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Beer Garden & Live Concert

By Mei Dunlop | November 26, 2019

Did you hear the news? Maverick Cinema will be playing in the Beer Garden at the VI Winter Market – #itsaVIMterfullife on Saturday, December 14th at 2:30PM! This concert is included with admission to the VI Winter Market. Tickets are available for purchase online and you can grab your early bird passes now for only $2! We have a…

VIM welcomes Island Savings as our presenting sponsor

By Mei Dunlop | November 23, 2019

VIM is excited to announce our Presenting Sponsor, Island Savings! “Island Savings is proud to have worked with and supported Mei as she has grown the Vancouver Island Market into something amazing,” says Jenna Sutherland, Branch Manager of Island Savings Cedar location. “We love how the market offers something unique to the Island, as well as…

Vancouver Island Market kick off the holidays at Nanaimo North Town Centre

By Mei Dunlop | November 14, 2019

An exclusive 17 day pop up to countdown the days to our 2nd annual VI Winter Market. Find dozens of artisan vendors at this unique Pop Up located next to Uptown Jewellery. Don’t miss the Grand Opening on November 15th from 5pm-9pm for refreshments, prizes, and more! Lara has recently moved to the area from…

Top 7 Reasons for being a VIM Vendor

By Mei Dunlop | October 24, 2019

There are so many craft markets on Vancouver Island of which many are being held at similar times. This got us wondering… why should you participate at one (or more) of our Markets? Here are the top 7 reasons that make VIM the premium choice for vendors in the greater Vancouver Island area. We are…

Blankets for Babes

By Mei Dunlop | May 6, 2019

I would see a woman all dolled up with a rounded belly paying someone to take pictures of them and their unborn child. Sometimes I thought “That’s nice but I would never do that.” Years went by struggling with Infertility and eventually my mind shifted and I thought “I would do that because it’s taken…

Get the Most Out of Your Market Shopping Experience

By Mei Dunlop | May 4, 2019

Why not choose handmade? It makes each gift that much more special. As you’re going through your market shopping, here are some suggestions to keep in mind on how to make it a great experience! 1. Bring a Friend Shopping is meant to be done in groups right? Whether it’s with your gaggle of gals,…

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"Being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market was an incredibly fun and positive experience! Mei and her team went way above and beyond my expectations to make it an outstanding event to be a part of. Mei and her team made me feel so supported throughout the entire process, starting with the exposure they gave me through their website and social media platforms before the event, at the the event they promoted me incredibly well, after the event they continued to promote me and my business which generated a lot of interest in what I offer. It couldn’t have gone any better! It was also a fabulous learning experience for me because it showed me ways I can improve what I am doing in my business. Even months later, I continue to reap the rewards from being a guest speaker at the Vancouver Island Market. Thank you so much Team VIM!"

Kirstin McKinnon, Motivational Health Coach

"Thank you to Vancouver Island Market for providing a venue, promotion, and support to the local crafting industry. Part of adapting to climate change means rebuilding our local economy around sustainable, locally grown, and handcrafted small businesses. I would encourage all Nanaimo folk to CHOOSE to support the VIM community instead of an impersonal import economy. I look forward to every event they hold because each one has exceeded expectations so far.
I am especially grateful to VIM as they provided me with a bursary to pursue an international practicum to India to teach in a rural community and partake in a two week internship at an internationally renown seed bank. I am empowered as an agricultural activist and educator to support the next generation of farmers in our community. The bursary VIM offered is a concrete way they are giving back to the community. Thank you Vancouver Island Market!"


Farmer Brown, Farmship Growers Cooperative

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