13 Holiday Markets & Christmas Craft Fairs for 2018 Gifts

Did you visit the Circle Craft Fair this weekend? Perhaps it got you in the spirit to find handmade Christmas gifts this year. Skip the malls, and find something unique and handmade at one of the many fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets around Metro Vancouver. 

Here’s a baker’s dozen Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 15th – 18th – Three floors of the Edwardian Hycroft Manor are filled with the spirit of the season as Christmas at Hycroft plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Crafty Affaire: November 17 (Ocean Park Community Hall, South Surrey), November 24 (Harris Barn, Delta), December 1 (Croatian Cultural Centre) The Holiday Markets from Craft Affaire spreads three different markets around Metro Vancouver to share their artisan’s wares to the communities. Admission by donation

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – A Vancouver tradition, the German-style Holiday Market brings 80+ huts filled with vendors of authentic German sweets, treats, trinkets and more to its waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2018 season. Admission $10

West End Holiday Craft Fair: November 24th – 25th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 carefully curated artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 24th, the 36th anniversary edition of Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, finds 140 hand-selected artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment, everything you  need for your holiday shopping. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 30 – December 2nd – Portobello’s annual market moves to Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for an expanded three day market with live music, photos with Santa, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $5

Toque: November 30 – December 2nd – The Western Front Annual Community Fundraiser and Craft Sale has curated designers and artists for your holiday shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Kensington Community Holiday Craft Fair : December 1st, the 11th annual fills Kensington Community Centre with 60+ vendors selling toys, art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, children’s and baby handmade items from 10am – 4pm. Admission: Free

Strathcona Winter Fair : December 1st – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair  brings 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors to Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood at the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market : December 5th – the 2nd Annual Holiday Market curated by Vancouver Foodster is an evening of tasting and shopping with multiple vendors at a selection of location around Vancouver. Admission: $50, early bird tickets $35 including food & beverage tastings at each location

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 8th – 9th – returning to the Maritime Labour Centre, Got Craft? is the place for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online in advance

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 8th – 9th – Heritage Hall on Main Street welcomes The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show and its crafters, vendors, artists and collaborators. Admission $4

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: Five Days of Finds, December 12th – 16th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 215 makers, crafters, artisans and more. Admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free

Get crafty, get shopping and have fun! Happy Holidays! 

3rd Annual African Descent Festival this weekend

The 3rd annual African Descent Festival gets underway at Thornton Park on Main Street this weekend, July 22 – 23, 2017. Presented by the African Descent Society, the festival is a celebration and promotion of the arts, culture, and music of the African descendants who make up Vancouver’s often unknown rich African history.

Vancouver boasts a vibrant and long-standing African descendent community, going back to the historic Hogan’s Alley, the first and only neighbourhood in Vancouver with a highly concentrated African-Canadian population.  Hogan’s Alley, not far from where Thornton Park stand now, came to an end with the construction of the Georgia Viaduct, part of a proposed freeway which destroyed most of Hogan’s Alley, but was halted in time to spare Chinatown and Gastown.  African Descent Festival commemorates the lives of the African descendants that lived then and the communities that are continuing to be fostered today. 

Entertainment includes 30+ artists over the weekend of July 22 and 23, headlined by South African top reggae star Nkulee Duke.  The festival also boasts an African Fashion Show curated by Zao Zeus Mohammed, traditional dances, a marketplace, tours of historic Hogan’s Alley, crafts and many guest speakers.   The African Descent Festival  takes place at 1166 Main Street, beside Main Street-Chinatown Skytrain Station and is a free community event but donations are welcome.  Festival marketplace and events run 10am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday. For a full line up and event details visit africandescentfestival.com

Social Media Camp 2016 Wraps & 2017 is on Sale now

smc-logoSaturday, Social Media Camp (SMCamp) came to a close for 7th time at the Victoria Conference Centre.  The annual 3 -day event has grown each year to become Canada’s largest social media conference.

As social media has become more mainstream, Social Media Camp’s topics and speakers have evolved from social media 101 to include digital marketing and sales.  Each year there seems to be a new App that generates much buzz across SMCamp, this year Snapchat was that app as people still try to find how it will fit their audience.  Other Apps evolve to survive so there’s always more to learn as algorithms and terms of use change.

This year’s great speakers came from all across the continent (plus the UK). Over the three days, we heard from You Tube master Steve Dotto, digital markters Mitch Joel, Journalist/Canadaland Podcaster Jesse Brown, video/online strategist Sunny Leonarduzzi, LinkedIn Expert Vivika von Rosen, Instagal Sue B Zimmerman, author-entrepreneur Tara Hunt and many more.  Knowledge, networking, ideas and inspiration are all take-aways from Social Media Camp.

