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9th Annual Oaklands Sunset Market!

Welcome to the 2019 Season of The Oaklands Sunset Market!


The Oaklands Sunset Market runs from July 3 - September 4 on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the Oaklands Community Centre. The Market is a free, weekly community celebration featuring over 40 local food growers and producers, artisans, crafters, and body products, live music, a weekly beer garden, and a space for the community to come together and meet their neighbours.


The Oaklands Sunset Market began as a community celebration, a space for neighbours and local businesses to come together and build community connections. Since 2012, we have grown in size, capacity, and scope but we continue to cultivate local economic development, community connections, and to support local arts and culture. We strive to enrich the lives of our community with knowledge of food security and sustainable food practises, by providing access to local food and direct access to local farmers and food producers.


Our goal is to provide a space for a vibrant celebration of local love through food, arts and culture, and inclusivity. We seek to engage our community and create an accessible, free gathering for people to come together and meet local food growers, producers, and businesses.


Follow us @OaklandsMarket on Twitter or Instagram (@oaklands.sunset.market).

For more information contact:

Market Coordinator

markets@oaklandsca.com

250-370-9101 x 0


If you are interested in becoming a Oaklands Sunset Market Sponsor, we would love to hear from you! Please email markets@oaklandsca.com

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HOW TO BECOME A VENDOR

HOW TO BECOME A VENDOR


Applications for the 2019 Oaklands Sunset Market are now open.

You can learn more about our vendor requirements below: 


1. Please find the application here. Please note, as this is a Google Form you do not receive a confirmation that your application has been received. If you would like to confirm, please email events@oaklandsca.com, or phone 250-370-9101x0. We appreciate your patience while we allow applications to be received and our staff assess them. You can check back here for updates on when vendors will be notified. 


2. MAKE, BAKE, GROW:

Vendors must abide by the make, bake, or grow BC Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) policies. Vendors must be the primary producer vending at their own tables. Only approved products that are made, baked, grown, raised, caught or wild harvest by the approved vendor can be sold at the Oaklands Market. All products for sale need to meet the laws, regulations, and rules as specified by federal, provincial, and municipal bodies, local health authorities, Oaklands Sunset Market, and the organic certifying body the vendor belongs to. It is up to the vendor to know and comply with the Provincial and Federal sales tax requirements. First priority is given to vendors who produce with a sustainable and organic focus.


3. VENDOR HANDBOOK:

The 2019 Oaklands Sunset Market Handbook can be viewed here. Please read this document carefully as it informs vendors what is expected of them, and what you can expect from us!

Previous vendors will receive priority. With the remaining spots, a balanced mix of vendors will be taken into account. 


4. PROPER DOCUMENTATION READY TO GO:

Before you begin your application, make sure you have approved and/or ready to complete, correct attachments with your application. This will include (where applicable) your Statement of Ingredients, Liquor Tasting License, Island Health information if you are a High Risk Food Vendor or Lab Test for certain Low Risk Food Vendors. All prospective food vendors selling higher risk food must contact VIHA for health approval.

To contact Island Health Authority: 

Island Health1952 Bay StreetVictoria, BCPhone: 250.370.8699            Email: info@viha.ca Guidelines for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Food MarketPlease contact the Market Coordinator or further inquiries at events@oaklandsca.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Where is Oaklands Sunset Market?

You’ll find us at Oaklands Community Centre, 1-2827 Belmont Ave, off of Ryan St, beside the Oaklands Elementary School.  Click here to find us.


What are the dates for the 2019 Sunset Markets?

The Oaklands Sunset Markets run weekly on Wednesdays, from July 3 to September 4, 2019. 


Are dogs allowed in the market?

Dogs are allowed in the market if they are on a leash. 


Am I allowed to bring my bicycle into the market?

Yes please! We would love to see you using public transit, walking, or cycling to get to the market. Please feel free to use the bike racks on the market grounds to lock up your bike, but please do not ride your bike through the market :) 


How do I get to the market?

Parking around the area is very limited. Consider walking, biking or taking public transit. The #4, #22 and #10 bus stops are a 10 minute walk from the market. Check out the BC Transit website for transit details.


Where can I park?

There is limited street parking. Please  do not block driveways, park in residential areas, and park in areas prohibited by the City of Victoria Department of Parking.  As a community event, good neighbourly relationships are very important to us. We want to ensure all our neighbors are respected, so please do not park in restricted residential zones.

How do I pay the vendors for my purchase?

Some vendors accept credit card or debit but most do not. Cash is always the best bet. We have an ATM at the market, in the front lobby of the Community Centre building. We also have Market Bucks for sale valid at every vendor (except the beer garden) at the Market available at the front desk of the Oaklands Community Centre for purchase by cash, debit, or credit.


Am I allow to leaflet or hawk in the market?

Out of respect for others no hawking, accosting, leafleting or soliciting is permitted.


Where are the washrooms?

Washroom facilities are located in the main Community Centre building and can be accessed from the front entrance and beer garden entrance. 


Where should my garbage go?

We aim to be a zero-waste market, so please join us in our goals to divert all waste from the landfill. For your easy sorting convenience there are composting, recycling, Return-It, and garbage bins throughout the market. Please help the market stay clean by sorting properly.


Will the vendors bag my purchased items?

Vendors do not have plastic or reusable bags. Please remember to bring your own reusable bags or baskets on Market Day.


Why is there no “sale”, "discount", or "reduced price" signs at the market?

We want to respect time, energy and effort put into the locally made produces, the term “sale” negates the time, effort, value of locally produced food.


When is Kids Vendor Day?

Kids Vendor Day is an awesome opportunity for children under 12 years old to participate in the Market and sell their own home made wares. Kid vendor participation is free. Contact   events@oaklandsca.com if you have any questions or would like to participate.


Why do vendors display their ingredients?

We want our market goers to know where each produce is coming from and what is going into it. The ingredients display lets you make an informed choice about what you are purchasing and where it comes from. We are all about supporting local and being transparent.


Vendor FAQs

Can I play music at my stall?

In consideration of Market performers and your fellow vendors, any playing of live or recorded music must be pre-approved by the manager: no radios.

Where can I park and unload my material? 

Vendors can park in the vendor parking area located on Ryan St. in the Oaklands Elementary School Staff Parking Lot. More specific unloading instructions will be sent out to registered vendors weekly via email.

Can I do farm gate sales at the market?

Yes, you need a commercial vendor’s license to be able to sell.

I am a home based business; can I sell as a vendor?

Crafts must be of original, handcrafted, unique work or design; and the starting material must be significantly altered and enhanced by the artisan. 

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