We’ve been asked for a few more details about the winter market so here is a list of some of the Frequently Asked Questions we’re getting.
Where is River Market?
River Market is the building that many of you know as Westminster Quay. It is located at 810 Quayside Drive on the riverfront in New Westminster. It’s been beautifully renovated and is currently being filled with tenants and is open for business. You can find River Market on Facebook, Twitter, and on the web. Here’s a map:
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How do we get to it?
You can get to River Market a few ways: You can transit by taking the skytrain and walking from New Westminster Station. You can take the overhead walkway or you can access it on level ground via Begbie Street or the McInnes Overpass. You can take a number of different buses that terminate at New West Skytrain station – 123, 112, C9, 106, etc. Follow this link to use Translink’s planner to help you get from your house to New Westminster Station.
If you’re travelling by car, you can access via Quayside Drive which is accessible from Stewardson Way at Third Street, via the McInnes Overpass from Carnarvon Street, or you can acces from Columbia Street at Begbie Street. There is surface pay parking available on either end of River Market ($1.50 for two hours). For the market, we’ll be offering free accessible parking for those displaying the handicapped sign in their vehicle, as well as a few free 15 minute pick up parking spaces. Stay tuned for information about free parking options we are working on. Here are some great directions on River Market’s website.
What day and time is the Royal City Farmers Market winter market?
The winter market is once a month on the first Saturday of the month from November to April. It is from 10am-2pm. The market will take place indoors and outdoors, upstairs and downstairs. The dates are November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7. If you want, you can sign up to get a reminder for the market, or you can also add our public online Google Calendar to yours.
How many vendors do you expect?
We expect about 40 vendors at each market (as a comparison, the market at the church hall the past two winters saw about 25) and you should expect to see fresh and preserved foods, crafts, kids’ activities, music, and community groups.
My community group / sport team / not for profit would like to come and fundraise at the market! How do we do that?
We invite community groups to apply for free spaces by following the guidelines and application process here. Spaces are allocated and we encourage you to apply early. We do give preference to groups working in New Westminster and which are focused on food security, the environment, and health.
I have an awesome product I want to sell at your market!
We are ever so pleased that we have extra space this year and can expand to include more vendors. As long as you have made, baked or grown the product yourself, we’d love to hear from you. Here is more info about becoming an RCFM vendor. We encourage people just starting out as well as seasoned pros to join our roster.
Any other questions? Please feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll update this FAQ as we are able.