Sweet news for trick-or-treaters of all ages: A Halloween Baker’s Market takes place this Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moberly Arts Culture Centre. The 2000 sq. ft. space will be transformed into a souk of homemade, sugary nosh options from ghoulish cupcakes to fluffy, pumpkin-buttercream-filled macarons. Adults and kids, in costume of course, are welcome to come join the festivities. Kids will receive marshmallow ghosts or pumpkins courtesy of the market.
I say why trick-or-treat just once when you have the option of going twice. But if you can’t make it this Saturday, mark your calendar for the annual Cupcake Eating Contest at the Baker’s Market Nov. 20. Frosting will fly as contestants stuff their faces with as many confections as possible in 5 minutes.
Connie Mar, an avid home baker, started the Baker’s Market in 2009 for closeted bakers in the Lower Mainland. She was always baking for her family, co workers and friends but it wasn’t enough. She launched the Baker’s Market as a way for bakers and foodies to meet up and talk treats. Mar estimates that at least 20 per cent of the 40+ vendors (often professionals by day, bakers by night) are testing the waters before opening their own business.
The Baker’s Market runs Saturdays now through December 10, with the exception of Oct. 22 and Nov. 19. While the Halloween event is definitively sweet, the regular markets also include artisanal breads, German pretzels, croissants, Belgian Liege waffles, vegan cupcakes, organic muffins and gluten-free baked goods.
Get the full schedule, list of vendors, and info on how to become a vendor from the Baker’s Market website. Check out footage from the last Cupcake Eating Contest below.