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SupperMarket returns with a ‘twist’
The annual SupperMarket is returning to NOTL on Wednesday, May 22. (Sharon Brinsmead-Taylor/Supplied)

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s SupperMarket is returning on May 22 and there’s a new twist to the popular event.

This year, there will be 20 to 25 food trucks and about a half-dozen food vendors. Under the tent provided by the Meridian Credit Union, there also will be a new vendors marketplace for about 12 farmers and artisans.

The market will also have local beer, wine and cider, as well as a free kids zone.

The SupperMarket will operate Wednesdays at Garrison Village from 4:30 to 9 p.m. It runs till Sept. 18.

“It is probably going to be the best year we’ve had yet for the number of vendors and different things that will be available,” said Sharon Brinsmead- Taylor, the market co-ordinator.

The SupperMarket, established in 2012, has grown over the years, now attracting up to 3,000 locals and visitors every week. Staff and volunteers start preparing for the upcoming season right after the end of the previous one, she said.

“We really focus on bringing together community and giving people of Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding areas a place to get together and enjoy each other’s company and support local businesses,” Brinsmead-Taylor told The Lake Report.

She said she enjoys the “whole community feel” of the evening. “We really focus on 100 per cent local. Everybody is from the Niagara Region. It’s a real family event.”

Organizers try to bring a mix of food vendors to make “as many unique offerings as possible,” Brinsmead-Taylor said in a phone interview.

The evenings will include live music from about 20 local musicians and bands such as the PubJugs, the Rusty Jacob, Cory Cruise, Jessica Wilson and others.

The market is also in the process of starting a new program to promote young local musicians who will be chosen through an application process.

“(They) would come up and do two or three songs during the regular scheduled band break, so it gives them a little bit of exposure and a little bit of experience playing in front of a live audience,” said Brinsmead-Taylor.

Despite the weather always being a concern, the SupperMarket runs rain or shine as long as there are no safety issues, she said.