Sunday’s first McKeen Glebe Pop-Up Market a welcome success

Sunday’s first McKeen Glebe Pop-Up Market a welcome success

Organizers say the first pop-up was so well received, they expect another this fall

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APR 29 14 – 12:35 PM — Organizers say their first McKeen Metro Glebe Pop-Up Market (golly, try to say that three times fast) held Sunday at the Glebe Community Centre was so successful they plan as many as three similar events a year, returning as soon as this fall to again showcase local vendors and food producers whose wares are also available at McKeen Metro on Bank Street.

Although there was no ticket count — admission was free, after all — Rebecca McKeen, store director, estimates as many as 500 people dropped by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“We’re very happy with the response,” says Rebecca, fourth-generation member of the McKeen family that’s run the store since the early 1900s, which for years has had a reputation for featuring local artisans and food producers.

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Above, always a pleasure to bump into Amanda Lunan Mandi Loo a.k.a. Auntie Loo’s Treats, among 40 vendors Sunday at the first McKeen Metro Glebe Pop-Up Market at Glebe Community Centre.

“Everyone was enthusiastic and we got amazing feedback from vendors and other people,” Rebecca says.

“It provides an opportunity not only for the community to meet local vendors and food producers, but vendors can communicate with each other and perhaps work together. It also shows people in the community whose products they can find in our store as we continue to showcase them at Metro Glebe.”

IMG_2522Left, Andrew Craig of Major Craig’s Chutney.

The pop-up was conceived by Christine McKeen, wife of store owner Jim McKeen, who wanted to organize something different in the neighbourhood after attending a craft fair. Among some 40 vendors who set up booths were Auntie Loo’s Treats, Halls Apples, The Urban Pear restaurant, Turtle Island Brewing Co., Tree Well carbonated maple beverages, Seed to Sausage, Major Craig’s Chutney, Nat’s Bread Co., and Scott Vadar representing Palatine Hills Estate Winery from Niagara-on-the-Lake — to name a few.

“I was one of the first they approached and thought it was a great idea,” says Jeff Frost, owner of The Urban Pear.

“So I brought along a wine guy, Scott Vadar representing Palatine Hills Estate, and J.P. Fournier of Turtle Island Brewing. Today we’re serving wine, beer, and tastings of caramelized onion with crème fraîche on pie crust.

“It’s a good way to reach out to the community and support local farms and businesses,” Frost says.

No less enthused is Ross May, partner in Seed to Sausage’s new artisan food store to open soon on Gladstone Avenue. “It’s a great way to promote our store,” May says, “and meet other producers.

“And it’s a great way to kick off the upcoming farmers’ market season.”

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Above centre, Nat’s Bread Co. owner Natali Harea with Katie Brown Ardington, chef de cuisine at Beckta Dining & Wine, selling artisan loaves.

“We’re very impressed by today’s event,” adds Jim McKeen.

“It’s not-too-planned, and it’s a great tie-in with our store. I knew it would work because people are really looking for local vendors and products.”

Adds Rebecca: “We expect to host another pop-up this fall, before Christmas.

“We see this as something we could do two or three times a year.”

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mckeen1Top L-R Rebecca McKeen of McKeen Metro Glebe, Amanda Lunan Mandi Loo of Auntie Loo’s Treats, Jim McKeen. Bottom from left, Scott Vadar, eastern Ontario representative for Palatine Hills Estate Winery; Jeff Frost, owner of The Urban Pear; J.P. Fournier, owner of Turtle Island Brewing Co.

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