Spring into Bloom

The Summer Bloom Market is returning to the Fort Langley Community Hall on Aug. 12.

More than 50 vendors are expected to arrive at Fort Langley Community Hall for the Spring Bloom Market on Aug. 12.

More than 50 vendors are expected to arrive at Fort Langley Community Hall for the Spring Bloom Market on Aug. 12.

Dozens of local artisans and musicians will once again gather at the Fort Langley Community Hall for the second season of the Summer Bloom Market. On Aug. 12, the Hall will be full of vendors selling clothing and accessories, art, food and home decor from around the Lower Mainland.

Featuring many familiar local designers including Ole Originals (men’s tees), Fort Langley’s own Superfly Lullabies, Daub and Design, Art To Wear, K-O.ME., Bywa Bag Designs from Walnut Grove, and Brent Ray Fraser, this summer organizers are also including a few new surprises.

For the first time, the Market is expanding outside to the new Spirit Square to include 15 more artisans and a picnic area in a beautiful outdoor space. Admission is also free this year, giving visitors the freedom to stroll through the Market (both indoors and outdoors) throughout the day.

“The summer market will feature many new products, including men’s apparel, swim wear, upcycled leather bags, modern ceramics, and more prepared foods,” said Sarah Barrett, organizer of the event.

“Shoppers often comment on how impressed they are with the quality of the artisans at the market and how happy they are that there is an event of this caliber in the Fraser Valley,” she said.

Browse through unique home accessories from Phaulet, Local Grain and Golem Designs. Try on hand crafted jewelry by Black Drop Designs, Chocolate Box Jewelry, and Sweetpiece. Try tasty treats by Urge Chocolate, Queen Bee Patisserie, and Humble Pies, or enjoy inspiring artwork from artists April Lacheur, Jennifer Williamson and Josh Jenkins.

Adding to the market vibe will be live music featuring the Dennis Enns Trio with hits from Frank Sinatra and Nora Jones (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Walnut Grove’s Anna Vandas with her own jazz-influenced folk music (1:30- 2:30 p.m.) Inside on stage will be Vancouver’s Patrick Bahrich playing foot stompin’ acoustic sets throughout the day.

The market is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Rd., and Spirit Square, 23919 96 Ave. (behind Country Fair Bistro Café). For more information, visit www.bloommarket.ca.