Beaumont Night Market postponed to 2021

The Beaumont Night Market has been postponed until 2021.

Organizers of the Beaumont Night Market are looking ahead to 2021. (File) jpg, BN

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The Beaumont Night Market has been postponed until 2021.

The annual Night Market, hosted by Empowering Women Entrepreneurs (EWE), is usually held each fall to showcase local businesses and entrepreneurs. Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on gatherings implemented for public health, the EWE board made the decision to postpone their biggest annual event. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the immense amount of work needed to launch the Night Market, the decision was made in May 2020 to postpone the event until October 2021.

“The board just felt it wasn’t making sense to push it and then potentially not be able to meet the commitments for safety and health that were coming out and changing on a daily basis,” explained Kathy Barnhart, chair of the EWE board. “We’re excited about next year, we’re disappointed about this year, everybody is.”

“The spirit of the Night Market was to help those entrepreneurs showcase their products in a very unique, innovative manner … it is a little sad that we’re missing it this year, however I know EWE is working really hard in order to bring us a really spectacular event for next year,” said EWE founder Marlenie Arana.

Thanks to the efforts of EWE’s board of volunteers and partners, the Night Market can go on in 2021. The 2021 Night Market has already been booked for Oct. 2 at the newly reopened Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre.

The board discussed the possibility of hosting a virtual market, Barnhart added, but most members felt an in-person event was preferable to vendors, visitors and board members.

“It’s more than just a market and it definitely is an event. It’s a festival-like atmosphere.”

For now, EWE has put its focus on refreshing its branding and social media presence with the help of Hello Monarch. And, thanks to a relaunch grant from the federal government, the board can promote EWE, the Night Market and other events online instead. Later this year, EWE will be able to host virtual events to help promote its usual Night Market vendors and partners.

“We’re excited because [the board] kind of pulled together and said we need to use this time to pivot as many are doing, but we also want to hang on to that signature event that was so successful and does so much not only for the vendors but for Beaumont as well,” Barnhart said.

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