Sunshine brings the crowds to downtown Vancouver for holiday weekend

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Sunshine and Easter made for the busiest weekend yet this year at the Vancouver Farmers Market.

More than 23,000 people shopped at the market at Eighth and Esther streets, said Erin Timmerman, the market manager.

And customers and vendors both seemed happy.

“We’ve had really good response from our vendors with high sales,” Timmerman said. She said about 100 vendors were at the market Saturday and about 70 on Sunday.

She said Saturday with an Easter egg hunt in Esther Short Park brought at least 15,000 to the market. Sunday’s crowd was at least 8,000, she said.

Many walked away with bouquets of flowers as bright as the day.

Keri Gallagher, 34, and Ingrid Neumann, 36, said they sold 100 crêpes at their C’est la Vie booth.

Asked how long they have made crêpes for sale, Gallagher, laughing, said, “Professionally, for two days now. But I’ve been a crêpe enthusiast for many years. I fell in love with them in Paris.

“We make them to order and we have sweet and savory,” explained Gallagher, who also manages Little Italy Trattoria in Cascade Park.

The Waring crêpemaker that the two call Jacques is at 490 degrees as the batter is poured. After two minutes, the crêpe is flipped, and spinach and fresh mozzarella cheese are tucked into the savory “Florentine” crêpe.

You can also get a sweet crêpes filled with Nutella and bananas or salted caramel and apple, the women said. The cost is $6.

They also sell French macaron cookies.

“I’ve had a fantastic market experience, especially now that the sun’s out,” Gallagher said.

The weekend market continues through October, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.