The month of May is one of best months to be living in or visiting Vancouver. Why? Well, not only does the weather take a noticeable turn for the warmer, but the events calendar flourishes, the flowers burst into bloom, and the city just seems to be in a better mood in general. In homage to the inevitable greatness of this month, I decided to pack my May 1st weekend with an exhausting array of activities. First up, a trio of local markets, aka: MARKET MADNESS! In order of appearance:

Shipyards Night Market (Shipbuilders’ Square and the Pipe Shop – Wallace Mews Rd)

Friday Nights 5-10pm – May 1 to September 25, 2015

This past Friday the North Shore Green Markets kicked off the 2015 Shipyards Night Market with a bigger and better version of this beloved weekly event. The basics are the same–food, music, artisans, beer–but this year the vendors have been shifted in to the Pipe Shop event space to make room for an expanded dance floor and drink zone. Though I didn’t get to the market until close to 9PM, the space was still alive with the sounds of live music and half-cut laughter.

sons_of_vancouver__chilli_vodka__vodka___amaretto_vodkaSeizing the opportunity to dance, I boogied my way through the crowd, past the booze, and over to the grub, where I carefully selected a delicious–and highly recommended–avocado-filled grilled cheese sandwich from Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck. Far too absorbed in the deliciousness that was my dinner, I didn’t end up having much time to check out the artisans, but I hear tell that the wares were top notch, particularly owing to the addition of a few wineries and the Sons of Vancouver distillery.

Loutet Farm – Farm Gate Sale (E 14th & Rufus Ave)

Saturdays, 10AM-12Pm – May to September


A few blocks east of 14th and Grand Blvd, Loutet Farm offers up a space to plant, grow, and purchase a wonderful array of fresh produce. While I know that Lower Lonsdale residents can be adverse to leaving the neighbourhood–three cheers for walkability!–this event is worth it. The farm’s coveted goods are colourful, delicious, and undoubtedly locally grown. Beware the urge to sleep in–I made the mistake of showing up at 11:30AM this weekend and arrived to find naught but the dismantling of tents and a box of radishes. Lucky for us, come mid-May the farm will be adding Wednesday’s (4-6PM) to their Farm Gate Sales calendar.

Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market (East Plaza, 123 Carrie Cates Court)

Saturdays, 10AM-3PM – May to September


A mainstay in the community, the Lonsdale Quay Farmers Market is known for being a lovely little addition to the quay’s seasonal events. While small in size,  I always seem to find something that catches my eye, be it decadent cookies or breathtaking jewelry. This past Saturday–opening day for the season–I was immediately drawn to a chocolate vendor that I hadn’t seen before, Coconama Chocolate. The salesman, a jovial fellow surrounded by colourful ganache, was offering up liberal samples to eager passersby such as myself. Now I’m not known for being a chocolate person, but these velvety treats were ridiculously flavourful, easily earning the honour of best item at the market that day. Feeling satisfied, I made my way through the rest of the vendors and on to my next event of the day–lunch!

Stay tuned to hear more about my May 1st weekend, which included a jaunt over to CityFest, and a scrumptious second breakfast at the quay.