The L’Arche “elves” have been crafting a variety of delightful gifts that might be just the thing you’re looking for: artisan soy candles that come in various colours to warm any space and match any decor; unique earrings

Fiesta Bazaar all weekend at the Filberg Centre

53 vendors at Canada’s largest fair trade world craft bazaar

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At a time when the world seems fragile and dark, Fiesta World Craft Bazaar will again remind us that we humans are very capable of getting along.

This coming Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fiesta will transform both floors of the Filberg Centre in Courtenay. In its 23rd year, Fiesta continues to grow and provide a unique global shopping experience.

This year there will be  53 vendors, many new ones from Vancouver who want to be at Canada’s largest fair trade world craft bazaar.

Thomas Tong of Siamurai Apparel will bring his distinct line of casual samurai and harem pants and kimonos and jackets, produced in Thailand with Japanese designs.

Jackee Kasandy will feature her eye-catching bags and sandles decorated with beautiful Kenyan beadwork.

Mondo Trading Co. of Saltspring Island supports artisans in 42 countries.  Linda, presently at the University of Victoria, is helping her family in Zimbabwe  by selling bright and beautiful batik pillow covers, aprons and table covers.

Of course all our old regulars will surprise you with their new products. 10,000 Villages will bring a delicious selection of foods and Nanaimo Global Village store always has a special variety of toys.

We will have a rainbow of scarves in many designs and fabrics.  Jewelry from four continents will also include the opportunity to help Syrian refugees.

You will be able to buy alternative Christmas gifts for those who would rather give a hand up to a senior or child in another country.

The Fiesta restaurant will be serving up comforting butternut squash soup, El Salvadoran pupusas, Colombian empanadas and Thai salad rolls.

The Comox Valley Land Trust does a great job of dealing with your thirst and your sweet tooth.

Parking will be at a premium this weekend and carpooling, biking, or taking the bus will help.

On Sunday a free shuttle bus will be running from the old Safeway parking lot at 17th St. and Cliffe from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Entrance into Fiesta  is still only $2, and you will have the opportunity to win gorgeous door prizes donated by the vendors.

Come for the fun, the food and the fairness!  It really is a wonderful world after all!

 

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