Ottawa LAFF brings together eaters and local food artisans

 

Christmas markets are flourishing in Ottawa this year. Since many of them feature the area’s best artisanal foods, these markets offer a great way to sample what’s being made right here, with ingredients that are as local and organic as possible. Last weekend was especially busy, with three events scheduled: the Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market, A Taste of Ottawa: Westboro’s Holiday Food Market, and the Ottawa Locavore Artisan Food Fair (LAFF).

I was able to spend a few contented hours at LAFF’s December 8 market in New Edinburgh. With more than a dozen of LAFF’s 20 innovative food makers on hand, I had the chance to nosh on everything from Hummingbird’s small-batch, hand-crafted chocolate and michaelsdolce gourmet jams to Major Craig’s 1884 North India chutney. I also enjoyed a lip-smacking tomato and garlic soup from Stone Soup Foodworks, and a fiery salsa from Chef Richard Nigro, whose new store, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, is set to open in February 2013.

Other creative food makers at the holiday market included: Art-Is-In Bakery; Auntie Loo’s Treats (a 100% vegan bakery);  Happy Goat Coffee Company (fair trade, organic coffee); Kawalsa Salsa; koko Chocolates; Relish the Flavour food truck; The Salty Don (gourmet seasonings); Scratch Kitchen (gourmet, home- delivered frozen meals); and World of Tea.

The Christmas food markets wind up December 16, with the last of four from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, to be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ernst & Young Centre,  4899 Uplands Drive.

What’s your best Christmas food market find?

 

 

 

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