posted on OCTOBER 19, 2019
The Shipyards Night Market opens from 5 p.m to 10 p.m every Friday from May 3rd to September 27th. It takes place in Shipbuilders’ Square near the SeaBus terminal at Lonsdale Quay. Thousands of people join this event every year.
History of the market
The market was founded eight years ago at the historic Shipyard Plaza by Ingrid Doerr. In July 2011, she began launching different markets, which take place in numerous North Vancouver locations including Lynn Valley, Central Lonsdale and the Shipyards. At the end, the Shipyards was the only one that stayed featuring varieties of food trucks and vendors. As years went by, beer garden, kids entertainment and couple food trucks were also added.
Just a week before the market started in 2018 , Doerr passed away due to liver problems. 2018 was the year that the market grew bigger than ever. According to her sister, Doerr was a vegetarian so that explains the healthy vegetarian food truck options at the market. Since she was an active hiker and biker, the market was brought outdoors with a breathtaking pier view and a clean atmosphere. She also was known as an animal lover, therefore, the market is very much pet friendly. Her sister, McLachlan, took over the lead role organizing the market this year. She made sure the mission of Doerr was followed, which means that the market continues to stay focused on building community and creating jobs for multiple people.
Atmosphere and Decor
The Shipyards Night Market is always very crowded and many people visit this place for fun. As you walk in, there is a big stage where different music bands are playing music every week for people to enjoy. The beer garden is restricted for people over 19, where people can drink alcohol of their choice. This market is animal and kids-friendly. Children can enjoy the scrumptious food of the place, or a face painting activity as well as a spacious playground. The market offers a variety of food at affordable prices. As soon as you enter, ambiance vibes come. Some hotels are nearby the market where tourists can stay after a long day of strolling through the market. Guests have the options to enjoy food with stunning sunshine view next to the pier or in the cafe. A separate barn is divided away from the food sections for shopping from hand-crafted soap, jewelry to farmer market, you can enjoy the organic fruits variety or get any merchandised goods to go.
The streets are clean and every food stalls have separate bins. For examples, recyclable material bins, compost and garbage. The food trucks where the food is prepared is properly clean. Health code was strictly followed, you can see the cooks wear gloves and hair net to handle foods. Customers’ health is the first priority. Health permit was placed in the place where visible to the customers.
Food, music and shopping can all be done together or we can say three-in-one service. You can grab and go most of the food. There are small cafeterias in which seats are available for people to sit and enjoy the food. As soon as we enter the market, we can find a good parking facility. The view of the Vancouver downtown is very nice during night time from the market. There is a good and quick service provided to people. The biggest thing of this place is that they are flexible payment methods such as cash, credit and debit cards.
Integration of modern food and beverage
As Craft beer is the modern trend right now, the market also catch on and give people the option to try it. Gluten-free and vegan-friendly food are provided for people of different choices. Other food trend that is famous in food market now is also expanded to Shipyard night market is Spanish tapas.
Most of utensils, to-go containers and cups are recyclable in which the food is provided for people. Eco-friendly environment can be seen in the market.
The theme of the market is crane truck container theme. Every corner has versatile food trucks with vibrant colors and its own theme. Couple years back, this area was a home to major Canadian shipbuilding industry, some historical buildings are still remain till now.
Food and Beverage
The texture of the donuts are crunchy outside, chewy and soft inside. These donuts are different from other regular donuts you have tried. The donuts are dipped in honey and it costs $6 for 13 donuts which is a reasonable price for that amount of donuts.
‘The Frying Pan’ – Korean Fusion Spicy Fried Chicken Burger
This is the combination of Western and Korean cuisine. The chicken is marinated in a Korean tempura batter, and to go with it, a layer of spicy mayo, pickles and Korean style coleslaw. The price is $12 which quite fair for the size we got. The chicken breast was pretty moist and juicy.
‘Teriyaki Boys’ – Yakisoba
It is a Japanese stir fried noodles comes with bean sprouts, scallions, and a soy sauce based sauce. It has a vegetarian option for $8.50. If you add any proteins, it costs $10.50. The presentation of this dish is quite appealing, that comes with a recycling box with homemade mayo sauce. The dish was flavorfull with the soy sauce based and the smokiness from the griddle stir fried.
‘Hugs’ – Mini donuts
It costs $6 for a bag of 13 donuts. These donuts are dipped in granulated sugar and they are quite different from the Loukoumades Donuts. They are soft but oily. You can get tired of them really fast.
This is maple flavored cotton candy which was made by organic and gluten-free syrup. It is a Canadian traditional treat that everyone would come to appreciate it.
Tips for the Guests before visiting the Market
Parking is quite easy to find, within walking distance to the market. Sign is clear, easy to follow from the parking garage or from public bus station if you chose to get there on foots. Public bus or SeaBus would be a good option that will stop you in front of Lonsdale Quay Market, which connects to Shipyard night market.
One plus point for them, it is free to get into the market. However, be prepared for your stomach and pockets, because with all that tasty smells from cinnamon to crepe batter, maple syrup, etc you will not be able to stop yourself from wanting to try everything.
Most of the trucks have social pages that you could followed and tagged them, including snapchat, instagram and facebook, which is a smart idea for them to get a free publicity. Foods were “instagrammable”, catch on and trendy that would attract young crowd, but also other options for baby boomers was considered.
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North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market in 2019. (2019, September 25). Retrieved from https://vancouversbestplaces.com/weekend-summer-night-markets/shipyard-night-market/.