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Kelowna's biggest outdoor market returns as health restrictions ease

Craft Culture is returning this weekend.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Craft Culture

After a long and uncertain year off, the first of four outdoor summer markets by Craft Culture Events will be held at Prospera Place this weekend.  

The Prospera Place parking lot will be transformed Sunday, June 13 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., into an outdoor market featuring 60 local craft and artisan vendors and three food trucks.

With restrictions loosening around the province, outdoor markets are once again permitted under the Provincial Health Orders. 

With most markets forced to cancel last year, local vendors were left 100% reliant on online sales to generate income. While this did provide enough to keep most businesses afloat, many vendors barely scraped by or were forced to close down.

“It’s been tough,” Craft Culture owner Karalyn Lockhart said in a press release.

“There hasn’t been a lot of good news for local makers and market organizers over the last 14 months. Morale significantly dropped among vendors, and I received many calls from Craft Culture regulars saying that they couldn’t keep going and had to shut down. The ones that survived are ecstatic to get back out there and meet customers and sell their products face to face. We’ve been waiting a long time for this! Community support means everything right now.”

Organizers said Prospera Place’s hockey arena hosted the annual Craft Culture Holiday Market for the last eight years, but the parking lot provides a huge area where customers can distance and safely shop outside.

There will be 60 stalls of handmade products, all produced in B.C.

Shabbang Food Truck, Dosa Crepe Café and the Wicked Peach Food Truck will be on location feeding visitors throughout the day.

Admission to the market is by donation, with partial proceeds being donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. 

Craft Culture has three other markets planned this summer at Prospera Place on July 11, Aug. 1 and Sept. 19.

A full list of vendors and event info can be found at www.craftculture.ca.


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