Sidney Street Market at the Mary Winspear Centre
Every Sunday, from Mother’s Day, May 9th, to Thanksgiving Sunday, October 10th
Market hours: 11:00 am -3:00 pm
The Sidney Street Market will return in 2021! However, it will look a little different.
Due to the pandemic and with the current restrictions in place, it isn’t possible to manage crowds on Beacon Avenue. After much consultation with the Town of Sidney, it was agreed to find an alternate location this year, where crowds could be managed. As a result, Westcoast Impressions has partnered with the Mary Winspear Centre to coordinate 23 Sunday markets in the outdoor parking area to bring a modified, COVID-friendly, farmers market to Sidney in 2021.
Due to current Provincial Health Services restrictions, farmer’s market vendors must only sell food items at the present time. Non-food items and personal services are restricted for the moment. But health restrictions should change in the near future and these current restrictions lifted, so we may include Make it, Bake it, Grow it, vendors this season.
We are working on an updated website and will be presenting some online listing options for 2021 for those unable to participate in the physical market as well as options for those who are. This online market option will be offered as a separate item.
For more information about outdoor markets during COVID see the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
The inquiry process for the 2021 Market Season is now open. Please follow the inquiry guidelines outlined below.
1. Qualification Guidelines:
As per Provincial Health Guidelines, all markets are only open to food vendors, right now., But we are taking inquiries from all artisans as well, in order to be sure they have an opportunity to reserve spaces as we move forward waiting for adjustments from Dr. Henry, in the very near future, on the present restrictions to health regulations
You must be a pre-registered, paid vendor to sell and participate in the Market. No drop-ins or spontaneous walk-through promotions.
2. Submit an Inquiry:
In order to be considered for participation in the Sidney Street Market at the Mary Winspear Centre, your first step is to submit a Detailed Inquiry by email. This must include:
specific details about your particular product or item
indicate whether the items are handmade by yourself
include as much information as you can, along with some history about yourself, and your experience with markets
include a good photo representation of your items and your set up, especially if you are a new inquiry
include your contact information
submit all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Review and Selection Procedure:
Applications are by invitation only - they are not available online.
Only those reviewed and selected will be invited. Participation in past Markets does not guarantee a space in subsequent years; everyone must submit a new inquiry each season for review.
If selected to receive an invitation to participate, vendors are given a deadline to respond and complete their application process. If there is no response by the required deadline, their inquiry will go on a waiting list, and others will be considered.
4. Guidelines for Category Selections:
Our policy includes limiting the number of vendors represented in any one category. At this time, the 2021 market is open to vendors who make, bake or grow their own products. The availability of imported items is limited to online listings.
Should the response from the first group of invitations enable us to fill some categories, then they will be considered full for the season. If this does not happen, then newly submitted inquiries will be reviewed with new selections made, followed by invitations to those selected.
This policy has allowed us to introduce new vendors each year and helps to keep the market fresh and interesting. All inquiries remain on a list for the season, and should things change in any category, it will be considered for participation
5. Participation and Payment Policy:
If selected, you will receive an invitation and application and may choose the dates you wish to attend. All chosen market dates must be marked on the application. The application must be submitted by the deadline indicated. This process requires a pre-payment plan in place, for all chosen dates, and the payment must be included, for your option of choice, when you return your application. This is required to secure your participation.
*Minimum attendance is 3 market dates. In order to secure participation, payment for 3 dates is required with your application and is non-refundable. Subsequent payments will be for 3 or more dates at a time.
6. Market Fees:
Regular Vendors - $80.00 per day
Fees include taxes and liability insurance
*Regular Vendors. Preference will be given to those regular vendors, who book all dates. If preferred, advance payment for all dates is available and offers a 10% discount. This option is due and payable with the submission of your application. This option is non-refundable. Payment options are outlined on the application forms.
We do not accept payments on Market Day and we do not have a Drop-in Policy. Participants, in all categories, are by invitation only and booked in advance.
Market booth size is 10ft x 10ft. Participants are required to supply their own display material.
Vendor Set up time is 9:00am. The Market is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
We look forward to receiving your Inquiry Information. These guidelines and policies apply to all categories. Should we require further information, we will contact you.