This year’s Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair is on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10am-5pm and again on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 10am– 4pm. The event coincides with the Festival of the Written Arts and the Power of Paint, giving visitors to Sechelt a taste of the breadth and depth of the Sunshine Coast’s artistic community and testimony to our burgeoning cultural tourism which impacts not only the artistic community but our service industry as well.
The Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair attracts around 6,000 visitors each year. Shoppers search out tried and true favourites and anticipate the discovery of something new and unique. The fair is one of the largest juried Arts & Crafts Fairs in B.C. and participants come from across B C as well as the Sunshine Coast. This year the 82 vendors include 20 that are appearing at Hackett Park for the first time. The Fair features both artists and artisans with many blurring the lines between the two classifications among them: Inuit Felt Artist, Annie Aculiak; the architectural glass windows and doors of Anthony Jamieson; and the porcelain hand carved tableware and accessories by Calgarian, White Owl Ceramics.
Visitors to the fair will be treated to a range of entertainers including the ever popular Knotty Dotters Mirimba Band, singer-songwriter Kevin Crofton’s Canada 150 tribute and acapella trio, the Gibsons Girls. Children can enjoy clown, Gerardo Avila as well as make soap and get their faces painted. Need a break, enjoy one of the many food vendors ranging from vegan juices and falafels to Indian tacos served with fried bannock bread.
Don’t forget to check out the beer tent (a recent addition to the Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair), this year featuring Gibsons Tapworks handcrafted beer.
Come visit us at Hackett Park (Trail between Dolphin & Medusa) in Sechelt. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, children under 12 get in free if accompanied by an adult. For more information on this event please visit our website at www.sunshinecoastartscouncil.com