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Saturday, December 1, 2012

What's Happening in December

The weather is getting chilly but there are still plenty of reasons to get out and explore. This month, there are a number of cool classes and webinars going on, as well as a couple of markets, that should help pass the cold winter days.

Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market

Location: Nat Bailey Stadium, East Parking Lot (4601 Ontario Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: November 3, 2012 to April 27, 2013 (Closed December 29)
Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each Saturday

Thought the start of winter meant the end of locally grown and made goodies?

Continuing from last month, the winter market hosts over 60 vendors -- nearly as many as the three main Vancouver summer markets combined! -- offers a range of foods, from local produce to homemade chocolate and maple treats.

In an effort to reduce plastic use at the market, please bring your own shopping bags.

For more information on the market, including transportation and parking at the site, please visit their website: http://www.eatlocal.org/

Holiday Market

Location: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive / Vancouver - map)
Date: December 15, 2012, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: $3, or free for children under 13 years

Over 85 vendors feature a selection of artisan foods, high quality crafts, and other goodies. Find everything from preserves and honey to tea and coffee! There will also be a silent auction, gift wrapping by donation, and a free coat check.

Check their website starting December 1 to get a $1 off coupon for admission!

For more information, visit their website: http://www.eatlocal.org/holidaymarket.html

Breadlines, Sweet Charity and Beyond

Location: Webinar (computer with Internet connection required)
Date: December 13, 2012, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Cost: Free!

Hosted by Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), this webinar will feature a conversation between scholar and activist Jan Poppendieck and CFCC president Nick Saul about the delivery of emergency food initiatives, as well as how we can move from charity to solidarity in emergency food programs.

Attendance is free, but space is limited. For more information and to register, visit their website: http://www.cfccanada.ca/

Healthy Holiday Sweets

Location: Homesteader's Emporium (649 East Hastings Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: December 5, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $50, plus processing fee

Rooted Nutrition founder Andrea Potter partners with Homesteader's Emporium to offer a special hands-on event on healthy holiday treats. Participants will learn how to make goodies such as raw vegan chocolate cashew truffles and almond-stuffed dates.

There will also be tastings and recipes and a gift box to take home.

For more information or to register, please visit the Evenbrite page: http://homesteader-cooking-classes.eventbrite.com/

Fusion Kitchen Winter Classes

Location: Save On Meats (43 West Hastings Street / Vancouver - map)
Dates: December 12, 2012 to February 7, 2013 (see website for class times)
Cost: From $45 to $70 per person (plus processing fees), or $120 for two people (Taste of Pakistan or A European Christmas ONLY)

Fusion Kitchen returns with a series of three classes, starting December 12, 2012, covering Hungarian, Romanian, and Pakistani dishes, all taught by recent immigrant women. Join them and discover a range of delicious sweet and savoury dishes.

For more information or to register, please visit the Eventbrite page: http://fusionkitchendecember.eventbrite.ca/

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