Wineries interested in setting up shop at Petrolia Farmers’ Market

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A Tourist Information Cart is unveiled at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market last summer. This year, wineries have expressed an interest in selling their wares at the market.

Petrolia’s Farmers’ Market may soon be getting a little wine to sell with that cheese.

Town of Petrolia staff are making plans for the 2016 season which begins May 21. It is offering last year’s vendors the first right of refusal for the spots and is looking for new vendors.

Last year, the town loosened the rules to allow more craft vendors to ensure the market was full. But this year, there could be some new tenants; wineries.

In 2014, the Ontario government allowed Vintners Quality Alliance wineries to sell their products at farm markets across the province.

In a report to council, Dave Menzies, director of community services, says there have been two inquiries from local wineries so far this year. It remains to be seen if they will apply for any vacant booths at the Saturday morning market.

If the wineries do apply and are accepted, the Ontario government rules say taste testing will be allowed and the wineries have to hire employees with the Smart Serve designation.

Menzies adds aside from the possiblity of the addition of wineries to the venders, the town is trying to organize special events on market day including antique car shows,musical events and a pancake breakfast.

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