For the Northern Hemisphere, March 19 is the first day of spring. But for others around the world, it’s the beginning of a new year, too. Nowruz—which means “new day”—is a holiday marking the arrival of spring and the first day of the year in Iran, whose solar calendar begins with the vernal equinox.

As with most celebrations around the world, food plays a significant role. We will be celebrating Persian New Year again at the market.  On Saturday March 16, 2024 we will have a Haft-Sin that includes several items from our vendors. There will also be a new recipe for you to enjoy as well as some Persian New Year themed colouring sheets for the kids (big and small) and a scavenger hunt.

This year our winter FoodFest – Back to Basics: Winter Edition fall on the same day. The Chefs from the North Vancouver Island Culinary Association will be cooking up some delicious treats including Persian meatballs (Koofteh; recipe here) and tea. Samples will be available while supplies last. Additional Recipes from FoodFest Back to Basics- Winter Edition can be found in a separate blog post.

“Sal e No Mobarak” -Happy New Year 🎉🎉!

Come for the freshness and stay for the fun!