FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Winter Market?
Friday, December 14th 10am – 9pm, Saturday, December 15th 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, December 16th 11am – 5pm.

Where is the Winter Market held?
At Nanaimo North Town Centre, 4750 Rutherford Road
Nanaimo, BC in the old Sears area. You can use any entrance to get into the market. If you are attending for a workshop please use the entrance from inside the mall.

How much is admission?
$4 admission; 15 and under free. Discounts available make sure to like our Facebook & Instagram for more details.

Partial admission goes towards Nanaimo Salvation Army & Rotary Nanaimo.

How do I apply to attend a workshop?
Click the link for all our Winter Market Workshops.  All workshops need to be prepaid prior to the market.

Is there food available?
Yes, we have over 20 food vendors and hot meal service. Don’t forget we also have seven different alcohol vendors with a licenced area provided by Longwood Brewery and Merridale Cidery & Distillery. 

How do I attend the workshops?

Visit our workshop page and pick the events you’d like attend. All workshops need to be prepaid prior to the market.

How many people do you expect to attend the show?

We expect to connect with over 30,000 + locals on the island. We will promote the show via social media, radio and print ads so it will be a well-organized and attended show.  We’re also collaborating with the Chamber of Commerce as well as a few other well known Nanaimo businesses.  Check them out here.

What are we expecting at the show?

You will expect makers from greater Vancouver Island (grow, bake, make vendors) along with live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, beer garden and on site shows for the young and old.

How does VIM jury applications?

We emphasize on growers, bakers, and makers on the Island! Our goal is to curate the best of the best who wish to grow their small business and be well established on the Island. The craftsmanship of the products you’re marketing, your willingness to become a better brand through working with other local creative professionals, and your social media presence will all play a key role.

We love working with all passionate growers, bakers and makers so even if you’re new at it.

How do I become a partner/ sponsor?

We received great feedback from our past sponsors/ partners! Check out our sponsor feedback here and apply to be a sponsor / partner here.

Have anymore questions please contact us.