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Got Craft At The Croatian Cultural Centre May 7 & 8, 2022

21 Apr

Got Craft celebrates its 15th year in Vancouver as one of BC’s largest curated markets featuring makers, designers and small shops.   They will be hosting their next event Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event is just in time for Mother’s Day and features 80 independent makers and small business.  

What can you expect to find at Got Craft?  Some of the goods you can find include ceramics, clothing, bath + body goods, jewelry, food + beverage, homewares, greeting cards, art along with a mini maker area with kidpreneurs aged 5-13 years old.    You can also expect food carts to be on site if get hungry while shopping.   Advance tickets are available online for $5 which also gets you an opportunity to win a handmade prize pack.   Kids 12 and under are free.  To learn more about all the vendors on hand, or to grab your advance ticket(s), visit Got Craft.

Petition To Bring Non-Food Vendors Back to BC’s Farmer Markets

23 Feb

One of our favourite vendors at the Vancouver Farmers Market is East Van based The Front Yard Flower. Co. As the name depicts, it initially started with growing flowers in the front yard of Rose Dykstra’s childhood home. Her business has grown substantially over the years and has evolved to include growing flowers on a farm in Richmond.   There is a large financial investment in doing this, along with time.  Rose Dykstra along with other small businesses sell their items at the many farmer markets around Vancouver.   In March of 2020 when the COVID restrictions hit, many non-food vendors were shut out of the farmer markets which caused angst and hardship for many of the vendors.  The ban lasted from early April 2020 to June 2020. Rose’s flower business had to suddenly pivot to e-commerce and with a perishable item this was no easy feat.

The ban for non-vendors had been lifted over the summer and fall. In mid-December the ban on on-food vendors went up again. This was at a time when many of the non-food vendors rely on sales from the Christmas period to support their families. As of today’s writing, the current ban continues with no sign it of being lifted.

Vancouver Farmers Market has done a great job of adhering to COVID protocols in an outdoor environment.  Rose Dykstra doesn’t see why she and other non-food vendors have been shut out the markets.   On this point, we do agree.  We are big supporters of local business. As we think about this issue, we know people are still having birthdays, anniversaries and celebrating new babies. What does this mean? People are still buying or sending gifts, often in lieu of in person celebrations. We see it regularly on our walks. Gifts are being delivered in person with masks, dropped at the door, then a brief interchange before saying a few words and leaving the gift behind.

In our view, by including non-food vendors you are including them in the BC economy by allowing them to work and to continue to sustain themselves, their families and any employees they may have.  If you can’t get it locally, where will people turn? For many items, our guess is Amazon. We’d much prefer people support local vs. Amazon. As it comes to flowers and Rose’s business, really could we not all use some flowers to brighten up the spaces we are all stuck in during this pandemic that just seems to go on and on?

If you are in support of bringing back non-food vendors to Vancouver Farmer Markets, feel free to add your support to the Petition at Change.org.

Italian Market At The Italian Cultural Centre Friday June 14th

4 Jun

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The Italian Cultural Centre invites you to their outdoor Italian Market happening for one evening only this summer Friday, June 14th from 4:30 to 9:30 pm. This market as you might expect has a very distinct Italian feel with Italian food products available offering  olive oil, balsamic vinegars, pasta, tomato sauces and more. There will over 30 vendors on hand including local artisan with handmade items. Their will also be live music and we suspect some food trucks in case you get hungry.

Also on site will be Hives For Humanity with a Hive Tours. This is a hands-on workshop which is an introduction to urban beekeeping. The 30-minute tour is open to all ages veils and equipment will be provided, but wearing light colour long sleeves and pants with closed toed shoes are required. Cost is $15 and there are 2 time slots available at 5:30 pm and 6:15 pm. A jar of locally made honey is included. To purchase your ticket for the Hives Tour, visit Hive Tour.

Lots of free parking will be available at the Italian Cultural Centre and the site is close to the Renfrew Skytrain Station for those coming by transit. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Benedetta at benedetta@iccvancouver.ca.

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