The BEST Food is at First Monday, Canton Trade Days !
Canton Trade Days First Monday, the country’s oldest flea market, is widely known and appreciated for many reasons. There is even a parallel between Mardi Gras and First Monday. Everyone should experience each at least once. The next First Monday Trade Days will start on October 29 and go through November 1. This market is so Texas sized big that one can get lost while walking around the grounds.
Wood working marvels, hats , clothes, music of all kinds, antiques ,hardware, candles, books, kitchen items, dishes, knick-knacks, saddles, tack, leather works and many many more items. But….the best thing for a lot of people, including myself, is the FOOD!
First Monday’s Arbor Food Court, at the East entrance on Highway 19, which comes in from Interstate 20, sells everything from smoky barbecue and Greek salads to grilled corn and baked potatoes with all the fixings. The variety of foods is overwhelming. Homemade ice cream, to corn dogs and hand-cut fries, a delicious chicken fried steak to shrimp. Food concession vendors in the Original First Monday Park are cooking up something tasty for all shoppers, whatever their taste or preferences. My personal favorites are the crepes, especially the banana and chocolate crepes. Oooooooo….the food just boggles the mind!
Some of Canton Trade Days, First Monday’s other delicacies that have become favorites of mine include fresh-squeezed lemonade, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes (pancake-like batter drizzled into hot oil through a funnel and covered in powdered sugar), sausage on a stick, kettle corn (mildly sweet popcorn), and wonderful homemade breakfasts. You can snack your way through or sit down to a complete meal. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the Canton Trade Days grounds… water, coffees, teas, soft drinks and fruit juices abound.
During First Monday, Canton Trade Days, there are parking lots directly across the street. The normal rate for parking is $4.00 per vehicle. Be advised that there is no free parking on the streets near First Monday on Trade Days.
Once you leave First Monday head on over to visit my little city of Van, Texas. We are only a 10 minute drive and we have plenty of unique restaurants and lovely Bed and Breakfast’s that you can stay in. Come early, stay late!