Tis the season to go holiday shopping, and with that in mind, a Holiday Market is opening this Saturday.
“We have had winter markets over the years, but this is our first holiday market,” said Benedict Canale, the market manager.
“It is a brand new venue and a brand new event for us.”
The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at the Eureka Masonic Hall on Fraser Highway.
The decision to open a holiday market resulted largely from the success of the Farmers Market.
“This past summer has been our most successful Farmers Market yet,” Canale said.
“We had the highest attendance we ever had, the most number of vendors that we have ever had, (and) overall, the gross revenue brought in by the vendors has been the highest ever as well,” he said.
“In that light, we really wanted to continue the spirit into the holiday season, first for our community members because we know being able to buy local is important to them.
“We wanted to give them that option in the winter season.”
“We also wanted to keep that spirit and that life of our organization in the forefront of peoples’ minds, even when it is not necessarily a growing season.”
This particular location was chosen because of its proximity to the Farmers’ Market (which was located in the parking lot of Kwantlen Polytechnic University) as well as the fact it is on a high-traffic road.
The market will offer a variety of goods, all produced locally.
There will be things such as jams, honeys, chocolates, cheeses, baked goods, perogies, handcrafted items, soaps and lotions, to name a few.
There will also be food carts on site as well as live music.
“It is a diverse, well-rounded group that is not too heavy on any one part,” Canale said.
The market is located at 20701 Fraser Hwy. and admission is free.
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