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Medieval Market returns to Williams Lake

The market takes place on Nov. 18 and 19 at Lake City Secondary School
Performing at the 2023 Medieval Market are Sienna McCarvill and Journey Carlson-Campbell. (Photo by Tamara Garreau)

Come One! Come All! The Medieval Market returns to Williams Lake on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19. The market will feature wares handmade by over 110 artisans. While most artisans are from the Cariboo Chilcotin, some have travelled from Prince George, the Lower Mainland, Kamloops and the Okanagan to attend our local fair.

When you purchase something at the market, not only are you buying something unique and beautiful, you also know that your dollars will support B.C. artisans. Along with returning favourite vendors selling pottery, weaving, jewelry, original art, chocolates, fresh baked goods, crackers, clothing, books, garlic, children’s toys, wreaths and garlands, hats and mitts, quilting, wood products, felting, herbal products, olive oil products, pet treats, folded book art, leatherwork and saddlery, produce, Cariboo-raised meats, selfies with Santa and honey, we are happy to include many new vendors.

New food vendors are Corrie Fielding’s dried fruit snacks, Goldstrike Honeybee Company, Heidi Grant’s gluten-free baking, Mushroom Monarchy and Puddle Produce with fresh veggies and juice.

New herbal and soap vendors are Ina Hart and SharGloMa Soapworks.

Other new vendors include Phoenix Chainmail jewelry, K&C Creations wands, ARTwear jewelry by Valerie Cone from Kamloops, Dandelion Dreams baskets and bunnies, Soul Fruitin’ Good dried fruit snacks, Larry Fieldings’ kids’ book series The X-Tails, Raymond Fords’ polished stones and fishing flies (if you’re lucky you might see a demo!), Jewelry by Pamela, Sylvia Grady’s stained glass, Serenity Scentsations candles, The Leather Wizard, Lucky J Creations etched glass, wreaths by Annette Jewell, Wendy Kunzli’s pour paintings and resin bowls, Woodland Mystics, Urban Alchemy jewelry, Jade Earthworks custom pottery, Little Ladz Sewing Company, Master Paverpol fabric sculptures, Amy Schroeter fine art, Terri Smith’s needle felting and kits, Callie’s Place Pet Boutique, Nature of Wind Photography, Delving Deeper Woodworks, Gnomemad fabric gnomes, Artcentric Photographic Arts, Amy Wark’s jewelry, resin and candles, and Ironwood Industries metal signs.

Music will feature both community members and students on two stages. Musicians include Quintet Plus, Laura Eilers, Beaver Valley Symphony Orchestra, Shannon O’Donovan and Ladies of the Valley.

Watch for the entertainment program on Facebook (Medieval Market Williams Lake) or in the ad in this paper.

The concession features hearty soups and wraps, smokies, treats, and Moonshine coffee.

The Medieval Market is organized entirely by volunteers so all profits go to Lake City Secondary students and programs. Students working throughout the weekend earn money for team sports, music, and other programs in which they are involved. The Emerging Artist Award provides a bursary for a student in financial need who is pursuing a future in the arts. Teacher volunteers earn money towards extracurricular programs of their choosing.

So make a day of it. Connect with old and new friends. Peruse the market stalls, buy a few Christmas presents, enjoy a hearty lunch, and listen to the talented entertainers. Maybe you’ll even win one of the many door prizes donated by the vendors.

Admission is $5 for the weekend or $3 for Sunday only (kids 12 and under free). Random tickets are marked on the back as door prize winners. If you receive one of these on your way in, you will be able to select one of the door prizes donated by the vendors.

The 2023 Medieval Market takes place Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams Lake Campus of Lake City Secondary on Carson Drive. If you are bringing a stroller, we suggest that you might prefer to shop on Sunday morning, when it is a little quieter.