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Ontario permitting sale of local craft beer at farmers’ markets

Christian Fernsby |
Providing local brewers with the opportunity to join wineries, cideries and distillers in selling their products at farmers’ markets is another breakthrough for the many jobs and families that are supported by Ontario’s diverse alcohol manufacturing industry, said Attorney General Doug Downey.

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Allowing the sale of locally-made craft beer at farmers’ markets builds on other measures to help businesses respond to COVID-19, including:

• permanently allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders, including mixed cocktails and growlers

• reducing the minimum price of spirits consumed at licensed establishments to align with the reduced pricing introduced for takeout and delivery orders

• allowing the length of time for temporary patio extensions to be set out by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

• permitting alcohol service on docked boats with a liquor sales licence

• giving licensed establishments and retailers more flexibility in using liquor delivery services

“Supporting local business has never been more important and our government is making it convenient for consumers to pair up eligible Ontario craft beer, wine, cider and spirits with all the fresh and delicious food found at farmers’ markets,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Supporting local producers shows our commitment to the province’s agri-food sector while creating more jobs for Ontarians.”


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