FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next market?

Friday, December 14th 10 – 9pm, Saturday, December 15th 10 – 6pm (possible time extension for live shows), and Sunday, December 16th 11 – 5pm.

Is there a cost to attend as a shopper?

Yes, it’s $2-4 admission; 12 and under free with discounts available like 2 for 1, giveaways and other promos.

Partial admission goes towards a non-profit organization.


Can I apply for less than 3 days?

No, due to the popularity of this show, we want to provide equal marketing opportunities for our vendors. Having partial day applicants is  not optimal for vendors in the past and shoppers find it confusing with vendors not present on all 3 days.

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.

Can I sell a product that I didn’t design, grow or bake myself?

Nope. In order to be accepted as a VIM vendor everything you sell needs to be designed by you, baked by you or grown right here on Vancouver Island.

Can I share my booth with a friend?

No, we don’t allow booth-splitting or subletting.

Have anymore questions please contact us.

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.