Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre

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Fabulous food stalls at the Circle Craft Christmas Market

On Wednesday, I spent an awesome day shopping with my girlfriends at the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Now in its 36th year, this enormous market is Western Canada’s largest craft fair. It’s also much more upscale that the name “craft” may imply; it’s a huge collection of Canadian artisans who produce gorgeous jewelry, clothing, metal and clay works, gourmet delicacies, and gifts.

Most of the artisans are from British Columbia; many are from right here in Vancouver. Whether you live here or are in town visiting, if you want unique, made-in-B.C. goods, this is a fabulous place to shop.

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Amity Jewelry--who have a shop on Granville Island--are one of the many local artisans at the fair.

One caveat: Because these are upscale items, prices may be higher than you would expect. For example, gorgeous sweaters at Precocious Environmental Couture or Luved are $150 – $200.

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Precocious Environmental Couture's "reclaimed", one-of-a-kind sweaters

If shopping makes you as hungry at it made me and my girlfriends, do what we did and walk one block east to Steamworks for some of Vancouver’s best beer and burgers. (No worries for vegetarians: The portobello burger is just as divine!)

The Circle Craft Christmas Market is at the Vancouver Convention Centre November 11 – 15, 2009. Get $2 off the admission price (regularly $12; $8 for seniors and students) by registering for a coupon online.

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