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Cracker Fair

“Yes, we shopped till we dropped!”

LanguedocLiving, Nov 30

“The Cracker Fair was the best yet”; “what an amazing Christmas market”; “sublime location, and a great selection of presents to buy”; “we followed the choir around and listened to them in the gorgeous Abbaye de Valmagne, please get them back next year!” were some of the quotes from visitors last weekend. 

After three days of setup we opened the doors at 10am on Saturday.  Visitors poured in, and enjoyed the glorious sunshine and blue skies at the 12th edition of the Cracker Fair at the Abbaye de Valmagne.

Marred slightly by the action of the gilets jaunes, most people made it, and the numbers were up on last year’s Saturday.

On Sunday we had some rain, but that didn’t seem to deter visitors, who wandered through the boulevard, the courtyards, the ancient church, and the beautiful cloisters.

The general feeling from exhibitors and foodtrucks was that people generally are spending slightly less than last year, but many exhibitors reported excellent sales, surpassing all previous Cracker Fairs!

In total, the number of people in attendance was over 4,200 for the weekend.

Share your photos

The team were so busy, that we didn’t take many photos, so if you have some good ones, please feel free to share them with us!

Taking part

If you want to take part next year, either as an exhibitor or a member of the benevole team, please contact us by filling in the contract form here

Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport

Béziers Cap d’Agde Airport have been a long-term sponsor of the Cracker Fair.  This year they were in the Cloisters offering free flights.

The lucky winner of the free flights was Philippe Ibanes, who won 2 free return tickets to a destination of his choice from Béziers.

Cancer Support France said…

Visitors to the Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L) stand at the Cracker Fair last weekend were warmly greeted by a merry band of CSF-L volunteer elves and were enticed to view the wonderfully wrapped array of marvellous prizes of the Tombola and have a go at the fiendish Marble Guessing Game! Some people made wild guesses while others ‘weighed’ the bottle in their hands and others studiously tried counting!! The Lucky Dip proved to be a great draw to the stand for younger visitors and seeing the glee on their faces as they discovered a prize in the Lucky Dip was an absolute joy!

Josje Hunnisett and Carole Lavergne were the master organisers of our stand at the Fair this year. Thanks to the hard work of so many other CSF-L volunteers (too many to list individually) we raised an amazing total of just over €2,000.

The help and support by our members for this event included: procuring and collecting prizes, making and donating prizes, wrapping and numbering them for the event, manning the stand, displaying posters around the department, buying Tombola ‘tickets’, encouraging the elves with cups of tea and coffee, acting as Ambassadors to inform visitors to the Cracker Fair about our association and our important work …as well of course supporting us by coming along to visit the stand to try their luck!

A long list of local businesses generously donated a wide variety of prizes including vouchers for meals, overnight stays, various treatments, beauty products, yummy food items and so the list goes on!

CSF-L is extremely grateful to Languedoc Living for organising the Fair with such superb organisation and for providing our association with this great opportunity for raising awareness about our work and raising funds.

Number 13 was certainly a lucky number for Juergen who won a very special prize in our Tombola on the first day of the Cracker Fair.... a machine embroidered portrait of the winner’s own pet - a great prize which can take between 50 and 100 hours to complete. The portrait will be based on a photo of Juergen’s cat and will be hand crafted by our own Kath Orsman, better known to anyone who has visited Drop-In as the Queen of the craft table! Juergen was particularly happy about his prize because he and his wife had just been talking about having a portrait done of their beloved cat.

For those who have tried their hand at the Guessing Game at the Cracker Fair: The winner will be announced in the first week of December, watch this space! The prizes for this game were: a handmade quilt by Theodora Platings; a Christmas hamper and a New Year’s Eve hamper.

What Languedoc Solidarite avec les Refugies (LSR) said...

A massive thank you to Languedoc Living from all at Languedoc Solidarite avec les Refugies (LSR) for once again giving us a stall at the annual Cracker Fair last weekend 24/25 November. Thanks to Languedoc Living and those who visited our stall, we raised nearly €800, handed out brochures and updates about our work, and made some new friends for LSR. This animated event, with great food and atmosphere, is one of several fundraising opportunities which enable us to provide often emergency help to refugees throughout the year. 

We work closely with other local organisations, such as La CIMADE in Beziers/Carcassonne, to plug the gaps which can make the difference between a family on the street and/or with no food for days on end, with young children to feed. This year we are again organising a seasonal party for 6l children, at La CIMADE, with food and presents for each, Pere Noel and entertainers, jugglers and so on. For children who have suffered so much, live in refuges or very small flats, with few recreational activities, this is a highlight! Thanks to the generosity of members and supporters, we have raised extra money to fund this, in addition to our regular work.

LSR started by coming to the aid of the small number of refugees who managed to get to the Languedoc but quickly spread the help further afield. We continue to send money and items as needed, to refugees in Paris, Calais and especially Italy and Greece where the numbers are much higher than here and the needs as great.

How can you help? Look at our website or FaceBook page for practical ways. In particular, for the list of food items you can donate to one of our collection points in the area. By just buying some extra items at the supermarket, you can help us fill the weekly food bags.

Thank you once again for including refugees in your giving this Christmas and beyond.

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