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Christmas markets in Ontario, 2012

prima Dec 3, 2012 06:16 PM

http://torontochristmasmarket.com/ runs Nov 30-Dec 16, 2012

The Christkindlmarkt http://www.christkindl.ca/vendors/ in Kitchener runs Dec 6-9, 2012

Meaford Xmas Market Dec 7, 2012 http://www.foodlinkgreybruce.com/even...

Does anyone know if Michael Stadtlander is selling stollen this December?

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    ylsf RE: prima Dec 4, 2012 06:58 AM

    Not a traditional "christmas market" but The Depanneur is having two "holiday markets" with various vendors on the 9th and 16th. Here is the link for the one on the 9th. Never been to the spot myself but I have been meaning to check out one of their meals!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/49367...

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      jlunar RE: ylsf Dec 4, 2012 07:46 AM

      I've been meaning to hit one of their dinners in forever!! Maybe a good time to combo it up.

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        ylsf RE: jlunar Dec 10, 2012 08:57 AM

        I went last night, they aren't really serving much "eat there" type food more stuff to take home/preserves/etc. They had 2 grilled cheese sandwiches and some desserts, etc to eat there.

        It is a very small market (small space to start with) but there were some interesting offerings (including a pretty good panforte).

        Personally I wouldn't recommend the kimchi from the one vendor. She used her bare hands to pack it into a container (having accepted money/etc with those same hands). I know it is kimchi and all but still pretty gross. I was in shock at the moment and didn't know what to say. In addition, it wasn't all that great for $8 ... Better options out there for kimchi.

    2. TorontoJo RE: prima Dec 4, 2012 08:07 AM

      In Niagara-on-the-Lake:

      http://gatheringniagara.com/christlem...

      Not a full blown Christmas market, but it's at Stratus, so I imagine it will be festive.

      1. Full tummy RE: prima Dec 5, 2012 10:02 PM

        Since you asked about stollen, I thought I would let you know that there were two vendors selling it at the Toronto Christmas Market - Sticklings and Petit Thuet.

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          ylsf RE: Full tummy Dec 10, 2012 08:57 AM

          Thanks, I am going to go down on Friday, any other recommendations or sightings of interesting offerings?

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            Full tummy RE: ylsf Dec 12, 2012 12:17 AM

            Oh gosh, I don't know. We had the grilled cheese sandwiches which can also be ordered with bacon, double bacon, and triple bacon and your choice of cheese - there were three types that day, an older cheddar, provolone, and a Quebec cheese with a name I don't remember. Sandwiches were served on some sort of multigrain bread that I felt overwhelmed the flavour of the cheese, and were I making the sandwiches at home, I probably would have slathered butter on the bread, too. So, they just weren't the decadent grilled cheese I was hoping for. Maybe I should have gone for the triple bacon version, hahaha. (The side pickles on offer were wonderfully sour. Not sure what brand they were using.)

            There was poutine, but I didn't try it. Oktoberfest sausages and Nathan's hot dogs - we had Nathan's and they weren't hot enough, but still tasty. Sticklings pretzels just weren't worth the $3; they seemed somewhat stale as pretzels often do, and I didn't find any salt on mine...

            You will find plenty to eat, lots of different things to try. Prices are not cheap, but I hope you enjoy it. Let me know how it goes!

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              julesrules RE: ylsf Dec 12, 2012 05:50 AM

              I thought the apple fritters were really good, if possibly overpriced (not entirely sure since my husband did the buying). Basically a slice of apple in batter with generous cinammon sugar, freshly made... hard to go wrong.
              The Oktoberfest sausages were nothing special and the sauerkraut was cold, honestly, not worth the price upgrade from good old street meat.

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                Full tummy RE: julesrules Dec 12, 2012 11:54 AM

                Those apple fritters looked so tempting, but after everything we had already eaten, just couldn't do it. Have you had the ones at the Waterloo Farmers Market? (Reason to drive up there, in my opinion!! And, they are not overpriced.) If so, how did they compare?

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                  julesrules RE: Full tummy Dec 12, 2012 04:25 PM

                  It's been years, like a dozen or more, but I think these had more batter, and were lighter coloured ie/ less well done. More like a stuffed donut less like a battered apple slice.

          2. rosieintoronto RE: prima Dec 14, 2012 06:29 AM

            We took our little guy to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery last night, it was awesome. Here are some pics. http://bit.ly/12ckZkn There were some amazing food vendors- Petite Thuet (was bummed they had no pain au chocolate left) poutine, and APPLE FRITTERS... the line for those was bananas. Delicious free hot chocolate as you arrive, and mulled wine was available. It ends this Sunday!

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            Rosie
            http://www.mytorontoscoop.com

             
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              ylsf RE: prima Dec 15, 2012 12:04 PM

              For anyone going to the Distillery Christmas market today/tomorrow..

              Suggest skipping the "smoked turkey leg". My friend bought it and she couldn't finish it. I had a few bites and it tasted like ham and not turkey (maybe because of the way they brined it/etc). Pretty sure they just bought pre-smoked/packaged turkey legs and warmed them up in the kitchen then served them for $9 a piece. Funny they were doing pretty brisk business and a lot of people came up and asked us where we got it from (I gave them my personal opinion on them too :)..

              I had the schnitzel in a pretzel bun. It was pretty decent considering the type of setting it was being served at. I found out after Petite Thuet was serving slices of their traditional tourtiere for $8 a slice.. Would have been curious to try that too.

              SUPER busy last night, nice to see that kind of activity out for this type of thing.

              Matt Dusk is performing tonight. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't look at the musical line up before because I missed Royal Wood who I like earlier on

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                millygirl RE: ylsf Dec 15, 2012 12:36 PM

                We just got home from the Market. Wow, there was a bitter wind out there today.

                15 minute wait for the apple fritters so we left without but they sure looked good!

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