The City of Vancouver is rolling out a pilot program allowing farmers’ markets to accept British Columbia liquor vendors for the sale and sample of liquor in response to changes in the provincial liquor regulations.
The province has recently announced changes to its liquor regulations. The City is supporting the provincial changes with a pilot program so that citizen’s will have an opportunity to buy and sample locally-made spirits at designated farmers’ markets around the city this summer and fall season.
“The sampling and vending of craft beer, wine and liquor presents opportunities to support local products and the local economy,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City is pleased to announce that this one-season pilot will offer consumers more choices while adding diversity to our thriving farmers’ markets.”
Based on consultation, the following Farmers’ markets will participate in the Pilot program: Oak Street, Mt Pleasant, Kerrisdale Village, River District, and Yaletown markets.
The City will closely monitor their operation to ensure the markets:
- limit the number of craft liquor vendors to a maximum of three per market;
- make all reasonable efforts to minimize neighbourhood impacts;
- remain within their currently-permitted market size and vendor allowance;
- continue to obtain a farmers’ market business license;
- promote a diversity of craft liquor vendors at the market (e.g. not the same vendor for the whole season);
- report back to the City on neighbourhood feedback; and,
- adhere to all other bylaw requirements for farmers’ markets.
“Vancouver Farmers Markets are thrilled the City is looking to pilot liquor sales at farmers’ markets this summer here in Vancouver as we feel the availability of craft beer, wine and spirits will greatly enhance everyone's weekly farmers’ market shopping experience and will provide valuable sales opportunities for the province's small scale liquor producers,” said Roberta LaQuaglia, Vancouver Farmers Markets Operations Manager.
The Pilot Program will conclude in the fall of 2014.
Vancouver is home to 10 farmers’ markets which operate throughout the year at various locations. To learn more about farmers’ markets in Vancouver: