Victoria’s vibrant public market scene is an excellent way to discover the unique food and cultural flavour of the Capital Region. From farmer’s markets to outdoor arts and crafts venues, there’s much to discover.
One of the longest-standing markets in the region is the James Bay Market, conveniently located just steps from the Inner Harbour at the corner of Menzies and Superior streets (next to the provincial legislative buildings). With a mandate of “Handmade. Homemade, Homegrown,” this is the place to discover handmade arts and crafts, locally grown fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, home-baked treats, live music, hot and cold snacks, drinks and much more! Come explore Saturdays from 9am to 3pm.
Other Markets worth a visit?
• Moss Street Market in Fairfield is chock-full of delicious organic produce, other delicious foodstuffs and an array of artisan wares.
• In the heart of the region’s agricultural area, the Peninsula Country Market has been welcoming shoppers for more than 20 years to the Saanich Fairgrounds, Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
• Street markets are a growing trend and one of the region’s best is the Thursday night Sidney Summer Market, when lower Beacon Avenue becomes a pedestrian-only area filled with farmers, artisans and other vendors, not to mention a variety of entertainers and food purveyors.
• The community of Oak Bay, just a few minutes from downtown, also hosts a monthly street market – a great opportunity to explore the works of local growers and producers, but also the many unique shops and services in the neighbourhood itself. Coming markets are planned for July 9, August 13 and September 10.