Raise a glass for liquor policy

Markets allowed to serve liquor and now Performing Arts Centre looking to expand its liquor license

Vernon councillor Mary-Jo O’Keefe is right: the city has a lot of unique and interesting licenced alcohol vendors with equally unique and fascinating products.

And with a new policy now in place that will allow licensed liquor vendors to sell and sample their products at farmers’ markets in city limits, those vendors will get more exposure and opportunity to showcase their wares.

The city’s policy is in compliance with all applicable regulations and policies of the province’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, but applies only to the Vernon Farmers’ Market, held Monday and Thursday at Kal Tire Place parking lot, and the Avenue Market Friday afternoon on 30th Avenue.

The vendors must be licensed – which means if you do home brew you’re not eligible – and each market is responsible for who they allow to sell and sample products.

The markets will police the liquor vendors according to LCLB criteria.

The city has also thrown its support behind an application to the LCLB by the Vernon Performing Arts Centre to expand its current liquor license.

Presently, people attending a play or concert at the centre can only enjoy a drink before the show or during an intermission. If the LCLB approves the performing art centre’s application, you’ll be able to enjoy a drink at your seat while watching a play or concert.

Of course, you would still have to be responsible – as you would when sampling or buying products at the farmers’ markets – but enjoying a drink during a performance is better than racing the crowd out to the foyer to avoid a lineup, then swigging down your drink to get back to your seat.

Cheers to the city for the support on both counts.