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Dickens Fair – Vendor Information


Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

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, music, a café and artisanal food products complement this traditional event. In 2016 we had over 1,600 customers in attendance!!!


Interested vendors:

We are looking for a variety of quality products and only those juried with accepted items will be displayed at the Dickens Fair. To have your work considered for sale at the Dickens Fair please submit your completed application form detailing product description/s with colour photos of samples of your work. Also kindly fill in the JBMS membership application. You may submit both applications via email to or you can send it via post to Dickens Fair, c/o The James Bay Market Society, 547 Michigan St, Victoria, BC, V8V 1S5. Please do NOT send any money or cheques at this time. You will be contacted with a date for jurying. The jury fee is $10, payable at the time of jurying. Please submit your application as soon as possible – our spaces fill up quickly. Once you have been juried and accepted as a vendor you will be asked for a cheque for an additional $80 ($10 for the JBMS membership and $70 for the cost of your booth). Cheques should be postdated to August 15th, 2017.

Jury Dates for the 2017 Market Season – New & returning vendors:

We have jury dates throughout the summer for submitting applications & jurying (both will be done during these dates). Please ensure you have 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. For returning vendors, you only have to bring the products you are adding, if you aren’t adding new products, just bring your completed application forms and fees.

During the summer months jury sessions will be held at the close of the James Bay Community Market, starting at about 3:30 pm. The James Bay Community Market is located at the corner of Menzies and Superior in James Bay.

Next Jury Session

Summer jury sessions held at the James Bay Community Market are over for the 2017 season. For vendors who are interested in participating in the 2017 Dickens Fair and have not been juried, there will be a jury session on Wednesday, October 4th in the evening. If you plan to attend, please send an email to for a jury slot and location information.

Looking forward to meeting with you!

Returning vendors

those who have already been juried and have paid their 2017 membership fee to join the James Bay Market Society and are interested in participating in the 2017 Dickens Fair, please download the DF vendor application, fill it in, and send it to: JBMS (Dickens Fair) c/o 547 Michigan St. Victoria V8V 1S5 Please include a cheque for $70 which you may postdate to August 15th, 2017.

Returning vendors who only participate in the Dickens Fair, please include a cheque for $80 ($10 for membership in the JBMS and $70 for the table fee) along with the DF vendor application form and the membership form for the JBMS. The cheque should be postdated to August 15th, 2017 and made payable to the James Bay Market Society.

Accepted and wait listed vendors will be notified by e-mail by July 30th, 2017.


Application forms:


You can download the Dickens Fair and the JBMS application forms here:

Dickens Fair Application Form (PDF)

James Bay Market Society Member Application Form (PDF)

Please Note: To avoid formatting problems, please download the PDF forms to your system and open them in your own system before printing them.


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, 2017. 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.


Submission Criteria:

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

  1. Products are handmade, homemade, 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.