Craft fair is a real treat

Errington event this weekend features some special baked goods

Luise Norman in her kitchen baking gingersnaps.

Luise Norman in her kitchen baking gingersnaps.

The Errington Hall will be bursting at the seams this weekend with everything from baked goods to local arts and crafts during the annual Christmas Craft Fair Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free to the event which always includes a great selection of the finest local crafts and of course tasty treats.

Ask any Errington Volunteer Firefighter about the cookies and other baked goods Luise Norman sells at her table, and you will know why they are so sought after. Norman provides support for the EVFD — feeding the crew during training and when they are at the scene of a fire. She said after receiving so much positive feedback, particularly on her cookies, she decided to turn her love of baking into a business and for many years now she has been selling her baked goods at the Errington Farmers Market and the annual Errington Christmas Craft Fair.

Norman, who bakes from scratch and uses all natural products, said she loves keeping busy in her kitchen.

“I enjoy baking. The cleaning up, not so much,” she said.

When she is not baking her famous gingersnap cookies or rhubarb cake, she is making jams and jellies from the berries and fruit she picks in her yard.

Norman’s baked goods and preserves will be among the many items to shop for on Saturday at the Errington Hall at 1390 Errington Road.

You can also find some unique ornaments to hang from your Christmas tree when you stop by the table displaying Gale LaPorte’s colorful raku pottery. The local artisan has been creating one of a kind raku pottery pieces for almost 20 years now.

Her Westcoast inspired work includes sea stars and other whimsical creatures that live in our waters. LaPorte said she has quite a few pieces to hang including her playful Christmas Seals. Her hand sculpted shapes can also be found in various galleries on Vancouver Island as well as the Errington Farmers Market in the summer. LaPorte said she enjoys beach combing and living on the coast provides her with endless inspiration and creativity.

Shoppers at the Errington craft fair can also enjoy a homemade lunch as well as other refreshments. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

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