The 10th annual Garlic Fest is still on at the Big Yellow Merville hall will be on SUNDAY, August 22nd, 2021.  Selling hours are from noon to 4pm.  Vendors will be allowed in to set up at 10:00, no sooner.  No one is to enter the field or courtyard before 10:00.  A bell will be rung at 10:00.  Customers will be allowed to purchase at 12:00 and no sooner.  A bell will be rung at 12:00.

This year, depending on the Covid situation, there might be food trucks selling garlic infused treats and the hall kitchen might be able to surprise you with its culinary, garlicky offerings.  While nibbling you may be able to listen to talented local musicians and stroll amid a variety of artisans with items for sale.  Possibly inside, and definitely outside, the big hall you might be able to relax with a cool libation, breathe in the delightful aroma of garlic and maybe indulge in a culinary offering of your choice.

Vendors will have access to washrooms through the top hall door that faces the courtyard.  For vendors, the charge is $20/table or 5% of sales, whichever is greater.  This year, to keep it simple, vendors just let us know if you are coming and, working on the Honour System, we’ll collect towards the end of the event, when sales are close to being finalized.  There have been some issues previously regarding vendors not paying the 5% when they have made significant sales so do realize that this is a major fundraiser for the Merville Community Association and the venue is offering participants an excellent opportunity to make a substantial profit so please respect the payment format.

All vendors are welcome.   The organizers will tell you where to set up when you arrive at the site.  Vendors should have tents or appropriate coverings.  Tents will be set up in the courtyard, around the buildings and in the front part of the field.  Vehicles that are part of the setup must be parked parallel to the tents.  If you do not need your vehicle, please move it to the far end of the field, or down Fenwick Road, to make way for paying customers.  Vendors do not need to fill in an application form for the Garlic Fest but you should have a copy of your food safe certificate with you if needed.  There are limited power outlets so, with the expected number of participants, don’t expect to be guaranteed a power connection.

Parking for customers will be in the hall entrance area and overflow in the field.  Traffic will be One Way with the start at the north side of the site, on Fenwick Road, and the exit to the south through the gate and onto the highway.

Vendors should prevent congestion and congregation in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  The mentality needs to be “pick-up items and go.”  There should be frequent cleaning and disinfection of booths and high touch surfaces, by vendors. Vendors should be set up with adequate distance between booths. There is to be no sampling of foods. Any ready-to-eat foods must be pre-packaged into closed take-away containers. Practise physical distancing and do not enter if sick.  

Looking for helpers for signage, parking, keeping patrons moving and organizing vendors.  We’ll get a refreshing drink and rotate through jobs if desired.  This is a big fundraiser for the hall and it really supports the farmers of the area. 

Please contact us by email if interested.

The Merville Community Association has been busy this past year, in spite of the Covid conundrum.  The hall floor has been resurfaced and is now an active pickleball court.  The Community Garden is prolific and even supplies LUSH Valley with fresh produce.  The Sunday Gumboot Market is thriving and growing, and the manse and church are now open for rentals.  Still, there is more to be done and there will be an AGM in the hall, on Monday, August 16th at 7pm.  Hope to see you at the hall for a stinkin’ good time!

FMI:      seabankmars@shaw.ca                     (Please do not telephone the organizers.)