Liquor sales a success at first night market

Sunny skies, smiles and sellouts served as a testament to success for the first market of the season

First Oak Bay night market 2015



Sunny skies, smiles and sellouts served as a testament to success for the first market of the season on Oak Bay Avenue.

“We had more vendors than we’ve ever had before,” said Heather Leary, project manager. “Our produce vendors were very successful, our beer and wine and spirit vendors were very successful, people were appreciating that local product.

The market boasted almost 100 vendors, with farm produce and edibles joining artisans showing locally crafted items including jewellery, clothing, wood turned items, pottery, art cards and furniture.

“People enjoyed the great diversity of stuff that was there. It was an interesting mix and I think the community really embraced that,” Leary said.

“There’s a real sense of community. I know the vendors feel well supported by the community so they really like to be there.”

The seventh season’s inaugural market featured a plethora of tasting options from hummus to the newly added beers and spirits which went over well with the market crowd.

“We sold out of beer and glassware with an hour left,” said Chris Morin of Spinnakers, vowing to be prepared for July’s market. “People were really happy to be able to buy a growler and squealer on site and take it home.”

They sold 50 containers and about 150 litres of beer.

“I think it was a surprise in general to people that we were there,” Morin said.

“(Wednesday) was a trial run; we’re definitely keen on doing as many as possible [in the region],” he said.

“It’s more exposure for your local breweries and ciders and wineries. With all the negative things going on with prices it’s a nice positive thing.”

The only negative was folks seeking a cup of beer to enjoy while perusing the nearly 100 vendors that lined the Avenue.

“They understood once they understood it was law,” Morin said.

The Oak Bay Village Night Market also brought free yoga to the lawn at municipal hall, which will also continue through the season.

Markets run July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oak Bay Avenue.

 

“We don’t anticipate a single empty space,” Leary said of the July market. “It’ll be the same size but a little more full.”

 

 

Just Posted

A client and a staff member embark on an art project at Oak Bay United Church. (Christine van Reewyk/News Staff)
VIDEO: Oak Bay group of adults with developmental disabilities promotes community inclusivity

Victoria Community Connections moved to Oak Bay late last year

Red arrow shows the existing warehouse that is home to a variety of specialized equipment used by the Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications (CREST). The service provider is looking for a new home that will protect the equipment in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster. (Google Maps)
CREST telecoms look to find a post-seismic facility in Greater Victoria

The move will better protect equipment vital to its 50 emergency service clients across the CRD

(Black Press Media file photo)
FRESH AND LOCAL: Greater Victoria farm markets ready to greet shoppers

A list of markets on the go this spring and summer, right into fall

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Graeme Wright is the owner of Hullabaloo, a new ice cream and coffee food truck serving patrons at the Red Barn on West Saanich. (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff).
VIDEO: Cool treats, warm bevvies a specialty for new Saanich food truck

Hullabaloo owner Graeme Wright passionate about blending green space with sustainability

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Vancouver Island man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
B.C. clam harvester fined $10,000 for Fisheries Act violations

Charges against three others were stayed in Courtenay Provincial Court

Most Read