The Gallivan Center is hosting a pop-up winter farmer's market on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by the Downtown Alliance. These one-day events, focusing on local food, are held monthly at different downtown locations.

In a former retail space near the ice rink, as well as a heated tent, you'll find fire pits, hot chocolate and cider, food trucks, and two-for-one ice-skating passes for market-goers bringing donations of goods or cash for local non-profit, Candy Cane Corner. (The Candy Cane Corner provides opportunities for low-income families and individuals, who are involved with the YWCA of Salt Lake, The Road Home, and Volunteers of America, Utah to select new holiday gifts for their families.)

“Holding the market at Gallivan Center—the nucleus of downtown holiday festivities—home to ice skating and the Holiday Market, which features local art and craft vendors, is a logical fit,” says Alison Einerson, Winter Market Manager. “The idea of using existing yet unoccupied retail space to benefit the community for the market is what pop-up markets are all about.”

Make sure to pick up Love Muffins Bakery gluten-free baked goods, Amour Spreads artisan jams and marmalades, Chocolate Conspiracy raw artisan chocolate and hot chocolate, and Laziz, LLC authentic Lebanese hummus and spreads.

Some of the local farmers that are scheduled to attend are Blue Spring FarmParker Farms, Mololo Greenhouse and Nursery, Paul's Vegetable Farm, Chad's Produce, Pyne Farms, Zoe's Natural Garden and more.

There will also be several gourmet food trucks in attendance that aren't to be missed. The featured cuisine includes Chow Truck with haute Asian cuisine, Off the Grid serving savory and sweet waffles and more, WakiPaki Food Truck with Pakistani street food, Lewis Brothers Food Services with eclectic street food, Street Sweets and Eats which boasts sweet treats and World Dog which features killer hot dogs from around the world.

The Downtown Alliance’s strategy is to use the winter markets to build awareness for a year-round market. The objective is to expand to weekly winter markets by next year, with the ultimate goal of a daily, year-round Public Market in the future. 

Upcoming Market Dates & Themes: 

January 12: “Healthy New Year”
Guest chefs will focus on light and low-calorie cooking, and they’ll have kid’s activities, food trucks and New Year's produce. 

February 9: “Chocolate and Cheese”
Find ingredients for a romantic meal, and stock up on local chocolates, cheeses, sweets and treats for a loved one.