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Vendors sign up for Hudson market

Nov 27 2012
Maryanne Carmack, administrator for the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society, tours the space being remodelled for the Hudson Public Market on the ground floor of the former Hudson's Bay Building on Douglas Street. 

Maryanne Carmack, administrator for the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society, tours the space being remodelled for the Hudson Public Market on the ground floor of the former Hudson's Bay Building on Douglas Street.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist , Times Colonist

The new public market set to open at the Hudson Building downtown is shaping up to be foodie central with the first confirmed list of vendors.

It includes the Hot and Cold Café from Cosmo Meens, founder of Mo: lé.

George Szasz of Paprika and Stage Wine Bar fame will launch a new hot food venture.

Tortilleria Monterrey will bring its handmade tortillas to their Mexican-style deli. Island Spice Trade and Bounty Seafood also plan outlets. Established local favourites such as Silk Road tea, Salt Spring Island Cheese and Wildfire Bakery will also have shops.

"The focus is food and local," said Maryanne Car-mack, administrator for the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society. She said food vendors are also being selected to ensure variety.

Vendors in the market include an array of farmers' day tables, semi-permanent kiosks operating on one-year leases and permanent vendors with three-year leases.

Carmack said a focal point of the market will be a commercial kitchen, offering cooking classes, urban agriculture workshops and special events.

She said the society hopes to hear from potential "green grocers," who can provide year-round produce for shoppers. She said although the focus is supporting local farmers, there is still a need to provide fruits and vegetables from other regions, as well as dairy products.

Seating in the market will be scattered around the vendors. The market is modelled after popular hubs such as the Ferry Building market in San Francisco, the Atwater Market in Montreal and London's Borough Market.

It will be Victoria's first year-round indoor market and a new venture for the recently revitalized historic Hudson building on Douglas Street, between Fisgard and Herald.

"This food-centred social enterprise will be where the eat-local and shop-local movements meet, allowing Victoria residents and tourists to eat the best of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands under one roof," said public market board chair-man Philippe Lucas.

The market is set to open mid-April. The hours of operation are expected to be 9: 30 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m.

Tuesday through Saturday, 9: 30 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and closed on Mondays, with larger farmers' markets Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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