Welcome to the 2021 Season of The Oaklands Sunset Market!
**Updated Hours: 4:30pm-8:30pm**
COVID 19 & the Market:
"We are opening a modified Oaklands Sunset Market!! The season runs Wednesdays, 4:30-8:30pm, June 30 - September 1, 2021. Every week we will have a selection of local farm & food vendors to help you get the yummy treats that you deserve. We are very excited for the opportunity to bring delicious food to our community and we hope to see you there!!
Covid 19 Measures:
-Stay home if you are not feeling well
-One entrance & exit with fencing around market grounds
-Hand washing station on site
-Washrooms are available inside the Community Centre, through the courtyard
-Dogs are permitted as long as they are on a leash .Please don't let others pet your dog(s)
-Wait until Vendor calls on you before approaching stall
-Do not touch items before purchase
-Please do not eat, drink, or socialize on site “shop, don’t stop”
The Oaklands Sunset Market began as a community celebration, a space for neighbours and local businesses to come together and build community connections. Since our start, 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 practices, by providing access to local food and direct access to local farmers and food producers.
Our goal is to provide a space for a safe, vibrant celebration of local love through food, arts, 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.
We are interested and open to community collaborations of all kinds! If you have a great idea, or if you are interested in becoming a Oaklands Sunset Market Sponsor, we would love to hear from you!
For more information contact:
2021 Market Manager
Applications for the 2021 Oaklands Sunset Market are now open.
You can learn more about our vendor requirements below:
1. Please find the vendor application form 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 email@example.com, or phone 250-370-9101. 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. 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
Please contact the Market Coordinator or further inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be live music or a beer garden this season?
Sadly, we will not be offering a beer garden or live music this year. Due to increased health & safety regulations, and physical distancing we are unable to include these offerings at the market. They will be back next season, we promise!
Will there be Food Trucks?
Yes! We will be hosting a couple of food trucks in the parking lot, just off of Ryan St.
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 2021 Sunset Markets?
The Oaklands Sunset Markets run weekly on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 - 8:30pm from June 30 - September 1, 2021
Are dogs allowed in the market?
Dogs are not allowed at the market this season. As much as we love our furry friends, they are not the best at physical distancing.
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.
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 entrance through the courtyard.
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?
Unfortunately, we have cancelled Kid Vendor day this season due to increased health & safety regulations.
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.
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.
Oaklands Community Centre
Reception Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:30 am - 1 pm, 2pm - 5pm
#1-2827 Belmont Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 4B2
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9102
Oaklands Neighbourhood House
Little Acorn Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
2629 Victor Street
Victoria, BC V8R 4E3
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9159
Oaklands Community Association