National Crafts & Design fair 2016
The National Crafts & Design Fair is just one of those events that reminds you Christmas is coming, and whether or not you like that fact, there’s no denying that the atmosphere at the RDS during the fair is magical. The finest producers in Ireland all selling their wares under the one roof – and every year it’s expanding. You have the main hall, the food hall to the left, the serpertine hall to the right, the balcony, and the industrial hall at the back, where I had my stall when I exhibited at the fair in 2013 and 2014.
It felt good to be back at the fair, even if I would have preferred to be selling rather than buying. Walking around the fair this year made me realise how much I enjoyed my time at the fair – the atmosphere is just incredible, and being surrounded by the finest craftworkers in Ireland just adds to this atmosphere. There were the same familiar faces – my aunt Maureen Lynch being one of the fantastic stallholders. The whole day would be required to get around the whole fair and see every fair, and due to Christmas exams I didn’t have the luxury of staying the whole day. If you haven’t gone to the National Crafts & Design fair before, put it on your calender for next year – you can do your shopping for everyone in one spot, and you can be sure you’re buying the best of handmade produce Ireland has to offer, which is something I am passionate about.
Unfortunately I only got one picture, and it turned out blurry, possibly because I took it using Snapchat, but I don’t think a picture sums up the quality of this fair.