For any Ottawa craft and foodie fans looking for something to do this Friday, November 13, Foodie Festival Friday is back for a second year at the Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Sale.

The sale runs every Friday and Saturday in November at the Ottawa Mennonite Church (1830 Kilborn).

Friday’s FREE Foodie Festival runs from 6:30pm-7:30pm and one of the new features this year is a cookie-decorating station for kids – featuring gingerbread creations from Catherine Beddall, a pasty chef and owner of Catherine’s Cakery. She is also donating a gingerbread house as a door prize…

You’ll also have the chance to sample fairly-traded chocolates from Camino, and organic, fairly-traded olive oil and za’atar from Zatoun while jump-starting your Christmas shopping and browsing a wide range of handcrafted items including ornaments, pottery, brass, baskets and jewellery.

Here are my thoughts from my visit last year, to give you a sense of what to expect. If you’re coming let me know and say hello. I’ll be there!

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There’s one thing I look forward to every year as Christmas preparation starts in earnest.

Craft show season.

I’m not crafty, but my mother knits sweaters and has been doing the local craft fair circuit since I was about ten.

So I’ve grown up around craft fairs and they feel like home.

One of my favourites is the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale at the Ottawa Mennonite Church (1830 Kilborn Ave) which runs every Friday and Saturday in November.

Briefly, Ten Thousand Villages create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products here through long-term, fair trading relationships. A non-profit program of the Mennonite Central Committee, it buys from close to 100 artisan groups in over 30 countries, then sells their products in their network of stores, online shopping, and Festival Sales across Canada.

I first discovered the show about 15 years ago. My first major purchase was in my mid-twenties.

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