If you’re a resident of the Bay of Quinte area, chances are you’ve heard of Pop-Ups on the Bay, but if you haven’t, you’ll want to see what’s going on! This open-air market is home to nine pop-up vendors that are open daily from 11 am – 7 pm. Situated right on the shore of the Bay of Quinte in West Zwick’s Park, the Pop-Ups are the place to be this summer.
Are you looking for a tasty treat, a delicious meal or a fun activity for you or the family to enjoy? Pop-Ups on the Bay has all of the above. June 18 marked the opening day of the second year of the Pop-Ups, so I grabbed some friends and took the opportunity to go and experience everything they had to offer.
When owner Mark Schawrtz first heard about the Pop-Ups at the Quinte Boat and RV Show, he jumped on the opportunity. Offering a variety of stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, Venture Outfitters has something for all skill levels. My friends and I are complete novices at paddling, but it’s easy to catch on and in a few short minutes, we were cruising the water with ease!
Venture Outfitters has both one-person and tandem boats, with a variety of rates for however long you want to explore the Bay of Quinte. And if you happen to fall in love with the water, or you’re in need of some other outdoor adventure necessities, Venture Outfitters has a wide selection of stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, mountain bikes and camping gear for sale at their booth. This is a definite must do this summer!
Maybe you’re already a Sugar Mama’s die hard, or maybe you’ve never had the opportunity to treat yourself to their mouth-watering pastries and baked goods. Whatever the case may be, you can find them here at the Pop-Ups on the Bay!
This mother-daughter duo has a whole host of freshly made items including, but not limited to, handmade doughnuts, decadent cupcakes and irresistible brownies. These treats are to die for, so don’t miss out! My personal recommendation is either doughnuts or brownies. The brownies were perfectly thick and chewy and the doughnuts were fresh and sweet. But if you’re too torn like I was, just go for both; there really is no wrong answer!
One of the more unique pop-ups, Chalk Couture is owned and operated by independent designer Kasandra Lessard-Durette. Offering custom-designed shirts, art or photography, Chalk Couture has a lot to offer! If you’re looking for something a little more hands on, they run workshops so you can create your own masterpiece; whether that be a new welcome sign for your home, an anniversary you want to display, or simply a fun piece of art to spruce up your living room.
If you’re looking for a new Instagram post or a fresh Facebook profile picture, you can also have Kasandra shoot photos of you around the park! They also have kids design bags, which is the perfect activity for your little ones. For more information about custom orders, visit their Facebook page or just drop by the market and see what it’s all about!
Owned by hockey superstar Jackie Jarrell, this ice cream stand sells delicious Reid’s Dairy ice cream, which always hits the spot on a hot summer day. Fun fact: Jackie’s family dairy farm supplies milk to Reid’s Dairy which makes this the perfect local farm-to-cone ice cream! You can choose from a range of flavours like classic vanilla or rich chocolate fudge, you can mix and match flavours and you can have it in a bowl, cone or waffle cone.
And if ice cream isn’t what’s calling your name, they also offer BioSteele Freezies which are sugar free. So whether you’re there for dessert or you need something to cool you down as you walk the waterfront trail, The Golden Scoop has just what you need.