Thank you for shopping our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide 💝
Although the holiday season has passed and 2020 is behind us, we’ll be making the gift guide available to browse until the end of February!
In the year that would have marked the 50th annual Deer Lake Craft Festival, a change in course was required given the current pandemic. This Holiday Gift Guide is meant to not only promote our local talented artisans and members of the BAC, but to encourage and remind people about the increasing importance of supporting and shopping local, especially during a challenging year for small business owners.
2020 Deer Lake Craft Festival – UPDATE
The Burnaby Arts Council has decided to cancel the Deer Lake Craft Festival that was scheduled to take place this November 2020. We know that this has been a challenging year for small businesses and the arts, and to be unable to host the festival leaves us heartbroken.
Since July, we have been exploring different options and closely monitoring health conditions in BC. But there is too much uncertainty to plan for a large event this winter. As an event that attracted ~4,000 people throughout one weekend, the safety of event guests, staff & volunteers, and vendors, are a priority. In the most recent Provincial Health Order Christmas craft markets are defined as an event. Planning for a market with a significantly reduced capacity, and in alignment with current health guidelines makes it impossible to hold an event that is inclusive, accessible and financially feasible.
This was a difficult decision to make, and we understand your disappointment. But we will be back in the future. If you would like to stay connected with the artisans please visit our directory of all participating vendors. Many of them will still be selling handmade products throughout the holiday season, so do consider supporting your local business and purchasing them! They make wonderful and thoughtful gifts in any season.
The world has changed a lot in the past year, and we’re gradually learning to adapt. While this year will be a quiet one, we look forward to returning in the future.
In the meantime, do please check out our Artisan Directory at the link below and consider supporting your local businesses!
We’re also planning something exciting later this winter in place of a festival, so stay tuned for updates!