Big craft fair hits Prospera Place this weekend

Kelowna arena home to hundreds of artisans and fun for young and old

Prospera Place has opened its doors once again for its highly anticipated holiday event

Prospera Place will once again open its doors this weekend for its highly anticipated holiday event, Craft Culture.

In its fourth year, the event features over 160 carefully selected artisans and crafters from B.C. and beyond, ranging from unique housewares to children’s toys.

The craft fair takes place Saturday and Sunday at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

For the full schedule of events, visit www.craftculture.ca

“We aim to cater to all kinds of interests, hobbies and groups so that you can complete all of your holiday shopping in one place,” said event producer Karalyn Lockhart. “The event is an experience in itself where you can look through an assortment of beautiful, high quality, hand-made products, listen to the vendor’s stories, purchase that perfect gift and enjoy entertainment and live music, all under one roof.”

Along with crafts, organizers have set up a kids’ area with a bouncy castle, coloring stations, craft activities and free sparkle tattoos.

Hand-made wares and unique gifts are becoming more and more popular, according to Lockhart.

“It seems that now, more than ever, there is a shift in consumers placing value in the story and quality behind a product and meeting the individual who made it,” she said. “We bring out the best selection of vendors in the region to make it easy and simple for people who care about supporting local businesses and who care about how the product was made, the love and care behind it. We create an experience for shoppers who want to bring back meaning in gift selecting and giving.”

There is also adult fun planned.

There will be a bar setup on the show floor and glasses will be sold from noon  onwards. Listen to live music from local favorites Timbre Wolves, Lowell Friesen and the White Sails A Cappella Chorus. Watch and get holiday cooking and entertaining tips and tricks with the stage hosting three local chefs, Giulio Piccioli of One Big Table, Vikram Bajaj of Ace Curries to Go and Sam Llewelyn of Sabretooth Lifestyle.

Admission is $5 per person and kids under 12 are free. Partial proceeds of all door sales will be donated to Mamas for Mamas.

The show is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 Sunday.