The BCAFM is here to serve the needs of our member farmers’ markets. We are committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers' markets in all regions of British Columbia, so you, our members can continue to support local farmers and artisans and provide British Columbians with fresh healthy local food. Learn more.
Liquor Sales at Farmers' Markets
As of June 21, 2014, beer, wine, cider and spirits can be sampled and sold alongside fresh fruits and veggies at B.C. farmers’ markets.
Read the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch Policy Directives below for details regarding eligibility of vendors and farmers' markets, and policies and procedures for obtaining a Farmers' Market Authorization:
- BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch - Policy Directive Re: Liquor sales at farmers' markets (June 21, 2014)
- BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch - Policy Directive Re: Expansion of (Farmers') Market eligibility criteria (October 2, 2015)
Further information regarding liquor control and licensing in British Columbia is available on the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch website at:
For more information see:
- Frequently Asked Questions (for markets) - Liquor at BC Farmers' Markets (BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch)
- BC Beer, Wine and Liquor Sales at Farmers' Markets - BCAFM Conference presentation (BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch)
- B.C. outlines balanced plan for grocery store liquor sales - media release (March 6, 2014)
- Liquor changes plant seed for tourism, economic growth - BC Government media release, BC Newsroom (December 11, 2013)