Saturday was a long day that left me with swollen feet unwilling to be stood on once I got home and a tired body ready for bed. It was our 37th Annual Kaien Island Craft fair which I organised again this year for the Arts Council. I was so impressed by the amazing talent and diversity showcased at this year’s fair. I have some lovely treasures purchased that I can’t wait to show you. (click on the images to read more about them!)
My day started at 6:30 am when I packed my kids into a borrowed vehicle and dropped them off at a friend’s house for a pancake breakfast where they would hang out for a few hours before meeting me down at the Craft Fair. I had to borrow a vehicle because Cam attended a weekend long solar power workshop. It was poor timing to leave town but important since we hope to use solar power on the house we are planning to build one day soon.
A few crafters were already bringing their wares into the gym when I arrived early that morning. Many are so well versed in the craft fair process that they needed very little from me. A few had questions about where their tables were located this year or needing an extra chair or two. There were less fires to put out this year between neighbours thanks to my getting to know many of the participants last year. When it was possible I could help find tables for participants where they would fit well with their neighbours.
We had something new this year! Participants were able to preorder a hot and healthy lunch to their tables. Preordering a lunch would work particularly well for out of town vendors who can’t leave the fair to get their own lunch and don’t have friends or family to help out. I was excited about getting my own lunch this way but was sorely disappointed when the local business catering made some huge blunders with our order. My kids and I didn’t end up getting any lunch and my friends that ordered received their lunches last so that I could fill the orders for everyone else as quickly as possible. I was so grateful for my friend, Jen Rice, who came to help me with lunch and supported me through the ensuing drama. Apart from a couple late lunches and a couple sandwich mix ups, it ended much better than I expected.
At the time I wasn’t sure it was possible but lunch did eventually end and the rest of the day went by pretty quickly. Leif fell asleep in my arms and napped behind my friend, Shannon’s table. Both my kids made a home here throughout the day which I was also thankful for.
One of my favourite purchases from the day was from Coral’s booth. She’s an incredible local artist and she had so many beautiful items offered on her table. These spice mixes not only caught my eye but also my nose! They smell SO good. They come in an envelope that can double as a postcard. Imagine receiving a postcard so beautiful in the mail! It may be your lucky day! I would like to mail one of these packets to one of you! You may want to use these spices as intended or maybe you want to use them on something other than seafood or maybe like me you just want to enjoy the look of this beautiful package. I think I’ll carefully slice open one side to get the spices out and save the packet.
Please let me know in the comments section if you would like to win one of these packets and which one you would prefer? Halibut Chermoula, Shrimp and Crab Boil or Kickin’ Crab Cakes. I’ll draw a winner at the end of the month!
- Halibut Chermoula- garlic, parsley, smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, salt
- Shrimp and Crab Boil- mustard, coriander, allspice, dill, cloves, red pepper, bay leaf
- Kickin’ Crab Cakes-celery seed, white pepper, cloves, bay leaf, salt, all spice, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, baking powder, parsley, mustard