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Guelph Farmers Market open to selling wine

City hall says the Guelph Farmers’ Market is now open for business when it comes to the possibility of Ontario wines being sold at the market.
The local farmers’ market vendor executive supports the initiative, and city hall has come up with a list of rules governing any winery wanting to sell wine at the market, says a city staff memo posted Wednesday on Coun. Ian Findlay’s Ward 2 blog.
The province has changed Liquor Licence Act regulations to allow wine to be sold at farmers’ markets in Ontario during a two-year pilot project that started on May 1. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will administer the new program, but the province says municipalities can set rules or even prohibit wine sales at their farmers’ markets.
City hall officials who have reviewed the issue have come up with a list of conditions for any Ontario wineries interested in selling their wares at the Guelph market.
These include signing the vendor rental contract for the Guelph Farmers’ Market and providing proof of sufficient insurance, as well as abiding by the city’s rules about tasting samples.
They won’t be allowed to charge a customer for a tasting sample.
Samples cannot exceed two ounces of wine, and a customer cannot try more than three of them within a 24-hour period.
If all requirements are met, space would still need to be available at the local market for a winery to get a place there, the memo says.
“In conclusion, we are now open for business and are looking forward to being one of the first farmers’ markets to participate in the two-year pilot project,” it says.

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