Artists, artisans and exhibitors at the Cracker Fair 2019

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It’s days to go before the Cracker Fair opens its doors at Abbaye de Valmagne!

What is the Cracker Fair?

If you don’t know what the Cracker Fair is, it’s THE place to buy all your presents from over 200 local artisans selling their unique products, bring the children to meet Père Noël, have festive donkey rides, spend the day, have lunch from the cafés and food trucks, nibble on hot chestnuts, cakes and pastries, warm up with vin chaud or hot chocolate, listen to the choirs.  If that’s not enough, the 12th century Benedictine monastery is an amazing location. You can read more about it here.

It’s the 13th edition of the Cracker Fair, and each year it gets better, with talented artists and artisans showing their creations, and delicious home made food to savour.

We’d like to walk you through the site, so you can plan your route, and map out your shopping list!

Entrance

This is where you will be greeted by members of the Cracker Fair team.  Pick up a brochure when you arrive, there’s a site map in the middle.

Security rules are such that you will be asked to show your bag to be checked by a security guard as you arrive.

Keep your ticket in case you want to deposit your purchases and then come back in.  A member of the team will stamp your hand so that you can get back in without joining the queue again.

Boulevard

As you walk through the entrance, you will see a variety of stands all the way up to the main building.  Take your time here, there are some lovely creations and products.  Here are some of them:

  • Scarves and accessories
  • Beauty products
  • Candles
  • Handbags
  • Natural mobiles
  • Wooden engraved pens
  • Aromatic salts
  • Biscuits
  • Medieval drinks
  • All things quince related
  • Slippers
  • Home decorations
  • Christmas decorations and dream catchers
  • “Relooking” objects and furniture
  • British goods
  • Crackers
  • Charcuterie
  • Products from l’Aveyron
  • Leather goods and demonstrations
  • Patés de fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Sculptures from Zimbabwe
  • Garden sculptures and ironwork
  • Aperos
  • Reclaimed wooden utensils and decorations
  • Mohair from Hérault
  • Jewellery
  • Cork accessories
  • Plants
  • Woodturning
  • Jams chutneys and English patisseries

Food

To the left are food trucks, all detailed here.

  • Fish and chips
  • Burgers
  • Crepes
  • Soup
  • Cep popcorn
  • Ferme Auberge

The face painting is near this area, and the donkeys will be to the left on Sunday.

Courtyard

Straight on takes you in to the courtyard with more food trucks and exhibitors.

  • Roasted chestnuts
  • Soup
  • All things duck related
  • Oysters
  • Tapas
  • Alsace pastries
  • Beer bar
  • Sausages and Aligot from L’Aubra
  • Coffee
  • Vin chaud
  • Candyfloss
  • Onion bhajis
  • Pastries
  • Chocolate
  • Valmagne wine

Cloisters and adjoining rooms

The next stop are the beautiful cloisters and the rooms adjoining.

  • Jewellery with semi precious stones
  • Woollen scarves
  • Children’s books
  • Pottery
  • Ceramics
  • Leather goods
  • Foie gras & confits
  • Books and dolls
  • Cakes
  • Paintings
  • Soaps
  • Essential oils
  • Blown glass and jewellery
  • Local authors who are selling and signing their books, including:
    • Rachel Thornton
    • Wendy Yorke
    • Colin Duncan Taylor
    • Judy Crozier
    • Yvette Rocheron
    • Lynn Michell
    • Ulla Jovkovic
    • Mary Byrne
    • Ghislaine Coustal
    • Emma Kershaw (in the church)
    • Cathie Dunn
  • Bags
  • Accessories
  • Mens jumpers
  • Ceramic knife stands
  • Variety of different jewellery
  • Upcycling
  • Beauty products
  • Accessories for babies
  • Ironwork
  • Christmas decorations
  • Slippers
  • Santa Claus
  • Biscuits
  • Jams
  • Textiles
  • Ceramics and bronze
  • Crackers!
  • Artwork
  • Home decorations
  • Christmas cards and wrappings
  • Salts
  • Embroidery
  • Shawls
  • Cork items
  • Glass paintings and jewellery
  • Mosaics
  • Basket weaving
  • Cakes, tarts, patés de fruits
  • Hot chocolate
  • Cheese
  • Books
  • Hand-braided horsehair jewellery
  • Block print textiles
  • Honey
  • Saffron products
  • Hand painted ceramics
  • Paper art
  • Felt
  • Books
  • Honey pastries
  • Tableclothes
  • Teatowels
  • Leatherwork
  • Natural fibres and antique textile items
  • Scarves
  • Tea from Nepal
  • Ken and Alison Cafe with sandwiches, curries, cakes and more.

The church

  • Handmade scented candles
  • Diverse selection of jewellery
  • Personalised textiles
  • Bags
  • Embroidery
  • Books
  • Salts and peppers of the world
  • Diverse selection of clothes
  • Meditation cushions
  • Christmas decorations
  • Scarves
  • Silks
  • Spices
  • Leatherwork
  • Lamps
  • Silver
  • Hats galore
  • Children’s clothes
  • Dolls, bears, toys
  • Santons
  • Creches de noel
  • Artwork and photos
  • Eco bamboo products
  • Associations CSF, LSR and WICM
  • Home decorations
  • Plants
  • Variety of beauty products
  • Soaps
  • Cheese
  • Saffron
  • Leggett estate agent
  • Cards
  • Origami
  • Page markers
  • Honey
  • Barrel art
  • Teas
  • Oils
  • Sculptures
  • Foie gras
  • Wild mushrooms
  • Vinegars
  • Ancient herboriste recipes
  • Violins, guitars and a flamenco expert
  • Chocolates
  • Sweets
  • Dolls clothes
  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Recipe and wine books
  • Aperos

The Cracker Fair is on 23 / 24 November, 34560 Villeveyrac, open from 10am until 6pm.  Last entrance is 5pm.