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December 21, 2013

Yelp Vancouver Shops Local @ Hawkers Market

Posted by Jody B

What happens when Yelp Vancouver pairs up with this monthly dosage of food & music? The perfect spotlight for Yelp Shops Local shenanigans & a fabulous end to a very Yelpy 2013! Hawkers Market aims to create a space where vibrant and exciting local food can be discovered and on December 14th, 130 lucky Vancouver Elites and their guests did just that!

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This foodie extravaganza offered up a one-two punch as guests got to nibble on tasters from the market's 15+ local vendors while crossing off that christmas shopping list. Mall-scmall - Yelp Elites tackle holiday errands with a sip, a nibble and a lot of good company! And for sips, what better to compliment a night of shopping then a glass of Pinot Noir from local wine wizards, Niche Winery? Elites got to sample this local vino while they made their rounds. But the brew crew would not leave disappointed, an Elite staple Parallel 49 Brewing made one last Yelp appearance for 2013. 

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So with a drink in hand, and the DJ rocking, Elites toured East Van Studios to talk and taste with the excellent array of local biz owners. From Sugo Sauce's italian sauces, Yummus' smoky hummus (addictive!) and the mouth watering India Base - savory lovers were well looked after. Those looking for a little kick took refuge at Dolly's Treats who offered each guest a full sized bottle of their infamous Red Pepper Vodka Jelly to fall in love with! Or slide over to West Coast Chutney, who harvest their own apples for their epic apple chutney!

Those with a sweet tooth ventured to Edible Mark for holiday macrons; Hives For Humanity for bitchin' local honey (pst - this little CM has one of the hives in her back yard!); Ceiba Gourmet for cajeta (goat's milk caramel goodness!); Brown Paper Packages for the adult ice cream bar (you heard me: boozy ice-cream); Sweet Petite (hello truffle cake pops!); Happily Stuffed (gluten free goddesses) & Candy Meister - the CANDY food truck. 

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And when they could eat no more - they stumbled over to Oollo Tea for something to jump start their system again, because gosh knows - an Elite saves room for Turducken. That's right - the sandwich lords themselves Fat Duck Eatery were onsite serving up Christmas in a carry out tray (complete with bacon jam). Nicely followed by a sinfully sweet crepe ℅ Chou Chou.

Add super awesome #NiftyUnderFifty raffle prizes; swag bags with cool loot from the Market and campy Christmas decorations and you've got one hell of a party! Big thanks to Chris & Hawkers Market; to all the amazing vendors who wine & dined & crossed off our christmas lists; to Tonye A for keeping this Yelp ninja sane (and fed) and to the Vancouver Elites who made this one heck of year!

Check out the five star reviews (and pen your own) here; and the photos ℅ LindsayDiet here.

Keep it local; keep it Yelpy! Until next year Vancouver!

Your Partner In Dine,

Jody B - Yelp Vancouver Community Manager/Petite Dynamo

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