The North Shore is a buzz this weekend with holiday activities kicking off the 2016 holiday season.
Holiday Market held alongside Etsy Vancouver and North Vancouver’s Christmas Festival
Artisan Farmers’ Market Society is holding its first ever Holiday Market alongside Etsy Vancouver at the Pipe Shop, City of North Vancouver’s Christmas Festival at the Shipyards and the Sea Bus pedestrian traffic between Londsdale Quay and Vancouver’s Santa Clause Parade.
The hub of all the activity is the Lonsdale Quay market and temporary indoor artisan market which is being held in conjunction with BC Buy Local Week.
Participate in BC Buy Local Week
BC Buy Local Week and the Holiday Market are timed perfectly for residents and visitors to the North Shore to see and buy unique local gifts. With all the activities centered around the Quay this weekend, there is lots for the whole family to do while getting their Christmas shopping started. Vendors are happy to inform the public about their wears and even offer free tastings and samples.
Hand picked local vendors with special products ideal for Christmas gift giving
Tara Immell, General Manager, Artisan Farmers’ Market Society, said “We operate the Artisan Lonsdale Farmers’ Market which runs May through October. Many of our loyal customers and vendors where asking for a Christmas Market so when the opportunity for indoor space at the Quay arose we jumped on it and hand picked local vendors with special products ideal for Christmas gift giving.”
Hand Made Soaps, Cosmetics, Jewelry, Hand-knits, Childrens’ Toys and More
Examples of Christmas entertaining goods include holiday appetizers made from local salmon and crab, custom embroidered dinner napkins and tea towels, wine for imbibing, and fruity kombucha for healthy drinking. Gift giving ideas include hand made soaps, natural cosmetics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, lovingly hand-knit items, exotic photographs, baskets of Aboriginal flavours including bannock, childrens’ toys and more.
Ms Immell is a keen supporter of the buy local movement because of its importance to building community, contributing and strengthening the local economy. She points out “Farmers’ Markets in BC alone create over a hundred of million dollars of economic activity that goes directly to support local growers, bakers and artisans. These are often small family run businesses producing safe high quality goods that don’t take a large carbon footprint to make their way to your home or table”.
For every $100 you spend at a local business, an estimated $46 makes its way back into the local community. This compares with only $18 when $100 is spent at a multinational box store. BC Buy Local week is focused on educating people about the impact of where they choose to buy. See bcbuylocal.com for more details.”
The Market runs Friday December 2nd from 3pm to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from 10am to 7pm.
See you there!
For the Holiday Market Vendor List and Details visit: http://www.artisanmarkets.ca/christmas-market-north-vancouver-lonsdale and our Social Media links