Artisan Fair celebrates 25 years of crafting

A feature event of the weekend is the Friday night fashion show and cocktail party

The Out of Hand artisan fair has come a long way since a collection of crafters gathered to display and sell their wares at the Victoria Conference Centre in 1989.

These days, the breadth of crafters has expanded into everything from unique clothing and jewelry to food, home decor and art.

Part of the 25th anniversary fair at Crystal Garden includes a Then and Now wall with photos and artwork from previous fairs.

A feature event of the weekend is the Friday night fashion show and cocktail party, with members of Ballet Victoria modelling the latest creations by local artisans.

The event starts at 6:30 pm., with the runway show on from 7 to 8 p.m. VIP passes, with a seat next to the runway, are $25 and include a weekend pass to the craft fair.

The fair runs today (Nov. 29) through Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 till 6 on Saturday and 10 until 4:30 on Sunday. Admission is $8 per day or $9 for multi-day pass. Visit outofhand.ca for more information.