Liquor policy tapped for markets

Licensed liquor vendors can now sample and sell their wares at farmers markets in the City of Vernon

Licensed liquor vendors can now sample and sell their wares at farmers markets in the City of Vernon.

The city adopted a policy in compliance with all applicable regulations and policies of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch of the province of B.C.

“This provides an opportunity to showcase some of our unique businesses and local products,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe. “I’m just tickled about the opportunity these people will have.”

Liquor sampling and sales at farmers markets located on private property, public property and on public road right-of-way, within the city limits, shall only be allowed at the Vernon Farmers Market at Kal Tire Place on Mondays and Thursdays, and at the Avenue Market on 30th Avenue Friday afternoons.

Vendors must be licensed and each market is responsible for who they allow to sell and sample such products, and must police the liquor vendors according to LCLB criteria.

n The city has supported an application from the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre to the LCLB to expand its current liquor license.

If approved by the LCLB, the centre would be able to serve alcohol throughout the facility, including the seating area, stage, dressing rooms, reception hall, greenroom, receiving area, kitchen and lobby.

The maximum license occupant load of the centre would increase from 1,107 to 2,402 persons.

Currently, alcohol is only permitted in the main lobby.

The city said it sees no issues with the application.

A total of 307 property owners, residents and business owners withn a 60-metre radius of the performing arts centre were notified in writing of the application. Three responses were received and all were in support.

The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP has also supported the application.