Exploring Il Centro’s MERCATO

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Last month, I visited this market for the first time, this market happens on the 3rd Friday each month from the spring through the fall in front of the Italian Cultural Centre.

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In addition to farm-fresh veggies, fruits, this market also features a variety of other local bakers, chocolatiers, along with other foods, craftspeople, prepared food, and live musicians. The market is open from 4pm-8pm.

The Ivy Oven

The Ivy Oven

The Ivy Oven

The Ivy Oven

The Ivy Oven is a local bakery who specializes in rustic baked goods, both the French Rustic Tarts and the Venice Cake Slice were delicious as were the Rugelach! Follow them on twitter @TheIvyOven

Wild Sweets

Wild Sweets

Wild Sweets is run by Dominique & Cindy Duby who are Vintage Cocoa Bean To Bar Chocolate-Makers and Designer Chocolatiers. You can follow them on twitter @WildSweets

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One of the features of this market is that the Italian Cultural Centre offers a set menu of Italian dishes including pasta and chicken freshly made for people to purchase at the market. Either eat at the sharing tables or take it to go. I had their pasta and chicken specials and both were very good.

MERCATO is located outside at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street.

Follow the market on twitter @IlCentroVan

By: Richard Wolak