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Some ‘Spice’ Added To Seasonal Artisan Markets

Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 3:49 AM


Prince George, BC – BC alcohol producers will be able to get into the ‘spirit’ of the upcoming artisan market season…

“Liquor sales at farmers’ markets has been so well received throughout the province that we’ve decided to build on the model, adding artisan markets into the fold,” says Small Business Minister, Coralee Oakes, who’s ministry is responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. (250News file photo of annual Studio Fair at the Civic Centre)

“Artisan markets focus on high-quality, handmade goods and I think they’ll be a great fir for the many craftspeople who create, produce and take great pride in their spirits,  wine, and brews here in British Columbia,” says Oakes.

The ministry says the choice to allow liquor sales will be left to each individual market and municipality to adopt.  Flea markets and commercial/import markets are not included in the change and the market must include at least six vendors that do not sell or serve liquor to ensure the focus remains on artisan crafts.



hic, i’m up for that, hic

The key word here is “Municipal”. Yes the program has been successful around BC but if you have ever visited the Farmers Market you will not see a liquor vendor. I wonder why that is …. well they do not have a municipal bylaw that covers this and do not appear to be in a hurry to make the changes. To try and get any assistance from City Hall on this issue is frustrating and fruitless. So good luck to those who try and succeed as then one will know what to do. On a recent visit to the Duncan Farmers Market there were 8 local wine and distilleries represented. It may be awhile before we see the same here.

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