B.C. artisan markets can now sell liquor thanks to new rule

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The B.C. government announced a new change to liquor laws that would allow for the sale of wine, beer and spirits in artisan markets.

Local liquor producers can now sell their product in Christmas and holiday markets for the upcoming season.

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Recently the Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform John Yap proposed similar changes to the rules at farmers’ markets that were approved earlier this year.

In a release, the government said they want consumers to have more choice and to support local liquor producers.

“Liquor sales at farmers’ markets has been so well received throughout the province that we’ve decided to build on the model, adding artisan markets into the fold,” said Minister of Small Business Coralee Oakes in a statement.

“This is another innovative way to further support B.C. liquor producers, many of which are small businesses, while at the same time offering consumers additional choices.”

Of course, as with any new government rule, there are restrictions:

  • Flea markets and commercial/import markets won’t apply to the change
  • There must be six vendors the do not sell or serve liquor
  • It will be up to the municipality and the market to choose whether they sell liquor or not
  • “Annual markets” take place once a year for no longer than 35 consecutive days.

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