FRIDAY MARKET FOOD VENDING
The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) policies regarding temporary, ie Farmers Markets holds liable both the vendors, and the operators of a market.
For vendors selling products regarded as a health risk, penalties to both the vendor and operator are significant.
The SCCA cannot place itself in a position of legal or financial liability, and is responsible to members, islanders and visitors to operate the Market in accordance with food safety regulations.
The Community Association regrets that food products not in compliance with the “Guideline for the Sale of Foods at Temporary Food Markets” can no longer be offered for sale at the Friday Market.
Regulations can be viewed online:http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/8084EEC3-3010-4908-876E-37BF359A939D/0/GuidelinesSaleofFoodsatTemporaryFoodMarkets2012FINAL.pdf
The community kitchen in the main hall is approved for the preparation of food products that can legally be sold at the Market, provided a vendor follows the applicable Guidelines.
The SCCA Board is considering policies for the use of this kitchen by individual members of the community who wish to use it to prepare fresh, packaged and frozen foods.
We are currently fundraising to renovate and re-equip the former café kitchen. On completion the community association will operate a fully certified commercial kitchen available for use by:
Seniors (for example Meals on Wheels, and social lunches)
Event catering, weddings and community fundraisers
Educational purposes and youth job experience
Regular “café days”, just like the good old days.
The Board thanks vendors and islanders for your understanding and patience while we work on solutions that will serve our community, and meet the challenge of complying with food safety regulations.