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Ottawa LAFF brings together eaters and local food artisans

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

 

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?