Find unique gift at City Hall crafts fair

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Some of the coun­try’s finest cre­ators of con­tem­po­rary crafts and de­sign will be show­cased at the big­gest-ever City Hall Crafts and De­sign Fair in Cork next week.

With 85 ex­hibitors, this year’s fair prom­ises to be a bumper cel­e­bra­tion of an event that tra­di­tion­ally her­alds the start of the Christ­mas sea­son in Cork.

It of­fers pa­trons a unique chance to pick up in­di­vid­ual and orig­i­nal Christ­mas gift ideas.

Or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mate close to €500,000 will be spent by gift hunters dur­ing the three-day event.

City Hall Crafts and De­sign Fair is a cel­e­bra­tion of the best Ir­ish de­sign­ers and mak­ers from fash­ion to jewellery and be­yond – with thou­sands of items that can only be found in Cork.

There will be a huge em­pha­sis on lo­cal mak­ers, with Cork Craft and De­sign mem­bers such as Rath­cor­mac-based ‘mes­sage in a bot­tle’ ce­ram­i­cist Siob­hain Steele and Clon­akilty’s Hen Jewellery on dis­play.

They will be joined by Crosshaven-based He­len O’Shea, a skilled tex­tile artist famed for her Michael Tea Hig­gins range of cosies; Shana­garry-based botan­i­cal artist Belinda North­cote and West Cork ce­ram­i­cist Mairi Stone.

Over €150,000 per day will be spent at the big­gest crafts fair out­side Dublin, and fair- go­ers in search of an orig­i­nal Christ­mas idea can be guar­an­teed a haven of qual­ity wares both for gifts and the home this fes­ti­val sea­son.

There will also be a Spec­tac­u­lar Christ­mas Food Em­po­rium which will fea­ture over 25 lo­cal ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers, taste-tempt­ing visi­tors with the best of the sea­son’s fare.

Among the stars at the Em- po­rium will be Kin­sale Mead Com­pany, Cork’s first mead­ery in sev­eral hun­dred years, Wick­low Way Fruit Wines, and the Lis­more Food Com­pany’s amaz­ing bis­cuits from Water­ford.

Fair­go­ers will have a chance to taste Mezze, run by Water­ford cou­ple Ni­cola Crow­ley and Dvir Nusery, who pro­duce au­then­tic mid­dle eastern and north African food which has been a huge hit with food crit­ics.

“The City Hall Crafts and De­sign Fair gives peo­ple the ideal chance to se­cure orig­i­nal and unique Christ­mas presents in a won­der­ful set­ting,” said fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Pa­trick O’Sul­li­van.

“Shop­pers will find a wide range of crafts, ar­ti­san-made goods, food and drink, de­signer hand­crafted out­fits and ac­ces­sories at the Fair.

“This year we have a lot of new con­tent, with many first­time ex­hibitors show­cas­ing the best of new crafts and food from around the coun­try.”

The 26th City Hall Crafts and De­sign Fair takes place at the City Hall, Cork from Novem­ber 24-26.

Full de­tails and book­ing can be found at www.city­hall­crafts­fair.ie.

Porce­lain dishes by West Cork ce­ram­i­cist Mairi Stone (right), one of the 85 ex­hibitors lined up for the City Hall Crafts and De­sign Fair.

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