Liquor coming to market

Visitors to the Downtown Community Market in Penticton can expect to see wine vendors at the location this Saturday.

Following Monday's public hearing, council adopted zoning changes that will include liquor tastings and sales within the outdoor market use.

"We need to really promote the farmers and products in this area, and to do that we need to promote our wineries," says Councillor Helena Konanz.

The government of BC recently made changes to the regulations around the service and sale of liquor within the province, including permitting liquor at farmers markets.

Market organizers must still adhere to Liquor Control and Licensing Branch rules in order to maintain their license. This zoning change ensures organizers have the flexibility to offer wine tastings in the market, provided they meet all provincial regulations.

Kerri Milton with the Downtown Penticton Association, which runs the Downtown Community Market, said this is exciting to see.

"We have been on the edge of our seat since January waiting for the new regulations to come through," she says.

According to Milton, there are a few wineries already approved by the liquor inspector, and they will be in the 400 block of Main Street this Saturday.




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