Vancouver, B.C - November 7th 2014 - Quietly in Vancouver a change to how food businesses startup has been happening. Hawkers Market is a social food marketplace quite like no other. It cutes the red tape involved with starting a food business, opening a restaurant and becoming accepted into a community that can be impossible to break into for new food artisans.
Hawkers Market, banks on new culinary talent developing entrepreneurs who vend at the underground social food marketplace by offering them real world first hand experience and exposure to huge crowds of Vancouver's most discerning palates.
Chris Jerome, Founder & Director of Hawkers Market has seen first hand of the past two years the market has been in operation that the common thread among food entrepreneurs is they all need feedback, validations and a safe place that acts as a launchpad for each new food business from Chefs looking to test restaurant concepts, ice cream makers to cookies and locally made bitters. “If its made in Vancouver and its food you’ll find its first at Hawkers Market” says Chris.
The market itself could easily be mistaken for a wild college dormitory party especially in its early days, when Hawkers Market would book janky East Vancouver warehouses that were best described as seedy on the outside yet filled with culinary magic inside.
Foods featured have been everything from pop up doughnut shops, oyster bars, ramen burgers, food bloggers flexing skills with baking and sandwich making. The heart remains the same as Hawkers grows to serve larger crowds and more diverse food vendors.
We are now seeing an unparalleled amount of food businesses in Canada and actually beyond asking to participate in the program, so much so we can’t quite keep up with the demand to fit them all in each market. Our vendors range from serious craftsmen bakers like Fife Bakery by Felix Yau launching this market and Chef’s like Juno Kim who runs mind blowing pop up dinners around Vancouver but is itinerant in location and has not determined just yet on the next step. Hawkers Market also includes fresh talent, featuring home cooks bringing food to crowds for the first time as a learning opportunity for their businesses.
“We feel that this is the most honest look at food in Vancouver, its a place where you can stand next to the person cooking your food, have a drink and talk about life and what made them want to open up shop. The diversity of each market changes rapidly and is truly never the same experience twice.” Says Director Chris Jerome.
The next Hawkers Market will be held Saturday November 15th at a sprawling ten thousand square foot warehouse on Kingsway and Broadway at 188 Kingsway.
In attendance will be a jam packed lineup of food, music and locally brewed and distilled beverages from Odd Society Spirits and 33 Acres Brewing Co.
Tickets are $10 in advance at hawkersmarket.com and are in support of Mealshare a Vancouver based Buy 1 feed 1 program. As well as a huge food drive for the Vancouver Food Bank.
ABOUT HAWKERS MARKET
Hawkers Market is a social food marketplace based in Vancouver crafting experiences around local food, music and craft brews. Hawkers operates in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to help new and emerging food entrepreneurs reduce risk and act as a launchpad for commerce and product testing. It is western Canada’s most diverse food market with well over 200 supported local food businesses, contributing to improving local Canadian food economies.
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