Canada's Largest

Fair Trade World Craft Fair

Saturday, November 19 from 10 to 5pm
Sunday, November 20 from 10 to 4pm

Fiesta takes place at the Filberg Center, 411 Anderton Ave., downtown Courtenay, behind the Sid Williams Theatre at 5th St. and Cliffe Ave. The building is accessible and free childcare is provided.

There is a $2 admission. The rental at the Filberg, advertising and transportation is becoming difficult for the vendors to cover. Your $2 will assure that they can continue to bring the world to the Valley and support the artisans and their families.

Both floors of the Filberg Center will be transformed into a Global Craft Bazaar by over 40 local and global organizations and businesses selling their fair trade products. These vendors work directly with the artisans in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. The vendors come from Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Campbell River and the Comox Valley. 

There is something for everyone: unique crafts in all price ranges, from Christmas ornaments to Tibetan carpets, books, cards, posters, calendars, games, toys, clothing, housewares and jewellery. Some people come for the food, delicious ethnic food cooked by local immigrants. Delicious El Salvadorean pupusas and soup, Vietnamese salad rolls and spring rolls and mouthwatering desserts.

Come for the fair trade, the food and the fun! Come and make a difference, one purchase at a time!

Fiesta, World Craft Bazaar was created 21 years ago because Coordinator, Dave Talbot needed to do something concrete to deal with his anger over the unfairness of the world. It has been encouraging to see the growth in Fair Trade over the last 21 years and to watch Fiesta blossom.

Not every product sold at Fiesta has fair trade certification, but the smaller organizations and businesses are in open partnerships with the artisans. Certification is often expensive and onerous for a small cooperative or business. That we have so many fair trade businesses at Fiesta is a positive step in creating the fair world we dream of. Charity and compassion and volunteers are needed at present, but the change will really be seen when global trade is fair. Please support fair trade products and businesses throughout the year.

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A big thank you to the volunteers, vendors and of course the wonderfully patient and hardworking artisans who give so much to us.

Fair trade is most certainly better than aid!

For more information or to volunteer contact Dave at kye_bay [at] or 250-339-4975.