A fun and festive vibe is expected at the New Westminster Farmers Market’s fourth annual holiday market.
Malika Arora, assistant market manage, said more than 90 vendors will be attending the holiday market. It’s being held in front of New Westminster City Hall, 511 Royal Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We're going to be having food trucks, artisans, produce vendors, bakeries, confectioners, all different sorts,” she said. “We'll have live music, free kids activities. We'll have carolers.”
Kids are invited to visit the Sprout Club tent, which will feature free kid’s crafts and activities all weekend long.
Arora said there will be many holiday-themed performers and vendors.
“It's the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done,” she said. “We should have a record number of artisans there this year. If you're looking for a holiday gift, this is absolutely the right time to be doing some shopping.”
Last year’s market attracted about 4,000 visitors.
“It should be a very fun, festive vibe,” Arora told the Record. “It should also be very strong community vibe. … It should be very bustling and busy, and it should be such a fun environment.”
Rain, snow or sunshine, the New West Farmers Market wants to give community members a chance to shop from local and small businesses this holiday season – whether they’re looking for last-minute gifts, artisan-made sweet treats, or fresh ingredients for holiday meals and entertaining.
“We’re really trying to make this event something for everybody,” Arora said. “That's why we've intentionally kept it family-friendly and low cost. We've tried to ensure that people feel welcomed when they come by. It was important for us that we made it accessible to people.”
Admission is by donation (with a $5 recommended minimum), and 50 per cent of the donations will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
“We're just trying to support our community with this market, not only through the festive and fun vibes, but through the funds that we raise, through the vendors that we have, and through the activities that we're facilitating,” Arora said.