Art, music helps the food bank

Entrance to Art in the Garden is by donation and the money goes towards a good cause

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden happens this weekend.

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden happens this weekend.

Celebrate local art, food and music this weekend in Nanoose Bay with three irresistible events.

The fourth annual Art in the Garden takes place July 20 and 21 where 52 artists and artisans will be spread out amongst a meandering 10 acre-property, complete with a trout pond. Live music will be playing as people peruse the treasures on the property, while also enjoying snacks, treats, coffee and tea. Artists and companies that have become a mainstay  at the event include Tsimshian jewelry artist Leanne Helin, Lee River Woodturning, Red Cod Forge and Phillips Pottery, along with a variety of others selling soap, sculptures, paintings and more.

Entrance to Art in the Garden is by donation and the money goes towards a good cause.

“To date we’ve raised $7,200 for the Nanoose Community Services and that money goes toward filling the food bank shelves,” said property owner and organizer of the event, Lesley Seselja.

Artist Karena Donnelly-Lawrence from Smashin’ Glass & Anything Art Co. will be on-site this year hosting a glass workshop. And for the kids, Bumblebees Creative Studio will host a kids corner where they will paint bamboo birdhouses.

Sugar Shack Cupcakes will be selling treats, along with Biscotti di Notte, and there will be hot dogs, lemonade and coffee from Perks Coffee Bar. Proceeds from the coffee are also being donated to the local food bank. Art in the Garden happens at 2525 Northwest Bay Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Visit www.nanoosebayartinthegarden.com for more information.

On Saturday, July 20 Crabfest is also taking place in Nanoose Bay, with a full crab feast, refreshments and live music. The feast includes crab, coleslaw, corn and bread, and refreshments are available from Longwood Brewery and Backyard Wines.  The Centaurs will be entertaining while kids enjoy free hayrides, hotdogs and lemonade. It all happens from 11 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 available at the ranch at 2632 Northwest Bay Rd.

Nanoose Edibles is also hosting an open house both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 3 p.m. both days. The organic farm will have their market open with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants and transplants. People can pick their own berries and walk about the farm if they wish, visiting the chickens and seeing how operations work. Tours are also available. The farm is located at 1960 Stewart Road.