Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and now is the time to start planning your meal. As you sit down with your family to celebrate the harvest, this is also a great opportunity to enjoy some local food. Where to get started? We have some suggestions right here in our quick guide to Thanksgiving in Vancouver.
Thanksgiving in Vancouver
Planning a big meal with kids is challenging. First off, planning, shopping and cooking with a two-year-old in tow is no easy feat. Second, many kids balk when presented with anything that isn’t a grilled cheese sandwich. If you can relate, we have two articles to help.
Two years ago Erin McGann visited Whole Foods and got tips for a panic-free Thanksgiving. From alternatives to turkey to yummy prepared foods, they’ve got you covered for Thanksgiving in Vancouver. Read more.
Erin also recently updated her tips, with even more ideas for pre-prepared food, different types of meat and even which restaurants are serving the best Thanksgiving dinner. Read more.
Christmas and Thanksgiving share a lot of things in common, so Marilyn Belsham’s tips for planning a kid-friendly holiday meal apply just as much in October as December. From keeping it simple to suggestions for where to shop, she’s got you covered. Read more.
Another way to help everyone get in touch with their inner zen this Thanksgiving in Vancouver is to take the focus off planning the perfect meal and put it where it really matters. Michelle Carchrae has ideas for honouring your family at Thanksgiving. Let’s ditch the frenzy and get grateful. Read more.
Enjoy Thanksgiving in Vancouver with lots of fresh, local food. One of the best places to start is your local farmers’ market. Erin Cooper shares her experience visiting her local market, and finding a bumper crop of kid-friendly food. Read more.
Worried that eating local will cost you an arm and a leg? Jen Arbo has tips for saving money at your farmers’ market, for a more affordable Thanksgiving in Vancouver. Read more.
Farmers’ markets aren’t the only places to eat local. From farms to community supported agriculture to community gardens, we’ve rounded up some local food resources to check out. Read more.
What about other Vancouver moms – where do they eat local? We asked and you shared your favourite local food spots. You might want to check one or two out for yourself this Thanksgiving in Vancouver. Read more.
There’s a lot of local food right nearby in the Fraser Valley. Our contributor Danielle Christopher recently wrote about two farms to check out in Abbotsford, which combine family fun and local food.
Applebarn | Maan Farms
Want to be an ethical carnivore? Our own Michelle Gadd shared her conversation with Lorne McMillan, Head Butcher at West Broadway Meat Co. From grass-fed beef to sourcing local meat, he has tips. Read more.
Speaking of meat, the ultimate carnivorous Thanksgiving creation has got to be the turducken. Wondering where to get yours in Vancouver? We rounded up some suggestions. Read more.
What about you – how are you keeping it kid-friendly and local this Thanksgiving in Vancouver?
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.