The holiday season is approaching, and that means Christmas shopping. The 11th edition of the Foire de Noël (Christmas Fair) Saveurs et culture d’Argenteuil is taking place from November 30 to December 2, 2018. The festive event, presented by the Municipalité Régionale du Comté (MRC) d’Argenteuil, highlights the talent and skills of local artists, artisans, producers and processors.

Over 50 exhibitors are expected for this year’s fair, which takes place in the foyer of École polyvalente Lavigne and Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute.

Special features at the Christmas Fair this year are a children’s corner with games and crafts on Saturday and Sunday. It will be provided with help from the Maison de la famille Au cœur des générations d’Argenteuil, a local family and children’s services organization. On Saturday, music will be provided by the Hemiole vocal ensemble from 10 am to 12 pm. Throughout the three days of the event, there will be raffles for gift certificates, and a café area will also be open.

Organizers recommend Christmas Fair shoppers bring cash for their purchases because not all vendors accept debit cards and some, but not all accept credit cards. An ATM will be on site for anyone needing cash.

There are some new exhibitors at this year’s Saveurs et culture d’Argenteuil.  Fromage et cie (Cheese and Company) is a new local cheese producer.  Le paysan meunier (The Peasant Miller) mills organic flours and makes Belgian waffles. Miel ‘O’ Max produces honey and maple syrup and makes other products using these ingredients.

Other artisans at the Christmas Fair for the first time include Création pistache (Pistachio Creation), terry cloth clothing, bag, and accessory maker Les Créations Diala, Poupées et compagnie (Dolls and Company) maker of original dolls, and Spoon Art / Art a la cuillère, which makes jewelry and objects from recycled cutlery. Cabinetmaker André Séguin, who makes small furniture and decorative items from wood, is also new to the fair this year.  Several exhibitors from previous years are also going to be offering new products at the 2018 fair.

Unique and quality local products are emphasized throughout the fair. Those include clothes, jewelry, wood, glass, and paintings. Four local authors will be at the fair to share their work, along with producers and purveyors of local gourmet foods.

The MRC d’Argenteuil organizes the annual Christmas Fair to raise awareness and support the agri-food producers in the region, and the expertise of local artists and artisans. A new financial partner this year is the regional agriculture and agri-food development program of the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries, et de l’Alimentation of Québec. The MRC also appreciates the support from the vendors, the Ville de Lachute, and the two schools where the fair is held.

Admission for the event is free. On Friday, November 30, the fair will be open from 4 to 9 pm. The hours on Saturday, December 1, are from 9 am to 5 pm.  On Sunday, December 2, the fair will be open from 10 am to 4 pm. École polyvalente Lavigne and Laurentian Regional High School are located at 452 Avenue d’Argenteuil in Lachute.