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Thursday, 15 November 2012

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One of the biggest fairs to come to Harrogate will showcase some of the county's emerging artisans and crafts people over four days.

Exhibitors at Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate
It's a wrap: Snuggly Bobble Scarves 
by Harrogate-based 
which will be at the event. The firm
showcases the emerging talent
of graduates.
Handbags to hand-made chocolates, herb-infused sausages to home furnishings all form part of the eclectic mix of the Country Living Christmas Fair.

More than 200 craftspeople, independent retailers and small businesses from around the region will converge on Harrogate International Centre for the event from 29 November until 2 December.

A spokesperson for the event organisers said: "Yorkshire heritage and craftsmanship play a huge part in country fashion and style and we’re delighted to be able to bring our Christmas event to Yorkshire for the first time.

"It’s exciting to extend the shows from London and give something back to Yorkshire, where many of our favourite country brands originate from.

Exhibitors at Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate
Down to a tea ... a simple tea cosy
 inspired our love of a cuppa made by Richmond-based
Caroline Watts Embroidery
"We love the idea of people's stockings being filled with unique, individual, handmade gifts, or little surprises that have been great new discoveries of new and emerging brands.”

The fair, which runs from 10am–5pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am–4pm on the Sunday, will also feature workshops and food and lifestyle theatres.

Visitors will have the opportunity to get creative making Christmas cards and wreaths and decorating gingerbread houses or take on some expert advice from interior design expert Carole Ann Shepherd who will be on hand with tips on home staging, and creating fabulous themed rooms.

Betty’s Bakery is sharing top tips, along with Phil Leverington from No Reservations and Sciolti Chocolates will be showing visitors how to get the party started with vodka flavoured chocolates.

An additional treat is a special presentation from Rudding Park's Stephanie Moon, winner of the Great British Menu, who will be taking guests through how to create the perfect Christmas dinner, followed by wine-tasting from Bluebell Vineyard.

Tickets are available in advance from £10. VIP tickets are also available providing access to the exclusive VIP lounge area with a number of additional benefits.

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