For two weekends, December 8-10 and December 15-17, you can feast on good food and do your holiday shopping at The Grove Retail Row at the The Grove Christmas Market!
Guests can enjoy locally-made food and non-food gift items offered by over 30 merchants, while enjoying live performances of local jazz musicians and Christmas carolers for two weekends at The Grove in Pasig City.
Ready to head to the weekend market to discover, taste, experience, and shop? To get you excited for what's to come for the next two weekends we've rounded up 6 local purveyors offering interesting food and gift items at The Grove Christmas Market. Check them out!
1. Premium Moonshine by Barik Supremo Lambanog
This season, why not change things up a bit and gift your favorite ninong or bro (or resident boozy buddy) something different? Instead of a bottle of wine, present them with a proudly Philippine-made, artisanal liquor. This is lambanog unlike any other, the craft-distilled liquor fine tuned with distinct flavors -- the local moonshine all dressed to impress and available in classic/puro and ginger sour variants.
2. Pastéis de Nata (Egg Tarts) by Belinyas
Egg tarts, or pastel de nata is an iconic Portuguese delicacy, and aiming to be the best ones to offer it in the country are the husband and wife tandem that run Belinyas. The Portuguese husband of Stephanie Tan-Branquinho, Joao Branquinho, wants to give foodies here a taste of authentic tarts by using the ingredients and techniques the 18th century Catholic monks used in preparing the treats in Lisbon.
3. Unique Handcrafted Accessories and Leather Crafts by Bohemian Luxe
We all have that favorite fab person (BFF, sister, tita, or even lola) that just loves to accessorize and mix and match to mirror her personality through fashion -- give them the gift of uniquely designed clothing and accessories, while patronizing Filipino talent! Bohemian Luxe creates handpainted and handstitched leather
accessories, locally produced handpainted earrings from recycled plastic
bottles (with real pearls mounted on silver stud dipped in gold!), their recycled plastic flower earrings are all unique and not a single pair is the same.
4. All-Natural Beauty and Bath Products by Finn The Label
Be it to support a more mindful lifestyle or to calm down finicky skin, more ladies are turning to natural products and ingredients to add to their staples in the dresser and bath. Finn The Label is a local brand carrying handmade, homemade, and all-natural products that keep you clean and fresh -- bonus points for their minimalist and classy packaging, as it makes their products gift-worthy for sure! Choose among their handcrafted natural soaps with premium oils, beeswax lip pots and matte lipsticks, and handcrafted scented candles using natural beeswax and essential oils. For fussy and sensitive skin, Finn has an eczema balm with herbal infusions, and for when the skin acts up, you can tame those breakouts with their anti-acne roller with tea tree and clove.
5. Planners and Notebooks to Inspire Writing, by Paper People
'Clean and quirky with a nod to minimalism' is how homegrown brand Paper People describes their line of stationery, and it's definitely the aesthetic that draws in the millenials who love jotting down all their thoughts and getting everything in order through paper and ink. With weekly planners called 'Weekly Hustle,' notebook sets that encourage the owner to Hustle Hard and Get Sh*t Done, and fuss-free Daily Tracker notepads that keep you focused on the days priorities (that also includes daily meals, water intake, and little things you are grateful for) -- you have a lot of stocking-stuffer options to choose from.
6. Puro Taba ng Talangka
This one's definitely for the biggest foodies in your life, which most likely includes yourself. Treat your tastebuds to nothing but the purest form of taba ng talangka, or crab fat, with absolutely no preservatives nor extenders for the most unadulterated gastronomic experience you can enjoy this season. It's already awesome as is, served plopped on top of a pile of steamed white rice, but gift this bottle with serving suggestions -- whip up an amazing aligue pasta, fried rice, seafood sautée with shrimps and crabs -- you can even turn to good ol' Google for some inventive recipe ideas you can print out and include in your gift bag.
The Grove Christmas Market happens on December 8 to 10, and December 15 to 17, from 12nn to 9pm, at The Grove Retail Row driveway, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Pasig.