The Market at Western Fair District is a popular destination for chefs, cooks and local gastronomes in search of a wide variety of artisanal products and seasonal ingredients.
Market-goers love they can buy high-quality; farm-fresh goods directly from the person who produced them and can find unique products they won’t discover anywhere else in the city.
The 2nd Floor Artisans’ Market – There is great shopping on the 2nd floor with over 40 permanent vendors and a rotating roster of weekly market table vendors providing friendly personalized service. Experience a variety of artisans’ products from the culinary arts to the fine arts. The Artisan’s Market also features the best and most unique craftspeople, artists and artisans, together with an eclectic roster of distinctive and locally handcrafted products, fine jewellery, collectibles and one-of-a-kind services.
A Piece of Old East London’s History
In 1887, the Western Fair Association became a corporation and built exhibition buildings on Queen’s Park. The main building at Western fair was a huge wood and glass structure called The “Crystal Palace”. It unfortunately would later be lost in a fire in January of 1927. Its replacement was The Confederation building. The red brick Confederation building began as a place for local merchants to sell a diversity of wares. Today, the Confederation building is home to The Market.
With an area of 52,000 square feet, over 100 vendors and a seasonally rotating roster of farmers and culinary artisans we offer a truly unique experience.
Watch some of our artisans’ at work creating as you enjoy the ambiance of the historical Confederation Building and enjoy genuine Old East Village community life. The abundance of light and lofty ceilings of this historical building makes it an excellent place for: artisans, artists’ studios, musicians and crafts people alike. The market is both an entertaining and educational venue for the whole family.
Why We Do What We Do
The Market at Western Fair District is a mission-driven best-in-class market, innovative business incubator, welcoming gathering place, and weekly community tradition. We support the local economy by promoting and creating healthy food networks. Our aim is to engage entrepreneurs and producers that have a social mission and tap into the movement of revolutionizing retail – people dedicated to sourcing quality, ethical, healthy food and concerned about where it originates.