Richmond, B.C. - The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market is once again in season, and this year's lineup of vendors are stocked with local, sustainable and fresh goodies that will whet the appetites of any foodie, of any age.
Hosted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) Richmond campus and sponsored in part by KPU, the market will host a grand opening celebration next Tuesday, from 3-7 p.m. The celebratory festivities include a children's 'Eat the Rainbow' workshop with registered dietician Amy Yiu, a traditional Chinese dance performance with lessons for kids, cake, food trucks, live music and more.
The June 28 kick-off event will also preview the market's Junior Foodie Passport program. In addition to providing children with engaging activities at the weekly market, the passport program aims to encourage the next generation's interest in local food. Activities will provide kids with an opportunity to talk to local farmers, learn where their food comes from and how to prepare food at home. Passport carriers will be able to track the lessons they've learned, and document their experiences with new foods.
"Building the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market on campus is a unique opportunity to support small local student-owned businesses," said Alex McGowan, president of the Kwantlen Student Association. "Students benefit by getting to learn from a community of seasoned vendors and gaining exposure for their businesses."
"It is clear the market is an event Richmond is ready to embrace," added market manager Anne Janzen, from Farm Fresh Events. "We are thrilled to deliver a market that everyone can be proud of, and celebrate the area's long farming history."
The Kwantlen St. Farmers Market runs weekly on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. in KPU Richmond's parking lot, rain or shine. Running through until mid-October, the market will feature a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, local produce, Okanagan fruit, SPCA-certified chickens and eggs, natural soap and body care products, plus an exciting array of other local foods and handcrafted wares.
To follow the Kwantlen St. Farmers Market throughout its 2016 season, follow the event on Facebook. More event information is available at kusa.ca/kwantlenstmarket or by contacting Alex McGowan and Anne Janzen.
Alex McGowan, president and VP external of the Kwantlen Student Association: firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-241-0599.
Anne Janzen, market manager for Farm Fresh Events: email@example.com or 778-688-3663.
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