Tasmanian Craft Fair
The Tasmanian Craft Fair in the northern town of Deloraine is the largest working demonstration of arts and crafts in Australia. It is held annually, coinciding with the long weekend at the start of November. It is one of the biggest events in Tasmania, along with Festivale and Taste of Tasmania.
Every year, visitors to the Craft Fair are treated to fine art displays, craft stalls, gourmet food outlets, entertainment and children’s fun activities as well as working craft displays.
The Craft Fair has more than 200 artists, artisans, and food providers, and involves more than 400 community volunteers and attracts visitors from throughout Tasmania and interstate.
It is spread across a number of venues in picturesque Deloraine, set around the banks of the Meander River. With a population of over 5,000 Deloraine and district is home to people from a variety of backgrounds including traditional farming families, local business people and arts and craftspeople who have settled here for a creative lifestyle.
Begun in 1981 from a commitment to unify the traditional working farmers of the community and the new wave of arts and craftspeople calling Deloraine their home, the Craft Fair has prospered under the careful guidance of the Rotary Club of Deloraine and is a culturally significant event that has helped shape the town to what it is today.
Funds raised through the Fair are mainly put back into local communities with the remainder supporting projects both in Australia and overseas. Community improvement projects, development projects, and projects to aid the disadvantaged have all been funded by the Fair, with more than $3 million having been raised over the lifetime of the Fair.