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The Great Canadian Craft Fair lights up Olympic Village on Dec. 15 & 16th

Salt Building in Olympic Village

The first-ever Great Canadian Craft Fair unites local crafters and craft lovers at the Salt Building in Olympic Village on December 15th and 16th.

“I’m really excited about how diverse the show is going to be,” says local event organizer Mark Brown. Brown jumped at the chance to create a community event in the Salt Building before it was leased to permanent tenants. He envisaged a holiday craft fair that was affordable both to artisans and those seeking to purchase unique handmade gifts and holiday items in Vancouver’s Olympic Village.

With only a few short weeks to pull the show together, Mark signed up over 200 vendors and the Great Canadian Craft Fair was born.

Some of the unique items on offer at the Great Canadian Craft Fair include: Juicybath Soapworks for homemade bath and beauty products, Homeworks Etc wall designs for babies and kids, Jewellery by Miss Kitty Creations, cool knitwear by Pip and Pin Design, handmade Christmas ornaments and more.

Says Mark, “we have one family from North  Vancouver who sold all their worldly possessions and travelled around the world for four years and wrote a book. They’re coming to promote their book. We have another family business that does all pottery and ceramics- there’s five of them in the family-and they’ve supported the kids growing up and through university making pottery, there’s a woman from Zimbabwe who sells handmade arts and crafts she brings in from Zimbabwe.”

There’ll also be Custom Photo Quilts by Rita from the Kootenays who launched her quilting business after she was laid off during the recession, Monkey Butter- gourmet homemade peanut butter, Boogaloo organic and ethical baby clothes and at Sara Conrad’s Charms to Conquer Cancer table, all proceeds are going to Ride to Conquer. For the kids there’ll be hot cocoa, face painting and a visit from the big guy in the red suit (children 12 and under are free!)

Says Mark, “I love Christmas and this time of year and really wanted to throw an event at the Salt Building and let the public enjoy the space before it was leased out.”

Mark and his girlfriend are also getting into the DIY spirit with a table of air plant terrariums. “We’re working with a local glass artist to make glass globes filled with moss and plants for indoors or outdoors. They’re just kind of artsy and cool.”

With the Great Canadian Craft Fair it’s as if Mark Brown is creating another sort of glass globe in Olympic Village: a funky, holiday snow globe. With the red, wooden Salt Building rising as its back drop, local artists mingling with friends, neighbours and families in Vancouver’s newest urban square, enjoying good things to eat and revelling in a celebratory holiday vibe. And if all goes well, when you shake it up there’ll even be some fluffy white stuff falling from the sky. Now that’s craft!

Regular admission tickets for The Great Canadian Craft Fair tickets are $7, $2 off with canned donation to the Vancouver Food Bank.

Die hard shoppers can purchase a $15 VIP ticket that allows them early access to the fair (9am on either day) with special discounts from the vendors.

To find out more about The Great Canadian Craft Fair or to get info on table rentals or volunteer or sponsorship opportunities visit:



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