Now that we’re in the throes of summer, it’s the ideal time to visit one of Victoria’s many wonderful markets. With a reputation that stretches far beyond the borders of the Island, they attract local residents and tourists from far and wide with their enticing selection of fresh produce, artisanal treats, and handmade crafted delights.
Whether you’re interested in something with a little more quality and provenance, trying a bit of local flavour, or you simply want to step out into the summer air and soak in the sights and sounds - we’ve rounded up all the can’t-miss markets happening this summer in Victoria.
Victoria Public Market At The Hudson
Where: The Hudson, #6-1701 Douglas Street
When: Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am – 5 pm
Nestled amongst the grandeur and rich historical legacy of the Hudson Building is the Victoria Public Market. Offering an authentic market atmosphere, it showcases a diverse range of artisanal foods from local delis and farmers, handcrafted goods, gourmet delicacies, live entertainment and much more.
Bastion Square Market
Where: Bastion Square
When: Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 am - 4:30 pm, Sundays from 11am - 4pm
Start & End: April 28 - September 30
Having been running since 1995, the Bastion Square Market is a fixture of life in Victoria. With a lively atmosphere, it showcases some of the very best goods and food Victoria has to offer, as well as fantastic entertainment and things to do for the whole family.
The arts and crafts sections showcases an impressive range of potters, jewelers, leather workers, and other talented artisans. For food, you’ll be spoilt for choice with an impressive selection of locally-grown produce and fruits, as well as homemade bread, pastries, honey, preserves, and more.
Moss Street Market
Where: Moss Street & Fairfield Road, in the Sir James Douglas school yard
When: Saturdays from 10am - 2pm,
Start & End: Year Round (Regular Season Markets: May through October, every Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Winter Markets: November through April, every Saturday, 10am to noon. Indoors, in the Garry Oak Room (1335 Thurlow St) through March. Outdoors , rain or shine, in April.)
2019 marks the Moss Street Farmer’s Market’s 28th season! Continuing their tradition of highlighting local Victoria farmers and showing off an appetizing range of local foods and produce, as well as arts, crafts, and community education and services that bring to light what makes Victoria a special place to live.
Sooke Country Market
Where: Otter Point Rd. at Eustace Rd.
When: Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm, rain or shine
Start & End: May - October
This friendly and welcoming market offers a wide selection of fresh local produce, baked treats, flowers, jams and more alongside its convivial atmosphere and good vibes!
Goldstream Farmers Market
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, at Goldstream Ave. & Veterans Memorial Parkway
When: Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm
Start & End: May 7 - October 15
With entertainment on hand from live local musicians, as well as a fine selection of food, produce and crafts, this non-profit festival is an enjoyable day out as well as a great place to find decoration for your home and stock up your kitchen.
Metchosin Farmers Market
Where: Metchosin Municipal Grounds, 4450 Happy Valley Road
When: Sundays from 11am - 2pm
Start & End: May 10 - October 25
Just a short, and scenic, drive from the heart of Victoria, you’ll find the wonderful Metchosin Farmer’s Market—where you’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of organic produce, salsa, cookies, and many more appetizing offerings. Beyond the food, the market also offers jewellery, soaps, essential oils, and other fantastic gift ideas. Once you’re done shopping, you can take a visit through the Pioneer Museum, or sit down and enjoy some local food and live music.
Esquimalt Farmers Market
Where: Esquimalt Town Square, 1231 Esquimalt Rd.
When: Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Start & End: May 26 - September 15
The Esquimalt Farmer’s Market offers a unique proposition, one that has seen it recognized for its quality and ethos. With a focus on sustainability and community relationships as well as an impressive selection of organic produce and goods. Providing a welcoming atmosphere and an emphasis on healthy and sustainable practices, a trip to the Esquimalt Market is a truly rewarding experience.
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