Ten years ago, a group of Bridgeland-Riverside residents came together with the idea of launching a community market that featured local vendors and fresh produce. What started as a one-day event in 2013 has grown into one of Calgary’s best seasonal farmers markets.
With a vision to cultivate all aspects of the community and become a gathering place for residents, the market has become a vital part of the neighbourhood, an avenue for local producers and business owners, and a convenient place where fresh, local food is available every week.
Running every Thursday starting this Thursday, June 22 to October 5, the Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market features over 30 unique vendors with everything from freshly picked produce, craft beer, baked goods, jewellery, preserves and much, much more. As an Alberta Approved Farmers Market, at least 80 per cent of the products are made, baked or grown right here in Alberta! Each week you will also find a selection of food trucks, kids facepainting, beautiful picnic spots, live music and lots of smiling faces.
To celebrate 10 years, the Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market has a ton of special events planned for this season. First up is the Locally Grown Concert Series where every Thursday evening, the market will feature an awesome local band playing between 5:30–7:30pm. Expect musicians like Tendavillage, Wyatt C. Louise, Amy Nelson and many more.
There will also be three special events throughout the market season, which feature even more food trucks and vendors along with free kids’ activities, live music throughout, special performances, prize draws and even cupcakes! Mark your calendars for June 22, the 10-Year Bash, August 17 for Local Food Week and October 5 for the Fall Harvest Market.
The Farmers Market is also planning a Long Table Dinner for Friday, September 8. Working with a local chef and featuring market vendors’ products, the dinner will be a fantastic way to celebrate! Tickets and more information will be made available soon.
Whether you want to support local producers and makers, check out live music, have a kid-friendly place to do your weekly shopping or just want to picnic in the park and eat dinner from a food truck, the Bridgeland-Riverside Farmers Market has you covered. You can find the market every Thursday (rain or shine!) from 3:30–7:30pm, June 22 to October 5, at the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association, located at 917 Centre Ave NE.
Here’s to a beautiful season ahead! Learn more at brcacalgary.org/programs/farmers-market.
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