The ‘Artisans in the Park’ event will be taking place at Heritage Park in Kitimat, outside the Visitor Centre, on August 22. (Clare Rayment)

Kitimat Chamber of Commerce hosting ‘Artisans in the Park’ event

The event will include food, music, and local art vendors selling various types of art

The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce is hosting an ‘Artisans in the Park’ event to promote the work of local artists from Kitimat to Kitwanga.

“The Artisans in the Park will feature all the artists that we have here in our gift store at the Visitors’ Centre,” Chamber Tourism Coordinator, Kelsey Kenny, said. “It’ll just shine light on the artists for locals to come and see what we actually offer here year-round.”

The event will have music, food, and artists selling their work for all to purchase.

“A lot of them are interested in getting their products out to locals here instead of sending it away or just sitting at a farmers’ market. They like that it’s year-round here,” Kenny said.

The event will be sure to follow COVID-19 restrictions, with sanitation stations on site, vendors’ stations six feet apart, and an ‘x’ in front of each station where attendees will need to stand to talk to and buy from the artists.

“Other than that, it’s open air, so we’re hoping that people will still come out and enjoy it,” Kenny said.

Kenny added that some of the vendors include local resident Adrian Tryssenaar, who does stain glass work, as well as beekeepers who hand-dip candles and will be doing it live on-site at the event.

“They’re also bringing a beehive observation station, so you’ll be able to see the bees at work,” Kenny said.

Last year, the Chamber held several ‘Night Markets’ throughout the summer, which were similar to this years event. More events were supposed to be hosted this year, but plans were cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Chamber said turnout last year was great, and they hope that they’ll be able to keep these events going into next summer, as well.

The event will be taking place August 22 from noon until 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, just outside of the Kitimat Visitor Centre.

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