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A day of festivity

We LOVED this years Fair Christmas Fayre. It was a great day! There was so much variety in what the stalls had on offer. That last minute shopping was completed, connections made and the real spirit of Christmas was present.

We hope you enjoyed it too if you popped by. Disappointed because you missed out?  Come and join us next year.

If you you are interested in trading next year, drop us an email fairchristmasfayre@gmail.com.

 

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We love upcycling!

This years Fair Christmas Fayre has lots of unique present ideas! We just love what our creative friends below have got on offer!

Name and name of stall: I’m Naomi and I am the creator of Upcycled Creatively.

Website: http://www.upcycledcreatively.com

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year? Handmade (by me!) Upcycled accessories – all made using either 1413537590recycled, remnant or vintage fabrics…woollen mittens and neck wraps, woollen rose brooches/corsages,’ make your own brooch’ kits, 1950’s style aprons…and maybe some bags (if I have enough making time!).
Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?
This will be our 4th year and we have loved every one of them! It is so exciting and rewarding to be at an event where everyone there has the same ethos and ethical approach…plus, I always love to leave Hubby in charge of my stall for a bit, so I can have a look at all the other gorgeous stalls and buy some treats!
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Spending time with family and friends, Church service on Christmas morning, Christmas tree lights in the evenings, Christmas coffee/shopping date with hubby and making Christmas chutney (tho my kids wish I didn’t – they don’t like the smell of the vinegar!).
 Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?
Why is it getting harder to buy advent calendars?
Their days are numbered!

 

 

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

We agree that Fair Christmas Fayre is the place to be on the twelfth day of Christmas. Where else would you want to be?

This week Time Out featured our fayre within their ultimate advent events calendar. They encouraged Londoners to come on by for some guilt-free shopping. So, why not save your shopping until the 12th day and get it all done under one roof from 33 ethical sellers. Go on, join us at Fair Christmas Fayre.

http://www.timeout.com/london/blog/count-down-to-christmas-with-our-ultimate-advent-events-calendar-120115

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Sweet treats all the way!

There are all kinds of treats available at this years Fair Christmas Fayre. But we all love something sweet right? Check out these delicious treats that will be up for grabs.

The Speculaas Spice Master Chef at a Show

I am Steven Dotsch the founder of The Speculaas Spice Company.

Website: http://www.speculaasspice.co.uk/

 

 What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

Vandotsch speculaas spice mix in a jar and in a pack vandotsch speculaas spice pack together with a wooden mould (a windmill, or and woman or man in traditional Dutch clothing) – perfect Christmas or birthday present Pre-packed vandotsch speculaas spice infused biscuits, caramels and pop corn, yummy!

 

 Tell us about why you started your stall/business?

The vandotsch speculaas spice mix is based on the sweet tasting spice recipe from my Dutch grandmother that we re-discovered some two years ago. The vandotsch speculaas spice mix consists of a perfectly-balanced mixture of nine organic spices including real, high grade, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, cloves, ginger and six other spices delivering deliciously warm, sweet and spicy ‘layers’ of taste taking any simple cinnamon taste to another level. Discover a variety of vandotsch speculaas spice infused recipes prepared by food bloggers, bakers, chefs and two Great British Bake Off finalists at http://www.speculaas.co.uk/

 Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

I very much believe in the Fairtrade. Where possible our spices are either organic, Fairtrade sourced or both.

 What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Family coming together.

 Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?

I am afraid not, I am Dutch

Artisans from Africa

We just love that our sellers share our passion for ethical shopping. Find out more about what Kathy will have on offer at this year’s Fayre.

Name of Brand: Shake the Dust

Website:  www.shake-the-dust.co.uk 

What will you be selling at Fair Christmas Fayre this year? 

photo-33 (1)A beautiful range of gifts, homeware and jewellery hand-crafted in collaboration with ethical producers in developing countries. We support artisans, designers and makers who have less access to markets through design-led collaborations and opportunities. At the Fair Christmas Fair we will showcase jewellery produced by Maasai Artisans in Tanzania and recycled paper artists in Swaziland as well as recycled wooden Wall Art produced in collaboration with our artisan partners in Cape Town.

 Why did you want to trade at Fair Christmas Fayre?

We believe that Christmas doesn’t have to be a consumerist nightmare! Unfortunately, it’s hard to find ethical products conveniently. The Fair Christmas Fayre gives independent ethical retailers an opportunity to connect to thousands of eager Christmas shoppers, all in one place and in the heart of London’s busiest shopping destination!

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Turning on the Christmas lights- we love a bit of sparkle!

Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?

Why did no one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?

Because they were two deer!

Word is spreading that Fair Christmas Fayre is BACK!

With just under 4 weeks to go, we are so excited for this years Fayre.

It appears that word has got out about our fabulous fayre all across the capital. We’ve had friends at Fairtrade London, Londonist, Travelmag and Time Out encouraging others to come and check out one of the BEST Christmas fairs in London.

http://www.travelmag.com/articles/london-festivals-december/

http://londonist.com/2015/10/london-s-christmas-markets-and-fairs-2015

So go on, come and join us! Saturday 12th December, 11-6pm, Regent Hall, Oxford St

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Say hello to our sellers…

Meet our sellers who are passionate about providing the option of a different way of life for vulnerable women. We love what they are doing.

Name and name of stall/brand:

Louise and Charlie from Thai Children’s Trust

 Website:

http://www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk

 What will you be selling at the Fair Christmas Fayre this year?

This year we will be selling hand-crafted jewellery, created by vulnerable women from one of our centres in Pattaya, Thailand. This centre offers support, guidance, counselling, education and the chance to learn a trade to women that have been abused, exploited or have been forced into prostitution. This jewellery is the result of a vocational training programme Thai Children’s Trust organised for the centre this year and so the Fair Christmas Fayre is a great way of getting it known and out there to the public. Each piece is unique, made with semi-precious stones from the region.

 Tell us about why you started your stall/business?

We implemented the jewellery-making programme in Thailand in May this year. Since then we have started buying stock from the women to sell on their behalf here in the UK. This gives them the chance to earn a good living wage and empowers them to break away from exploitation. We first started selling these pieces of jewellery in the UK last crafting_change_jewllery_newsmonth at the ‘Colours of Thailand’ festival at Westfield and the response was fantastic. People wanted to know the stories behind the bracelets, necklaces and earrings and we were happy to tell them all about the women that created them and what having this trade will do for them in the future.

Why did you want to trade at the Fair Christmas Fayre?

The Fayre is a way of bringing ethical Christmas gifts to the crowds and so we at Thai Children’s Trust think we will be right at home there. It is the perfect venue to reach Christmas shoppers who want to know a bit more about where their gift has come from and exhibit deserving causes and ethical trade initiatives.

 What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

My favourite thing about Christmas is the gift buying. The thought that goes behind each individual item and knowing it will be well received gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Knowing that a particular item is ethically made and that my purchasing it will genuinely benefit someone else, makes it all the better. Receiving a gift that has helped empower women in Pattaya by learning how to source the materials and create a beautiful piece of jewellery would certainly give me a warm feeling! Sharing stories and helping those in need – that’s what Christmas is all about isn’t it?!

Any good Christmas Cracker jokes?

My favourite Christmas joke, so many to choose from but it is probably: What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
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A Christmas Quacker!

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