If you’re going to head to the Sunshine Coast this summer, we’ve got some advice: come hungry.
Only a 40-minute ferry ride out of Horseshoe Bay, the rugged fjords and scenic shoreline of this coastline (only accessible by ferry and seaplane) are a feast for the eyes, and the culinary offerings are indefinitely a feast for your tastebuds.
One of the best and newest places to fuel up is Gibsons Public Market, which opened on April 29.
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About a 5-minute drive from the Langdale Ferry Terminal and adjacent to the Gibsons Marina, this spot is a paradise for gastro tourists living in Metro Van or the downtown core who don’t want to venture too far from home to try something new.
The seven local merchants inside the market include Art Meets Chocolate, Bowen Island Roasting Company, Fromagerie De Baie, The Gibsons Butcher (The Butcher Express), The Fisherman’s Market, G. G. Greens, and RainFlorist.
Small but vibrant, this diverse indoor market is located on the lower level of the building and it features local purveyors who are devoted to bringing high quality eats and treats to Gibsons locals and visitors year-round.
This market has everything you need in order to be happy, like artisan chocolate in one of a kind packaging. Art Meets Chocolate makes treats just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. They create mouthwatering morsels like chocolate berry tarts and innovatie bar flavours like Japanese Matcha Green Tea and Lime, Ghost Chilli and Nibs, and Candied Orange and Togarashi.
Another thing you definitely need to be content is cheese, obviously.
The selection of gourmet top quality cheeses from Fromagerie De Baie is in high demand (seriously, they’ve been selling out of certain varieties already). Everyone’s favourite dairy product goes well with this spot’s selection of olives, crackers, antipasti, crackers, and local Roberts Creek Honey.
To go with your cheese, you’ll need some meat, so it’s a good thing Gibsons Market has two places where you can pick up drool-worthy proteins to make your picnic or future meal balanced.
The Butcher Express is the smaller version of The Gibsons Butcher located on Venture Way, and it’s packed with a selection of sausages ready to eat, along with cuts you can take home and prep for a next-level dish, such as beef brisket and chicken breasts.
The Fisherman’s Market boasts a selection of premium fresh and frozen seafood, along with delicacies such as Northern Divine Caviar, Kusshi oysters, and canned salmon to name a just a few.
If you want even more local eats – and we always do – show up to the market on Fridays and you’ll be greeted with the Friday Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in the parking lot which runs from now until October 6 (10 am to 3 pm).
In addition to the market and the bistro upstairs, Gibsons Public Market is currently constructing a Marine Education Centre – not to mention the 14-foot tale fish tank on the main floor that will soon be filled. This new centre will provide kids and adults a fascinating look at over 50 exhibits and species of sea life.
There’s truly something for everyone at this market, it’s a fantastic community gathering place, and with events, classes, and foodie demonstrations coming up all summer long, there’s a ton of reasons to get out to this new Sunshine Coast gem.
The Gibsons Public Market is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Friday Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market runs each Friday from now until October 6 from 10 am to 3 pm.
Address: 473 Gower Point Road, Gibsons, BC