SMCamp_HashIf Social Media Camp sounds appealing right now is a great chance to grab tickets for the 2017 SMCamp as the Conference Special Rate has the 2017 tickets on sale until tomorrow May 10th. Buy tickets now on Eventbrite 

 

10th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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If you’ve walked around the city lately, you’ll surely have noticed the abundant blossoms turning the streets pink just in time for the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  The 10th Anniversary Festival gets underway on Thursday, March 24th with a free lunch time Cherry Jam concert at Burrard Station concourse.  Throughout the festival look for free community events, painting sessions, tree plantings, neighbourhood tree talks & walks and special Sakura menus in restaurants around town.   Midway through the Festival take in, Sakura Days Japan Fair, April 9-10 at VanDusen Botanical Gardens which fills the garden with entertainment and activities.

Once again, All Nippon Airways and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival are offering a change to win a roundtrip for two to Japan, with the BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest by submitting photos, of blossoms or people enjoying the blossom festival, online, via email, on Twitter or on Instagram with hashtag #VCBF2016 & #AllNipponAirways for a chances to win.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs all over the city from March 24th to 17th, visit the websites for the full line-up of activities during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Sakura Days Japan Fair.  Follow the Festival on Twitter @OfficiaVCBF, on Instagram @cherryblossomfestyvr and on Facebook.com/VancouverCherryBlossomFestival

Sustenance Festival 2015

Just as we’ve celebrated the fall harvest and what we’re thankful for, Vancouver’s Sustenance Festival keeps the city’s focus to food. Starting tomorrow, dozens of community, food inspired events take over the city from art exhibits, workshops, potlucks, walks and talks. Themed “As We Are Together”, Community Centres and venues all around will be filled with citizens interested in growing, gather, preserving, preparing and eating their own food and that of the surrounding community.

Some of the unique events taking place at Roundhouse Community Centre are:

Yummy! A Right To Food Variety Show, October 16th features comedy, poetry, music and demonstrations highlight Food Justice.

Ripe! Harvest Celebration Dinner on October 18th is a showcase of local ingredients with some of Vancouver’s celebrated chefs creating and serving their own unique dishes.

Upstream, Moving Images of Salmon is a collection of local artists from around the BC Coast who have been moved by the wild BC Salmon, on display until November 1st.

Wild Salmon Convergence, on October 25th celebrate the Salmon with rituals, ceremonies, songs, art and networking with the Wild Salmon Caravan

These are just a few of the many events happening all around the city. Sustenance Festival runs from October 13 – October 25, 2015 find out more at sustenancefestival.ca and follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook to see what’s happening.

 

 

 

We Heart Local Awards – Vote Now

we heart localMore and more people are looking for the best and brightest in their food community.  The We Heart Local Awards supports BC’s local food system and encourages people to share their picks.

This year’s awards are well under way, the nominations have been collected and now there’s just one week left for you to cast your vote for the short list in each of the 15 categories.  After the main voting concludes on September 14th, the top five in each category will have just 2 days to be chosen the ultimate winner, to be announced on September 17th.


We Heart Local BC is your go-to source, online or via mobile app, to find local growers, producers, retailers and providers. Log on now 

 

Yaletown Community BBQ – June 18th

I heart YaletownVancouver’s Yaletown neighbourhood was recently rocked by gunshots and the serious injury to a respected business owner in the area. The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is honouring the victim, a BIA member, Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes and helping to bring the district together in support.

On Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, the Yaletown BIA is welcoming everyone to an outdoor community BBQ at the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza. As well they’re asking the public to wear yellow, tie yellow ribbons on posts, trees and bike racks to show support for the community.

The BBQ Details:

Where: Roundhouse Turntable Plaza at Davie and Pacific Blvd (next to Roundhouse Community Centre)
When: Wednesday, June 18 – 11am – 3pm
What: a FREE barbeque courtesy of Urban Fare and Donnelly Group with live music, kids and family activities, a giant get well card to sign for Paul Dragan. Free t-shirts are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Donate: The Yaletown BIA has partnered with Canadian Blood Services. You can make a monetary donation at the  BBQ or book an appointment to donate blood by calling: 1 (888) 2 DONATE.

In addition a Hero’s Basket  is being created for Dr. Clifford Chase the former ER doctor who was at the location and administered first aid to Paul during the incident. Donations are accepted at The Cross Decor & Design (1198 Homer St)