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Peninsula Country Market turns 20

The Peninsula Country Market will celebrate 20 years with a ribbon cutting ceremony during the second annual BC Farmers Appreciation Week.

Billed as the South Island’s largest open-air market, with 35,000 shoppers each season, the Peninsula Country Market can now welcome shoppers in style. Funded by the community grant-in-aid program, the new entrance has the capability to post community events and display some of the wonderful products vendors have available. More than 50 vendors each week selling farm-fresh produce, specialty foods and crafts, offer shoppers a scenic rural experience and opportunity.

“We’re launching our weekly Celebrity Chef Series cooking demonstration, along with live musical entertainment and even fun games for the kids, as well as the kids at heart,” said Lynn Fanelli, market manager. “Each week we’ve got lots of free parking, free admission and our big grass field is dog friendly and wheelchair accessible.”

The market celebrates two decades on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the new entrance.

The Peninsula Country Market is located at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stelly’s X Road, and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays from June 4 to Oct. 8.

After the Saanich Fair on Labour Day weekend in September, the market goes inside the RCMP Barn at the fairgrounds.

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