I consider myself a Flea Market Foodie.
What qualifies me as such?
I know not only where to eat, but HOW to eat.
“How to eat” refers more than just placing nourishment on tongue, closing mouth, and masticating. “How to eat” also refers to the many different dining experiences at the Flea Market.
Do you want to eat and shop? You can.
Do you want to sit and eat at the Flea Market? You can.
Do you want to eat inside an air-conditioned building but not leave the Flea Market grounds? You can.
Eat. Shop. Sprint.
If you have come to conquer the many rows of vendors at the Flea Market, your goal is to eat on the run. After all, you have to see it all. Numerous snack huts are scattered throughout the rows along with individual vendors who sell food.
At the snack huts, you can find the usual fare of hot dogs, corn dogs, sandwiches, elephant ears, and drinks. Fresh lemon shake-up, anyone?
How about some cotton candy?
You can also find food vendors selling specific types of food. Look for Ben’s Bakery for great pretzels at Booth #516. Try Smoothie Delight for fresh fruit smoothies, right beside Ben’s Bakery.
Another way of eating on the go is trying out samples. One place you’ll definitely want to stop is Old Tyme Poppin Korn, booth #516C.
My favorite way to grab and go is eat ice cream for lunch, also found throughout the Flea Market grounds.
Sit. Eat. Go.
This choice is for those who want to sit a spell but not necessarily indoors. These are the Flea Market die-hards who have to continue to be a part of the action while they eat. It’s also a great time to people watch. And, it’s fun to see what other people have purchased.
The most obvious place to sit and eat is at the Flea Market Food Stand located near entrance 1, right across from the individual food vendors mentioned above.
The Flea Market Food Stand offers numerous food options as well as a pavilion. I personally like the taco salad, or the chicken.
And the ice cream, of course.
Sit. Chill. Relax.
For many, a favorite Flea Market experience is walking the Flea Market and then having a nice sit-down meal in the air-conditioned Auction Restaurant located in front of the Flea Market grounds. The Auction Restaurant has from-scratch meals from 6 am-7 pm on Flea Market days. They also have weekly specials.
My favorite “meal?” Pie.
And ice cream.
Ultimately, you will find just about anything to satisfy your hunger pains, there are so many other vendors and types of food to experience. From pulled pork to pies, from fresh fruit to fried fruit pies, you too can become a Flea Market Foodie.
How do you prefer to eat your way through the Flea Market? Eat and run? Sit and eat? Or Chill and eat?
Do you have a favorite place to eat, either on the Flea Market grounds or in town? Let us know!
Click here for more information on the Shipshewana Flea Market food services.
For a Flea Market Guide that includes a list of food choices along with other types of vendors, click here.
For the Flea Market Vendor Directory, click here.