Twenty-one vendors selling homemade arts, crafts and food will be set up in the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) gallery for its seventh annual Christmas Market. The ACUA boutique and gallery sells goods from over 125 artists and is open for market-goers to shop, as well.
“Most of the vendors have a tie to the Ukrainian community in some way, but not all of them because I wanted to offer this kind of opportunity to all local artists,” says Irene Kunda, chair of the ACUA Christmas Market. “Local artists have really taken a hit over the last couple years and we wanted to provide a really good opportunity for them to come and get a larger audience and more exposure.”
Food items that are staples for Ukrainian Christmas dinners — like cabbage rolls, perogies and poppy seed rolls — are available at the market. Kunda warns that guests who want to get their hands on food items should arrive early as limited quantities are available.
“We expand our offerings all the time,” says Kunda. “We have different artists, we have different foods, we have different people who do crafts and things because you need to keep it moving forward.”
The ACUA Christmas Market is on December 4 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at 9534 87 St.