Thistle and Sage to host first evening market of the year

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Thistle and Sage will return for an evening market Saturday, July 18, from 4-8 p.m. at Vail Headquarters after seven months of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hosted by founder Allysa Bassir, the event will feature vegan food vendors such as Wicked Garden Cafe and Jade’s Vegan Sushi along with lifestyle businesses selling a wide variety of products. Hola Hermanas Collective will attend, selling home goods and clothing.

Wicked Garden Cafe serves vegan food and beverages inside of Ariaka Bob and Bar in Ontario and at pop-up events around the area. Thistle and Sage will be the first pop-up event the shop has attended since the coronavirus pandemic began in early March.

Correna Hernandez, owner of Wicked Garden Café, said she is excited to be back in Temecula to serve vegan food. Hernandez works to provide unique food and beverage items that fit a specified theme presented by Thistle and Sage. Their menu changes often to experiment with new vegan items. At Thistle and Sage, Hernandez said she’ll be serving Hawaiian-inspired plates, such as “spam” burgers, chick-un skewers and huli huli chicken with slaw and potato salad.

“I’m proud of my business for having great food,” Hernandez said. “We never serve something that hasn’t been eaten in our house for at least a week straight.”

Jade’s Vegan Sushi will be working alongside Wicked Garden Cafe to serve vegan food inspired by popular Japanese sushi dishes. Jade’s Vegan Sushi is owned by Stephany Gonzales who named her business after her 7-year-old daughter, Jade. While it will be their first event this year at Thistle and Sage, they have been serving vegan food in San Bernardino every Sunday at Inland Empire Vegan Sundays. At Thistle and Sage, they will debut vegan sushi fries.

“The heart attack roll is a fan favorite,” Gonzales said. “My favorite is the Redlands roll.”

The Hola Hermanas Collective is owned by sisters Kristina Rinehart and Suzy Hernandez.

“We haven’t done a market since January,” Rinehart said. “We are excited to be back out in the community. Thistle and Sage has such a fun and friendly ambiance that we truly enjoy being a part of.”

Hola Hermanas Collective sells handmade and curated goods such as sunglasses, earrings and home decor items. At Thistle and Sage, Hola Hermanas Collective will offer market exclusive rainbows and car hangings in partnership with the Breakfast Club Kids, a charity founded by Allysa Bassir. The proceeds of rainbows will be donated to the Breakfast Club Kids.

While Thistle and Sage features all-vegan vendors, it’s friendly for those of all diets. Each business will be customized to fit the event’s luau theme. Thistle and Sage will encourage social distancing and masks to make sure everyone stays healthy. More information on Thistle and Sage and businesses in attendance can be found on Instagram at @Thistleandsagemarketplace or at http://www.thistleandsagemarket.com.

Samantha Cox can be reached by email at valleystaff@reedermedia.com.