EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in attending RiverFest 2018 as an exhibitor. Every year, RiverFest welcomes about 15 governmental and non-profit organizations to the waterfront to showcase their organization’s mandate and provide interactive programming to festival goers, as part of our Exhibitor Expo.

RiverFest is a fantastic festival to showcase your organization, with average attendance between 2014 and 2017 totalling about 10,000 total visitors per year. In 2018, the 16th edition of RiverFest will expand once more and we invite you to be involved in one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebration of the Fraser River.

Exhibitors provide programming related to the Fraser River, its regions and people. Organizations that attend RiverFest are diverse in scope, and range from water-related entities, conservation and sustainability groups, to museums and historical societies. Each of these organizations’ mandates and programming embody one or more of the FRDC’s three pillars: the environmental, social and economic importance of the Fraser and its regions.

For this year’s Artisan Market we will be partnering up with New West Craft. You’ll find handcrafted jewellery, one-of-a-kind pottery, and hand-made body products by local artisans who have been inspired by the Fraser River. If you’re interested in participating as an artisan at RiverFest, please contact Laura at newwestcraft@artscouncilnewwest.org

Background

Established in 1980, BC Rivers Day is a province-wide event that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to more than 100 local events each year. The success of this event in British Columbia led to the establishment of World Rivers Day in 2005, and on the last weekend of September, countries worldwide come together to celebrate the many values of our waterways.

In 2003, the Fraser River Discovery Centre hosted its first festival on the New Westminster riverfront in honour of the Fraser River. Since its inception, the festival has continued to grow steadily with new components that highlight and celebrate the environmental, economic and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River.