CFM (emphasis of FOOD rather than FARMERS), with food offerings like Korean tacos, fish tacos, Japadog, ramen, BBQ, Poutine, Aussie meat pies with mushy peas, etc., etc.I know some of these are there, but they are not (as I recall from my one visit) as creative as I've found street vendors to be in the aforementioned cities, not to mention usually much more expensive. (I know cart costs are lower)

                                                  I've derided CFM in the past for not being as much of a FARMERS market as I'd like it to be, but I'd sing it's praises as a FOOD destination if they were a bit more creative in this way.

                                                  1. re: Scary Bill

                                                    Agreed. The "farmer's market" food vendors in Calgary are in some ways filling in the role of gourmet food carts in warmer cities.

                                                    1. re: 23skidoo

                                                      It appears it didn't take very long for the first vendor to drop out...the General Store closed on the weekend. But - according to Swerve - Blush Lane will be coming back to the CFM and occupying the vacant area where the GS was. Welcome back Rob!...can't wait for the white peaches.

                                                      1. re: katidyd

                                                        Thanks, Yes we are back, although I will be at the orchard in Keremeos BC for the next 3 months. I'll send some goodies back.

                                                          1. re: katidyd

                                                            We actually opened this past weekend. It will take a couple of weeks to get things ironed out but we will be ready for our BC summer fruit.

                                                        1. re: katidyd

                                                          White peaches will be in this weekend.

                                                          1. re: blushlane

                                                            Thank you - a perfect weekend for a white sangria...and I need a few for the rumtopf as well.

                                                      2. re: Scary Bill

                                                        Bill,

                                                        That is exactly what I was thinking. Just got home from a week in Seattle and I can't even begin to talk about how great it was to have so many innovative and delicious food options.

                                                        1. re: johnjohnson78

                                                          Just returned from Vancouver. Ate several times from the food trucks there, a food option the city recently allowed to expand. All CFM has to do is look at what these trucks are offering and seek a few more vendors who would be willing to produce the same types of food. Some of it is relatively standard fare, like chicken on a ciabatta with carmelised onions, but it is so well executed that both Mrs Scary and myself felt it was, with distance, the best chicken sandwich we'd ever had. Then there were the Korean tacos, deep fried rice balls, oyster po-boys, Japadogs, etc. Oh, and btw, the chicken sandwich guy ran out by mid afternoon four days in a row.

                                                  2. Has anyone tried the Chinese dumpling place? We were there on a Saturday right before the market closed and they were already shut down.

                                                    We were in a rush to grab dinner before they shut so I can't comment on the whole place but it was convenient being able to buy from the Main Dish rather than drive to Bridgeland and we got cupcakes across the aisle.

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                                                    1. re: sharonanne

                                                      If you're referring to Shanghai Fine Food (Henry and Jean) - fabulous dumplings. They take great care with their food - have never been disappointed.

                                                      1. re: katidyd

                                                        Oh, do they have soup dumplings or soup buns? I'd make a special trip just for those!

                                                      2. re: sharonanne

                                                        I ordered most of their dim sum dishes and I found it below average. Some dumplings were dry or flavourless. Perhaps I ordered at the wrong time/day. Just my two cents.

                                                      3. A couple quick takes on a couple less conventional stalls from when I was there 2nd week after opening:

                                                        Wildfire Wing Co - a friend and I had wings for breakfast, which actually isn't has awesome as it sounds. Really nothing special about this place at this point in time - wings were barely better than your average pub, and just with sauce added after cooking - and all the sauces we tried were quite weak. In fact, I thought they made a mistake with the "teriyaki wasabi" wings as I couldn't taste the wasabi at all (they said others had said previously that the wasabi was overpowering, so YMMV). I think only hawaiian BBQ was worth noting. Really kinda expensive too for stall food, considering there was nothing really to suggest that they use high-quality ingredients.

                                                        Mr. Esfihas - I hadn't heard of these things before, but apparently esfihas are a Brazilian mainstay. They are cute little dough circles with either savoury or sweet toppings - I had the dulce de leche (which evoked fond memories of my vacationing in Argentina) and my friend had a couple of the savoury ones. It's pretty easy to drop a few bucks on these for a quick snack, though they are quite small. Nice branding though!