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Vendors Promote Their Love For Local

By Tara Clow Sep 28, 2022 | 1:20 PM

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If you love local,  you’ll want to be downtown on October 1st.

Spokesperson Jason Gallant says it’s the first-ever Local Fest event, “Over 150 local vendors from across the province.   Not just vendors from Moncton, but from up North, from Fredericton, Saint John, everyone. They’ll be selling everything,  whether it be bracelets, art or food, and we’ll have local musicians.”

LocalFest starts at 1 pm on Canada Street in front of the Avenir centre…

“A lot of these places have struggled over the last couple of years. This is another way to get their faces out there and get everyone to see their faces and products and see what they can do,” Gallant adds.

Last year, there was a tour of New Brunswick to visit 500 local companies to promote them. This year, there were five Ambassadors who have been promoting over 2000 businesses.

Local Fest brings a lot of them together in the Hub City.

“Just like the big agricultural fairs where you visit several pavilions and people have fun on the rides, we wanted to create the same atmosphere for people but this time, the entrepreneurs and artists are the pavilions. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partners, we are able to offer the exhibitor spaces at no cost to interested businesses, and all local artists, staff and suppliers are also compensated at regular prices. This is a great free event that we hope will appeal to the public and provide an economic stimulus for everyone.” Co-founder Brad Leblanc says.

The event’s partners are numerous and some, such as the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton, have supported the Love For Local campaign since its very beginning.

“It’s been an incredibly tough two and a half years for businesses. LocalFest is our opportunity to bring hundreds of small local businesses from around New Brunswick together to celebrate what supporting local means,”, said John Wishart, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton.


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