City Market feature – Don Carmelo

One of my favourite stalls at the City Market, Edmonton’s downtown farmers’ market, is the one from Don Carmelo.

They started off selling various jars of their Venezuelan guasacaca, an avocado salsa, which I fell in love with a couple of years ago at A Taste of Edmonton when they sold pupusas topped with this lovely sauce. (Makes a great dipping sauce for roasted chicken!)

Don Carmelos guasacaca

Don Carmelo's guasacaca

And then they started selling their pupusas at the market as well. Yum! Went I walked past their booth last week, I saw that they had added tamales and had to order one to try. Pricey at $5 each, it was served with a cute wooden fork. I added a moderate amount of guasacaca roja, and dug in. A little bit of chicken and some vegetables made up the filling for the corn masa outside. It was pleasant tasting and very warming on a cold day, but I have to say that I’m glad I had a lot of sauce on there as it helped boost the flavour. I think next time I’ll stick with the pupusas, if only due to the cost.

Don Carmelos tamale

Don Carmelo's tamale

This Saturday is the last market day of the year, so if you want to grab some for yourself you’d better make sure to stop by. They do have a store/restaurant on the south side (which I haven’t had a chance to visit yet) where apparently you can buy these items all year round. I think it’s rather interesting marketing as they do get a bunch of business from their stall at the farmers’ market. I have wondered why they don’t seem to push their restaurant more though.

Don Carmelo
booth at the City Market,
or at their permanent location over at 4220-66 Street
Edmonton, AB