Late last summer, the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson opened in Victoria, BC Canada. Now, most of the spaces are filled and it is alive with restaurants, farmers, fish and meat vendors, bakeries, and more.

On a grey day, or any day, the Victoria Public Market is an inviting place (especially if you are hungry!).

On a grey day, or any day, the Victoria Public Market is an inviting place (especially if you are hungry!).

Douglas Street between Fisgard and Herald streets.

Douglas Street between Fisgard and Herald streets.

Yesterday was a very exciting day as chef Vikram Vij, from our favourite Vancouver restaurant Vij’s, gave a cooking demonstration in the market’s community kitchen. About 80 people enjoyed his animated talk and sampled the delicious Vij Family’s Chicken Curry which was lovingly prepared over the hour-long presentation. One of the first restaurants to open at the Market was Sutra, locally owned, but a thread in the culinary tapestry of Vij’s. As well as amazing lunches, Sutra carries Vij’s frozen prepared meals, spices and Vij’s and Vij’s at Home cookbooks. Here are photos of Sutra, Mr Vij and some of the other wonderful offerings at the Public Market at the Hudson:

Best chai in Victoria, in my humble opinion...

Best chai in Victoria, in my humble opinion…

Elegant decor and attention to detail add to the delicious food at Sutra.

Elegant decor and attention to detail add to the delicious food at Sutra.

Vikram Vij from Vij's in Vancouver cooks Vij Family's Chicken Curry in the community kitchen at the Victoria Public Market.

Vikram Vij from Vij’s in Vancouver cooks Vij Family’s Chicken Curry in the community kitchen at the Victoria Public Market. The aroma was intoxicating.

Sutra's owner and chef dish up the curry while Mr Vij answers questions.

Sutra’s owner and chef dish up the curry while Mr Vij answers questions.

Silk Road Tea's satellite shop is located at the Public Market.

Silk Road Tea‘s satellite shop is located at the Public Market.

Salt Spring Island Cheese is the first shop as you enter the Market from Douglas Street. Tempting samples of their delicious cheeses are on offer daily.

Salt Spring Island Cheese is the first shop as you enter the Market from Douglas Street. Tempting samples of their delicious cheeses are on offer daily.

Sugarboy Bakery is a regular fixture on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Yesterday we tried the Bourbon Pecan Tarts, which were heavenly.

Sugarboy Bakery is a regular fixture on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Yesterday we tried the Bourbon Pecan Tarts, which were heavenly.

Cottlestone Apiary was at the Market yesterday with honey and beeswax candles.

Cottlestone Apiary was at the Market yesterday with honey and beeswax candles.

Damn Fine Cake Company, a very pretty space.

Damn Fine Cake Company, a very pretty space. We look forward to siting down for a treat and beverage soon.

Newly opened, yummy Mexican food!

Newly opened, yummy Mexican food at La Cocina de mama Oli.

A very nice kitchen shop has just opened. Colourful and abundant Fiestaware is  a prominent offering.

A very nice kitchen shop has just opened. Colourful and abundant Fiestaware is a prominent offering.

We haven't tried pie from Victoria Pie C. yet, but it sure looks great!

We haven’t tried pie from Victoria Pie Co. yet, but it sure looks great!

Salt Spring Sprouts & Mushrooms had some delectable sprouts and Shiitake mushrooms yesterday.

Salt Spring Sprouts & Mushrooms had some delectable sprouts and Shiitake mushrooms yesterday.

Long shot of the Market.

Long shot of the Market.

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