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Dickens Fair – Vendor Information


Saturday, December 7th, 2019

10 AM – 4:30 PM

James Bay Community Centre, 140 Oswego Street



The Annual Dickens Fair is a festive, seasonal market and craft event hosted by the James Bay Market Society. We select handmade and homemade items to provide an appealing array of quality, one of a kind crafts as gift choices at affordable prices for the public. A children’s craft room, seasonal music, a café and artisanal food products complement this traditional event. In 2018 we had over 1,500 customers in attendance!!!

Submission Criteria:

In keeping with the mandate of the James Bay Market Society the following criteria apply:

  1. Products are handmade, homemade or homegrown.
  2. Original, unique work or design, i.e. the starting material must be significantly altered (75%) and transformed by the artist/craftsperson.
  3. All prepared food items must meet current Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) regulations and must be approved for sale by VIHA. Copies of Food Safe certification must accompany the Vendor Application form. If you have any questions kindly contact VIHA at 250-519-3445.

For more information, please direct your inquiry to

Thank you.


Interested New Vendors:

We are looking for a variety of quality products and only those juried to be handmade, homemade or homegrown will be accepted for participation at the Dickens Fair. To have your work considered for sale at the Dickens Fair please submit your completed James Bay Market Society Membership and Dickens Fair Vendor application forms (see “Application Forms” topic below) detailing product description/s with colour photos of samples of your work. You will be contacted with a date for jurying. The jury fee is $10, payable at the time of jurying.

Do NOT send any money with your application. Please submit your application as soon as possible – our spaces fill up quickly.

Returning vendors

Vendors who have already been juried for the Dickens Fair in 2018 or the James Bay Community Market for 2019 and are interested in participating in the 2019 Dickens Fair, please submit a Dickens Fair Vendor application form (see “Application Forms” topic below). Once accepted, please provide payment as outlined on the Dickens Fair application form.

If you have not yet paid the 2019 membership fee to join the James Bay Market Society please submit your completed James Bay Market Society Membership with a payment of $10.

Returning vendors who have new items which have not been juried, please review “Interested New Vendors” topic above.

Accepted and wait listed vendors will be notified by e-mail by July 30th, 2019.

Application Forms:

This year we have updated our application forms so that they can be filled out on your computer. The forms needed for the Dickens Fair are:

Membership Form: required if you have not submitted one in 2019 – James Bay Market Society Member Application Form (PDF)

Dickens Vendor Application Form: required – Dickens Fair Application Form (PDF)

Completing each form:

  • download the form to your computer
  • fill-out the information requested
  • print the form and sign in the appropriate spaces
  • save the completed form on your computer for future reference(optional)
  • alternatively, you can download and print the forms and fill them in by hand. Please Note: To avoid formatting problems, please download the PDF forms to your system and open them in your own system before printing them.

If you have problems and cannot print the form(s), please see Bo who will have a good supply of the forms. (Bo is the knitter in the booth across from the Chidren’s tent, every Saturday, until the end of September).

Please email the completed forms to:

Once approved, please submit your payment:.

Make your cheques payable to the James Bay Market Society. Cheques should be postdated to August 15th, 2019:

  • Bring the form(s) with payment to Bo – knitter in the booth across from the Chidren’s tent any Saturday until the end of September OR
  • Send the form(s) with payment to Dickens Fair, c/o The James Bay Market Society, 547 Michigan St, Victoria, BC, V8V 1S5

Jury Dates for the 2019 Market Season:

We will have a number of jury dates throughout the summer specifically for jurying Dickens Fair applicants. Please ensure you bring your completed James Bay Market Society Membership and Dickens Fair Vendor application forms as well as a sampling of all the products you wish to sell.

Dates and times for the Dickens Fair summer and fall jury sessions will be posted here at a later date.

Vendors Please Note:

There is a very limited amount of half booths available. They will be allocated by product mix. Please apply early.

Policy Manual:

The rules and regulations for all vendors can be found in the Market Policy Manual (PDF). Vendors must become members of the James Bay Market Society to sell at the Dickens Fair. The cost for membership for Dickens Fair for all accepted vendors who are ONLY selling at the Dickens Fair is $10.


  • Applicants may withdraw from the Dickens Fair without penalty, if notification is received in writing by August 31st, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this date.
  • Vendors are not allowed to assign or substitute another vendor to their space without permission from the Jury committee.
  • Vendors will be asked to remove any products displayed at Dickens Fair that were not juried and accepted.