MarketFest is once again, and for the last time this year, back on Baker Street in Nelson on Friday, August 22 starting at 6 p.m. and going until 10:30 p.m. This is a rain or shine event but with luck the weather will be beautiful, the sun will shine, and the music will fill the streets.
The August MarketFest musical line-up will include such luminaries as Gabriel Palatchi Band, Brian Rosen & The What Now, Buckman Coe and many more.
West Kootenay EcoSociety markets director Jesse R. Woodward is once again working with vendors, business owners, and city agencies to ensure that the final MarketFest of the year is a big success.
“The July MarketFest event was a huge hit and was one of the biggest and best attended MarketFest celebrations in all of eight years that MarketFest has been running” he said.
“Thousands and thousands of people come out every summer to take in and enjoy these street parties which I think really strengthens and supports the community here in the Kootenays.”
MarketFest attendees will have a fantastic variety of products to choose from including hand-made hats, locally made clothing and jewelry, and an array of body and home decor products and, of course, lots and lots of different and delicious foods.
MarketFest will once again have a food court area on and around Kootenay Street which makes it very easy for festival goers to find and choose from the wide selection of ready to eat foods that will be on hand. What better way to spend a warm summer evening than eating scrumptious fresh foods, shopping for locally made goods and listening to wonderful live music?
The West Kootenay EcoSociety operates MarketFest as a project to promote a relocalization of the economy and to create a meeting place for arts, culture and community networking.
The EcoSociety is able to put on MarketFest due to generous funding and support from the Columbia Basin Trust, the City of Nelson, the Chamber of Commerce, Nelson and District Credit Union as well as help from numerous other local businesses including 103.5 Juice FM, the Nelson Brewing Company, and the Kootenay Co-op.
The EcoSociety also runs the Saturday Cottonwood Community Market at Cottonwood Falls Park and the Wednesday Nelson downtown local market on the 400 block of Baker Street.