June 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Liquor sales now permitted at Farmers’ Markets

Hot on the heels of Friday’s announcement of Happy Hour in B.C., the province has announced that alcohol can now be sold at farmers’ markets.

The new liquor reforms mean local beer, wine, cider and spirits can now be sold alongside fresh fruits and vegetables. Local liquor manufacturers will have to apply to the farmers’ markets for approval to sell their products.

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“The liquor policy changes that take effect today reflect the lifestyles of contemporary British Columbians,” says Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. “Being able to pick up a bottle of local wine at your local farmers’ market is one of many balanced changes that support convenience and choice for consumers and economic growth for B.C.”

Liquor vendors will be required to have “Serving It Right” certification to help prevent sales to minors.

The province also announced today that minors are now allowed to enter liquor-primary establishments, such as Legions. The province says this will allow families to enjoy meals together at a Legion or brunch at a local pub.

Minors will need to be accompanied by an adult and cannot stay later than 10 p.m.

“Our government has opened the door to family-friendly changes, with updated liquor policies that align with feedback I received from legions, the hospitality industry and British Columbians during the Liquor Policy Review,” says John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform. “We are leaving it up to the local associations and businesses to decide whether to pursue these changes.”

The changes are just some of the 73 recommendations made in the government’s review of liquor policy in B.C. So far, 13 recommendations have been implemented.

The province says it hopes to implement 70 per cent of the recommendations by spring 2015.

One of the most-anticipated changes is the sale of liquor within grocery stores. The province plans to allow some grocers to have a separated area within the store where liquor can be sold.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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