The Antigonish Winter Market has a new location, as it prepares to launch its third season.
Visitors are invited to 20 St. Andrews Street – the former Prissy Pig Café and Deli – for the opening day, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are very excited about this new venue,” Sandra Swinkels, one of the winter market founders, said, noting the location is wheelchair accessible.
There is no admission charge.
As for the market’s roots, Swinkels said she loves the Antigonish Farmers’ Market, but “really dislikes the break from Christmas until May.”
“In the fall of 2014, I decided to see if I could start a market and have it run for the months that the farmer’s market had their break,” she noted.
With help from Jolene Chisholm, along with the co-operation of Aly Mawji and Julie Chisholm, former owners of Antigonish Market Square [the former location], and their staff, the winter market came together.
“It was a huge success the last two years and we don’t expect this year to be any different,” Swinkels said.
This year, Chisholm said there will be more than 30 artisans, crafters and bakers each Saturday, offering “a wide range of products.”
If there is inclement weather, and the Saturday market is cancelled, it will take place the following day (Sunday). If that occurs, organizers will post a message on their Facebook page, along with making an announcement on local radio stations.
“Whether you’re looking for a cozy and fun addition to keep you warm this winter, a piece of creative jewellery, or a wonderfully unique, handmade gift, you’ll have lots to choose from,” Chisholm said.
“Maybe you are looking to grab a quick lunch – then stop in and visit one of our on-site food vendors, who will have soups, burritos, and sausages, just to name a few,” Swinkels added.
“We also have some very talented bakers in our community and they will be there with lots of home-baked goodness to choose from, such as pies, cookies, squares, breads, jams/jellies and lots more to tempt your taste buds,” Chisholm added.
Swinkels noted the winter market is “proud to support local vendors.”
“And, a huge thank-you to all our very talented crafters and bakers who are participating this year and who make this market such a huge success,” she said.
Chisholm also thanked customers for their support.
“The last two seasons of this event have been very well attended and we are confident that this year’s market will be just as successful,” she said.
The organizers invited people to check out the Antigonish Winter Market Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AntigonishWinterMarket/ – where more information and brief vendor profiles are featured.